KC church destroyed by fire starts New Year in temporary location

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City church destroyed by fire started the New Year in a temporary location Sunday morning.

Members of the Westport Presbyterian Church said they are getting through a very difficult time thanks to the overwhelming support of the community.

"That is what god is calling us to do in the face of such a terrible tragedy. We wish this had not happened. It is terrible, it is a shock," said Rev. Scott Myers of Westport Presbyterian Church.

Sunday's message was about keeping the faith and moving forward even in the most trying times.

Myers has been pastor of Westport Presbyterian Church for 18 years and that message was emotional for this congregation to receive and for him to deliver.

Thursday night, the Westport Church caught fire causing nearly $4 million worth of damage.

Investigators ruled the fire accidental and officials do not know whether the building can be salvaged or if it will need to be torn down and rebuilt.

"Lots of members of our congregation came out and were standing there and hugging each other during the fire," said Reverend Myers.

Sunday morning members of the congregation gathered in the 2 nd Presbyterian Church to worship and reunited with warm embrace.

"You just feel the love of the people being around you. It makes a big difference," said Reverend Myers.

Myers said the community's support has been overwhelming.

Members of the church said they do not know where they will have service week to week and right now they are focused on restoring hope.

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