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Church dedication brings congregation together

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

By Jessica Bowman – email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It was more than just a ribbon cutting Saturday at First Baptist Missionary Church in Biloxi. The congregation celebrated the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one.

Praise and worship seeped through the congregation as the ribbon was cut and the doors opened to the new $2.6 million church. Congregation members said this is not only a new beginning, but it's a closure for their souls.

Priscilla Butler said, "When Katrina hit, I didn't think we was going to make it out. To look at the roof separating and you could see the water on the right side and you could hear the pews and the benches bumping. I didn't think we was going to make it."

As Butler sat in the sanctuary, she looked at brand new carpet and stained glass reliving the dreadful day Katrina came ashore. She and about 15 other church members waited for the storm to pass inside the church attic.

"And to sit here and know that God has truly blessed us for us to see this wonderful building to be alive is just overwhelming," said Priscilla Butler.

Pastor Eric Dickey said the church has set on Esters Boulevard for more than 100 years. When the storm struck it was relocated on Main Street in Biloxi until now.

"We're privileged and blessed by God to come back to those same sacred grounds to once again praise and give glory to our God worship, and then reach out into the community where we feel we can make a greater impact," said Pastor Eric Dickey.

A church member said, "This is the day the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it."

18,000 square feet is sectioned out into an education center, fellowship hall and a 500 seat sanctuary.

A church ceremony and program will be held during the 10:45am Sunday service to commemorate the new beginning.

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