WDBJ7 New River Valley Reporter
6:50 PM EDT, July 4, 2012
In addition the power outages, many people are still dealing with the cleanup from strong storms on Friday and Sunday.
One church in Dublin needs a brand new roof and is relying on old fashioned faith.
Last Friday's storm was bad enough.
Then Sunday nights skies opened up again, powerful winds damaged the churches gas line. Pastor Donald Neace knows the grace of good neighbors.
"Our neighbor Mr Cullup smelled the propane from the broken gas lines and ran up here and shut the tank off. We are very thankful for him because this may have blown up completely," Neace said.
Inside, church folk are cleaning up the mess. Some of the ceiling was soaked through and caved in. It would be easy to get angry, but this church agrees its always about perspective.
"I'm very even keeled because we've been through a lot during our years and God has provided and he will continue to," church member Anita Smith said.
A portion of the ceiling in the fellowship hall came down. Outside, a big huge chunk of the rubber roof has to be replaced.
The church was built in 2001 and since then has weathered many spiritual storms and 70 mile per hour winds.
"It's devastating. It hurts, but yet there's a purpose to it. God always gives you the courage to go ahead and move forward," church member Edward L. Smith said.
Church leaders say they will find a way to hold services this weekend.
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