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Burned church not asking for donations

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Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2012 12:00 am

The pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, which was totally destroyed by fire last Sunday, said the congregation is not currently asking for donations.

The Rev. Christopher Matthews said the requests that are circulating around Bogalusa are not official and may be scams.

The church does plan to rebuild but is still in the process of deciding its course of action, he said.

When a plan is formulated, it will be made public.

Bethlehem Baptist is the oldest African-American Church in Bogalusa. The church building on E. Seventh Street, where the congregation moved in 1958, burned in the early hours of Dec. 16. The cause is still under investigation, but on Tuesday the Louisiana fire marshal’s office reported that at that time it had found no indication of foul play.

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