Jul 21, 2013 8:18 PM by Alyse Rzemek
It has been a month since the Black Forest fire devastated the area. The community continues to clean up and carry on and the congregation from the Black Forest Chapel was able to take that first step to moving on, Sunday.
Church member Leatha Hansz was happy to be "back home". " It's a wonderful feeling to be back home in our church building," she said. Youth Pastor Jared Earhart who lost him home to the fire agrees. "I think it's important for us to be back in this building and back in this area," he said.
The church sits right in the thick of burnt trees and damaged homes. A reminder for some members of how close the fire came, but also a sign of what some call divine intervention. "I am so amazed. It burned right up to the building and stopped. It's just a miracle of God our church was saved," Hansz said.
The chapel was saved but endured significant smoke damage which delayed services until Sunday. Earhart was proud to see the help to get the church back open. "People have come out supported us, cleaned up. Help us get presentable again. We will move forward from here," Earhart said.
The congregation plans to move forward offering more services to the black forest area. Along with celebrating the community they live in. "People will slowly get here..more and more. Saw people we normally don't see, but we're hoping for people to turn out," Earhart said.