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Benton Co. church members return after fire destroys building

Members of a Benton County church returned for the first time since a fire destroyed the building.

Posted: Jul 22, 2018 9:49 PM
Updated: Jul 23, 2018 9:16 AM

ASHLAND, Miss. (WTVA) - Members of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church returned for the first time on Sunday since a fire destroyed the building. 

It happened Thursday night. Lightning is believed to be the cause of the fire, according to Pastor Herbert Luther. He also says a fire marshal will go to the property on Monday to confirm. 

RELATED: Benton County church destroyed by fire, possibly hit by lightning

A service was held in the church's fellowship center. Luther says he named Sunday's sermon "The Silver Lining in Times of Trouble." 

The same amount of members attended the service as they had before Thursday night's fire, according to Luther. 

"It was an emotional time, but that is all part of the grieving process," he said.

The fellowship center was connected to the church building. Fewer than two yards of space was between the two facilities. 

"They had to tear the awning down to keep the fire from coming over, and the only thing that got messed up was a piece of a shingle. A piece of a shingle was tore down," Luther said.

The cross which hung in front of the church building is one of the only objects that was recovered, according to Luther; who says he does not know who, but someone placed the cross in front of the fellowship center. 

"In times of trouble, the cross still stands," Luther said. 

Many people and organizations have approached the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church congregation and offered their assistance according to Luther. 

He says it is "just overwhelming." 

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