LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Sunday morning service at Moody Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church is as enthusiastic as always but with an unusual chill in the air.
"This really kind of hurt," says Reverend Hezekiah Stewart.
Stewart came in to find his church's central heating and air units vandalized.
"Much of the copper has been removed from it but the system itself is totally destroyed. I'm really challenged this morning because this is about the 5th time this has happened between the two churches that we operate," said Rev. Stewart.
Five times in less than three years. This time it caused up to $40,000 in damages for $450 worth of copper, leaving Reverend Stewart and his congregation with an expensive burden.
He explains, "The thing is there are a lot of people who struggle real hard to give, to help us move here, help us sustain and maintain the church. I feel like they've been violated."