Church needs place to worship after lightning strike fire

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Members of the Strait Gate Apostolic Church are scrambling to find a place to meet this Sunday after the Richmond Hill Road church was struck by lightning and burned to the ground, its pastor said.

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The Strait Gate Apostolic Church burned to the ground from a lightning strike Friday, according to witnesses.  Annette M. Drowlette
Annette M. Drowlette
The Strait Gate Apostolic Church burned to the ground from a lightning strike Friday, according to witnesses.

Firefighters arrived at 6:20 a.m. on Friday to find the roof fully engulfed and collapsing, said Battalion Chief Ivan Bolgla.

"We lost everything," said the Rev. Charles Herrington, who founded the church in 1994. "We didn't save anything. We lost the commercial kitchen, DVD players, drum sets, computers, all of it."

The Rev. Herrington says he doesn't yet know where the church's 150 members will meet this Sunday, but "we'll meet somehow."

Eventually, he said, the church will rebuild its facilities on site.

"People understand this happens," the Rev. Herrington said. "It's an act of God. Lightning strikes, and there's nothing we can do about it."

The fire was reported this morning after thunderstorms rolled through the area.

At least five homeowners reported lightning strikes to houses near the church, said Capt. Tommy Cox of the fire department.

Reach Kelly Jasper at (706) 823-3552

or kelly.jasper@augustachronicle.com.

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jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 11/14/08 - 12:31 pm
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Father in Jesus name

Father in Jesus name encourage the pastor and members, and do a new thing in the lives of these church members, rebuild, bigger and better for your Glory, in Jesus name. Amen.

whatisreallygoingon
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whatisreallygoingon 11/14/08 - 12:57 pm
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Amen..

Amen..

grouse
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grouse 11/14/08 - 01:47 pm
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This is what happens when you
Unpublished

This is what happens when you deny Zeus...

juliebac
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juliebac 11/14/08 - 03:01 pm
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God bless.

God bless.

shamrock
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shamrock 11/14/08 - 04:35 pm
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I know you "commenters" think

I know you "commenters" think this is funny and we should be amused at your incadescent wit. You're wrong!

ladyfox2008@yahoo.com
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ladyfox2008@yahoo.com 11/14/08 - 05:15 pm
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May God be with you and your

May God be with you and your church family members. Thank God that no one was hurt in any way. You can rebuild a building and replace other items but this will take time. It is hard to replace lifes. God is Good All The Time.

Dell4
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Dell4 11/14/08 - 05:49 pm
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And all the time God is good.

And all the time God is good. :)

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/14/08 - 06:13 pm
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Where do we send

Where do we send contributions?

mable8
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mable8 11/15/08 - 04:36 pm
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The lightening strike is not

The lightening strike is not an "act of God," but a natural event. Since when does God have the time to single out a particular house of worship for destruction? Blaming God is foolish. Rebuild and be glad no one was harmed.

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