Building dedication opens new chapter for Southside UMC

Southside UMC Batesville has rebuilt following a 2014 fire.

Southside UMC Batesville has rebuilt following a 2014 fire.

The congregation of Southside UMC Batesville can officially put behind them the November 2014 fire that destroyed their home. After a year-long rebuilding process, the church began using its new building in January 2016, and on April 10, they held a special service and celebration to dedicate the facility, debt-free, to the glory of God.

Numerous members and friends attended the dedication, including Northeast District superintendent the Rev. Susan Ledbetter, and a number of persons who were raised in the church and now live elsewhere, such as Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, whose parents are still Southside members.

 

Rev. Roger Hook welcomes worshippers to the dedication service for Southside UMC Batesville's new building. COURTESY PHOTOS

Rev. Roger Hook welcomes worshippers to the dedication service for Southside UMC Batesville’s new building.
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