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Church destroyed by Hurricane Michael is on the rebound

Posted at 11:23 AM, Nov 28, 2020

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — More than two years after Hurricane Michael hit Florida’s Panhandle, members of the First United Methodist Church are back in their sanctuary in time for the holidays.

When the building reopened, Senior Pastor Jeremy Pridgeon described it as Easter in November.

He says they even had an extra service on the first day back to accommodate the large crowd.

The Category 5 hurricane destroyed much of the church in October 2018, and then COVID-19 kept parishioners away.

Pridgeon says there's a deep sense of belief that greater things are yet to come for the church, the city and the entire area.