Lazarus Church members celebrate in new home

LINEBORO, Md. - Two separate congregations once worshipped in Lazarus Church. Now, they're calling the Lineboro Fire Hall their home away from home. Christmas Eve night was no different.

"There's just a wonderful sense of normalcy," said Pastor Sam Chamelin from Lazarus United Church of Christ. "Thank God we can do something that we know how to do. We know to come, to celebrate, to sing. So it's just let all that other stuff go for a while and just be."

More than 200 people packed the Lineboro Fire Hall for Christmas Eve services. Only a skeleton remains of the church building they once frequented.

"I drove past it today and the emotions are still very raw. You know, we're struggling with it, we're confused, but on the other hand there really is that sense of hope. We've turned the corner," Pastor Chamelin said.

The church has since been able to reopen its monthly food bank in a new location. They say bringing together the two denominations on Christmas Eve night was a no brainer.

"This is home. The people are here, so this is our home church right now. And it feels that way. It looks different, but it's still home, we're still a community," said Vicar Lamar Bailey of Lazarus Lutheran Church.

Communities across the country have reached out to help the church rebuild. Members say they plan replace the building, but they don't have a timeline on when that will happen.

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