CYPRESS, TX - As the church bells tolled, signifying the start of Sunday service at Christ United Church of Cypress, faithful churchgoers set up lawn chairs in the parking lot and prepared for Sunday service. Last week's historical floods did extensive damage to the church's interior, forcing the members to have service on the blacktop. Despite the unconventional worshiping spot, churchgoer Shaanne Lucas was able to keep a positive perspective.
"The people are the church. That's all it is. That's a building. It's an awesome building with lots of memories. But it's a building."
Although spirits were high outside, inside the scene was much more disturbing as extensive flood damage was evident. Fans were set up to dry the excess moisture, red caution tape dangled from tattered pews, and mangled insulation peeked out from holes in the walls.
The damage was too much for longtime member, Jan Aragon to bare.
"I couldn't have come up here and look at it this week. Because I knew that, it would just sadden me. And it has. I haven't been inside yet."
Thanks to the kindness of the community, it seems that Christ United's future is bright.
"The outpouring of the community to us was incredible." says Reverend Jeffrey Willey.
"Situations like this only point out the fact that we have a God that loves up deeply and watches over us. We are in this game for an eternity."
A gofundme page has been set up for anyone who would like to donate to the church.