Linda Henry said her grandson crawled through debris and found a pulpit. They also recovered several Bibles, a few of the Psalm books and even their church sign.
“We were very amazed at all we found,” she said.
Of course, they don’t really have anywhere to keep those things right now.
No one in the congregation is sure when they will have a permanent home again. Father Henry says he kind of likes the idea of being on a college campus like they are right now, but the ultimate decision will be left to God.
“We’re taking the next step and trusting the Lord from there,” he said.
In the meantime, the classroom at IU Kokomo provides them a little more stability. It keeps them from having to search for a new place every week. The university has agreed to let them rent it every Sunday until at least May.
Their first Sunday on campus, Father Henry set up a makeshift altar at the front of the classroom, right in front of the big dry-erase board.
In one corner of the room, two men and a young woman sat with their guitars and flute, ready to provide music for the service.
Christ the King canceled its service the week before because of the snowstorm, so on Sunday they celebrated the Epiphany of the Lord a week late.
Father Henry opened his Bible and read to the congregation from the book of Matthew.
“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born King of the Jews,’” he read. “‘We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’”
The observatory provided the perfect backdrop for the sermon that followed.