California church becomes safe haven for fire evacuees
UPDATE: The numbers related to this story are changing quickly…
Update:The Knoxville News Sentinel in Tennessee has posted a photo of the remains of the Gatlinburg Church of Christ building.
In a message to The Christian Chronicle, minister Rod Rutherford writes:
“God willing, we shall find a temporary place to meet in Gatlinburg just as soon as folks are allowed back in. Then we shall begin the task of rebuilding. The Lord’s church must continue to meet in Gatlinburg to serve the local area plus the many thousands of tourists from all over the USA and other nations who come every year to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.”
The Christian Chronicle received multiple reports that the fires have damaged all of the structures on Reagan Drive in Gatlinburg. The 125-member church meets in a building at the intersection of Reagan and Trinity Lane.
At least three church members have lost their homes in the fires, according to an email from Rod Rutherford, the church’s minister.
The congregation plans to worship with the nearby Sevierville Church of Christ on Sunday and then meet to discuss its future. The church’s building is insured, Rutherford wrote, and church members plan to help members of their community.
To assist in fire relief, contact:
Gatlinburg Church of Christ
P.O. Box 361
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Mark donations for “Fire Relief.”
We will post updates as they become available.
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