RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. -- The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office is investigating vandalism at Pisgah United Methodist Church early Thursday morning.
"Why, why? ... We are going to pray for you," said Rev. Ed Carter, referring to the vandals . "It's a shame that someone would do this."
The unknown vandals busted out windows, destroyed a number of items, threw food on the floor and walls of the fellowship hall and attempted to set the building on fire, according to Sheriff Robert A. Graves.
"They did it for evil's purposes, but it's not going to prevail," said church member Renee Coley, who arrived to start the clean-up. "The church is not a building, it's the people and there is going to be good that comes from this whether the people that did it like it or not."
Damage was reported in several other parts of the church, including the sanctuary.
The church, which started before the Civil War, has deep roots in the Pisgah Community just southwest of Asheboro near the historic Pisgah Covered Bridge. The church did not have an alarm system or security cameras.
"It's going to be a lot of work," said Corely. "A lot of heartache but good will come from it."
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office at (336) 318-6699.