They're remaining dedicated to one another and to the rebuilding of their beloved Community Church of PK Lake. On July 23rd, church members watched as it burned to the ground. Church officials say an electrical shortage in a water fountain caused the fire.
Among the rubble they found a bible that sits in front of the church's temporary worship center.
Although the loss of the building was tragic to the congregation, Pastor Terry Reynolds says that the community and its members have grown stronger.
"What I've seen is the community uniting and the people of this church uniting. And the Bible says in Isaiah 41 that God can change ashes into beauty and that's what we expect and that's what we are looking forward to," Pastor Reynolds explained.
Now the church is preparing to rebuild its lost home. Community members organized a fundraiser at a local bar and restaurant called the Boondocks, owned by members of the church, to raise money for its renovations.
"The church is the people. A building is a building and we can replace that building," said Reynolds.
Jan Verdi, Boondocks Manager told us, "There's a lot of things that insurance just won't cover and that church is just a great church to help the community. They're always helping individuals that need help and doing for others. So we're trying to turn around and help them in return."
Steve Hatcher, Boondocks Owner said, "After the benefit I hope that they have enough money to start rebuilding and re-fixing the fire damage. That's the goal there."
And some members, like Cindy Sells, who has helped in organizing the event by gathering items for the silent and live auctions, say that they want to help the church that has been there for them and their loved ones during troubled times.
"I'm one that can say that when my husband had a stroke, I was down and having hard times. They pitched in and helped us with medicine and stuff that I needed and so I just want to give back to the church," Sells said.
Officials say they'll have to have a couple of more fundraisers before the church is built. For now the church is hosting services at Charlie's Angels Senior Center.
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