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Nancy and Mike Strachota opened their first Celebration of Praise Church in a Woodbury school in 1994. Below is the bright yellow sign in front of their new location at 700 Summit Ave., in St. Paul Park. (Bulletin photo by Toni Lambert)

New church feels 'like home'

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The natural wood paneling, the tables set for a meal, the chairs in a circle and the flowers all give a feeling of home to the tiny church known as Celebration of Praise, on Summit Avenue, in St. Paul Park.

And that's exactly the atmosphere pastors Mike and Nancy Strachota want as they greet parishioners on Sundays.

The goal of Celebration of Praise -- which moved to the new location last fall -- is to foster a home fellowship, the Strachotas said.

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