After fire claimed Syracuse church, congregation worships at coffeehouse

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Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 11:13 am, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

SYRACUSE, Neb. — There have been a lot of tears in the week since the 102-year-old United Methodist Church in Syracuse burned. But Sunday — at the first service since that tragedy — there were hugs, smiles and lots of laughter.

“All I do is cry, it seems like,” said Frances Wirth, who has been a member of the congregation for nearly 60 years. “Today has been wonderful. I haven't seen this many people in church in a long, long time. It was just great.”

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