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Methodist Church Rebuilds Twice After Tornado Then Fire

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CARL JUNCTION, MISSOURI -

The Methodist Church in Carl Junction hopes to stand strong once again. Rebuilding now after Mother Nature toppled it down twice.

For longtime church members like Pat Wilson, she's been with the congregation through thick and thin.

Wilson says “It has been a long journey because we started this back in the early 1990s because we decided as a church to build."

But they didn't foresee the E-F 3 tornado which ripped through the town back in 2003, or the lightning the burnt the building to the ground last year.

"It's been a difficult situation but we're gonna come out triumphant."

In the meantime, church members have found temporary worship facilities at a local funeral home and are looking forward to moving in to the new building.

"Since the fire a year ago August it's just taken its toll on the group of folks that were part of the Carl Junction United Methodist Church. So for a lot of them it's a sense of new beginning,” says Saint Paul’s Lead Pastor Aaron Brown.

Back in March the Carl Junction congregation merged with the much larger Saint Paul's UMC in Joplin. Pastor Ben Bainbridge will eventually take over at the new Carl Junction location

He says "It's an exciting thing, it's something new, it's something we can rally behind. But it's just a building. Really the big part of what's happening right now is re-launching the church."

Wilson says "When we come out at the other end we're going to have a brand new building, we're going to have a strong congregation that's active and vibrant, and serving the lord."

The church plans to hold its grand opening ceremony on September 25th. The $1.2 million facility will be a bit smaller than the church before. But it will have modern touches and a new children’s wing.

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