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Victims of Church Fire Worship Outdoors


Just two days after a fire destroyed their their church, members of a local Presbyterian congregation gathered to worship.

The church building may be ashes and charred timber, but the people of "A Community of the Servant-Savior Presbyterian Church" remain rock solid.

Pastor Alan Brehm points out it is the Season of Easter.

" Easter is the time of new life. God brings news life from any kind of death. And this is a death for us and we're confident and hopeful there will be new life as well."

The congregation of A Community of the Servant-Savior Presbyterian Church gathered for the first Sunday service since their church went up in flames Thursday night.

Thursday night a raging fire destroyed the 40-year old building. Nothing was left.

Becca Clark lost the Church in which she was married.

"The same church that I was confirmed in and my nieces were both baptized, lot of memories," Clark said

Strength came in numbers as well as faith this Sunday morning. The congregation, usually 30 people, swelled to more than a hundred.

Neighbors arrived with support, prayers and help. The local school is offering it's building for future services.

Susie Ohendalski was in tears as she talked about the fire.

" We're sad to lose the building of course but , um, the church is us and we're all still here," she said.

Investigators believe it was arson but there are no suspects. Some parishioners think it was a homeless person who may have started a small fire to keep warm. But on this day, the focus was not on how the cause but on overcoming the loss.

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