A Tornado Couldn't Keep This Church Closed

By Kim Fischer
|  Monday, Nov 23, 2009  |  Updated 6:44 AM CDT
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North Texas Church Rebuilds After Tornado

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Valley Missionary Baptist Church celebrates new opening.

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North Texas Church Rebuilds After Tornado

A North Texas church celebrates its new beginning.
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A Fort Worth church is back in service two years after a devastating tornado.

On Sunday,  Valley Missionary Baptist Church held its first service in the sanctuary since that storm.

"I feel so good today. I feel so good standing there and holding the door," said Ruth Dickens, usher. "I really do, it's a proud proud feeling."

For some, the tornado actually helped the congregation form a stronger bond.

"We were OK with what we had, but then, we had a reason, there was a reason to come closer," said Dickens

Members said the community also played a big part in getting the church back in service.

Dallas design team The Beck Group rebuilt the church at a reduced cost.

The city also chipped in to keep utility costs down.

The April 2007 storm peeled off much of the church's roof, and blew out many of the walls.

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