Eau Claire church opens new doors after 2016 fire


Eau Claire (WQOW) – An Eau Claire church recently opened its new doors, after a fire devastated the building two years ago.

On September 22, 2016, lightning struck Plymouth United Church of Christ. The building couldn’t be saved, but that didn’t stop church officials from making a new place to worship. While the new church was under construction, Plymouth UCC held services at Grace Lutheran in Eau Claire.

The Plymouth UCC congregation moved into its new building last month, but on Thursday, they held a ribbon cutting and open house, celebrating the new building that stands in the ashes of the old one.

“It’s very exciting,” said Rev. David Huber. “I can’t say how exciting it is to be back, to be back in our own space, and familiar surroundings, and to be back in our old neighborhood, the Westridge neighborhood.”

After the fire, the church saved a few items like paintings and wooden stands, which now find a home in the church’s sanctuary.

They’ll hold a service of dedication for the new building September 23, at 4 p.m.

Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt

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