The evening of Monday, August 1, lightning struck Pigeon Creek Lutheran Church causing a fire that destroyed the steeple and collapsed the sanctuary roof. One person described the interior as “gutted.” Aunt Irene forwarded a photo to me – so sad.
This church has been “home” to Borresons and Estensons from its beginnings (built 1876), including a number of you reading this post. Baptisms, confirmations, weddings, burials – how many there have been! How many seeds planted and taken root from God’s Word proclaimed here! Sid and Odell, I understand from Irene, both had worked on the steeple at various times. This fire is a sad event raising many a question for the future.
As these thoughts came to me, I remembered the beautiful photos cousin Elaine’s husband Dean e-mailed me in May. I decided to include them here as a testimony to a ministry that has spanned nearly a century and a half.
Here’s an exterior view of the church with Edgar and Edna Borreson’s gravestone in the foreground. Their committal and the funeral of Kenneth Johnson. first cousin to Edgar and his siblings, was the same day this spring.
We view the bright interior of Pigeon Creek church on the same day.
If you have very good eyes, you can find the name Borreson a couple times on this founders plaque – plus Estenson, and the Lokken name (whose descendants in Italy were in touch with this blog), and many other names long familiar in the Pigeon Falls community.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of the congregation and community as their grieve their loss and look toward the future.