Following are some photos from stltoday.com, kmov.com, and a couple taken by my friend Jim from Ferguson Christian Church’s Facebook page. You’ll notice that stltoday’s images were done by me taking screenshots of the pages where they want you to BUY the pictures (in frames, no less). Thought I’d leave that on the pic, since it’s so classless and speaks volumes about the company. (If they want to send me a cease and desist on that, I’ll be glad to do both and remove the images…) KMOV is nice enough to let people copy and paste the low-grade pics…and to my knowledge, Jim owns no personal work-in-progress copyright…but if he does, he can send me a letter too. (But he’s a nice guy, who I like, and not a faceless corporation.) 🙂
Anyhoo… This is the church I used to work at. Also pictured are Larry Doggett and Joni Bellinger, who are wonderful people. (I’m honored to have served shoulder to shoulder with Larry and wear that as a badge of honor any time I hear his name.)
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In that last picture, you can see where the roof is just GONE. It used to be a beautiful, all interlocking wood roof that was ornate in its simplicity. When I worked there, I liked going into the sanctuary during storms and lying (laying?) on one of the pews listening to the rain on the roof in silence. That would’ve been a major mistake last night.
Here’s an overhead shot, looking in… Thanks to KMOV for understanding that residents of the area might not want to be gouged for pics of this heartbreak.
Usually, you’d see black shingles there instead of…y’know…nothing.
This is getting depressing. Here is a picture of a bunny.
Now here’s a picture by Jim. This is looking toward the back of the church. You can see the stained glass at the back of the building. You’re not supposed to be able to see that. There’s supposed to be kind of a wooden wall there with a clock hanging from it, with a little back area where there are stairs and a place for greeters to welcome people. That’s gone. (I think that’s it leaning up against the white wall there.)
I hear there were about 30 or so people in that room watching The Passion of the Christ on DVD when the tornado hit. They (wisely) moved downstairs and thank God no one was hurt. As much as I want to make a Mel Gibson joke right now…seriously, I’m glad everyone was okay. I can’t believe the devistation. I know, I know… “The church isn’t a building…” etc…but I mean come on… Where are you going to have church when something like this happens? (Plus, like I said in my last post, I do have a lot of good memories about that place. Even performed my brother and sister-in-law’s wedding in that very room. Nuts.)
Anyway. I’m glad I was in O’Fallon with family rather than at home freaking out. Hope everyone made it through okay, and I hope the people who lost their homes and possessions are treated well by the people who are supposed to help them rebuild. (Looking at you, insurance industry.)
Anyway…just wanted to share all that. Sorry for ranting about the newspaper-site up there…but seriously…add a frame for $7.00 more?!? Ugh!