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Campbell church meets again, one week since arson fire

1:18 AM, Dec 17, 2012   |    comments
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One week since an intentionally set fire at the Lafollette Fincastle Church of God, members have found a new, temporary home a few hundred yards away.

"It's a little different as far as setting... but the spirit? It's the same spirit," 30+ year member Steve Goins said Sunday, sitting on a bleacher at the Campbell County Christian Academy. That's where the dozens of the displaced church members will be meeting for the foreseeable future.

"Been very difficult, but I'll tell you what, you look to the Lord for these things," Goins added.

"It's been a dear loss for all of us...all week long, we were hoping it would be something electrical," Reverend Mike Smith said in front of the congregation before the Sunday afternoon services.

He said the overwhelming response from other churches, including the academy, helped them transition into this temporary setting.

"Makes you feel good as a pastor to see that happen because the church that burned is not the Fincastle Church of God. the people in the church is the church," the reverend added.

The most symbolic moment of this first service was a circle of hands surrounding the makeshift pews when services began. As parishioners prayed for help, they knew it will be a while until they return "home."

"We will build back, eventually we will be back," Rev. Smith added.

The church is asking for donations to help with the rebuilding process. A fund has been set up at the Community Trust Bank in Jacksboro. For more, contact 423-566-7847 or 423-566-7874.

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