I was saddened to read in this morning’s ADN that the First Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME) was heavily damaged in what appears to be arson-caused fire early Friday morning. This church was the focus of one of my church visits in July 2009.
In my visit comments, I noted:
After the dismissal, I went up front and talked with several people. They were warm and open. I believe this church would warmly welcome anyone into their midst. First CME didn’t believe it was an accident I was there that day. In a special welcome sheet for visitors they say, “We’ve been waiting for you! It’s true, because we believe that every person who comes into the circle of this special fellowship was sent by God Himself. It’s not by accident we have the joy of meeting you. So, above all else we want to express Christ’s love to you with genuine, heartfelt warmth.” Clearly, this church is doing something few other churches in Anchorage do.
Click HERE to read the complete review of my visit to First CME.
I sincerely hope the faith community in Anchorage comes forward and joins arms with First CME as this noble congregation plans to rebuild. Additionally, if it proves to be arson, and the perpetuators are caught, I’d like to see their sentences include participation in the work of rebuilding. It’s not a stretch to imagine this could happen to any of our churches in Anchorage. Churches of this kind are built only with blood, sweat, tears and reliance on God’s word.[img_assist|nid=142326|title=First CME Church Before the Fire|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=350|height=174]