Los Gatos United Methodist Church Vandalized

Two acts of vandalism have occurred at 111 Church St. sanctuary on Nov. 6 and Dec. 22, 2013; crimes have left thousands of dollars in damages.

One of the stained-glass windows that was vandalized can be seen in this Patch file photo of the Los Gatos United Methodist Church, 111 Church St. Patch file photo
One of the stained-glass windows that was vandalized can be seen in this Patch file photo of the Los Gatos United Methodist Church, 111 Church St. Patch file photo
Los Gatos Monte Sereno police are investigating two recent vandalism crimes at Los Gatos United Methodist Church, 111 Church St., which have left the faith group shaken and facing damages worth thousands of dollars to repair.

According to the Rev. Jennifer Murdock, senior pastor of the popular church, the sanctuary was vandalized at 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22.

A congregation member saw broken glass from its beautiful stained-glass windows all over the floor in the back of the sanctuary as worshippers gathered for their first service at 9:15 a.m., the Rev. Murdock said.

After investigating, the congregation member saw "all of the holes" in the three broken windows and found the Rev. Murdoc to let her know.

"We do not yet have an estimate for repairing the damage," the Rev. Murdock said, when asked how much it will cost to repair the broken windows.

The church will receive the first estimate on the damage Tuesday, Jan. 7, she added.

"Stained-glass windows are unique, one-of-a kind works of art. They are not mass-produced, so restoring the original artwork will definitely be costly," the Rev. Murdock lamented.

The church plans to get several different bids from stained-glass window artists and then proceed with the repairs, she said.

The exterior wall of the sanctuary was also "tagged" with spray paint graffiti Nov. 6, 2013, which was repainted before Christmas, the Rev. Murdock said.

"We don't have any idea who may have caused the vandalism," she ended.

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department at 408-354-8600. 

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Larry Cargnoni January 07, 2014 at 02:17 PM
some people have no lives....
Marilyn Leonard January 07, 2014 at 02:34 PM
How awful! What kind of mindless idiots does this type of thing? What is possibly the point of such senseless destruction? I am so sorry for the UMC members.
JoAn Smith January 07, 2014 at 04:40 PM
That's terrible. The stained glass windows of a church are truly a work of art and cherished by all those who worship under their colorful beams. Those vandals not only destroyed a piece of sacred beauty but a part of our culture and art. I hope the repairs will be made soon.
Jeremy Barousse January 07, 2014 at 05:16 PM
Always sad to read about vandalism, I hope that these people are caught and brought to justice.
Dean January 08, 2014 at 01:13 AM
Surveillance surveillance surveillance. Crime will be solved, if not, prevented before it starts.


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