Loving Giving Local: Lake City United Methodist Church

Lake City’s 100-year-old First United Methodist Church has a majestic presence in the community.

Inside, it’s spiritually strong but physically messy, due to a heating system failure two years ago.

“There was a boiler malfunction that filled the church with water, so we had a flood here,” co-pastor Wade Berkey said.

Water from the steam boiler rained on all floors for days. After the flood, a pandemic occurred, resulting in a lack of contractors and supplies to complete the repairs. The congregation got creative, worshiping for a while in a nearby park until they could clear a space to return.

“We had pretty decent attendance, sometimes we don’t have heat and sometimes we do. We just love to come and worship the Lord,” said co-pastor Ali Berkey.

For the co-pastors of this church and its congregation, the restoration of the building was a biblical lesson in patience.

“Paul, in his writings, says ‘Patience comes through suffering,’ we learn patience as we struggle through that,” Berkey said.

“We can still worship even though we no longer have the beautiful sanctuary we once had. We can still worship”

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“For us to bring a donation to them, we feel quite special and we know that this donation is going to help rebuild this church. We’re just happy to be in Lake City with Loving Giving Local,” said Joe Askins, Auto Express Resale Center.

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