It was an especially windy morning on March 22, 1916.
It is said that a small boy was playing with a ball
of yarn when it caught fire from a nearby stove.
He tossed the burning yarn out the door where it caught
the grass on fire. The wind did the rest.
By evening, 500 buildings had been destroyed by fire.
Woodland was one of them.
In typical Presbyterian fashion, a committee was established
within a week and had three sites for relocation. They chose
the edge of town: 11th and Gartland.
In 1917, construction began on a new building that would cost
$38,120 at the time.
Architect C.K. Colley was the mastermind behind its neo-classical
design. The original design lacked Woodland's iconic dome, which was
added just before construction began.
Woodland's building was completed and dedicated in November 1918.
The building has survived storms, below freezing temperatures, and even a tornado.
On the Gartland Avenue side of the cornerstone, there is an inscription:
Resurgam Deo Volente
It means, "I will arise, God willing."
We still worship in this building. We still believe this inscription.
And we still believe in resurrections, just as our building testifies.