Letters to the Editor
January 24, 2007
Tragedy struck our church family — Mountain Vineyard — Sunday night. Driving home from Salt Lake City, Annette Paget was hit head-on by a vehicle that lost control on black ice and went over the median. Tim and Annette Paget’s little three-year-old daughter Alexis was killed in the car accident in Parley’s Canyon. Annette, who was driving, is in critical condition. She has lost her left arm, from the elbow down, and they are trying to stop internal bleeding. She also has severe facial injuries, as well as liver damage and other various injuries. Tim was not in the truck with them.
This is the same family who lost their 17-day-old little baby, Shawn, just last month. Please pray for Tim and Annette and their family to stand strong in their faith, for Annette to pull through her surgery and recovery, and for God’s loving arms to embrace and comfort her as she has now learned of her daughter’s passing.
Pastor Lenny Perata and Jim Bogart spent most of Sunday night with Tim at the hospital, and it has come to our attention that Tim and Annette do not have any medical insurance and are still trying to pay for their baby Shawn’s funeral from last month. We have set up an account with Wells Fargo for donations to help with funeral and medical costs. Go to any Wells Fargo Bank and ask to donate to "Paget Family Donation Fund."
Should you have any questions, please call the Mountain Vineyard office at 649-8301. Thank you.
The Mountain Vineyard Christian Fellowship Family
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