A Minot church is one step closer to getting back up and running again.
After much of the building was destroyed in the 2011 flood, volunteers and members of Christ Lutheran Church have been working hard to restore and bring the church back to life.
And, today, they hit a major milestone.
Located at 502 17th Street Northwest, Christ Lutheran Church in Minot was in the heart of the 2011 flood. The flood waters destroyed the basement and flooded the main level of the church, leaving the congregation with no place to worship, at least temporarily.
"In this whole community and in this neighborhood, the flood damage has been immense," said Christ Lutheran Church Senior Pastor David Maxfield.
Christ Lutheran Church Maintenance Committee Chair Allan Pearson said, "We've just been getting by with what we needed in order to make it work."
The church was able to get back into their building last year, thanks to the volunteers both from the Minot community and visitors from out of state.
"It's just been wonderful to see the outpouring of volunteerism and I think if anything that's great that came out of the flood, that's been the people helping each other," said Pearson.
But, the work doesn't stop there. From recovering stain glass windows to carpentry and wood work, there's still more to be done.
During the flood, the water got up to this wood work inside the sanctuary. All that is left is this piece of woodwork on the end of the pew. But, come Sunday and it will be a different story.
"We've been using just folding chairs and some chairs that were donated to us, so now, we'll be able to have our pews," said Pearson.
But, before they can be installed, a group of student athletes from Minot State University, including Matt Yale, whose family lived down the street from the church, helped unload the truck as a way of giving back to the community.
Yale said, "The support that they show us throughout the season and throughout our years at Minot State, it's important to show our appreciation for all that."
"It's an awesome experience to see the generosity and to feel the compassion on a very personal level as people have come to spend an hour or spend a week, or whatever they could to help put this facility back together, so we can serve our community," said Maxfield.
It will take a few days for the pews to be assembled and installed in the sanctuary. But, they will be ready for worship this weekend.
Christ Lutheran Church will be installing hand rails, lights, and a new sound system in the sanctuary and begin working on building a new alter within the next few weeks.
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