Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Weekend update and A fire (not ours)

Jim wrote a post here on our past weekend.

We learned this morning via my mom that the church, Riverside ARP, that we worshipped at had a fire!! ACK!!

Clips from the article in THE RECORD.

A passerby saw flames coming from the Riverside Reformed Presbyterian Church on Montrose Street in Cambridge shortly after midnight and called 911, Platoon Chief Bob Laurence said.

Fire crews found a fire in an administrative area of the building.

It took firefighters from three stations about 30 minutes to extinguish the blaze, Laurence said.


At least one person reported hearing glass breaking at the time of the fire, Heinzel said.

Police said it's still not clear if the church was targeted. "At this point, there's no indication one way or the other," he said. "We're hoping someone will come forward with information to help us understand the circumstances that led to the fire."....

Pastor John Van Eyk said services were held as usual on Sunday night and the building had been locked up. He was still awake at his home next to the church when he heard the sirens.

"Sin happens," he said with a shrug as he glanced over at the flapping yellow tape around the perimeter of the building. "It's not something we approve of, but it happens . . . We see this as part of the Lord's plan for our lives " ........

Fire officials have pegged the initial damage at about $150,000.

I so enjoyed worshiping with this congregation on Sunday. I felt at home right away. Hearing this news was a bit of a shocker to me. I do know that the Lord will provide for them.

Prayer for this congregation would be appreciated.


jen elslager said...

How awful! I'll pray for them.

Annette said...

Got a note back from the pastor. They are doing fine. Lost some stuff in the office, but it's a rental so not their overall loss. Everyone is fine, just the building is damaged.