A Clanton church congregation, displaced after a massive fire, came together for Sunday services in a temporary new home.
The Maple Springs Baptist Church congregation says they did not let their run-in with misfortune this weekend get them down.
A hymn of faith starts the morning at Samaria Baptist Church in Clanton where members of the Maple Springs Baptist Church hold their Sunday worship service.
While most are all smiles some can't help but shed a tear.
This is the congregation's first brush with a church tragedy: Early Saturday morning, they lost their house of worship, and everything inside, to a raging fire.
Today, and likely for the next several weeks, they will gather at a nearby church until they can rebuild their own.
Church member Lawrence Moore says, "It's nothing but what Christian people's supposed to do, help fellow man whenever they're in need, and any way we can help them, that's what we want to do, but not even misfortune could hold this congregation down."
Rev. Roland Davis says, "Weeping may endure through the night, but joy comes in the morning."
In his sermon, Pastor Davis explained that goodness is born out of tragedy and that brighter days lie ahead.
Frances Clacker, who's been a member of Maple Springs Baptist for more than 50 years, believes strongly that there's a greater meaning behind their loss, "I think each of us will do his utmost to do what God wants him to do and Tommy Vines, the church's minister of music, galvanized the crowd with a hymnal that survived the fire... Some say it's symbolic of the future."
Vines says the book was open to a hymn called 'A great day is coming'.
It\'s a day of renewed strength, faith, and hope for a church that lost just about everything else.
The Maple Springs Baptist Church plans to open a fund with Regions Bank in the near future, so anyone wishing to assist them may do so.