Paula Deen in Crisis
06/29/2013 AT 02:30 PM EDT
"The subject of the sermon was stand strong. She felt like it was a message," says a source close to the family. During the service, "when Paula went to pray with the minister, he said, 'We're behind you,'" adds a Deen pal. "She got emotional."
Since the Food Network announced it was severing ties with Deen – after she admitted in a deposition released on June 19 that she had used the N-word (see box in magazine) – the shamed TV chef has needed all the support she can get.
She has been "beyond devastated," says a producer friend of Deen's. "She can hardly put one foot in front of the other."
The 66-year-old was not prepared for the fallout.