On January 18, 2005, the First Baptist church in Jamaica Plain was destroyed by fire. Determined to rebuild, the church broke ground on a new building in 2008. In support of our friends in Jamaica Plain, First Baptist Church of Worcester gave the church a loan to start the rebuilding. On Pentecost Sunday, May 15, three visitors from First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain surprised us with a very special gift during worship.
The Rev. Ashlee Wiest-Laird, Linda Karpeichik and Shirley Latham joined us in worship. Linda Karpeichik expressed her church’s deep appreciation for the support we gave them during a difficult time and presented us with a lantern, hand-crafted by Linda and her husband. The lantern is a replica of a Civil War lantern and is made from wood salvaged from the pews in the fire-damaged church. The glass sides of the lantern are etched with an image of the church steeple. The mirror inside shows endless, multiple reflections of the lit candle – much like God’s light in the world.
Here are some photos from that special day.