Stoughton Residents Gather to Remember Devastating Week

By: NBC 15
By: NBC 15

Compassion in a community devastated twice in two days. Sunday, church members and tornado victims come together in Stoughton to remember and move forward.

Sunday morning, hundreds of worshippers filled the parking lot of Stoughton's Christ Lutheran Church, less than a week after a massive fire and a devastating tornado left their mark on the city.

As you recall, early Wednesday morning, fire ripped through the newly remodeled church, which was also home to a daycare and school.

The following evening, a tornado left one man dead and dozens more homeless.

Church leaders say out of the tragedies has come an outpouring of support.

"Already a lot of community support that you never knew existed out there, so it's really good to have everyone coming and offering and giving condolences and encouragement," says Merle Lebakken, president of congregation.

"it was just wonderful to have so many people gather, to really mourn the loss and to look forward to the future, to go on from here," says Paula Geister-Jones, co-pastor of Christ Lutheran Church.

The homes of several members of the congregation were also either severely damaged or destroyed by the tornado.

Church leaders say from now on, services will be held at Skalan Chapel.

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