On Christmas Eve morning we received a text message from our oldest grandson that Logansport's First Baptist Church was burning down.
I quickly got up and got on Facebook because everyone puts the latest information on there. My heart just sank when I saw the pictures. It was still burning, and burned way up into the day.
Arson is suspected, and there is an intense investigation going on to try and prove that.
The church burned down in 1963, but the big beams in the sanctuary were saved along with the baby grand piano. NOT this time!
They did manage to save the newest building built which is the fellowship hall that has a modern kitchen and bathrooms plus room enough to have church.
Let me share a few pictures, and then I'll tell more.
The cross will be taken down and added to the new church building.
Our small town fire department, most of which is volunteer, and others (including my son), worked as hard as they could to put out the fire. It was a raging, hot fire.
I'm sort of glad we weren't here to see it. We went by there as soon as we got back into town on Monday, and there are no words to describe it. Our pastor was driving around still looking at the rubble, and he looked so pitiful.
We were married in that church, and our son was baptized there along with various funerals of family members, weddings, and such. Lots of memories. My husband grew up here and watched the other church burn.
The church sits right next to the property where the old school used to be. The school burned in 1991, and it was arson, but no one was ever arrested. FBC bought the remaining school grounds along with the old gym, and the old home ec. building which is now the youth building.
At least they have plenty of room to start over and places to use. They are bringing in portable buildings for the offices.
So please keep the church members in your prayers. We have several older deacons that aren't in good health, and this has really taken a toll on them.