Fires strike saw mill, church in Slat...

Fires strike saw mill, church in Slate Belt area -- themorningc...

There are 14 comments on the The Morning Call story from Aug 27, 2007, titled Fires strike saw mill, church in Slate Belt area -- themorningc.... In it, The Morning Call reports that:

A lightning bolt during Saturday night's violent thunderstorm struck the steeple of an old country church in the Slate Belt area, starting a fire just minutes after another blaze was discovered a few miles away ...

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Since: Jul 07

United States

#2 Aug 27, 2007
tough guy wrote:
I get a charge out of these meterologists , which are located in Mt Holly NJ and around state college that say we only got so much rain, well in my neck of the woods we got 2.25 inches of rain just from the storm Saturday night. And that storm was a rough one. Looks like the devil won that battle of the lightning bolts at that church...
Stupid statement - the church is just a building with a tall steeple and very susceptible to lightning strikes - really had nothing to do with the devil!!
Sneekie Pete

Zionhill, PA

#3 Aug 27, 2007
Meterologists can no more predict the weather, than you or I can predict winning lottery numbers.
Blue Mountain

Stroudsburg, PA

#8 Aug 27, 2007
Hannah2 wrote:
<quoted text>Spaeaking of that - all donations are being accepted to rebuild the church
Why do they need donations? The insurance should cover the damages.

Since: Jul 07

Bangor, PA

#9 Aug 27, 2007
Blue Mountain wrote:
<quoted text>Why do they need donations? The insurance should cover the damages.
Unfortunately not all
Blue Mountain

Stroudsburg, PA

#10 Aug 27, 2007
I read in an earlier article that the church has only 50 members. Is that right? If that is true, it must be very hard to keep a church going with so few people. I know someone that went there and they use to tell me that they would go get money from the church to get their car repaired. I never heard of a church giving money out to parishoners for things like that. I sure hope they paid the church back.

Since: Jul 07

Bangor, PA

#11 Aug 28, 2007
We are a very small congregation and we do help anyone who can prove a need. We have paid mortgages, rents, filled out tanks and repaired cars. I know you may agree but the church believes that we are put here on earth to help others. They have a monthly foodbank where they give food to an average of 80 families a month - they had a blessing shop where the needy could get used clean clothing and they also have a prison ministry. It is a really a good church and, to answer your question, very few pay back - but they have to explain that to God - not anyone else...

Since: Jul 07

United States

#13 Aug 31, 2007
My statement was that the church has helped many in the past and few have contributed back....if that is not you then the statement was not meant for you!
Pastor George

Stevens, PA

#22 Sep 3, 2007
It so saddens me to see this kind of fighting over a fire in a small country church. God did not start that fire and the Devil did not start that fire. It was just a fire.

Now what do we do in it's aftermath?

Yes this little church helps a lot of people with money and with food and clothing. This is the Mennonite way we give back to the community and do so tirelessly. I think that is what Jesus would want us to do.

I do apologize for my very outspoken daughter she is a strong willed woman. She means no harm to anyone and gives her time as a fire fighter so really she does help in her way too.

The Bible teaches us in Romans 3:23 That all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. There is no reason for anyone to point a finger at anyone else we are all sinners. But the Glory of God is this that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us! That is for us all!

That is what I believe that is my faith.

So if you read this and want to help rebuild Great Shepherd great and if not well thats ok too. If you are in need later we will help you either way. That is who we are.

For the record yes my little congregational meeting hall is being used for the congregational meetings of Great Shepherd in the mean time. I have not and will not take a dime from them and want no glory. What I want is for these wonderful saints of God to have a place to meet and to worship the God who saved them.

You are invited also.

All of you

PG

Since: Jul 07

United States

#23 Sep 5, 2007
It is interesting that all the negative posts to me by 'what the crap' were removed. Reading back over my post I NEVER accused this family of taking any money from this church. I think it is very interesting that the 'daughter' can be outspoken but someone else can not have an opinion without fear of intimidation. My opinion is mine and can be stated freely under the first amendment. I believe that other agendas are alive and well in this issue which shall NOT be discussed on an open forum. Suffice it to say that not everyone works for the glory of God and God is the only one who knows all and sees all.
What Crap

Weatherly, PA

#24 Sep 5, 2007
I dont know what posts were removed. But I did not have negativity towards Hannah2. ANYHOW...
I guess it's all perception and how things are taken. What I do see is that someone elses were removed and whatever posts here were removed were not my doing.
In the end what I will state is this. The whole thing was taken to a place that it should not have been. The real kicker is that PG is the only one who can use his real name. I am included in those who have not. I just think that with the freedom of speech sometimes there should be rules goverened on when to be quiet. That would also apply to me as well as others.
I think Hannah2 jumped right on the defensive to my comments and naturally it triggered me to speak louder.
The main thing that Hannah2 and PG are correct about is that it is a church that is in need now of some help. It was very unfortuante about the lightning. But even more unfortuante that WE ALL couldnt just stick to the topic at hand.
hannah2

Bangor, PA

#26 Sep 5, 2007
What Crap wrote:
I dont know what posts were removed. But I did not have negativity towards Hannah2. ANYHOW...
I guess it's all perception and how things are taken. What I do see is that someone elses were removed and whatever posts here were removed were not my doing.
In the end what I will state is this. The whole thing was taken to a place that it should not have been. The real kicker is that PG is the only one who can use his real name. I am included in those who have not. I just think that with the freedom of speech sometimes there should be rules goverened on when to be quiet. That would also apply to me as well as others.
I think Hannah2 jumped right on the defensive to my comments and naturally it triggered me to speak louder.
The main thing that Hannah2 and PG are correct about is that it is a church that is in need now of some help. It was very unfortuante about the lightning. But even more unfortuante that WE ALL couldnt just stick to the topic at hand.
Thank you What Crap - everyone on these forums tend to passionate about service topics and, of course, everyone also tends to believe that they are the only correct ones. The welfare of the church should always be the main concern of all involved and thank you for pointing that out.
hannah2

Bangor, PA

#27 Sep 5, 2007
Well I guess I was a little too late to bury the hatchet wasn't I.....my comment did not mean that the family got money....people get things from a church that have no real value to any but that person....YOU assumed that I meant money or something or that nature....
What Crap

Weatherly, PA

#28 Sep 5, 2007
Lets just end this now.
I never said that YOU meant that the family got money. I never said that you did. However, you did state that they got something in return for anything they do. But even if we both think about it, none of us may do things to get things in return, but many things come with a return anyhow. It was someone else who stated they have done nothing. But their comments arent there any longer to reference.
I really didn't assume anything I was just stating that you said they get something in return for things they have done. Even Pastors of churches get things in return for what they do. And you are right, not all of it has value to others like it does to some.
But it put a question out there for many people to wonder, what do they get in return for the things that they have done. Or did they only do something to get something in return. When we both know it does not work that way. But sometimes, even the way we type something distorts the real meaning of our statements.
I know my family cares a great deal for the church and the people in. Trust me it shows.
It is also very obvious how much you care too. Other wise we would not be having these discussions.
So with that, I don't think that we need to argue over anything anymore. But I will be the first one to tell you I am very stubborn when it comes to buring any hatchett.
We are both entitled to our opinions, as you stated earlier. Many of them right now that are irrelivant to the main issue at hand.
So, I wish you well Hannah2, I am sure we won't be strangers here. I hope that things work out well for that church, because the way I feel, whether it has 50 members or 500 it is important to each that go, so I would only hope that it can get back on it's feet again quickly.
hannah2

Bangor, PA

#29 Sep 5, 2007
I am truly sorry that you don't want to bury the hatchet but, you are correct, this is over between you and me. Some people got what they wanted out of all of this and that is the sad thing....I also hope and pray that the church does get back on its feet and soon.......

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