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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.