St. Nicholas’ Episcopal Church in Tahoe City sold

Editor’s note: St. Nicholas’ Episcopal Church in Tahoe City has been sold. We enjoyed going to church there — outdoors in summer and at Christmas — and our son went to their Camp Noel Porter. A previous post from Christmas 2015 is here.

“Dear Friends in Christ,

“After a lengthy process of discernment stretching back years, in December 2018 the Board of Trustees authorized the listing of Camp Noel Porter property for sale. We have accepted an offer from a Christian organization whose stated purpose is to use the property for long term ministry/camps and God’s purpose. The Outdoor Chapel will remain in use and well cared for by this faithful organization.

“Previous offers and negotiations did not result in assurances the property would continue to be used as a Christian camp. This sale offers us the opportunity for this property to continue as a Christian camp to the glory of God. The Standing Committee, the Board of Trustees, and Bishop Beisner believe this is the best decision for our diocese at this time.

“This is difficult news and causes many of us to grieve the place we have loved so much. Unfortunately, it is not possible for St. Nicholas Church, founded in 1957, to be separated from this offer. The building that has housed St. Nicholas will be transferred as a part of the camp property. We are actively working with the St. Nicholas congregation to live out its mission in a new venue.”

Church dates back to 1900

“The recorded history of the Episcopal Church in Tahoe City starts July 27, 1900 when The Very Reverend Edgar J Lion of the Diocese of California baptized two children and organized a Sunday School.

“The construction of the Outdoor Chapel took place during the summer of 1909 under the dirrection [sic] of Faville and Bliss, architects of San Francisco, ‘costing $2,200 for which the Bishop was responsible.’

“Built on 2 acres of land donated by the Bliss family, also owners and managers of the nearby hotel, the Tahoe Tavern, the Reverend Charles N. Lathrop of San Francisco was the first clergy-in-charge.

“On September 5th of that year, Bishop Moreland noted in his diary, ‘At Tahoe, held my first service in the unique and impressive outdoor Chapel of the Transfiguration just completed. Celebrated Holy communion, also read evening service and preached. About twenty were at the Holy Sacrament, and sixty at the evening service. Confirmed one, a young man – a bellboy at the Tahoe Tavern.'”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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