HOPEWELL, Ohio – A small church in western Muskingum County was vandalized Thursday night.
At 9 p.m. Thursday night the pastor and members of the congregation of the Macedonia United Methodist Church were alerted to vandalization at the small church in Hopewell. Broken liquor bottles were found surrounding the church and large rocks were thrown through windows.
“There was a large rock on top of our Bible,” said church member Joshua Dennison. “The candle stands were laying across the floor. The microphone had been bashed to the floor. And this was all done from outside. Whoever threw these rocks threw it with force. They should have been playing football or baseball from the shots they landed.”
In total four windows were shattered; two in the sanctuary, one in the basement, and an office window. ATV tracks were found around the church and deputies with Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office told the church that they expect teenagers to be the suspects.
Tom Uppole has been the pastor at the church for over a decade and said this isn’t the first time his church has been targeted and that it is sad to see actions that contradict his church’s message.
“We are a praying church and we will lift those people up in prayer. God knows who they are and we just lift them up in prayer for forgiveness,” said Pastor Uppole.
As of now the authorities have no leads. Anyone with information is urged to call the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office.