More than two years after a devastating fire tore through the church building at Strasburg Presbyterian Church, construction has been completed, but rebuilding efforts continue.
The Rev. David Howard recalls when the building’s architect told him, “You’ve been through a fire, but you didn’t go through the Civil War.”
He was talking about the current congregation, but ironically the church itself not only made it through the Civil War but was the only church in Strasburg to survive. Other churches in town had to rebuild.
“We did host them,” Howard said, “as Judge [Dennis Lee] Hupp reminded us at the time of our dedication service; he said, ‘David, be sure and remind them that our Presbyterians here in town hosted the [other] congregations as they were rebuilding their church structures.”
“We’re grateful for the building, but we know ultimately at the end of the day, the church is the people,” he said.
They lost more than use of the building after the accidental electrical fire that started in the Christian Education Building’s main floor kitchen on July 2, 2011. With the decision to spend so much money rebuilding and the physical hardship that came with it, the fire also cost Strasburg Presbyterian membership.