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Unstable roof forces congregation to worship elsewhere

A Mid-Michigan congregation is looking on the bright side after some major structural issues were discovered in their sanctuary.

The damage forced the church to find other places for their congregation to meet.

The church building is only ten years old, so when cracks were spotted in the sanctuary ceiling church leaders took action.

Pastor John Chippewa leads the North Goodland Baptist Church near Imlay City.

"We contacted a couple of contractors. They came in and looked around saw some truss damage up in the actual ceiling. We contacted our insurance and they brought in an engineer. Ever since the congregations sanctuary was red tagged at the end of last month they kind of feel like the Israelites of the old testament where there just wandering through the wilderness. So when the religious community heard of the churches plight the Imlay City Christian School stepped up to the plate and this is where the church has been holding their services the past few weeks," said Chippewa.

Parishioners like Linda Johnson say that's what belonging to a body of believers is all about. "That's what the church does and whether they're Baptists or Methodists or whatever they're throwing out lines that, they truly are wanting to help us and that is awesome," said Johnson.

For now, church leaders are waiting for engineers to get back to them on the next step.

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Unstable roof forces congregation to worship elsewhere

Tuesday, October 8 2013, 10:56 AM EDT

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