Antioch church begins rebuilding effort

by Elsa Cooke Verbyla - Posted on May 18, 2011 - 03:19 PM

Photo: The roof at Antioch Christian Fellowship received heavy damage in the April 16 tornado and will have to be replaced. Photo by Elsa Cooke Verbyla.

The roof at Antioch Christian Fellowship received heavy damage in the April 16 tornado and will have to be replaced. Photo by Elsa Cooke Verbyla.

Antioch Christian Fellowship in Coke, a 90-year-old building on Cedar Bush Road, was shaken but not destroyed by the April 16 tornado which took lives and leveled homes in the neighborhood. Now, the work to rebuild the historic structure has begun.

A complete new roof structure, extensive repair to the bell tower, plastering work, and repairs to graves brings the tornado damage bill to an estimated $80,000 for the church.

The Rev. Leonard Marble, co-pastor with his wife Medina, said the good news is that an engineer has found the church to be structurally sound; another bit of good news is that none of its members had severe damage at their homes.

Glen Roy barbecue boost

As church trustees work with insurers, the repair effort will get a large boost on Saturday from a fundraising barbecue at Glen Roy Plantation in Ware Neck.

Sponsored by The Fairfield Foundation, the afternoon of Civil War stories and music will be held from 2-6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance (Wild Rabbit Café or by calling 210-9328) and $15 at the gate.