Church gathers for first time since fire

CAMPBELL COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - One church family found a temporary place of worship to continue its Sunday services.

Fincastle Church of God in Campbell County was holding their first gathering since someone set their church on fire.

Lavonne Meadd said it best: they may not have a building to worship in but that didn't stop them.

"What you see burned there is a building, we are the church," said Meadd.

The Christian Academy of Campbell County opened their doors so the congregation could worship uninterrupted. This Sunday's service was filled with praise and love.

But there's also a sense of sadness for what was lost a week ago.

"That was just heartbreaking. To know that someone out there had a vendetta against the church or wanted to destroy it. That's very shocking. I wouldn't expect that because we're a church that loves and helps people," said Reverend Michael W. Smith, the church's pastor.

But the congregation has moved forward and will soon plan to rebuild.

"We are God's people and we will build back the building in its own spot," said Rev. Smith.

The church says they are praying for the person who took away their building.

"He loves us, so we love everybody," said Meadd.

Pastor Smith says he's so thankful for all of the love and support.

There is a trust fund set up for anyone who wants to help.

There's also a $2,000 reward to help catch the arsonist.

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