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Grace and Lightning Strikes

Grace Lutheran's church steeple is no stranger to lightning strikes. In fact since the latest lightning strike on the night of June 25, 2022; Grace has been struck a total of 4 times in its long history.

The current lightning strike has made the structure of the steeple unsafe to be near and is currently in the repair process of being deconstructed and reconstructed. 


Current steeple repairs

September Reconstruction:

Reconstruction of our steeple is going smoothly and will hopefully be completed sometime in September.


Timeline of repairs (oldest to newest)

July 25, 2022: The steeple is wrapped in chain link fencing. This fencing would in the event of the steeple falling keep it all in one piece if it did.

Church Steeple is being wrapped in chain link fence to keep it in one piece if parts tried to fall.

July 28, 2022: The cross on top of the steeple is removed and placed in the sanctuary.

July 31, 2022 

A congregational meeting was held after worship to approve a motion to install a lightning rod system on the church. The motion was passed unanimously by those in attendance.

August 3, 2022

Deconstruction has begun. A lot of planning and critical thinking had to go into disassembling each brick. Each brick has been labeled and color coated for when the steeple will be put back together like a giant building block puzzle.

August 8, 2022

Deconstruction continues, and the Grace Food Pantry continues serving the community from our parking lot across the street from the church.

August 10, 2022

There was an unexpected discovery of finding that the upper part of the steeple was not hollow but had a large chunk of mortar/concrete in it supporting the steel pole that the cross was attached to. A crane was brought in to support the concrete chunk while the rest of the stones around it were removed. The chunk was then safely lowered to the ground.


August 16, 2022:

The majority of the damaged part of the steeple has been deconstructed and now lays along Capitol Avenue on pallets. Despite its yellow look up in the sky, the stones have a white tone to them. 

August 19, 2022:

Steeple deconstruction has been completed and reconstruction will begin this Monday.

With that 7th street now has one lane open, and Capitol Avenue is now open going westbound.