Liberty church needs hefty funds for badly needed repairs

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LIBERTY, Mo. -- A church that's been a cornerstone in Liberty for 141 years may have to close its doors because a structural engineer says it's dangerous.

Reverend Helen Harris, the pastor at St. Luke's AME Church in Liberty, said a few weeks ago she got estimates to finish the basement, and asked the contractor to tell her how much it would cost to fix the ceiling in the sanctuary. Pastor Harris said a contractor told her there is no easy fix because the church has serious structural damage.

"We need bracing all away across from the north to the south of the church because if we have a Holy Ghost party in here we're going down", said Pastor Harris.

Pastor Harris says the church needs $300,000 worth of repairs to fix the floors, the ceiling and to bring the electrical wiring up to code.

The church has set up a GoFundMe account in hopes of raising the money needed for the repairs.

In the meantime the church is holding worship services at Liberty United Methodist Church.