Friday, May 7, 2010

Battered churches different, but share drive to recover

From Tennessee-

This is the tale of two flooded Nashville churches.

One is a big-steeple Belle Meade landmark, with 3,300 members. The other is a modest red-brick building in the Bordeaux suburbs, with 90 members.

One congregation is wealthy congregants with a vast array of contacts and resources. The other is a tiny old-fashioned neighborhood church.

But St. George's Episcopal Church and Rose of Sharon Primitive Baptist Church have a lot more in common than you think. Both have generations of families who depend on them. Both are deeply loved. And Nashville's flood of 2010 tore into both.

St. George's Episcopal Church, opened in 1949, is well-known even to people who don't go there because of its location at 4715 Harding Road and its outreach ministries. It's a popular pick for weddings and funerals.

Water began streaming down the aisle during the 7:30 a.m. Sunday service.

"We were literally in the Eucharist prayer," said the Rev. R. Leigh Spruill, rector.

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