Monday, Dec 9, 2013
Metropolis Church Faces Another Setback
METROPOLIS -- The new Weaver Creek Baptist church is facing adversity once again. Fire destroyed their church last Spring. Then, during rebuilding this past June, a storm blew down the project. Volunteers began to rebuild again, until last week when part of the roof collapsed, injuring one person.
"We were putting up the cathedral trusses and as they were getting put up, they started to kind of sway a little bit and as we were trying to adjust them, they fell," explained Pastor Shawn Vandergriff.
The injured man broke three ribs and his wrist. Pastor Vandergriff says the volunteer is in high spirits and will make a full recovery.
"He said, 'I came to do mission work and it's all for God's glory,'"
Vandergriff says members of the merged Upper Salem and Weaver Creek Baptist Church have been through several ups and downs. This latest hurdle is one they're confident they'll overcome.
The back half of the building is still standing, and crews will start installing the metal roofing on the frame soon.
As for the portion that fell, the wreckage can't be touched until it's inspected by an insurance adjuster. So for now, the front of the building will be exposed to the sky. Pastor Vandergriff says in life, we can't control what happens, but we can control how we react.
"We can let it make us bitter, or we can let it make us better," Vandergriff explained.
No completion date has been set for the new church. Vandergriff hopes to have the outside finished before winter comes. He says work on the building will continue as volunteers and supplies are available.
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