The recently re-opened Mayfield Presbyterian Church held a dedication service Sunday to honor the community and businesses who helped the congregation rebuild after a fire destroyed the original church in April 2011. Karen Tararache was there to see firsthand how very grateful these parishioners are.
MAYFIELD, N.Y. -- Mayfield Presbyterian Church Pastor, Rev. Bonnie Orth said, "You look at what's left and you say the history here, over 200 years of history in this church and its laying there in shambles."
When lightening hit the Mayfield Presbyterian Church, a spark quickly turned into flames, engulfing the building in fire and destroying it beyond salvation.
"Everyone was out here when the fire happened and we've been there for each other I think throughout the whole experience," Parishioner, Mary Disanto-Rose said.
"People who have never even been in the church said oh my gosh my church burned and it was just so wonderful to see the whole community want to support us," Rev. Orth said.
A congregation in Saratoga Springs donated an organ and a piano was given from another church in Gloversville. Twenty-six businesses also offered their free or discounted services.
James Hunt of Foresight Architects said, "We reached out to the Congregation shortly after the fire, they decided to hire us to help with the project and we were very delighted to have that opportunity."
Two large stained glass windows managed to survive the fire in one piece. Shards of glass that did not however were salvaged from the rubble and glued together by parishioners to create a new communion table.
Parishioner and Gloversville resident, Ian Warner said, "It was really nice to see everyone take a piece and put it on the table and see how it all came together."
Another creation- a collage made up of blessings will be donated to a church in Mississippi that was destroyed by a tornado.
Rev. Orth added, "One piece should go to another church that was in crisis so that they can find some healing in the way that we did."
"It's fun doing stuff like this because you'll make other people feel nice about themselves and you'll make yourself feel nice," Parishioner, Katie Frisch said.
"We've always been known as a giving church and we had to learn how to be a receiving church and that has strengthened us on our journey too," Rev. Orth said.