On a snowy 20-degree day in December, the visitors shiver as they move among vestiges of a long-closed Pizza Hut
on this city's struggling main street. A salad bar teeters off kilter.
Dust collects on the dismantled facade of a soda dispenser. A few
bolted-down tables and chairs remain – usable, but only after a good
Yet none of this bothers the three leaders from the Auburn Seventh-day Adventist Church, who seem warmed by holy fire to carry out their task: Help transform the pizza joint into something with a bit more piety. Their church has reached capacity, having doubled attendance in the past year. So they've crossed the Androscoggin River to plant a second church, the Ark, in the heart of one of the nation's least religious states.
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