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Original windows in historic church damaged

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A landmark Midtown church is praying for justice after vandals struck with a rock and possibly a bullet.

"You know, idle hands are the devil's workshop," said Central Christian Church pastor Bill Russell.

Russell believes the person who chucked a rock into the sanctuary had nothing better to do.

"They didn't try to get in," said Russell. "Obviously, they weren't trying to gain anything. It's just sheer vandalism."

The rock went through a stained glass window either late Wednesday or early Thursday. It created a hole that's been temporarily repaired.

"And another window right back there, there's a smaller hole that looks as if it could be a bullet," said Russell.

While the damage is not extensive, it is a burden for the church's small congregation.

"That's money we could be spending on mission or outreach or service that now has to go to maintenance of the church," said Russell.

The stained glass windows are original to the oldest part of the church that's known for it's glowing neon cross.

Despite the vandalism, the church is forgiving of whomever damaged them.

"They have broken civil law. If they're caught they will have to answer to civil authorities," said Russell. "They've also desecrated God's holy ground. They've got to answer to him."

There is no suspect description at this time. If you have any information that could help police, call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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