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Joplin Church Holds Thank You Service For Community


Many churches across Joplin that were destroyed during the tornado are rebuilt.
Sunday, St. James United Methodist church held a special 'thank you' Sunday service, dedicated to those who helped.  

St. James formally re-opened its  doors last year on Easter Sunday. Now  a year later, members look back on the rebuilding process, and say thank you to all those who made the new sanctuary possible.
Members of churches from outside the state who donated shared their stories, and lit a remembrance candle for the lives lost across the city.

Church officials say while memories of the tornado never go away...it's exciting to see Joplin growing stronger.

"People are coming back. I'm excited to see all the new homes going up, and people walking on the sides of the streets now, so that's great. The park right down Murphy blvd. is great, so we're happy about that." says Pastor Sharon Freeman.

The church service also featured selections from the Tri-state Barbershop men's chorus, and concluded with a thank-you buffet dinner.

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