Lebanon church thanks first responders

February 27, 2018 by  

The Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lebanon was damaged in a fire in December, 2017, and members recently recognized the first responders, as well as others in the community, who came to help.

According to an article in the Dayton Daily News, the church presented a resolution to the first responders at a recent ceremony.

The resolution said, in part, that the church members “extend perpetual gratitude to the first responders of our city and neighboring communities” for their “outstanding professionalism” in the performance of their duties. The church then went on to recognize others, including the government of Lebanon, the business community, the interfaith community, and both civic groups and individuals who make Lebanon “a very warm place to call home.”

Bethel was founded in 1858, and the dedication of the building followed in 1861. The congregation has been holding services and church events in other spaces since the fire. The pastor of the church, Rev. Karen Schaeffer, said they have been informed the foundation is strong, so they hope to be able to restore the interior completely. Schaeffer says she knows the process of rebuilding will be long and difficult, but the Lebanon community has been rallied round to support the effort.

With efforts like this, official of the organization could work with a flyer printing company to create updates to mail to supportive friends and neighbors.