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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Freedom House Church Senior Pastor Troy Maxwell leads a prayer with the congregation at the close of the 9 am Sunday service at Freedom House Church. Pastors of Freedom House Church, a north Charlotte church, have been under fire after an email to volunteers requesting that "only white people" greet people at the front door. During the service, Maxwell dedicated the majority of his sermon to addressing the email and its ramifications, saying that it did not accurately reflect the everyday culture and diversity of the north Charlotte church. Expressing pride in the church's diversity, he called it a horrible mistake, asked parishioners for forgiveness and said he believed that the situation would make the church stronger. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Freedom House Church Senior Pastor Troy Maxwell, Executive Pastor Makeda Pennycooke, and Senior Pastor and Troy Maxwell's wife Penny Maxwell pray with the congregation at the close of the 9 am Sunday service at Freedom House Church. Pastors of Freedom House Church, a north Charlotte church, have been under fire after an email by Pennycooke requested that "only white people" greet people at the front door. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Greeters Sadie Hoffard and Quentin Miller greet people entering Freedom House Church for the 9 am Sunday service. Pastors of Freedom House Church, a north Charlotte church, have been under fire after an email requested that "only white people" greet people at the front door. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Greeters Sadie Hoffard and Quentin Miller greet people entering Freedom House Church for the 9 am Sunday service. Pastors of Freedom House Church, a north Charlotte church, have been under fire after an email requested that "only white people" greet people at the front door. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Greeters Sadie Hoffard and Quentin Miller greet people entering Freedom House Church for the 9 am Sunday service. Pastors of Freedom House Church, a north Charlotte church, have been under fire after an email requested that "only white people" greet people at the front door. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Greeters Sadie Hoffard and Quentin Miller greet people entering Freedom House Church for the 9 am Sunday service. Pastors of Freedom House Church, a north Charlotte church, have been under fire after an email requested that "only white people" greet people at the front door. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Greeters Sadie Hoffard and Quentin Miller greet people entering Freedom House Church for the 9 am Sunday service. Pastors of Freedom House Church, a north Charlotte church, have been under fire after an email requested that "only white people" greet people at the front door. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Greeter Sadie Hoffard greets people entering Freedom House Church for the 9 am Sunday service. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Greeter Ben Whitley greets Winston Gilley Jr., 2, and his father Winston Gilley at the 9 am Sunday service. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Greeter Sadie Hoffard greets people entering Freedom House Church for the 9 am Sunday service. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Greeter Sadie Hoffard (left) greets people entering Freedom House Church for the 9 am Sunday service. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    A diverse crowd worships during the musical portion of the 9 am Sunday service by the Freedom House Worship Band at Freedom House Church. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    A diverse crowd worships during the musical portion of the 9 am Sunday service by the Freedom House Worship Band at Freedom House Church. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    A diverse crowd worships during the musical portion of the 9 am Sunday service by the Freedom House Worship Band at Freedom House Church. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Freedom House Church Senior Co-Pastor Penny Maxwell and church greeter Quentin Miller greet each other before the 9 am Sunday service at Freedom House Church. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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