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Betty Williams (top left), the Rev. Gracie Redfearn, and Barbara Ravenell prayed at Charles Street AME Church.
ARAM BOGHOSIAN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE
Work on the church’s Renaissance Center was halted amid financial woes.
The Rev. Gregory Groover had big dreams for the congregation.
Charles Street Food Pantry volunteers Monica Marchando (left) and Lori Brown bagged produce.
A document honoring the ‘‘Payers of the Church Mortgage Debt Free in 1943’’ hangs on the walls.
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