Tornado-destroyed Joplin church open after rebuild

Monday, August 27, 2012 | 7:18 a.m. CDT; updated 9:22 a.m. CDT, Monday, August 27, 2012

JOPLIN — The congregation of a Joplin church destroyed by the 2011 tornado is celebrating a new home.

More than 100 members of Blendville Christian Church attended the first service in the church's new worship center on Sunday.

A ribbon-cutting is planned Tuesday and the church will have a dedication service and centennial celebration on Sunday.

About 60 people were inside the church when the tornado hit on May 22, 2011. Most of them took shelter in the church's basement. Everyone escaped serious injury but the church was destroyed.

The Joplin Globe reported that the new church is nearly twice as large as the destroyed church, with a larger worship center and entryway and three more multipurpose rooms.

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