CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The organ is a welcome reminder that Sharon United Methodist Church on Sharon Road in front of SouthPark Mall is open to all.
"It’s a community that loves to learn and grow and be challenged by what God may have to offer or say to us," said Pastor Lory Huffman.
On Sunday she shared what was on her heart.
"The sermon that Sunday was on God's green light. We were using the metaphor of a traffic light."
While the pastor was in the pulpit, someone took advantage and stole her purse.
“For a minute or two, I thought ‘Did I misplace it’ and looked around the church," said Huffman.
It didn’t take long for the thief to begin using her credit cards.
"It’s a bold person that does that or a desperate person," she added.
The pastor doesn’t hold a grudge, although she would like to see the police catch the suspect.
"It’s an incredible inconvenience. It definitely makes you feel like someone invaded your personal space."
Many of the members were surprised by the theft, and Pastor Huffman believes that all churches can learn from her experience.
"We are vulnerable during that time of worship, because most people in the building are in the worship space and we need to be more mindful of our property during that time."