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ETX congregation grateful no one hurt in sanctuary ceiling collapse

A large chunk of the ceiling collapsed into the sanctuary at the First United Methodist Church in Carthage sometime Tuesday night. A large chunk of the ceiling collapsed into the sanctuary at the First United Methodist Church in Carthage sometime Tuesday night.
CARTHAGE, TX (KSLA) -

Members of an East Texas congregation are thankful no one was hurt when the ceiling came crashing down into the sanctuary earlier this week.

A large chunk of the ceiling collapsed into the sanctuary at the First United Methodist Church in Carthage sometime Tuesday night, filling the pews with plaster and insulation.

Fortunately, there was no one in the sanctuary at the time.

 

"I see that it happened when no one was sitting there so we feel blessed in the fact that no one was harmed or hurt, and that has been the first reaction of almost everybody," says Pastor Keefe Cropper.

The building is more than 150 years old, and while the exact cause of the collapse is not yet known, Pastor Keefe Cropper suspects the additional ceilings added during renovations over the years simply became too heavy.

 

"God brings good things out of bad stuff, and that is what we are looking for, is God doing some good out of this bad," says Pastor Keefe. 

Cropper says they will repair and recover. For now, services will be held in the activity building.

He hopes to be back in the main sanctuary in time for Christmas.

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