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Alberta Baptist completes building, worships in new facility after April 27, 2011, tornadoescomment (0)

March 6, 2014

By Bethany Rogers

Alberta Baptist completes building, worships in new facility after April 27, 2011, tornadoes

Members of Alberta Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, returned home Feb. 23 when they held their first service in the newly completed church facilities.

Alabamians will not soon forget the events of April 27, 2011, the day a severe outbreak of deadly tornadoes ravaged the state. 

Alberta Baptist, located on University Boulevard and central to the Alberta community in the city, was one victim to the wreckage of that day’s events after a mile-wide EF4 tornado tore through the heart of Tuscaloosa.

With most of its facilities destroyed, the church was left with many pieces to pick up and decisions to make. In the aftermath, Open Door Baptist Church, Northport, welcomed Alberta Baptist members to worship with them as they studied the best plan for the church’s future.

It was soon decided to rebuild in the same location and continue serving in the Alberta community. The new $7 million facility was completed in early 2014, and the Feb. 23 service announced to the area the church is back and ready to make a difference.

The service was filled with many joyous moments as church members celebrated how God had brought them back and blessed them with more than they could have imagined.

Colby Mouchette, the church’s student pastor, recounted his drive to church earlier that morning. “The day was beautiful. I realized that God, He did it. We’re here and my heart was overflowing with love to my God for His faithfulness to us,” he said.

Pastor Larry Corder spoke on the assurance we have in times of trouble. “We don’t always know what God’s doing, as Christians, as a church, until we look back and see what God did.” He, along with his church members, believe this journey has been truly transformative for the church and has shown them how much God has done for them.

An official building dedication service will be observed on the third anniversary of the tornado — which happens to be a Sunday — April 27 at 10 a.m. 

Alberta brings the total of Alabama Baptist churches rebuilt after being destroyed by the April 27, 2011, tornadoes to 14. Only one church is left to be rebuilt, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Centre. The drawing plans are in their final phase and the church hopes to begin rebuilding later this year. 

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