If you've ever driven Route 2 near the Cabell-Mason county line and looked up on the hill, you might have seen a quaint little church nestled in the woods. It had been there for more than a century. But on Sunday, someone set the Glenwood United Methodist church on fire, and it's a total loss. Now, the community is devastated.
Lorena Booth has called the Glenwood United Methodist church home for nearly 90 years.
“All down through the years, this church has been my backbone,” said Booth. “It's been everything to me."
So it's hard for Lorena to see what's left of her church destroyed by fire.
“I walked down early on Sunday morning to see it,” said Booth. “I just had to see it. It's sad, it's so sad."
When Pat Brumfield got the call Sunday in the morning, she couldn't believe what she heard. But it wasn't until she actually saw the site that the shock truly set in.
“It was devastating,” said Brumfield. “Members would walk down the hill and see it and it was just sad."
And what's worse is at this point, investigators suspect arson, which leaves everyone wondering why.
With lifted hands and heavy hearts, the church members gave thanks to God on Sunday for the many gifts in their lives, even as they saw the house of God burned to the ground.
Pastor Bolling says she's so proud of this congregation and how folks have come together during this tragedy. And on Sunday, they literally passed the plate - a borrowed kitchen plate that was filled with money. It was the start in the long process of re-building.
If anyone would like to donate to this church members are setting up a fund. It will be through the Chase Bank in Barboursville. The Guyandotte United Methodist church and some other congregations are helping until the Glenwood church gets back on its feet.