Sunday, November 6, 2016, will forever be a memorable day in the life of Wetumpka FUMC. The church held a Service of Reconsecration and Holy Communion to commemorate the renovation.
For thirteen months, the congregation has worshiped in the Family Life Center after the sudden collapse of the sanctuary ceiling on Monday, October 12, 2015. Had the catastrophe happened a day earlier, the story could have been one much more devastating.
The restoration work has encompassed nearly every aspect of the sanctuary worship space, which was built in 1854. The collapse caused significant damage to the pipe organ, the pews, the floors, and other furnishings.
Rev. Brennan Peacock, pastor, is thankful for the remarkable skill and perseverance that the contractors and the congregation have demonstrated over the course of the cleanup and restoration. “I am convinced that God’s grace has been present throughout this process", he said. "What could have been a tragedy for our church and community, has become a moment through which we take steps with newfound confidence in God as well as in our own resilience. We are so thankful to God for opportunities before us!”
Weekly services will resume in the sanctuary at 8:15am and 10:30am on November 13.
Pictured above center is the damage after the ceiling collapsed. Images on the left and right are from the celebration service. Photos courtesy of Wetumpka FUMC.