It was decided that the church would be rebuilt on the same site. On February 22, 1990, less than one year after the fire, the entire process was complete and St. Andrew was on its way to a new home.
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on the site on Easter Sunday, 1991, just two years after the fire. Following the design of noted architect William Turnbull Jr., the construction process took approximately one year from start to finish. The first Sunday services in the new church were held on March of 1992, just three years and ten days after the fire. The old oak cross, rescued from the fire, can be seen just outside the Narthex.
There are lessons to be learned throughout life, some incidental, some major. In the case of St. Andrew, the fire worked to bring an already self-described “close-knit” church community closer together. Individuals and families, community members, and tradespeople gave generously of their time, talent, and resources to help the church rebuild.
Seizing the challenge of rebuilding as an opportunity rather than an obstacle, as Pastor Rich described, has proven to be an exhilarating and long-term experience for St. Andrew as a whole.
As a congregation, let us always be alert to the possibilities before us, both spiritually and physically, to lean into God’s grace in a hurting world.