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Communique Special Edition - May 8, 2009

New Albany UMC destroyed by early morning storm

New Albany United Methodist Church, in the Kansas East Conference, has collapsed from strong storm winds that hit early May 8. The storm affected many parts of southeast Kansas.

In a mobile home across the street from the church, a woman died when the home was destroyed by the winds.

“Many members of the congregation are gathered at the church site, sorting through the debris and offering support to each other,” said Parsons District Superintendent Rev. Janet Maxwell. “There are signs of hope: the brand new digital piano was unharmed, and they’ve found the Christmas decorations.”

New Albany UMC Pastor Susan Galvan has been on the scene all day, offering pastoral care to the members of the congregation and community.

“This is a really strong community, and they will support each other well. But I know they would appreciate everyone’s prayers and support,” Maxwell said.

KSN news has posted an article about the damage in New Albany with a photo of the church at

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