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Members of fire-destroyed church hold outdoor service

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What remained of the fire-damaged church. (Jan. 10, 2013/FOX Carolina) What remained of the fire-damaged church. (Jan. 10, 2013/FOX Carolina)
NEWBERRY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The cause of a destructive church fire is still under investigation, and while there isn't much of the church left, parishioners say they are determined they will rise up from this tragedy.

On Thursday, a fire destroyed much of a historic St. Paul Lutheran Church in Newberry County, and only a few days after the blaze destroyed the church, members said the loss of their building wasn't going to stop them from praising God.

Against the odds, they managed to still have a service Sunday. Hundreds of community members gathered outside what's left of the structure with lawn chairs for an 11 a.m. service. Church leaders say this tragedy will not shake their parish's faith.

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"The church is much bigger than the walls of the building, this is the  community responding to a time of great need," said Pastor Herman Yoos.

Church leaders say Sunday was a celebration of the power of faith, but the service was also painful for many.

"This was the first I'd seen the church, seen it burned, so the service was very emotional, there were a lot of memories flooding back," said member Melissa Harmon. 

Next week, the members of the church plan to have service at a nearby elementary school. They are hoping the walls to the church will be able to be saved in reconstruction and that they'll be able to rebuild in that same location.

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