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Churches give and receive aid in Follansbee after flooding

It's been more than a week since the flooding in Follansbee. The city is recovering quickly, but many are now without their traditional places of worship. The church community reached out to help flood victims, and on Sunday, it received some help (WTOV).

It's been more than a week since the flooding in Follansbee. The city is recovering quickly, but many are now without their traditional places of worship.

The church community reached out to help flood victims, and on Sunday, it received some help.

The Follansbee Christian Assembly Church on Virginia Avenue is too damaged to hold a church service. They did have church on Sunday, however, thanks to James Funeral Home.

"They've been cleaning all week, they've been in the mud, they've been in the water. This is just a nice comfortable cool environment that they were able to step away from that and not worry about their Sunday worship, but continue on with the mission and vision of their church," said Eric Fithyan from the funeral home.

For the congregation, the location of their service isn't as important as their worship.

"But we realize too that the people are the church. While the venue in many ways is important, the essence of the church is the people,” Follansbee Christian Assembly Church Pastor Joseph Cuomo said.

Just across the road, another church has been hurting. Members of the Follansbee United Methodist Church saw their entire basement fill with water last weekend.

They've spent the entire week trying to save it. On Sunday, they worshipped down the road at the Follansbee Presbyterian Church.

"It was so nice because last week we had nowhere to go,” said Verna Tarr, a member of the church. “It was nice to have some place to go and worship together.”

The Follansbee Presbyterian Church has been a haven for those affected by the flooding and for the volunteers. They've had warm food and cold drinks available all week.

"Anyone that's hungry, worked hard, sweaty, they come and they're happy to have church grandma food here waiting for them," said Frank Haas, pastor of the Follansbee Presbyterian Church.

It’s a community that is working together and showing others that their faith and love goes outside of the walls of a church building and beyond the first day of the week.

"It's what God calls us to do, to help one another, to have compassion and care and help people. It's been really great," said Penny Calmbacher, pastor of Follansbee United Methodist Church.

There are no confirmed dates for when the Christian Assembly Church or United Methodist Church will be able to house their services again.

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