- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Members of a Dubuque church are looking for somewhere to hold services for three to six months while engineers fix serious roof issues at their building.

St. Elias The Prophet Church will have to hold services elsewhere while a new roof is designed and built, the Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1uxNf0n ).

An engineer determined earlier this week that three central trusses holding up the roof at the Greek Orthodox church had failed. Crews propped up the roof temporarily while the Rev. Dustin Lyon and parishioners rushed to move valuable hand-painted icons.

Cracks in the ceiling started to show a few weeks ago.

Lyon and parish council president Mantea Schmid say they’re grateful the problem was found before anyone was seriously hurt.

The engineer “said it was bad enough that a strong wind could have blown it down,” Lyon said.

There’s not yet an estimate for how much repairs will cost. Lyon and church members have reached out to Dubuque Area Congregations United for help finding somewhere for the 26 families at the church to worship. The church held an emergency meeting Wednesday night to discuss options. Lyon is also hoping to find somewhere else to hold a gyro fundraiser the church was planning for next week.

“We’re homeless now; we need to find another place of worship temporarily,” Lyon said.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, https://www.thonline.com

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