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Church moving forward after devastating fire

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For the first time in nearly 100 years, members of Dogwood Grove Missionary Baptist Church did not worship together at their site off Dogwood Grove Road in Adger.  Instead, the small Jefferson County congregation met at the Adger Fire Department to pray and give thanks - even in the face of devastating loss.

The church building was destroyed by fire early Thursday morning.  Only a few broken walls remain. Pastor Darrell Cook says the congregation is counting on insurance money to rebuild.  However, for at least the next few weeks, members have been offered the use of a meeting room at the fire hall.

Within a month, the church hopes to move to a portable, modular chapel - kept for just such purposes by the Alabama State Baptist Convention.  As Pastor Darrell Cook explains, "it's two modular units put together.  In the middle, you can accommodate 40 or 50 people. Then, you have three Sunday school rooms and you have restroom facilities.  So, it seems to be ideal for us."

The Alabama State Baptist Convention will deliver the modular unit to the property on Dogwood Grove Road, setting it up to the side of the ruins.  Pastor Cook says it should serve the church's purpose until a new building can be erected - a process he believes could take a year or two.

In the meantime, the cause of the fire remains under investigation.  Pastor Cook says there was no indication anything was wrong when the choir locked up the building after practice Wednesday night. It was not until around 3:30 Thursday morning that neighbors reported seeing the flames.


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