The walls have come tumbling down.
Demolition is underway at Mishawaka's Albright United Methodist Church.
Lightning sparked a fire that destroyed the sanctuary in October 2006 and the congregation has been trying to cope ever since.
“We’ve been having services in our gymnasium. . .we’re still able to use all of our existing rooms, and thank goodness we still have the elevator, otherwise that would make half of our building inaccessible,” said Pastor Dennis Ingle.
They have, however, also been making plans.
“We’re trying to determine where we’re going and what we’re going to build and replace,” said Wayne Thomas of the Building Committee.
“It’s a building for the next 50 to 100 years, so that it doesn’t cost as much to operate the building,” said Trustee Chair Dick Frantz.
Finally, the time has come for taking action. The burnt out sanctuary was demolished last week, but feelings are mixed about the dramatic change.
“It’s been kind of an eyesore for people in the community and has been a reminder of the fire, and so now we can kind of go on,” said Iris Walker.
“You’re kind of glad to see the old building has been removed, because that opens the door for the new one,” added Thomas.
But they are rebuilding, and the committee in charge said, Albright is going to be better than ever.
The building committee is hopeful that the new church will be finished in the spring or summer of 2008.