Two days short of a year after the church went up in flames caused by old wiring, St. Elmo United Methodist Church had a groundbreaking ceremony this afternoon. At the appointed time, some of the crowd went forward to pick up the gold shovels: the pastor, the district superintendent, our city councilman, and other men of the church. Someone in the crowd shouted, "There aren't any girls." After much laughter, because this is a sensitive and inclusive church, people chose Betty Ann Case to go join the men.
party at the park down the street, inviting the whole St. Elmo community for food, games, puppets, and music. Click the blue links to see pictures taken after last year's fire, recent pictures of progress, the plans for the new building, and additional photos of the groundbreaking party.