On June 26, 2002 at just after 6:00 p.m. lightning stuck our beautiful St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church. We give thanks to the Lord that no one was in the building, when the fire broke out, however, our church sustained quite a bit of interior damage. Our organ pipe room, chancel and parish hall were destroyed. In addition to the fire damage there was additional damage due to smoke and water in our basement. An aggressive building project was begun and the congregation under the leadership of Pastor Ancira, with assistance from the community of Bethpage, banded together to see our beloved church re-built.