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Volunteer work continues in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - As the Cedar Christian Church prepares for its first service since the June 2008 flood, church members are thankful for a group of volunteers who've come from across the country, to breathe life into the building.

"We thought we'd never be back again, and now, it's just joy," said Barb Appleget.

We spoke with Carl Zerweck, Volunteer Director for Disciples Home Missions. "It's pretty amazing for us to walk in here and realize that when we started this on March 9th, this building was just bare walls."

Zerweck showed us the first floor, which was underwater nearly a year ago. He tells us a tight budget and some cold weather haven't stopped this group from doing what it came here to do.

"We have a couple of families whose homes are also in need, and we've worked on their houses as well. The work is just a blessing for us."

Zerweck has been reusing as many pieces from the original building as possible. And it's been working, he says, thanks to the efforts of a diverse team of volunteers. Jim Piper came all the way from Idaho to lend a hand.

"We've started with bare studs here, put the sheet rock on it, mudded them up, textured it, painted it."

The best part of the 5 weeks he's spent here, have been the reactions from the congregation. "Every time one of the members comes through, their faces light up," he said, a sign that this mission has been accomplished.

"We feel like we're coming home," Appleget told us.

The church will host an open house Friday at 5:30 PM, featuring tours of the renovations, with a service will following at 7 PM.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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