Fund-raising goal for church is met after vandalism

September 19, 2001|By Johnathon E. Briggs | Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF

United Black Clergy of Anne Arundel County Inc. has met its goal of raising $10,000 to help refurbish Rapture Church in Lothian, which was desecrated with racial slurs and had its food pantry and equipment looted last month.

At a rally scheduled for Saturday in Glen Burnie, United Black Clergy officials will present the donated money to church leaders to help pay expenses not covered by insurance. Church officials estimated the vandals did more than $20,000 worth of damage.

"We are stronger than any attack that can come against a church," said Bishop Larry Lee Thomas, president of United Black Clergy, which represents about 75 African-American churches. "As fast as anyone can try to tear it down, we are quick to build it back up."

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