BURKE, TX (KTRE) - It has been 10 weeks since the May 3rd Sunday night fire leveled Ryan Chapel United Methodist Church, 555 Farm-to-Market 2497, in the Burke Community. Last Sunday, the building committee held an "eating meeting" to discuss the future church's look.
"The good Lord takes good care of us," Pastor Charles Weeks said after Sunday service. "And I'm very thankful for that. Our building committee has been extremely good."
After the church held a cleanup celebration on the June 13th, where a debris-removal company came to clear out the bulk of the charred remains of the church, the Ryan Chapel Building Committing continued on with its meetings to come up with a floor plan and design ideas for the new sanctuary.
"And everybody seemed to think we were ready to take the flat plan to the architect to get his rendition," the pastor said.
Lufkin-based Jerry Hill is the chosen architect.
"He's been in Lufkin a very long time. He is a very well-known architect. I've known him most of my life. He was gracious enough to take on the project," Weeks said.
Hill told East Texas News he received the committee's plans on Friday. After receiving the project budget information, Hill said he should have design options for the committee to consider in August.