DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - Church members are ready to rebuild 11 months after the sanctuary of Ryan's Chapel Methodist Church was burned completely down.
The Diboll congregation will hold a special groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday April 3 at 10:30 A.M.
On May 3, the wooden church caught fire after electrical problem started a spark in the back of the church. Now the church has final blueprints and a monetary goal to reach.
"Insurance gave us only $400,000, and we still need about $200,000," song leader Katie Weeks said. "We will also need extra funding for other things. We still need Bibles, we still need pews, we still need tables, we still need Sunday School curriculum for the kids and adults."
Since the fire, the church has been meeting across the road at Primera Iglesia Bautista but felt it was time to move on.
"We are grateful for everything the church has done for us," Weeks said. "They have invited us to special services and included us in meals. We are thankful. We just don't want to wear out our welcome and we think it is time to move on."
Weeks knows the road is still long but also has hope.
"It will be okay," Weeks said. "We will get through it."
The church has several fundraiser ideas in mind and a bingo night scheduled.
"We have prayed on what to do," Weeks said. "We looked into bingo and a silent auction, and we prayed about it and felt it was the right thing to do. We have several items already donated and we are looking for more."
The church has also received help from people outside of Angelina County.
"We received hymnals from Lon Morris College in Jacksonville after the school closed," Weeks said. "It's hard to say it is not God's will because we see it every day. 'Can we pray for you? Can we help clean up the trash?'' It's just little things. it's amazing how many people have come together to help this little church because it is a piece of history."
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