Two Denton churches get bomb threats

Two Denton churches say someone mailed them letters threatening to bomb their Christmas Eve services.

As police investigate who sent the letters, the churches vow to continue the services as planned.

Denton Bible Church contacted police Monday after receiving a letter in the mail threatening to bomb Christmas Eve services at the mega church if they were not called off.

On Tuesday, St. Andrew Presbyterian got a similar letter with the same threat -- call off Christmas Eve services or be bombed.

"The pastoral staff from both churches has told us they are still going forward with the services,” said Officer Shane Kiser with the Denton Police Department. “They never blinked an eye about not having the service."

Denton Bible says it will have added security at Thursday’s services, and police say they will enhance their efforts as well.

Bomb threats are rare, but police say in light of what's happened around the world in recent weeks, they are not taking any chances.

"It's not very often and nothing has ever come of it, but obviously, we'll give it due diligence and something like this, especially with things that have gone on across the nation, we're going to take it very seriously and make sure our people are safe,” said Kiser.

Dr. Fred Cummings is a member of Denton Bible and says he will be there Christmas Eve.

“There are people out there that will do whatever they can to stop other people's joy,” said Cummings. “Sometimes they fear what you believe. Live with it and move on…I think it's the proper decision. You can't be run away from your church because someone says they're going to do something.  We're Christians. We're going to stand firm on our beliefs and not be disparaged by something like that.”

Denton Bible has Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. St. Andrew has two – one at 5 p.m. and one at 7 p.m.

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