New sanctuary almost complete for Knoxville church destroyed by

New sanctuary almost complete for Knoxville church destroyed by fire

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The new building will give them much more room than the old one did, which they hope will help them reach more people. The new building will give them much more room than the old one did, which they hope will help them reach more people.
Construction is more than halfway done on the new sanctuary. Construction is more than halfway done on the new sanctuary.
"That's the only reason we do it. To reach people. Without the purpose of God and reaching people, then there's no reason for us to do it," said Pastor Leroy Franklin. "We'll give our ultimate thanks and praise to God for bringing us on this journey." "That's the only reason we do it. To reach people. Without the purpose of God and reaching people, then there's no reason for us to do it," said Pastor Leroy Franklin. "We'll give our ultimate thanks and praise to God for bringing us on this journey."
The old cross, which is currently sitting in the pastor's office, will be placed in the front of the sanctuary once construction is done. The old cross, which is currently sitting in the pastor's office, will be placed in the front of the sanctuary once construction is done.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - It's been more than two years since a fire destroyed the sanctuary of a Knoxville church.

After all this time, the congregation is getting close to worshipping again, as construction is almost complete on their new building.

The sanctuary of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in East Knoxville caught on fire in December 2010.

The steeple and the cross that stood on top of it survived the fire.

Mt. Calvary broke ground on a new building in May 2012, and the church family is getting more and more excited, the closer it gets to being finished.

That day is still fresh in the minds of everyone who goes here. It seems like just a few days ago when their place of worship was in flames.

"They said, 'You need to come up here.' When I got up here, it was engulfed," said Pastor Leroy Franklin of Mt. Calvary.

But on Wednesday, they were well on their way to getting a new sanctuary.

Construction is more than halfway done on the new sanctuary, with workers drilling and sawing their way to a new beginning for this church.

Members are excited to see the new steeple and cross that are already finished. The old cross, which is currently sitting in the pastor's office, will be placed in the front of the sanctuary once construction is done.

"They're ready to get into the new building and to continue to move forward with a clear heart and mind and thankful hearts," said Franklin.

The 400 members have been holding their services in the fellowship hall, known as the Family Life Center.

The new building will give them much more room than the old one did, which they hope will help them reach more people.

"There's some things that we're not able to do that we'll be able to do once we go into the sanctuary. We're adding six more classrooms because we are running out of space for classes," said Franklin.

They hope to be in this room by June, which is just four months away.

"That's the only reason we do it. To reach people. Without the purpose of God and reaching people, then there's no reason for us to do it," said Franklin. "We'll give our ultimate thanks and praise to God for bringing us on this journey."

The first Sunday service Mt. Calvary has in the new building, they'll host a dedication ceremony.

The public is welcome to attend.

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