Colonial Hills: Memories strong one year later

Sunday was a difficult milestone for the members of one Central Indiana church family.
One year ago, on July 27, a bus bringing dozens of teens home from a Christian camp in Michigan crashed after the driver lost control on Keystone Avenue.
On Sunday, members of the Colonial Hills Baptist Church came together to pause and remember the tragedy.
Senior Pastor Chuck Phelps lost his oldest son Chad, who was also the church's youth pastor.
"He impacted people," Phelps said. "He was a people person and very dedicated to studying and sharing God's word, but very involved in people's lives."
Phelps' daughter-in-law Courtney, who was pregnant with a baby girl, also died in the crash.
"We are so thankful for the memories we shared with Chad and Courtney," Phelps said. "We were looking forward to a new granddaughter. We look forward to seeing her in Heaven."
Chuck Weindorf lost his wife of 22 years in the crash.
"It's been a hard year, and in a lot of ways it still seems like yesterday," Weindorf said. "It seems like the accident is just so fresh. But God has been good, and he doesn't necessarily protect us from the storms of life. But, he does help us through that."
Tonya Weindorf had gone on the trip so that her son with special needs could attend. She left behind five children, ages 12 to 20.
"She was always so careful to be thinking of other people," Weindorf said.
A memory garden now lies next to the church, with one tree planted for each life lost.
"We just continue to remember what Tonya and Chad and Courtney lived for, and their faith, and we want to fan that flame of the faith they had and be inspired by them when they were on this earth," said deacon Jeff Leffew.
Members of the church say they're moving forward with their ministry, and working to raise money for a new bus. They thanked the community for its support in the last year.
Phelps and his wife say they're taking care of their son's greatest legacy – his 2-and-a-half-year-old toddler, Chase.
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