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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is investigating a vandalism at University City United Methodist Church on W.T. Harris Boulevard in North Charlotte. One set of graffiti on the sidewalk at the church entrance says "Open your mind before you open these doors." Another message on the church building at the entrance says "Have a nice day" with a heart drawn beside the word "day."

A third message on the outside of the chapel includes profanity and a cross transformed into an obscene gesture. The message reads, "A million for the church. A cent for the poor."

Church member Marjory Angus says, "We really want to find the people that did it." Angus goes on to say, "They aren't targeting just our church. They're targeting any church, and that church gave them a great, big white canvas to paint on."

Senior pastor Ron Smith says the message about church spending is not true and that the church is involved in the community and does help the poor. Angus adds, "If they (the vandals) knew how much we spent in the church for the poor and how we go out and help the people, they wouldn't say quite that."

Angus says she felt sorry for the messengers. She says, "They didn't know any better." She says she hopes they're caught, so they won't do it again. Smith says he wants to invite the messengers to the church, so they can see what goes on and how congregants help the community.

My Fox Carolinas asked CMPD if there have been other vandalisms in the University City area. The department is checking on that and working to get us more information.


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