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Possum Kingdom Fire

Many have followed the news of the Possum Kingdom fire (and other wild-fires) in Palo Pinto County.  Saturday morning Dr. Ginger Bassford, Weatherford District Superintendent, called to inform me that Cedar Springs United Methodist Church (an open country church near Brad) burned to the ground.   We have recently learned that at least one member of Cedar Springs lost their home to the fire. The church is over 100 years old and was located off Highway 180 back in a cedar break with a brush arbor.  While small (average worship attendance of 10-12), it is made up of bold and tenacious disciples of the Lord.  They love their church and their community.  Faithfulness is lived out in a quiet integrity.  Rev. Jim Senkel is pastor of Cedar Springs UMC. Monday Dr. Bassford and I rode out to Palo Pinto County.  Her 4-Runner was stuffed to the ceiling with supplies we dropped off at the Palo Pinto Fire Department.  Pastor Tom Beaty (Palo Pinto/Strawn) and his wife Cindy took us out to Cedar Springs UMC and the fire area.  All that is left standing are two stone pillars that held the roof over the entrance to the church.  The beautiful brush arbor is charred remains.  Later we met up with Pastor Barry Holmes (Graford/Central, Mineral Wells) gathering up supplies to take out the fire station.     I ask the reader to be in prayer for the people of Palo Pinto County and especially Pastor Jim Senkel and the members of Cedar Springs UMC.  Please lift up those fighting the fires that God might protect them.  The Conference web-site has directions for donations (www.ctcumc.org).