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Louisville congregation holds first service since car slammed into church building

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - A Louisville church is back in business after a car plowed through the building back in March. It's the second major set-back for the congregation in the last six years, and members say someone is watching over them."Oh, it took a lot of pressing, but Jesus helped us,” says Pastor David Smith of Restoration Christ Fellowship Church. He’s talking about his building that’s in the process of being re-born.

"It took us a little while to put it back together but I'm thankful that we're back in," he says.

The church, near Iroquois Park, was rammed by a car at the end of March. Police think the 24-year-old driver was drunk. Bricks, drywall and even shattered glass covered the carpet. Luckily it did not happen on a busy Sunday morning.

"It's just a time of celebration to see where Jesus has brought us, from a building that was all gutted and wrecked, to a building that looks like it does now," said praise and worship leader Gary Jennings.

The rebuilding blocks still sit outside and the final touches are almost complete. New decorations, including flowers and chandeliers, sit inside showing the progress. Jennings says it’s been hard work these past six weeks.

"A lot of sweat, tears and we're going to stay here we're not going anywhere," said Jennings.

Church members think the chairs in the sanctuary stopped the car from doing more damage. They say if people were inside at the time, things could've turned out much worse. Picking up the pieces and taking some time off only seemed to help.

"I'll be honest with you, just to fall right back in love with Jesus and just relax so I think it's been a good time," said Pastor Smith.

A good time to heal and be re-born, boarding up a building and getting back to worship.

"God turned it around turned the bad for good because he took a building that was small and outdated and put a building like this up," said Jennings.

This isn't the first rebuild at the church. Fire destroyed the building back in 2008 in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.

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