CHURCH RESURRECTION: Groundbreaking Held

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It's been 19 months since a Martensdale congregation watched a century old house of worship go up in flames.

Sunday, members of the Saint Paul Lutheran congregation took a big step forward in the healing process.

Members say the church doesn’t make the congregation; the congregation makes the church.

Members of St. Paul Lutheran have been through it all in the past 19 months but Sunday their calling it a resurrection.

“When Pastor Ron First said there has to be a death before a resurrection; that hit me hard and there is so much truth in that,” said Carolyn Wood.

church fireThe close-knit community and congregation of Martensdale watched their church burn down in late 2011 but the devastation has brought them closer together.

The dwelling place filled with memories is now gone but as a community they are working together to move forward.

“Today just felt wonderful. That`s the beginning of the celebration.”

Sunday, they broke ground on where the new and improved sanctuary will stand.

It’s hard to imagine life the way it was before but the church says what happened reminds them of their faith, “We hope that the church will grow and hear the good news of the resurrection that were living out as people who watched our church building die and a new one resurrect,” hoped Pastor Ron First.

The churches insurance covered most of the rebuilding expense. They hope to reopen its doors by this Christmas.