News on Emanuel Church House Fire: Monday 4/2/2018

On the day after Easter (2018), nearly 90 years of memories went up in smoke as the Emanuel Lutheran Church, Dallas, church house burned early in the morning. We give thanks that no lives were lost. We give thanks for the Fire Department who did their best to rescue the building. We give thanks for the many memories: the pastors who lived there; the weddings and wedding receptions and other special events; the Sunday School classes, and the people who attended Unidos Podemos meetings.  We are sad that all of the games for our annual fall “Back-to-School Carnival” were destroyed by the flames. But we give thanks that the Emanuel Community Center is inviting people to help replace them in time for this annual August event. Emanuel means “God is with us.” And we know that God is with us in this time of loss and grief.  Please pray for the people of Emanuel Lutheran Church as we continue to concern God’s call in the midst of this time of change and resurrection.


  1. David Hedman

    Dear Friends,

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss. I know that God is especially near to you during this time of trial.

    I have a question. The Dallas Morning News said that the parsonage was burned. Were the sanctuary and the Ericson Fellowship Hall burned as well? Please let me know.

    My Grandfather, Dr. William Ericson, served as a pastor at Emanuel in parts of the 1940s and 1950s.


    David Hedman

    • Emanuel Lutheran Church

      No. Just the parsonage was burned. We were in the process of renovating the building.

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