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Congregation will rebuild after Nacogdoches Co. church fire

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

A congregation is planning to rebuild after its small church building was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning.

Nothing is left of the Goodwill Baptist Church building.

"My heart was at my knees," said pastor John Flemons.

He remains hopeful arson isn't the cause.

"That would be heart wrenching if we fond that out. That would really go to the core, but we pray that it won't. We really won't know until Friday."

Meanwhile, church members are learning to endure.

Deacon Louis Edwards and his sister Pat followed in their parents and uncles footsteps every Sunday morning into the little white church in the woods.

"And we would walk to church and we will have church in he evening. It was just fun," said Pat Edwards.

It's at this point where members try to remind themselves that what makes up a church is not a building, but rather the members who have the faith to carry on.

Plans to rebuild have already begun.

Goodwill's next door neighbors has offered a place of worship.

This Sunday though, members will worship outdoors where their church used to stand.

"We are going to trust in Jesus. Every thing we do, I know my God is able to bring us all through. Amen," said Louis Edwards.

Flemons set up an account this morning to accommodate community donations so the congregation can rebuild. The church burned to the ground early Wednesday morning. The cause is still under investigation.

Nothing remains of the small wood and frame church that stood in an open field on Farm to Market Road 3228, commonly referred to as the Pine Flat Road. The church is about 80 years old and has an active congregation of about 25, but a membership closer to 75, according to Flemons.

Donations can be made at Regions Bank on University Drive in Nacogdoches.

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 Pastor James Flemons set up an account this morning to accommodate community donations so the congregation can rebuild. The church burned to the ground early Wednesday morning. The cause is still under investigation.

Nothing remains of the small wood and frame church that stood in an open field on Farm to Market Road 3228, commonly referred to as the Pine Flat Road. The church is about 80 years old and has an active congregation of about 25, but a membership closer to 75, according to Flemons.  

Donations can be made at Regions Bank on University Drive in Nacogdoches.

Copyright 2012 KTRE. All rights reserved.

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