West Liberty church begins rebuilding two years after tornado

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MORGAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Nearly two years ago, a destructive tornado left its mark on West Liberty.

"When I looked out of the back of the hospital i couldn't find the church," said West Liberty United Methodist Church member Jane Murray, "I found that really disturbing. I thought oh no the church is gone what are we going to do?"

Saturday, the church's congregation broke ground where their old church used to stand.

"It's been a lot of hard work. We have wonderful architect. He just listened to us," said Murray, "He built us a one hundred year newer version of what we had. And it's going to be beautiful."

Church members say they hope to be into their new building by Christmas hope the new West Liberty United Methodist Church will once again serve as a landmark for their community.

They started by praying, singing, and anointing the ground that one day will house a place to welcome everyone.

"We believe that it really is a beacon or a lighthouse," said Pastor Jamie Brunk, "It stands for something good and kind and compassionate."

And soon hope to bring their congregation back to their new home.

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