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Church rebuilds after arson, accidental blaze

MARYSVILLE, Ohio – Members of a central Ohio church who lost their building and supplies in two fires earlier this year have celebrated Christmas with the first services in their rebuilt facility.

The Marysville building of New Horizons Baptist Church was destroyed by arson in January, and some of its remaining equipment was destroyed in an accidental barn fire four weeks later. It proved to be a test of faith and forgiveness for the church, which quickly made plans to rebuild.

Sunday’s gathering and the candlelight service on Christmas Eve marked the first services in the new building. Church secretary Anita McKee said Sunday’s service drew about 260 people, double the usual number.

The man convicted of the arson was sentenced to more than four years in prison.

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