OSO, Wash. The Oso Community Chapel held services Sunday for the first time since the landslide. They are a hurting group, but their strength is evident.
God is with us in this, senior pastor Gary Ray told a packed out sanctuary. We re down, but we re not out.
It was a message of hope for a church community committed to helping their neighbors.
In times of crisis, character is born, said Ray. We will be here to help in the long and short term.
As prayer and worship took place inside, outside trucks delivered food and other basic supplies for those in need.
It was important to be here after a very long week, said Corey Stinson, whose son is an Oso fire fighter. I m trying to hold it together for my kids, but it s an emotional toll.
Oso Community Chapel plans to be open every day for the next several weeks. They plan to offer counseling, prayer services, and a place to drop of items or pick them up.