The Rev. Barry Randolph said the statue looks like copper, but it is only plaster. In the past few months, thieves have damaged copper pipes and stolen aluminum gutters at the church. The congregation has dwindled over the years from about 350 members to about 50.
The church has made a public plea for help. "It is so crazy," Randolph said. Yes, Reverend, a crazy way to motivate kids to do better in math.