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Two Churches Become One After Doors Close at St. Paul

Reported by: Send eMail Katy Brown
Videographer: Katy Brown, Bob Frank
Web Producer: Katy Brown
Reported: Dec. 1, 2013 5:19 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 1, 2013 6:08 PM EST

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Praying As One
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

When one door closes, another one opens.

And that's exactly what Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church did for members of St. Paul on Charleston's East End.

"I couldn't have asked for a warmer welcome than what trinity was given to St. Paul," said new member, George Schwartz.

St. Paul was a place of worship on Charleston's East End for more than a century. Its last sermon was held a week ago.

Declining attendance and funds needed to operate forced the doors of St. Paul's to close for good.

"We're all kind of excited about our new church home here," said Schwartz, "but at the same time there's a lot of heartache over the old one."

The pastor of Trinity, Reverend Randolph Richardson, is excited for this new chapter--insisiting new members will bring new ideas and new life to his church.

"You know we spend a lot of time arguing about who we and set up our differences rather than our similarities," said Richardson, "I think this speaks to the unity of the Lutheran church."

A unity between two churches ready for a fresh start.

"We really didn't close the church," said Schwartz, "We just closed a building that had outlived it's usefulness and now we're here and ready to go again..."

The old St. Paul's church is currently up for sale. The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame has expressed interested in purchasing the building, but negotiations are still ongoing.



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