Former Bar Celebrating Anniversary As Church

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In places where people used to sing drinking songs, patrons now sing hymns.

The Gospel Light Baptist Church in Hazard is preparing to celebrate its anniversary of holding services in what used to be TJ'S Hillbilly Palace Bar.

Pastor Chris Fugate told WYMT-TV in Hazard that he is thankful the church is in the old saloon because the building has been transformed.

Within just one year, the church has seen nearly 400 people in attendance, and over 100 people baptized.

The church will celebrate the anniversary next Sunday with a special service and lunch inside the building once known for liquor but now known for love.

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