Fire crews battled a large fire at Jasper First Church of the Nazarene Friday evening.
Police shut down the streets surrounding the church, located at 400 14th Avenue West. Officials did not reported any injuries. Lightning struck the church, sparking an electrical fire that burned the church sanctuary. Officials did not report any injuries.
The church posted the following message on their Facebook wall:
Everyone please be in prayer for our church body. The main church building was struck by lightening and will be a total loss. We will hold services this Sunday in the Family Life Center. Please pray for Jeremy, Matt, the church board, and our church families as we move forward. God is good. He makes all things new.
One community member who spoke with FOX6 News says it is fortunate that no one was at the church Friday evening since it is a typically busy night for the church.
A church member also said that there was another fire at the church in 1993, but it wasn't nearly as extensive as Friday's. She and other members say they will pull through this time together and with God's help.
"The church is alive and well. We're moving forward still focused on how to minister this community. There's no stepping back- just moving forward with continued purpose and believing bigger and better things are coming," former pastor Greg Story said.
The church is holding services in the gym of their activity center. About 400 people attended services on Sunday, two days after the fire. Church leaders and members are trying to figure out how to best use the space, since it is about a third of the size of the sanctuary that burned.
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