The Ottumwa Courier

May 7, 2013

Church extends a heartfelt thanks

Ottumwa Courier

---- — As I sit here in my office that still smells of smoke from the fire our church suffered this past week, I remind myself how fortunate we are to be in a city where people still watch out for one another, and we, the members of the First Church of God, 1404 Sherwood Drive, express our deep appreciation to the city officials who recognize the need to keep and maintain a good fire department.

We also express our deep appreciation to the person or persons responsible for notifying the fire department early this past Friday morning. Without your prompt notification to the fire department, our building would have suffered far more damage than it did. Thank you!

Also, our sincere thanks to the fire department staff who so promptly and ably responded to the call. We deeply appreciate how well you did your job and for the subsequent notification to us through the local police department.

To all these individuals, departmentally and singly, we pray God's richest blessings for your help in our time of need.

Pastor Stanley Reiley

interim pastor

First Church of God