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Faith surges at Kittrell church years after sanctuary burned

Posted August 14, 2011

— Members of a historic Kittrell church gave thanks Sunday for the new sanctuary they built with $1.2 million, two years' time and a whole lot of faith.

In August 2007, fire destroyed the sanctuary at the 175-year-old Union Chapel United Methodist Church, at 6479 Raleigh Road. Congregational leader Tony Sanford watched as the church where he was baptized, got married and worshipped every Sunday burned to the ground.

"It was just like you lost your brother or sister. It was terrible," Sanford said.

Insurance only covered about half of what the congregation needed to rebuild.

"The first thing people said was, 'How are we going to rebuild? We can't afford it,'" Sanford said.

Mary Lee Crocker Faith surges at Kittrell church years after sanctuary burned

Churchgoers raised about $650,000 and people from across the country came forward with substantial donations when they heard about the fire, church leaders said.

The congregation's oldest member, Mary Lee Crocker, said the fire and its aftermath made the Union Chapel community stronger than ever.

"I think it made members pull together. I think it united the church in a way," Crocker said.

Church leaders say the fire, which was battled by more than 70 firefighters in Vance and Franklin counties, was sparked by a lightning strike.


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  • sarahsoandso Aug 17, 2011

    The moderator has blocked my last three comments. I was merely thanking the Christians on GOLO for brightening my day and making me chuckle.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 15, 2011

    @God.is.so, while you are *saying* that you’re “not judging people”, do you understand that by telling people that they “shouldn’t” say (or do) certain things...that you ARE judging people?

    You are judging that their opinion and voice is wrong and/or it does not matter. Can you really not see the judgement in that?

  • u stand corrected Aug 15, 2011

    scarey put those phone books up that you are sitting on and wash up for dinner b4 your dad gets home.

  • Scaramouche Aug 15, 2011

    Tell me about it wabbit.

  • Scaramouche Aug 15, 2011

    "I "heart" logic."

    Having faith is cool and all, I have my own. I, however, am willing to admit that it isn't rational. It isn't logical. Would be nice if they could do the same is all.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Aug 15, 2011

    I'll be glad when school starts so these juvenile posters will be back in grade school.

  • u stand corrected Aug 15, 2011


  • Hammerhead Aug 15, 2011

    I "heart" logic.

  • u stand corrected Aug 15, 2011

    becasue? It that some god that you pray to?

  • Scaramouche Aug 15, 2011

    "I'm never quite sure what responses like mallory's are trying to convey, Scaramouche. It's all too circular and self-fulfilling to make much sense."

    Sort of the "I believe becasue the book tells me to, and I know the book is true becasue I believe."