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Area church seeks donations for upgrades to sanctuary

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Another building is coming down, but unlike so many others, it will be rebuilt.

The members of Mansfield Bible Church are asking for help from the community.

"The church was built in 1856," Pastor Josh Barnett told The Brazil Times. "The land was donated by the Johnston's and it says on the deed that only Christian churches can reside on it."

The church was built on a hill and the foundation was made out of stone it has eroded through the years. It is cheaper and easier for the members to rebuild.

"Over the summer it slid another foot, and we will be having our last service in the building on Nov. 2," he said.

The congregation wants to keep as much history from the original structure as possible.

"We have taken down the bell in the tower, and we will be using some of the wood that is still good from the church in the rebuilding" he explained. "This way we will still have some of the original church."

Pastor Barnett has been preaching at the church for three years and he wants to continue.

"I was meant to be here," he said. "I know that now and I will stay here and preach as long as I can."

The small church is reaching out to the community.

"We have received some help, but it isn't enough," Pastor Barnett said. "We understand things are hard right now for everyone, but this is our house of worship and we will do everything we can to keep our doors open."

For more information on volunteering or in-kind donations, call (765) 585-1948 or contact burris182001@yahoo.com. Send monetary donations to Riddell Bank c/o Mansfield Bible Church Building Fund.

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