St. Luke’s Community United Methodist Church reopens after 2021 COVID-19 winter storm – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

St. Luke’s Community United Methodist Church is making a comeback.

It’s been two years since COVID-19 closed the doors of the church and last year’s winter storm caused water damage.

It didn’t take long for 500 people to gather in the pews inside St. Luke’s Community United Methodist Church on Sunday for a morning of praise and worship.

Senior Pastor Richie Butler welcomed families to the newly renovated sanctuary, many of whom only viewed it virtually.

“This is our first Sunday back, and most importantly, for me, this is my first Sunday with Senior Pastor Tt. Luke preaching to people in our space,” said Pastor Richie Butler, Senior Pastor of St. Luke’s Community United Methodist Church.

The congregation has spent the past year and a half at Highland Park United Methodist Church after the winter storm caused problems.

“There was a burst pipe in my office,” Butler said. “And it flooded the whole church, and especially the sanctuary.”

This is the first in-person sermon, but the church has always been there.

“The church is not a building”, Butler. “The church is the people. We have just been activated. We left the building and got active in ministry and making a difference in the community.”

Renovations are still going on during the week.

During the height of COVID-19, the church held vaccination drives and food giveaways in its parking lot while repairs were underway.

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