The fire was devastating when it ripped through the Euclid Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ on Cleveland’s main street in March 2010. Though no one was physically hurt in the fire, which began when a bolt of lightning struck the roof of the building at 9606 Euclid Avenue, the building, more than 125 years old, burned quickly.
Cleveland firefighters were unable to save it, even though they had arrived on the scene within three minutes of the call.
Four years later, the members assembled in their new sanctuary in South Euclid. Renamed South Euclid United Church of Christ, the members bought the property from the Cleveland Catholic Diocese which had closed its Saint Mary Margaret Catholic Church at the corner of Belvoir and Bluestone. The new worshippers renovated a gymnasium on the property and converted it into the new sanctuary. “So the site we are in right now is temporary,” said the pastor.
Still, the members celebrated with song and prayers about the property. “This is a true joy to be able to be here today,” said Dave Buckle. He smiled as he greeted fellow member Charles Williams. “We came a long way since the fire and I tell you we are really blessed to be here today,” added Williams.
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