Nearly extreme makeover in Grand Lake? |

Nearly extreme makeover in Grand Lake?

GRAND LAKE – In the spirit of the popular television show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” Trinity Church in the Pines is planning a fundraising event for Thursday, Sept. 23 to improve the church-owned pastor’s house, also known as the manse, located at 625 Lake Ave. in Grand Lake.

The community party will include fun, food, fellowship, entertainment and auctions. Two challenge matches will mean for every dollar spent (up to $10,000) at the auctions, the fund gets $4 (that’s $40,000). The party will begin with a silent auction, food and drinks at Bob and Deb Gahan’s cabin on Shadow Mountain Lake, 152 County Road 691, from 4-6 p.m., followed immediately by a live auction and entertainment.

Rev. David and Christina Heil and their four children, Mollie, Hannah, Ben and Tad, joined the Grand County community in July 2009 when David accepted the call to be Trinity’s pastor.

Since that time, the family has become involved in many facets of the community. David has joined the area ministerial and local tennis groups. He was the villain in last year’s Grand Arts Council melodrama, was an audience participant in the Spelling Bee and plays saxophone in the local group, The Joyful Noise Boys. Christina is president of the PTA for Grand Lake Elementary School and spearheads communication and activities for Grand Lake Elementary, and actively participates in most meetings regarding the schools in the area. David and Christina have been involved in several fundraising efforts for the school, as well as class tracts for the children. The family rescued a traumatized, aging dog and gladly welcomed him into their home with no thought to the cramped quarters the six of them already live in.

Trinity Church in the Pines donates space and labor and sponsors a community volunteer team for the area food bank that serves as a main source of help for Grand County community members. The church also hosts three fundraisers a year to stock the food bank and replenish the Angels Outreach fund that helps with rent, utilities, medical emergencies and other needs. Pastor Heil can often be found meeting people in need at the church to let them have groceries so they do not go hungry.

“We extended the fundraiser party to include the community because the Heils have touched so many lives already in Grand County,” said Deb Gahan, fundraising committee member. Other committee members include Sara Moran, Mary Bacon and Stephany Holt.

“At 6 p.m. we’ll start the entertainment and live auction,” she continued, “We’ll go till whenever!” She said the event is free; just bring an appetizer to share, your beverage and cash and/or checkbook.

A seven-night stay in a Maui oceanfront penthouse condo tops the offerings of the live auction, closely followed by three house concerts, a beautifully handcrafted wooden cross, some landscaping services, an evening for six at the Rapids Restaurant in Grand Lake, two season tickets for the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre’s 2011 productions and two rounds of golf at Grand Elk, including cart and lunch good through October 2011.

Silent auction items, with already more than 40 donated, include jewelry, four different boating extravaganzas, handmade baskets, custom floral arrangements, California vineyard wines, gift certificates to other local restaurants and prints and pictures from local artists.

A complete list and description of auction items is available on the church website: For those who cannot attend, there will be an opportunity to bid. Contact Deb Gahan at (303) 335-6173 or e-mail the Angels team at for information on bidding, or if you have something to donate to the auctions.

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