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March 26, 2013

Weathering the storm

Mother Nature fails in hindering Church Central’s service, spirits

MILLEDGEVILLE —  

The spirits of Church Central’s congregation can’t be kept down and neither can the community pulling together to fix what Mother Nature nearly destroyed.

Monday evening’s strong winds and heavy rain caused power outages in Baldwin County and across the state and hundreds endured property damage. Members of Church Central were astonished to see portions of the church’s interior ceiling collapsed and nearly 3 inches of water flooding the front lobby and office areas Tuesday morning.

“Milledgeville Cares was having their meeting at the church Tuesday morning and they found the damage. My daughter and I were on a trip since she was out for college spring break. We were outside the Memphis, Tenn. area when I got a phone call telling me we had storm damage, and that’s all I knew at that point,” Pastor Jeff Simmons said. “I started calling people to tell them to go down to the church and check it out. When I saw pictures, I didn’t think it was that bad, but as the day progressed, it just got worse and worse.”

When Simmons finally reached the church, he remained calm, but was a little disheartened thinking about the daunting task ahead of him as he looked at the upsetting sight.

“My first thought was that this is a mess and I was trying to make a decision if we needed to have church somewhere else; I didn’t really have much time to react,” he said. “Even though I knew it was all going to be OK, I did have a small moment initially because there’s a lot of blood, sweat, tears, prayers and faith that went into having this place; it’s just one hurdle after another. It was tough, but that moment lasted about 10 seconds and then it was about figuring out what we were going to do next.”

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