Storm-wrecked church plans for future

The congregation of a Greene County church destroyed by a tornado last week met for worship Sunday morning for the first time since that devastating storm.

About a dozen members of Avera Baptist Church gathered for Sunday morning services at the home of Bobby Barnes.

His house is just a few miles from the church that was torn apart by last Wednesday's storm.

The building was insured and the congregation hopes to rebuild on the same site.

In the meantime, they're looking for another temporary location for worship.

"We have opportunities through the Baptist Association for temporary chapels and buildings that we can have on site once we get the old building removed," said Reverend Les Dale, Pastor of Avera Baptist Church.

"So, we have a tremendous amount of opportunities.

Many people have contacted us from all over South Mississippi with offers to help, for supplies, we've been offered a lot and it's quite amazing the outpouring of support and we've been well-blessed," Reverend Dale said.

He also says a rebuilding fund has been set up at Regions Bank in the name of Avera Baptist Church.

He says any donations to the fund will be greatly appreciated.