TOWN OF NEW LONDON - Clean up from last week’s tornadoes continues around the area.
And one church in New London says it's moving on after its building was destroyed.
The devastation struck Wednesday at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Throughout the week, volunteers pitched in to salvage what they could from the rubble.
The pastor says the church used the first Sunday service since the severe weather to say goodbye to the old building.
But he says the future is still uncertain.
The faithful gathered in folding chairs instead of pews, ready to say goodbye to the tattered, tornado damaged shell of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.
"Goodbye building. And we look forward to what will be raised in the future,” Pastor Bil Sutlief said, as he waved at the building behind him.
"We really needed to gather here in this space, and very intentionally do what we did, say goodbye. Because that's an important part of the grieving process," said Sutlief.
It was an emotional day for families who have been attending church here for decades.
Pastor Bil Sutlief says the congregation has had many offers from the community, but they still don't know where they'll worship next week. And as for the rebuilding, the treasurer says the church is still waiting for an assessment.
"That clean up and things around the building are at a standstill, until we can figure out with the insurance companies, what that will do,” said Bryan Willner, the church treasurer.
Congregants say they're grateful for both volunteers and the donations.
"It's that wonderful thing about living in a small town in Wisconsin, and knowing when things go wrong, people just show up,” said Moser.
Church members at Trinity Lutheran say all that could be salvaged out of this wreckage has been taken out. So there isn't a need for volunteers on the ground anymore. However, they still need community support.
"The prayers and thoughts are really what we're looking for right now,” said Willner.
As it sang the traditional hymn, “Take my hand, precious Lord,” this church says it's been through the storm and through the night, and it is ready to move forward together, wherever that new home might lead them.
If you'd like to help Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, emergency funds have been set up.
You can donate at any First State Bank location in New London, or to the Wolf River Community Bank in New London and Hortonville.
If you’d like more information on how to help, visit Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church’s home page.
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