A long-time east Charlotte church is closed and it might be for good.
St. Andrews Episcopal on Central Avenue has been a congregation for about a century and had its current building about half that.
WSOC is told these last five years have been plagued with money problems, dwindling membership and infighting.
This year, it couldn't even afford its priest anymore. His last service was last Sunday.
WSOC is told the church called the diocese and asked for help.
The diocese took over the property and shut its doors for now, while it works things out.
"It's kind of the meat cleaver approach, the corporate America approach, which I didn't expect from my church," said 35-year member Edna Otterbourg.
Channel 9 met Canon Michael Buerkel Hunn in Burlington to ask a diocese leader in person about the future of the church.
He said this is like a "time out" and the diocese hopes to know what's going to happen one way or another in four to six weeks.
When asked the chance the church will re-open, Hunn said, "I would say the chances are very low. We obviously have a lot of questions we need to answer. But when we get to this position when the finances are in such a difficult situation, it would be difficult."
He said a number of community groups work out of that church too, like Loaves and Fishes. The diocese is working with them to help them stay as long as possible.