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UPDATE: Zion Community Church going strong after fire


This is all that was left of the Zion Community Church after a fire destroyed the building earlier this summer, but the members of this church never lost hope.

"We all realized it's just a building, the real church is the people," said co-pastor Ed Curry. 

Members held Sunday service for a few weeks in the church's parking lot but today they have a new temporary home. The group meets at a funeral home just a few miles down the street from their old church.

"[I] told them they were in my prayers, and they immediately responded back, 'we need to talk to you,' and I said, 'you don't need to talk to me, what's mine is yours and you guys are welcome," said owner of Hermann Funeral Home Bill Hermann.

For weeks, Hermann Funeral Home has hosted the displaced congregation. But, it wasn't the only place to offer it's services. Other area churches have offered to host the congregation and have even donated to the rebuilding fund.

"I couldn't get over all the people all day that just stopped, and not to see what happened, but to express their sorrow and to give us their support," said Curry.  

Including at this Sunday's service, where members of a nearby church donated $1,500 to help the rebuilding project.

"We're family, you know we might not know each other, but we're all family, so it was great to see everybody," said Christ Lutheran Church of Stockton, IL, Council President Laura Wilkinson. 

Gestures the church hopes will get them back into their own new building by Christmas of 2017. Zion has already raised about $40,000  to rebuild. The funeral home where they had services today says members can stay as long as they want.

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