Shock, sadness but tiny congregation vows to survive church fire
Fire officials say damage to United Church worth $650,000
The pastor of the United Church in Starbuck which was destroyed in a fire Friday said the congregation is devastated, but will recover, in part thanks to help from other local churches.
She said the fire and its aftermath are hitting people hard.
What is left of the 110-year-old structure was to be knocked down Saturday.
Maxwell, who has been with the United Church in Starbuck for 9 years, said the building may be gone, but the congregation is still there and that's the focus now.
"The church isn't the building," she said. "It's the people that are there and the connections between the members and the families that are there."
Fire officials said the damage from the fire was $650,000.
- Rev. Cathy Maxwell
"We're not sure at this point what our future holds," Maxwell said. "We have to kind of rally and figure out what we are doing and talk with our insurance company and ... decide what our future holds."
She said other churches have stepped up to help.
She said another United Church is sending over hymn books.
"[It] is really important to help people feel comfortable and get that feeling of normalcy that we're going to be missing for a while," she said.
"It's a wonderful feeling to know that we've got the support of other folks in the community and the other churches," she said.