May 21- Paradise Church held a groundbreaking ceremony for their new sanctuary lost in the massive Camp Fire of 2018.
Over 150 people, including church members, the mayor, city council members, NCC administrators, and builders gathered to hear a few words of remembrance, purpose, and inspiration.
Maureen Wisener, communication chair, remarked, “We are thrilled that we have commenced construction. The members of this church have waited a long time for this moment, waiting patiently and turning the focus from themselves to meeting the needs of our community.”
Steve Hamilton, head pastor, stated, “Losing the church brought a clarity to our lives, that it was not about a building, but about people. Its loss accelerated The Gospel in our lives.”
Joelle Chinnock, director of disaster recovery, concluded, “We are so delighted that this project is finally underway. It will be a great resource for connecting with our community and sharing the love of Jesus for generations to come.”
Featured in Northern Lights, June 8, 2023