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Church ceiling in E. TX falls down on pews

Early Wednesday morning, Johnny Morris, Director of Maintenance at First United Methodist Church in Carthage, to find the sanctuary's ceiling way lying on top of the pews.
(CARTHAGE, TX) - Early Wednesday morning, Johnny Morris, Director of Maintenance at First United Methodist Church in Carthage, walked in to find the sanctuary's ceiling way lying on top of the pews.

"I said ‘uh oh,’" says Morris. "This is more like a either a tornado or a war."

Several layers of tile, sheetrock and insulation now lay where members of the congregation sit.  While the church doesn't know for sure why it fell, they did say a small crack in the ceiling was scheduled to get some attention this week.

"Well, it's like oh my goodness, you're almost kind of stunned," says Keefe Cropper, Senior Pastor.

Pastor Cropper says he was shocked at the sight of the damage, but he's also pleasantly surprised at the offers for help.

"We've heard from First Baptist how they can help, from Central Baptist how they can help, from Rohobeth how they can help, Tatum United Methodist how they can help, and that's just the kind of quality kind of folk we have really in the area," says Pastor Cropper.

Now that the sanctuary's doors are closed, members of the congregation will now have service in the gym.

While he doesn’t know how long the repairs will take or what they will cost, Pastor Cropper says they hope to return to the sanctuary soon.

"Honestly we’re hoping… our prayers are to be back in at Christmas, because you know what we do,” says Pastor Cropper. “We decorate everything, and you know how Christmas is, it's such a joyous time. That's our hope and goal."

Ultimately, everyone is thanking the Lord that the pews were empty, before the ceiling filled them up.

"Thank goodness no one was here when it happened, because if it had happened during a period of time when we'd have people using this facility, we would've had a much bigger problem than property damage,” says Steve Mahaffey, Board of Trustees Chairman.

The church still plans to worship this Sunday. They'll have one service at 10 a.m. in the gym, now known as the "sanctuasium."

(Story from arklatexhomepage.com)


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