Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Holy Moley

This is the story of my first communion
One of the oldest churches in York County burned down early Monday morning. I was sent to scope out the scene the next day
and cover a service later on. It was a bit stressful trying to find the place. The drive included many frantic phone calls and
getting lost in multiple small farm towns.

Shenberger's Chapel was destroyed by a two-alarm fire considered accidental in nature. The 111-year-old sanctuary suffered
the most, which added to an estimation of $500,000 in damages.

Mark Webb, superintendent of the York District of the United Methodist Church and Rev. Patricia Bollinger serve communion
outside the sanctuary in Chanceford Township.

Thelma Foey has been part of the congregation at Shenburger's Chapel for the past 69 years and attended the service Tuesday
afternoon. "We will rise again," she said. "God is with us."

"They're going through a lot of heartache right now," Karen Booth explained. Booth has been a member of the congregation for
nearly twenty years. She explained why an oil painting of Jesus was intact despite the severe damages nearby, "It is a miracle."

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