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Vietnamese Alliance Church holds services, despite fire

The Vietnamese Alliance Church in St. Petersburg held its services outdoors Sunday because of a fire two weeks ago that left the building unusable. The church held bilingual services outdoors in a neighboring lot. Church treasurer Tom Ho said they normally reserve outdoor services for special occasions, but Sunday they did not have a choice. The Aug. 24 fire left the building, at 4344 21st St. N, unusable, so starting Sept. 14 the church will temporarily hold services at First Baptist Church at 1900 Gandy Blvd. N in St. Petersburg.
The Vietnamese Alliance Church in St. Petersburg held its services outdoors Sunday because of a fire two weeks ago that left the building unusable. The church held bilingual services outdoors in a neighboring lot. Church treasurer Tom Ho said they normally reserve outdoor services for special occasions, but Sunday they did not have a choice. The Aug. 24 fire left the building, at 4344 21st St. N, unusable, so starting Sept. 14 the church will temporarily hold services at First Baptist Church at 1900 Gandy Blvd. N in St. Petersburg.
Published Sep. 8, 2014

Because of an Aug. 24 fire, the Vietnamese Alliance Church in St. Petersburg held its services outdoors Sunday. The church building at 4344 21st St. N is unusable. "This is like our home," said longtime pastor Truong V. Bon, as translated by his daughter, Linhca Truong.

Although the church regularly works with contractors for minor repairs, "This is beyond our capability to bring it to a usable condition," treasurer Tom Ho said.

The church, which has about 175 members, has not decided whether it will rebuild or relocate, according to the treasurer.

The church, set to celebrate its 30th anniversary this month, is accepting donations. They can be sent to Vietnamese Alliance Church, 8840 58th Lane N, Pinellas Park, FL 33782. Or call (727) 475-0565.

In the meantime, beginning Sept. 14 the church will temporarily hold services at First Baptist Church at 1900 Gandy Blvd. N in St. Petersburg.

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