Waco: Church service was normal, but with heightened sense of awareness

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For the members of the Community Fellowship Church of Waco, Sunday’s service was the same as usual but with a heightened sense of awareness.

Last Sunday's mass shooting at Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church shocked parishioners all over the country.

This week there was a special message to members to ease potential fears when attending services.

Guest speaker the Rev. Kevin Bell spoke of hope, prayer, and perseverance.

"When there is a tragedy there's this sense in our being that we do need him."

One of the biggest tragedies of our time was the 9/11 attacks, and the following Sunday there were record turnouts all over the country,” he said.

Some may have expected attendance to decline after last week's horrific shootings, but for members here say they will continue their Sunday routine.

"I plan to be here, and I do not plan to be deterred by things in the world that go wrong or even in the church," said David Corbitt, a Community Fellowship Church board member.

He says since last week's massacre he, and other board members have had to rethink a few things, and come up with new safety precautions, the details of which he did not disclose.

"We do not want our vulnerability sitting here worshiping God to be taken advantage of so we have some plans in place to help with that."

As for Minister Kevin Bell, he believes the members of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs will see better days.

"God comes close to those that are brokenhearted and crushed in spirit, so we have to hope that is true not only for last week but every day."