JACKSONVILLE — Craft Baptist Church is right off of highway 69 in Jacksonville.
Church member Marva Acker tells KETK, one of the first signs that something was wrong -- a projector...just sitting in front of their building.
"When I go to pay my water bill, the girl up there says, 'You go to Craft Baptist Church don't you?' I said 'Sure' and she said 'Would you please take this back to someone at the church?' She said 'One of our meter readers found it on your parking lot,' Acker said.
Acker thinks the burglary must have happened late Sunday night.
Church Deacon Tom Dement says whomever broke in, took a jar of money the youth had saved up for the building fund and a smaller cup of change stored in a refrigerator for buying soda's.
Another church member tells us a laptop was stolen as well.
But Craft members are mainly saddened by the safe that was taken from the pastor's study.
It contained historical documents from the church dating back to 1891.
"All of our church minutes, all of our history of all the church and everything is in there and we ask whoever did this, those papers wont do you no good at all...but we certainly wish that you'd bring them back to us," Dement said.
Marva Acker says she'll be praying for those that broke in.
"I'm sad...I'm sad that you have to lock your church door...I'm sad that people will take change that little children collected," Acker said.
"It just hurts down deep," Dement said.
The Cherokee County Sheriff's department tells KETK, they are investigating the incident.
In the meantime, Dement is hoping whomever took the historical papers will bring them back...even if they just leave them there at the front door when no one's there.