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Sanctuary at FUMC in Carthage finally reconstructed

After months out of their sanctuary, the congregation at First United Methodist Church in Carthage is finally able to enjoy their normal worship routine.

After months out of their sanctuary, the congregation at First United Methodist Church in Carthage is finally able to enjoy their normal worship routine.

The ceiling collapsed in October, and church members say it's very interesting to see the sanctuary be transformed from a pile of debris, back to its original beauty.

Some think the ceiling collapse was due to a crack that was scheduled to be repaired.

Since then, the congregation has had to worship in the church's gym.

"Well, it started out as a very different atmosphere, but you know, it's not where you worship, it's that you do worship," says Elizabeth Hedges, a member of the church since 1980.

The chandeliers are back, along with the projectors, screens and newly padded pews.

Pastor Keefe Cropper says working countless hours to restore the ceiling, it's simply amazing to see it all come together.

"It just comes alive with all that goes into a sanctuary, to help facilitate experiences of worship when people come in so, it's pretty exciting," says Pastor Cropper.

One member says the ceiling collapse taught the congregation a few lessons.

"I learned that you can worship anywhere, but the gym taught us some lessons, to be a little more laid back," says Bob Baker, a member of the church for 37 years.

While they can worship anywhere, members say it's great to be back in their home.

"To see everyone together, it was uh, it was a great experience," says Hedges.

"It's been a wonderful experience today, and there was a presence of the Holy Spirit in this place today," says Baker.

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