Portland church to reopen after June tornado

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Portland UMC - 2/15/16

PORTLAND, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan church is returning home after its 102-year-old building was damaged by a June tornado.

The Lansing State Journal reports Pastor Letisha Bowman on Sunday plans to lead services at the renovated Portland United Methodist Church. She officially became the church’s pastor July 1, just days after the tornado struck.

The church has been holding services at the Portland Playhouse, a downtown theater.

The church’s roof and windows were damaged in the storm, resulting in damage to the building’s interior. Several churches were among 132 buildings that were destroyed or heavily damaged by the tornado, resulting an estimated $3.3 million in damage.

No one was injured.

Some work still remains at Portland United Methodist Church, including replacement of some stained glass windows and reinstallation of the church’s organ.

Photo from Portland UMC Facebook page

Photo from Portland UMC Facebook page

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