Isa 64:11 Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised thee,
is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste.

Isa 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Galilean Baptist Church, Livonia Michigan

        It is at times like these you realize just how comforting the GRACE of God really is! Galilean has been going through some very difficult trials of late. Pastor Noe resigned the pastorate after 50 years in December because of failing health and has not been in church since late July of 2002. The assistant pastor Dave Fredrick is now Senior pastor. Pastor is now while I type this, very close to seeing Jesus (isn't that exciting for him?) and our church family is flooded with mixed emotions, we covet your prayers for our church and Pastor's family. What a BLESSING it is to KNOW that one day we will be together again for eternity!

Sunday, March 14 - Pastor went home to be with His Lord today

We covet your prayers for The Noe family.

Pastor's Homegoing, Sunday, March 14, 2004

        I can not begin to tell you how thankful I am today for Pastor Noe. Words can not express the influence he has had, and the way God has used him in my life, the life of my family, and without a doubt so many others. Never in the 22 years that he has been my pastor have I heard him back down from preaching against sin, nor has he ever backed down from his stand on the Word of God the King James 1611 Bible!!! What an honor it is to be one of his sheep. Even so Come Lord Jesus!!

A collection of Pastor Herbert Noe's Pulpit Pics!

If I Were the Devil Pastor Preaches!


Live video of the fire

Livonia church destroyed; students are out in the cold. Storage area may be where blaze started February 17, 2004

As smoke billowed from the eaves of the Galilean Baptist Church in Livonia on Monday morning, 15-year-old Seth Noe watched the sanctuary where three generations of his family worshiped disappear into the crisp winter sky.

The fire ravaged the 51-year-old church at 28875 Seven Mile, destroying the sanctuary that seated about 700. The blaze also displaced the 20 students who attend the church's K-12 school and four teachers. They were on the other side of the building and escaped unharmed.

"We were terrified; little kids were crying," recalled Jon Meyer, 13, of Wayne. "I'm going to miss this building. It's a very special church. It's where I grew up, where I was baptized."

Firefighters from Livonia, Westland, Redford and Farmington Hills responded to the fire about 9:50 a.m. They gained control of the blaze shortly after noon, Livonia Fire Chief Alan Brandenmihl Jr. said. Several firefighters slipped on ice formed by water used to fight the blaze, but no one was injured.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Brandenmihl said it may have begun in a storage room.

"One pastor saw smoke and said, 'Everyone grab your coats,' and I saw smoke then," said Noe, a ninth-grader from Brighton who stood in the water-soaked parking lot watching firefighters tend to the church's charred remains. "I can't be mad. God has some reason why this happened."

Noe's grandfather, Herbert Noe, founded the church, and his father, Dan Noe, is assistant pastor and school principal. According to Dan Noe, the education wing was built in 1956 and the auditorium in 1967. The church has an estimated 150 members.

"It's a total loss," Brandenmihl said. "The congregation has ties to it; it's like a death in the family."

Gone also are a mural of a river on the wall of the baptistry, the modest blue cushions that softened the oak pews and the custom-made map that highlighted the international missions supported by Galilean Baptist.

Senior Pastor David Fredrick said plans had yet to be made about where K-12 classes and services will be held. School will likely be canceled for today.

"At this time, I don't have answers," Fredrick said. "He reveals His will step by step as we trust Him. It doesn't look very good at the moment, but the last chapter hasn't been written."

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