After fire claimed Syracuse church, congregation worships at coffeehouse
The Rev. Gary Ganger leads church services Sunday at A.J.'s Coffee House in downtown Syracuse, one week after a fire destroyed the 102-year-old United Methodist Church. “We are in a difficult situation that we just have to turn around and get rolling down the road,” Ganger says. “We are already seeing signs of that happening.” Before the church can begin rebuilding, the still-standing brick walls must be demolished.
Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2014 12:00 am
Updated: 11:13 am, Tue Mar 25, 2014.
SYRACUSE, Neb. — There have been a lot of tears in the week since the 102-year-old United Methodist Church in Syracuse burned. But Sunday — at the first service since that tragedy — there were hugs, smiles and lots of laughter.
“All I do is cry, it seems like,” said Frances Wirth, who has been a member of the congregation for nearly 60 years. “Today has been wonderful. I haven't seen this many people in church in a long, long time. It was just great.”
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Sunday, January 12, 2014 12:00 am.
Updated: 11:13 am.