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Pulling together to save a Centralia church

Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 6:37 am

“Prayer changes people.” That quote adorns the back of a Centralia church’s sanctuary, one facing a flood of sorts.

Jay Morgan, Lynn Morgan and Thelma Chandler, all of the Crossroads Cathedral Assembly of God church with one of sump pumps which struggle, unsuccessfully to keep the church dry.

Jay Morgan, Lynn Morgan and Thelma Chandler, all of the Crossroads Cathedral Assembly of God church with one of sump pumps which struggle, unsuccessfully to keep the church dry.

Not the type that requires an arc, but the 40-member congregation of the Crossroads Cathedral Assembly of God church at the corner of Allen and Barnes Street in Centralia.

Jay Morgan is a church deacon. He and his wife Lynn are directors of the church’s men’s and women’s groups. They are working with the rest of the congregation to find a way to fix the church’s flood-prone basement.

The night of January 1, Jay said, the basement took on up to four inches of water.

The church is old, Jay said, likely built on or before 1911.

“The cement basement walls, they just take on standing water and gradually pass it through,” he said. “We have three sump pumps working to keep it dry down there.”

During January’s flood, Jay said he and others worked to deepen the three ditches that help drain water away from the church foundation.

For the complete article, please see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.