The intimate Parish Hall inside St. Paul’s Episcopal Church filled quickly as parishioners arrived for the 10 a.m. service.
There were welcoming smiles, greetings and catching up and soon there was not an empty seat.
There were no signs of the near disaster the more than 100-year-old church faced a week and a half ago.
The church exterior told a different story.
Temporary braces now support an exterior wall of the church that was damaged in the March 8 wind storm that knocked out power to more than a million utility customers across the state.
The upper part of the wall pulled away from the rest of the structure during the storm and could be seen swaying in the wind.
The worship space remains off-limits. For now, Sunday services are being held in the parish hall.
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