May 6, 2006
Several members of the Charlottesville Church of Christ say they are still shocked by Friday’s fire that destroyed part of their building.may have destroyed their building, but not their church.
“It's depressing, but it's not discouraging to us,” said Bishop Rufus Hayes of Charlottesville Church of Christ.
Bishop Hayes says the building may be partly destroyed, but the church is stronger than ever
"The church is in the people, and the church is the faith that they have in Jesus Christ," said Bishop Hayes. "It's just another experience in life that we have in any life, whether it's religious or personal. The best people think bad things happen
“This is just another experience we have in life whether it's religious or personal,” said Bishop Hayes. “The best people think bad things happen, but it doesn't discourage them if.... they have a vision.”
It’s a vision that Henry Marshall from Maryland came to Charlottesville to be apart of. He says that he's taking pictures to remember what the church has gone through, to later celebrate where the church is going.
“These photographs will prove that the building actually was set afire, and then once we have completed the rebuilding we want to see the glory of it,” said Marshall.
A vision that's not unfamiliar to members of Charlottesville Church of Christ.
“Before we were here there were nothing but rocks and God built this edifice and I know he can do it again,” said Bishop Hayes.
Bishop Hayes said they are all really working hard to make sure that they can get everything finished so that they can move back into the sanctuary as soon as possible. He said that the main sanctuary wasn't badly damaged, and that is what they are concentrating on fixing at this time, so that they can start having services again as early as next week.
Sunday’s services for Charlottesville Church of Christ are schedule to be held at Buford Middle School. Sunday school starts at 10 a.m. Services will begin between 11:30 and noon.