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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

An eastern Iowa church which lost it's historic building in the floods of 2008, say it is rising, on Easter Sunday.

Salem United Methodist Church lost its 100-year-old building in Downtown Cedar Rapids to the devastating floods of 2008, and now has more than 200 members with a new 18,000 square-foot building.

"You have to remember, the Body of Christ is not about the building or anything like that, but this just gives a wonderful opportunity to serve our community," said Ronda Drahozal, a member of Salem.

Church-goers were wandering, holding services in many locations in years past before landing at the site of their new facility at 3715 33rd Avenue SW more than four years ago.

"We celebrate Jesus rising on Easter and today we celebrate Salem rising as well after the flood in 2008," said John Luke, Salem's pastor. "We wait, we wait, we wait, and we wait and we watch, and all of a sudden we're here. We're standing here and it's our grand opening? we're in this beautiful new facility and it's a tremendous blessing for this congregation."

A rebuilding process the Luke says they've been praying for, for years and a blessing because members know what it's like losing all they had.

"So many people in the church had their homes flooded, their businesses flooded a lot of destruction back in 2008," said Luke. "So it's been a process for people personality and corporately in the church."

The church broke ground in May 2014 for the new 2-million dollar project bringing a new 250-seat sanctuary, an open fellowship hall and several offices and classrooms, on the lower level of the church.

"I've been very involved in praying for this to happen," said Drahozal.

Prayers that members say were answered, at the perfect time.

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