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By Emily Banks Wooten
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One year to the day after their church fell victim to fire and was destroyed, the congregation of Chesswood Baptist Church will dedicate its new building at 6 p.m. March 24 and is inviting the community to join them.

“God has given us beauty for ashes … that He may be glorified,” Chesswood Pastor Col. Howard Daniel Jr. said, citing Isaiah 61:3. “Following the fire, Chesswood has been extremely blessed and able to rebuild. We ask that you join us for a moment of dedication and the opportunity to view what God has done.”

Nearly 70 local and area firefighters battled the blaze that reportedly began around 10 a.m. on the morning of March 24, 2021 at the church located on Hwy. 59 between Livingston and Goodrich.

There were no injuries but the building was engulfed in flames for several hours. The fire was thought to have begun in the annex or fellowship hall, with faulty wiring believed to be a possibility.

After the fire, Daniel said the next step would be to build back better, building a similar structure, but without the second floor classrooms.

“It is all a part of life and my daddy used to say that it is only material things and we can put it up again,” Daniel said.

The dedication event is slated for 6 p.m. March 24 at 4357 U.S. Hwy. 59. Following the dedication and tour of the building, a reception with cake, coffee and finger food will be held at Lone Star Charlie’s Family Restaurant located at 4591 U.S. Hwy. 59.

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