December 19, 2016
Written by Connie Larkman
This is a Christmas story six months in the making, one of a congregation coming together, with a bond forged by a tragic fire. While the people of First Congregational Church UCC, Vancouver, Wash., won’t be worshipping in their sanctuary on two of the holiest days of the year, it isn’t stopping them from being the church. The members of the distinctive structure, known in the community as the ‘ark on the hill’ have spent more than six months as nomads, displaced by a devastating blaze believed set by an arsonist on May 25.