Cherryville church sports new steeple – News – Shelby Star

When churchgoers started to notice water spots on the cieling above them, Pastor Vince Hefner realized something needed to be done.

The water spots on the cieling of the First Baptist Church in Cherryville were the result of an old steeple that had begun to leak. Replacing a steeple can be a hefty financial burden, so Hefner began to look to where the money could come from.

Ultimately, the funds came from a couple that were lifelong members of the church, Francis and Carl David Hord. Hefner said the pair married but never had kids, so when both of them passed in recent years they left their estate to the church.

Because the couple didn’t specify what the money should be used for, it was enough to replace the entire steeple and take care of the water damage that had begun to take root.

Construction of the steeple took some time, but in April the full copper fixture was completed. Though the last steeple was also copper, residents of Cherryville immediately began to notice the new addition to the church that covers an entire block in the city.

Hefner believes the last steeple on the church was the original one built with the church in 1948, so years of wear and tear had dulled the old steeple, which was still beautiful, but less noticeable.

The new, shiny and stunning steeple can be seen in various areas around town, particularly the cross, which was dusted with gold powder to help it shine even more.

While exposure was certainly part of the goal of putting up the new steeple, the primary reason for the work was to take care of the damage from the leak.

The other primary goal of the new steeple was to keep people’s focus on the cross, Hefner said.

 

“The steeple and spire holds up the cross,” he said. “I think that’s what Francis and (Carl) David did their entire lives.”

All-in-all, Hefner estimates the church steeple and the work done on the inside of the church to repair the water damage cos around $100,000.

There are 300 people who attend the church located at 301 E. First St., but the community also uses services like the coffee shop that is run after school throughout the year, the walking track inside the building and the breakfasts that the church cooks for the football team and cheerleaders.

Because there is a focus on working with and serving the surrounding community, and not just the congregation, Hefner said he was happy to see the focus put on the cross that tops the steeple.

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