What remains of the Lincoln United Methodist Church building, which was destroyed two weeks ago in a fire, will be razed or removed, according to church leaders, who have also announced that a fund has been established to assist the church. “Following the fire, that resulted in a total loss of the Lincoln UMC, the congregation, pastor, and district superintendent met and determined that the first and most immediate priority is removing the remaining structure,” said Max Mayo, district superintendent, in an announcement last week. “In the meeting with the church, it was discovered that the church was not insured. “Also, due to the size of the congregation, the remaining members, pastor, and district superintendent are in conversation to prayerfully discern the most faithful path moving forward,” he added. “As these conversations occur, the congregation will be worshipping at the Lincoln Community Center.” Any congregation or individual wishing to financially support the church, particularly in the cost of removing the existing structure, can mail a contribution to the Lincoln UMC designated for the “Restoration Fund” to 795 Old Lincoln Road, Fayetteville, TN 37334. “Please be in prayer for the congregation and community as they grieve, gather, and pray,” Mayo added. The church was established in 1865, according to one of its members, Daryle Hicks, who noted the structure which burned was built in the early 1940’s by families in the community.