Ten months ago — just 3 days before Thanksgiving — Saugatuck Congregational Church members gathered on their handsome front lawn.
It was night. The smell of smoke hung heavy in the air. The day before, the nearly-2-centuries-old church suffered extensive fire damage.
Ever since, the church has been vacant. Services, 12-step meetings, nursery school — from late fall through winter, on into the spring and summer, none of it happened.
This morning, the front lawn once again pulsed with life. A special worship — followed by lunch, games, prizes and surprises — marked the first visible step on the Saugatuck Church’s road back.
There was even a “blessing of the backpacks,” for the kids.
Over the past long year, the church’s congregation never lost faith.
This morning, that faith came home.