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"There is extensive, but not horrible, damage," Nolte said. "The church is not habitable as it is damaged with water and smoke throughout. We are working with the insurance company to determine the extent."
According to Nolte, this Sunday's worship services would continue as scheduled, though they would likely be held outside.
"We will try to worship on the lawn on Sunday," Nolte said. "We will secure space to rent in the next day."
Nolte said conversations are underway with church partners to move worship, Sunday school and meeting space while the church is repaired, and said those details could be worked out in the coming days.
Nolte also praised first responders and church leaders.
"I am thankful no one was hurt, that the fire department responded quickly and that we have a responsive insurance company and possible restoration company," Nolte said. "I am particularly grateful that the council and church leaders have already stepped into action."
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