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Friends and family members help move belongings out of Amber Davidson's house on Sunday in Clarksville, Tenn. Tornados caused catastrophic damage in Middle Tennessee Saturday afternoon and evening.
Associated Press photo by Mark Zaleski

Tennessee church members lose homes to tornado

Middle Tennessee churches and relief organizations offering aid after severe storms kill six, damage homes.

At least two families connected with two Churches of Christ in Clarksville, Tenn., were affected by devastating storms that hit the state Saturday, killing six people.

An EF3 tornado damaged a home belonging to members of the Church of Christ at Trenton Crossing to the point that it is uninhabitable, minister Geoffrey Sikes told The Christian Chronicle.

It also destroyed the house of a member of the Barkers Mill Church of Christ, the church posted on its Facebook page.

Both congregations are serving as disaster relief hubs for the city, an hour northwest of Nashville.

The Trenton Crossing church is working with Virginia-based God’s Pit Crew to offer showers and laundry services as well as Ohio-based Churches of Christ Disaster Response Team for volunteer registration. The latter will begin accepting volunteers Wednesday. It’s also working with the Red Cross to serve as a shelter if needed.

Sikes said he’s been overwhelmed with phone calls and support from across the nation, and “the concern is very much appreciated.”

Meanwhile, Nashville-based Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort will deliver a truckload of supplies to the Barkers Mill church on Tuesday to be distributed there. The relief organization is also looking to deliver aid to other communities affected around the Nashville area, including Gallatin, Hendersonville, and Madison.

Storm damage in Hendersonville, Tenn.

Trees and power lines were downed in Hendersonville, Tenn., by severe storms Dec. 9.

Tony Brimingham, director of ministries for the Hendersonville Church of Christ, told the Chronicle a tornado passed within a couple hundred feet of Christian Manor, the senior living facility the church manages, but no one was injured.

A member of the church also lost the use of his home due to significant power line damage in the area. As of Tuesday morning, nearly 3,000 homes and businesses were still without power in the Nashville area and nearly 5,500 in Clarksville.

Overall, the needs of the Hendersonville community are less extensive than in Clarksville, Brimingham said. The major challenge is cleanup — the church is not asking for supplies or donations right now, though it is working with the local Chamber of Commerce to assess future needs as people return to their homes.

Clarksville, TN, USA

Donations for relief efforts in Clarksville can be sent to:

Church of Christ at Trenton Crossing
2650 Trenton Road
Clarksville, TN 37040

Churches of Christ Disaster Relief
P.O. Box 111180
Nashville, TN 37222-1180

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