ALBERTA CITY, Ala. (WIAT) — Alberta Baptist Church spent the third anniversary of the April 27th, 2011 tornadoes dedicating their new church building.
Two rows of chairs had to be placed in the lobby to accommodate the number of people present Sunday morning to remember the long road over the past three years.
Many state and local politicians were present for this morning’s service, including Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox.
“I can’t think of a better situation to rebuild this great community on than Alberta Baptist Church,” Maddox said. “You will be the rock that rebuilds Alberta.”
The church steeple towers over the community, an area that is still mostly undeveloped three years later.
Alberta Baptist Church pastor Larry Corder feels it is fitting his church is one of the first structures back in Alberta.
“We are a key to the spiritual health of this community, I believe” Corder said, “as well as the overall good of the Alberta area.”
This morning’s service also attracted those who grew up in Alberta Baptist Church but have moved away, like sisters Rebecca Sikora and Linda Griffin. Both have moved to other parts of the state but wanted to be present for today’s milestone.
“It’s just changed a lot, but the people haven’t changed,” Sikora said. “They are our family, always will be our family.”
“I am so happy and blessed that Alberta built back,” Griffin said. “This community needs this church, and the people who are still members here at Alberta need this church.”
Corder says the church, despite being absent physically for almost three years, never left the community, and that has paid dividends now that the building is complete.
“The ministry that our church has been doing during these three years of being displaced has opened so many doors and heart connections with people in this community. Now that we’re back in the area, new people are joining, people are becoming new believers and being baptized.”
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