Family church finally resurrected after fire destroys old one

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EL RENO, Okla. It was an early morning fire that completely destroyed an El Reno church in 2014.

But, after a year and a half, the ashes of the church has now risen.

"The cross on the new pulpit came off the old pulpit. It's all black. Well, that's from char from the fire," said lead pastor at Family Faith Church Paul Roach.

Sunday, 200 people will pack the pews of the new Family Faith Church.

Pieces of the old building transformed into new again, including glass blocks made into a symbol of resilience.

"There used to be one like that on the front of our church. We pulled the glass out, scrubbed it all up and put lights in them, and we now have them over the door there."

And, a waterlogged Bible will come with Roach to the pulpit.

"There is just a lot of special things, and then we lost pretty much everything, so anything we could save was just special," Roach said.

And, just like some of the items they were able to salvage from the fire like this cross in the pulpit, the pastor will be leading a familiar message.

"Brethren I count not myself yet to have laid hold. Yet, the one thing I do. Forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead," Roach said. "I preached a sermon the Sunday before the fire, and it was so appropriate that I want to reuse that one."

It’s a resurrection of hope for this tight knit congregation in El Reno.

While there's not an exact cause of the fire, officials think it could have been electrical, because there was a thunderstorm early that morning.

There will be an open house Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m., if you'd like to attend.

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