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Parts of Decatur church building destroyed by storm

Three classrooms were destroyed at the church.

Posted: Apr. 11, 2018 5:41 PM
Updated: Apr. 11, 2018 7:04 PM

The clean up continues in Decatur after dozens of homes and businesses were damaged by last week's storm


The education and office building of St. Paul's Lutheran Church was destroyed when a huge tree fell on the roof.

"We are blessed and very thankful for that. The Lord watching over us and keeping us in his care," said Pastor Aaron Kretzschmar.

Pastor Aaron Kretzschmar said the elders of St. Paul's Lutheran Church were having a meeting inside of the building, an hour before storm hit.

"We finished about 9:05, 9:10. I was talking with one of the elders after work. We left about 9:30. Went home and saw on the news that the storm is coming in," Kretzschmar said.

Kretzchmar lives a little over a mile away from the church and said he didn't have any storm damage at his home, so he was surprised when he saw the damage to the church.

"It was a strong healthy tree. It was in real good shape. We had a Easter egg hunt on Sunday. Children picking up eggs here," Kretzschmar said.

The church's insurance company told Kretzchmar the building will need a new roof that will cost around $200,000.

Church members were able to remove items out of 3 classrooms that are now full of debris

"None of our activities have been affected, the pre-school, the Boys & Girls club and ESL, all of that is in different parts of the building," Kretzschmar said.

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