Church looking for new place for service after weekend storms

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FOLSOMVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)– After close to a year of holding services in a garage, the Folsomville United Methodist Church congregation had nowhere to go for service Sunday morning.

Now, storm damage has left them in the same boat again.

A congregation is cleaning-up, once again after their church has been destroyed.

“Closed it up, everyone left and I got a call about 4 o’clock from the neighbor across the street and my wife saying that the church was on fire,” Bob Poland says.

The Folsomville United Methodist Church lost their original building to a fire in December of 2018. The same day as their Christmas service. But they found a place to worship back then.

“We ended up here the week after the fire,” Poland explains.

Bob Poland opened up his own space. Letting his church family gather in is garage every week.

“I knew that we needed a place to hold the congregation together,” Poland says.

Now, almost a year later, a storm with strong winds put them back in the same position as last December.

“And now with the tree falling on our back of church here, it makes it very difficult for us to fine somewhere to meet and do our thing every Sunday, ” Will Trillich says.

They say it’s been a trying year for them, and since the storm damage has happened there’s been no time to think of what comes next.

“We don’t really know what kind of backup plan we’ve got. We’ve got several members offering their barns for us to meet in. I think we will, we will survive,” Trillich says.

Surviving is exactly what they plan to do because they have each other.

“The congregation is the church. The structure we want to rebuild matters from a standpoint of serving our community,” Poland says.

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(This story was originally published on October 27, 2019)

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