My Heart Grieves

My heart grieves with my dear friends and precious sisters-in-Christ of the Harmony Grove Lutheran Church in Creekside, Pa. Yesterday morning the church was intentionally set on fire. What a loss to the community! This church was established in 1870 and has been at the crossroads of the community, both literally and figuratively, for nearly 150 years.

A prayer service will be held tonight at the church at 6 p.m. If you plan to come, dress warm, and bring a flashlight, umbrella, and lots of hugs. 

Below are a couple of links to articles about the fire, which was declared arson. Two incendiary devices were set, one in the basement and one in the altar area. The building is a total loss.

I’ve been the speaker for the Ladies Day Out Luncheon ever since it began six years ago. Below I’ve included some pictures of last year’s event, “A Hat for All Seasons.” These ladies are near and dear to my heart. I grieve with them.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS YEAR’S LADIES DAY OUT LUNCHEON WILL STILL BE HELD AS PLANNED, ON SATURDAY, APRIL 27. THE VENUE IS NOW THE KEYSTONE SPORTSMAN’S CLUB NEAR ATWOOD. OUR TOPIC IS “GOD’S RECIPE BOX.” 

FOR MORE ON THE FIRE:

https://www.indianagazette.com/news/fire-damages-church-in-washington-township/article_b1386a5e-39bf-11e9-9698-3b36cc95fd34.html

https://www.indianagazette.com/news/police_emergency_and_courts/church-intentionally-set-ablaze-police-say/article_ef1d0b54-3a78-11e9-b510-3bbfbf6cfb08.html

https://www.facebook.com/pg/MarionCenterVolunteerFireDepartment/photos/?tab=album&album_id=539014329504974

The ladies work hard all year round to make the luncheon a fun event. No one gets home without a gift.
“A Hat for All Seasons” was last year’s Ladies Day Out event. The ladies wore hats of all kinds and styles. FUN!
Myrna Orr (left) and Darlene Shields (right, at piano) work all year round with the planning team to make every minute of the Ladies Day Out meaningful and fun.
A few more members of the planning team, the “kitchen crew,” take a break.
Pastor Dave Wasemann always added even more fun to the Ladies Day Out. What a loss to the congregation when he passed away suddenly last fall!
The church on fire, Tuesday, February 26, 2019, in the early hours before dawn
The fire was determined to be arson, with two incendiary devices set, one in the basement, and one upstairs in the altar area.

 

 

 

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