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Church

In late 2007 I moved from Monson, MA back to California. For the eight years that I lived in Monson, this was my church. I attended faithfully, the minister was my best friend. I served on endless committees. It was a tiny congregation then: less than 40 people, and over a third were over 80. I loved this church.






Ten days ago, tornados ripped through Monson.  They tore the steeple off the building.  I'm not there, I didn't take this picture.  This is the link to the news story where I found it:  http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2011/06/gov_deval_patrick_says_he_hope.html 

The congregation is only 19 people now.  The church was built from local granite, from quarries that haven't operated in 70 years; it can't be rebuilt properly. 


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Oh, how unbelievably sad as it was a very beautiful Church. I am so glad you shared these pictures with us.
Oh no, I'm so sorry! What a loss.
How very, very, sad - it was such a lovely solid looking church.
That's so awful! Tornadoes don't belong in Massachusetts. I hope that at least that beautiful local granite can be reused somehow. I love those beautiful old New England churches, and it really hurts to see one destroyed like that.

Oddly enough, even though tornadoes aren't supposed to happen in Northern California either, a tornado ripped a big chunk of the roof off my church about 13 years ago. Fortunately the damage was not that bad, and now you'd never guess that that happened.
How tragic! It was such a lovely building.
How utterly heartbreaking to see such a beautiful building - and one that was so personal to you - destroyed.