CLAREMORE, Okla. - Christ Presbyterian Church canceled its services last weekend after its church building burned down. Since then several churches have stepped up and offered their buildings as temporary replacements.
"I thought, 'should we change this service a little bit?' I'm not going to do that. I'm going to leave it as is," Pastor Dave Schwenk said before his congregation today.
Schwenk said he left things as is today because he leads Christ Presbyterian Church, which doesn't change things even when facing the worst.
They were sitting in the pews of Seventh Day Adventist Church in Claremore today, but sang the same hymns and read the same scriptures they would have in their old building.
Seventh Day Adventist Church holds services on Saturday, so the building is open most Sundays.
Schwenk and his congregation are looking forward and just following what they call 'God's plan.'
"We have many happy memories in the building. But God only knows why it was destroyed. We trust him," Schwenk said during his sermon.
This week many of the church's members returned to where their old building once stood, digging through the rubble to see if anything survived.
"On the one hand it was really kind of strange," church elder Neil Thielen said. "Nobody was there going 'oh, that is gone and that is gone.' Everybody was going, 'Wow! We found that.'"
Some offering and communion plates were just a few of the items that were found.
"Everyday we are reminded that mankind can't put humanity or their surroundings back together," Schwenk also said during his sermon.
While Christ Presbyterian can't put their old building back together, they have put their congregation back together by holding Sunday service today.
For Christ Presbyterian Church - this was their first time together as a church since their building burned down. Back together, not changing a thing and definitely not shedding any tears.
"Over a building?" Schwenk rhetorically asked. "No. So you trust God. Your people have confidence that he is who he says he is and that makes it apparent to you. What more could I want in life?"
Christ Presbterian Church has been told that they can worship at Seventh Day Adventists Church for about a month, as they look for a permanent home.
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