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Church ready to rebuild after fire destroys sanctuary

This is what remained after the fire. This is what remained after the fire.

LEBANON JUNCTION, KY (WAVE) - An overnight fire gutted a Lebanon Junction church earlier this summer. The congregation vowed to rebuild, but was forced to find another place to worship until then. 

Two faiths meet in one house of God. After mass at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Sunday service begins for Dennie Memorial United Methodist members.

"It's been a great blessing. They're Christians just like us. We don't look at it as any different. Except we want to get back to our home," Pastor Calvin Johnson said.

St. Benedict is a temporary home after a fire gutted Pastor Johnson's sanctuary.

"We are doing pretty well. People are still giving every week. Attendance has been steady at St. Benedict in fact it's been up a little bit," Pastor Johnson said.

Dennie Memorial United Methodist Church has since been leveled after church leaders deemed it was a total loss. Now the property is just an empty lot.

Members are optimistic. The church plans to have service in a new building by Easter 2013.

"Any contractors or architects that want to put in a bid on this to get it started - we'll give them what our floor plan is and get it going from there," Pastor Johnson said.

Insurance covered their loss. That does not mean those in and outside the congregation have given up raising money.
    
"We're hoping that this will grow not only us, but all the Christian communities here in Lebanon Junction," Johnson said.

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