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Pamlico County church still damaged by Hurricane Irene

By Tori Shaw
Published On: Apr 23 2013 02:26:10 PM CDT
MERRITT, PAMLICO COUNTY -

Zion Hill United Church of Christ on Whortonsville Rd. in Pamlico County has frozen in time since Hurricane Irene.

"I couldn't do anything, but cry.  Everything that touched the floor was destroyed," said Rebert Cooper, a long time member of Zion Hill.

Community members are coming together to replace what has been lost.

"They just need help to get back in their church so they can worship.  I don't think that's too much to ask," said Hank Williams, who has been helping with repairs.

There is a long road ahead of them.

"They have no pulpit, no pews, and no choir pews.  This is one of the oldest churches in Pamlico County," said Bettie Williams, who has been asking for donations.

Zion Hill was gutted shortly after the storm, but they were able to save three things:  a piano and two bibles.

Some supplies have been donated, but there's still more work to be done. Services have stopped since the storm, but their faith and sense of family have remained strong.

"Together we stand, divided we fall," said Rufus Greene, a church deacon.

Long-time members say they will live long enough to see the day when they can worship here again.

In the meantime, members of Zion Hill United Church of Christ go to a neighboring church.  They are able to have services once a month.

If you would like help you may contact Bettie Williams at  252-745-4448 or 252-229-5225