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The service is special in every way....
Roger Sewell says, “I understand that is just a building the church is in our hearts I know that- but it hurts it really hurts.”
Last Monday Pewitt's Chapel caught on fire after a hot lawn mower sparked flames in an attached shed.
Roger Sewell helped to build new sections of the church...
Sewell says, “My heart has been broken and I can't help it- I am sorry I am crying- it means more than anybody knows it means to me.”
Even in a little rain - the service was a testament that the church is not about the building - it is about the people.
Pastor Chris Alonso says, “We lost a lot here but the things that are really important weren't here we had children that could have been hurt this could have happened during services and it could have been a real tragedy.”
And while there was no building.... A tent became a sanctuary ... And a dunk tank from the fire department
Became a pool for baptism.
Alonso says, “We are going to use a dunk tank- what they used to put our church out.”
Members say losing their church is heartbreaking but this experience will only make them stronger.
Jerre Sewell says, “It is very heart felt because this shows you what a light in the community this church has been since 1936.”
The pastor originally thought the church had insurance but found out that since 2007 there was only insurance on the parsonage-
The pastor admits it will take a lot to rebuild- but when they do members say it will be bigger and better than ever.
The church isn't sure if it will continue services in the parking lot- several area churches have offered their sanctuaries.
Pewitt's Chapel has set up a bank account at Bank of America for donations.
Monday, August 6 2012, 01:51 AM CDT
Prince Edward presents Edinburgh's awards in Tenn.
May 23, 2013 22:00 GMT
By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth's youngest son, Prince Edward, is visiting Tennessee to promote one of the British royal family's charities, the Duke of Edinburgh's awards.
The prince presided over an awards ceremony at the governor's mansion in Nashville on Thursday for the first batch of young Tennesseans to participate in the leadership and character program.
About 80 youths received the award by participating in community service, skills development, physical fitness and adventurous journeys through the Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, LEAD Academy, Montgomery Bell Academy or the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Organization.
Following the event, Gov. Bill Haslam and first lady Crissy Haslam invited the awardees and their families to tea inside the governor's residence. Later on Thursday, the prince was scheduled to headline a black-tie gala at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville.
Bernanke signals Fed to maintain stimulus efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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