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Local church uses 203-year-old original wood to build pavilion

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Ford's Chapel Methodist Church will use original foundation wood to make a pavilion. Ford's Chapel Methodist Church will use original foundation wood to make a pavilion.
HARVEST, AL (WAFF) -

A local church is sticking to their motto of "remember, rebuild and rejoice."    

Ford's Chapel United Methodist held a ground breaking Friday evening to remember the April tornado and celebrate something discovered during the storm. 

"It's both a joyful day and remembering the lives that were lost," said Lay Leader Mark Smith. 

The storm left the church without a steeple and damaged its sanctuary, but revealed a hidden gem. 

"After the storm, we dug through the rubble and discovered that the original foundation members that were laid in 1815 were still salvageable," Smith said. "So what we did was we salvaged those and as much of the other wood as we could, hoping in the future we could do something special with them." 

The plan is to build a pavilion using some of the original foundation members and other wood from the chapel. 

"It would be a gathering space for the community and the church where we can come together and remember the past and look toward the future," said Pastor Calvin Havens.  "I can see weddings happening here, I can see family gatherings coming and taking place here.  I can see it as a healing." 

Church members hope to have the pavilion completed by the fall. 

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