Acrid smoke hung in the air. Yellow police tape fluttered in the breeze. Whirring generators made the prayers and hymns hard to hear.
But — stirred by words like “we shall never be shaken,” and comforted by the closeness of friends and fellow congregants — the Saugatuck Congregational Church held a flashlight service tonight on its front lawn.
A few yards away, the church — fire-damaged, but still intact — stood proud and tall.
Thursday is, officially, Thanksgiving.
But for dozens of Westporters on the church lawn, tonight was the true celebration.