A day of healing at Woodlawn Church in Columbia

A day of healing at Woodlawn Church in Columbia

Hundreds of people packed the Family Life Center at the Woodlawn Pentecostal Church in Columbia Sunday morning.

It  was the first Sunday worship service at the church since Tuesday's tornado. The service was forced to be held in the Family Life Center because of the tornado damage to the Woodlawn Sanctuary.

Despite the devastation to the city, the message at the service was one of hope.

"One of the lessons is disasters bring out the best in people," said Ron Maddis, Exec. Administrative Assistant to the Pastor. "In the midst of all the chaos and the lack of clarity people had a place to come."\

The Family Life Center is doubling as the Disaster Relief Command Center where victims of the tornado can go for help and those who want to help can sign-up.

After the service other churches joined with Woodlawn volunteers to go out to affected areas to wotk on clean-up of debris and to bring food to people in need.

While several hundred were at the service, many others were out in the community. At the site where one of the victims died a  volunteer placed a makeshift memorial for her.