Belton: Church needs help paying for repairs

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BELTON, Texas (KWTX) One of Belton's oldest churches is in dire need of repairs and needs a helping hand.

The pastor of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Teon Bass, is hoping the community can help raise $15,000 to pay for church repairs.

"If these walls could write a book, they would tell a wonderful story," said Bass.

He's been the pastor at the church for nearly a year.

"This old building needs quite a bit of love," said Bass.

Mount Zion first opened its doors back in the late 1800's about 30 years after the Civil War.

It is one oldest traditionally African-American United Methodist churches in Texas.

"If you maintain history, we learn from those lessons and this is living history right here," said Bass.

That's why he kicked-off a GofundMe campaign to help raise money for what needs to be paid.

"The foundation is slowly sinking," said Bass.

Inside the church, the window's need to be fixed

"These are the original windows, they haven't been replaced, they're just falling down," said Bass.

Outside the church, the walls need to be painted.

"We want to eventually restore this building into its former glory, to what it was a hundred years ago," said Bass.

While he understands not everyone can donate money.

"If you got time, if you're a painter, if your carpenter, we'll take that"

He's positive the community will come together to help save the church.

"This isn't just Belton history or Bell County history, this is the entire state of Texas history right here in Belton," said Bass.

At the time being, only special services are held in the historic building

Bass says his goal is to turn the building into a community center to serve everyone.