Congregation from burned church holds Sunday service

Displaced congregation says spirits not broken by fire's destruction

Published On: Feb 03 2013 03:28:16 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 03 2013 07:55:53 PM CST

Their location had changed but their faith was still intact as the congregation of the burned out Childress Memorial Church of God in Christ went to Sunday service.

The church members gathered at San Antonio's convention center for worship a day after a major fire destroyed their eastside church.

The pastor talked about the fire from the pulpit and told congregants the blaze that left their church a burned out shell.

But he said what most were already thinking.

Their church is gone but their faith, community and togetherness is alive and well.

Among those at Sunday's makeshift service was senior pastor Robert Emmitt of the huge Community Bible Church on Loop 1604.

He handed the over a check for $100,000 to help the Childress Memorial Church of God in Christ rebuild.

The fire went to two alarms and now has federal agents looking into the cause.