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Lighthouse Community Church, destroyed by arson, becomes Epicenter Ministries

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Lighthouse Community Church, destroyed by arson, becomes Epicenter Ministries

SHERBURNE, NY - It's been a difficult couple of years for the Lighthouse Community Church, but this weekend saw not only a new beginning, it also saw a new name.

The church, like so many others, was forced to shut down when the pandemic hit. Then, in April of 2020, just before Easter, the church was destroyed by fire.

That fire was later ruled to be an arson.

Despite the setbacks the church's two pastors continued to serve their members by holding online services while they looked for a new location to hold their services.

This weekend they not only celebrated the grand opening of their new church, but Pastor Mark Monroe announced that the Lighthouse Community Church would now be known as the Epicenter Ministries.

“People have often asked the question what does the name Epicenter mean, where do we get that from. It's a geological term that means the center of an earthquake and our vision in it is that we could be a quake of God's love, That’s what's we really want to be we want to be a place where we can be a source of the God that radiates. An earthquake is not a positive thing, we don't think of it in a positive light but we want to be an epicenter of a quake of God's love that spreads from this place out into the surrounding communities so that's why the name Epicenter.”

Monroe says the church will continue online services on their Facebook and YouTube.