MANITO – This winter has been anything but easy, and more cold weather is on the way. WMBD’s Alexandra Sutter explains why that’s big concern for a Mason County church.
“It’s a major struggle,” Pastor and Worship Leader David Atterberry said.
Mother Nature is getting the best of Sand Ridge Community Church. He said, “We've actually had to close services because of the winter."
No services means no offering and no offering makes it tough to keep up with a high heating bill.
Atterberry said, "It's been a lot colder so we've used quite a bit more propane here for heating."
About 45 people regularly attend this small Christian Church, just four miles outside of Manito. Some travel all the way from Bloomington.
Atterberry said that’s a testament to how the church has helped people, himself included. “There's been a lot of people that's coming here that come from broken homes, there's people that have past drug alcohol addictions."
Their safe haven is running out of money. At a time when Atterberry said Sand Ridge is really starting to take off. "It would just be a shame to all of that, all of them, who really enjoy coming to this church."
He said he trusts that their faith will help the congregation weather the storms. “At the last minute, he comes through and really shines and people can say, OK, that's what the Lord says at that moment, so I think that's what he's going to do here too."
The church hopes to beat the winter and gear up for summer. It’s built on 18 acres, so Atterberry plans to plant a community garden to help those in need.
You can learn more about the church by visiting their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SandridgeCommunityChurch.