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Community pledges to help church destroyed by fire

Posted at 12:01 AM, Jun 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-14 10:41:42-04

Just months before marking its 100th anniversary, Zion United Methodist church was destroyed by fire. Thursday night the congregation received an amazing show of support to help them rebuild. 

 A small group gathered at First AME Church in North Las Vegas. Rev. Lawrence Johnson was grateful for their presence.

"You know we grieve, but are willing and ready to work," said Johnson. "This has not discouraged us."

It was just last week that the church near Lake Mead and Martin Luther King was engulfed in flames. Soon afterward, church members declared their resolve to rebuild. The fire is still under investigation and its cause has not yet been determined. 

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"This has just mobilized us and empowered us to do even greater work for the Lord," Johnson said.
Donations are starting to come in and people from neighboring churches have pitched in, offering to volunteer help to rebuild. The community group Nevada Partners is allowing the church to use a building on Lake Mead for services starting this Sunday.

 "We are just grateful for Nevada Partners, for partnering with us and opening their doors to us."