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Church Still Going Strong After Fire

Sunday's service was all about hope and giving the community time to grieve. And despite it all, making sure they're thankful for what they do have. For now, the church is looking for a more permanent place they can call home - and congregations throughout the area are stepping up.
A Vigo County congregation held its first service Sunday morning after a fire destroyed the century-old building on Thursday.

The cause of Thursday night's blaze may never be known, but members of the Prairie Creek Baptist Church say from the ashes, they will rebuild.

This may not be the building that the Prairie Creek Baptist Congregation called home for the past 137 years, but for these people it's not just about the bricks and mortar.

"We are the church, and so we're going to go forward with hope and we are going to continue with the mission to which He's called us," said Pastor Kevin Dobson.

Sunday's service was all about hope and giving the community time to grieve. And despite it all, making sure they're thankful for what they do have.

"It is a sad time for us, but in the middle of our grief we also recognize the hope that we have in the face that we share with each other," said Dobson.
   
Helping to truly embrace the spirit of the season:

"Hope born out of loss is the message of Christmas, and it is the reality of our church today," said Dobson. "We continue to want to serve this community and be a part of the community and be a place that the community can come to."

For now, the church is looking for a more permanent place they can call home - and congregations throughout the area are stepping up.

"Many different denominations that reached out to us and said hey we want to help. And it just means so much to us, and I think it's truly an evidence of Christian unity," said Dobson.

The church is accepting donations to help off-set the construction cost of what insurance will not cover. But officials say it you can't give monetarily, there are some things you can still do to help.

"Just continuing to encourage the members of the church and continued to stand with this by praying with us," said Dobson. "By God's grace and through his provision we will rebuild this church."

Church officials are meeting with an architect on Monday to start coming up with a plan to rebuild the church.

They will meet again next Sunday at the Prairie Creek Community Center.

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