This article was originally published by Mennonite World Review

Flood, robbery bring S.D. churches together

A flood and a robbery brought two Mennonite Breth­ren congregations in Sioux Falls, S.D., closer in late August.

An Aug. 27 storm flooded Christ Community Church with 3 to 5 inches of water, the U.S. Mennonite Brethren magazine Christian Leader reported.

The following Sunday, Aug. 30, Christ Community worshiped with Lincoln Hills Bible Church. Then, overnight on Aug. 31, music equipment was stolen from Lincoln Hills.

Local news media had covered the joint service, and Lincoln Hills’ pastor Tony Randall thinks the publicity may have inspired thieves to break into the building. In addition to two TVs, a guitar, keyboard and drum kit, Lincoln Hills’ safe was stolen, although it held only a $50 check.

Until its roof is repaired and the facility is again ready for use, Christ Community will meet on Sunday evenings at Lincoln Hills.

“We were so blessed by Lincoln Hills,” said Christ Community pastor Troy Weiland, noting that he was reminded of the value of a larger USMB church family as he’s fielded many phone calls and offers of support.

His congregation is still planning to host the USMB Central District Conference Nov. 5-7.

As Lincoln Hills waits to hear from its insurance company, it is using Christ Community’s equipment while the congregations share the building.

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