Saugatuck’s Flashlight Service

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.

Doug Johnston, chair of the diaconate, welcomes Westporters to the service.

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