Zionsville Times Sentinel

August 7, 2013

Emerging from the ashes

By Rod Rose For the Times Sentinel
Zionsville Times Sentinel

---- — A fire that destroyed the Lebanon First Church of The Nazarene a year and a day ago was, in more than one way, an act of God.

About 5:30 a.m. Aug. 5, 2012, a lightning strike ignited nearly every electrical outlet in the church at 1222 N. Garfield St., Lebanon. When firefighters first arrived, they encountered flames 30 feet high, covering 2,400 square feet.

Even before the flames were extinguished, several area churches had offered places for the Nazarene congregation to worship; eventually, 27 local churches donated assistance, including more than $10,000 in cash.

“In two weeks, you’ll be able to see the shape of the building,” Pastor Richard Burdett said during a tour of the building last week; the first service is planned for Nov. 1.

“I just praise God,” he said. “The ashes are getting closer to service.”

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for more on this story.