After a fire tore through Resurrection Lutheran on Christmas Eve, the St. Louis congregation found a temporary home. St. Paul, a nearby Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod congregation, opened its doors so Resurrection can conduct Sunday services there.
St. Paul can empathize with Resurrection’s loss—the LCMS congregation also suffered a damaging fire in 1990 and has since rebuilt.
No one was injured in Resurrection’s fire, which is still under investigation. The fire destroyed the three-story century-old building, blowing out stained-glass windows and cracking stone arches. Only the church’s stone facade remained standing.
Congregational leaders are currently discussing rebuilding options.
John R. Reigstad, pastor of Resurrection, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Yes, we are small, but we are full of life. We have only lost a building. We have not lost our church or our congregation.”
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