Thursday, November 5, 2015

Church Collection

Don't worry!  I won't be passing the plate.  But I want to remember some of the places where we worshipped during our travels in the coming year.  So I'm starting a collection of churches beginning with Madisonville Presbyterian Church in Madisonville, TN.

Madisonville, TN

One of the volunteers at Fort Loudon State Park mentioned Madisonville Presbyterian Church when I asked if there were any historical churches in the area.  Since Tim was tied up in his Prevost seminar class, I decided to attend the 11 o'clock service there on my own.

The Madisonville Presbyterian Church was built in 1897.  Its two bell towers are quite distinctive.

Stained glass windows flooded the octagon-shaped sanctuary with a rainbow of light while the reading of God's Word illuminated our souls.  In her lilting Southern voice, Pastor Crosby read Amos 5:24, "But let justice roll on like a river; righteousness like a never-failing stream."

Quoting Martin Luther King, Jr in his Letter From Birmingham Jail, she urged us to try to right the wrongs of our world, beginning in our own community. 

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

So what wrongs can I right?  I'm hoping that in some small measure Tim and I may assist families out of poverty through our work with Habitat for Humanity. That's our goal!  And maybe along the way we'll be changed as well. 


  1. I trust God will use you and Tim to help bring many out of poverty. You are truly putting your faith into action. I love the idea of "church collection". Ken H

  2. Thanks, Ken! Although we are excited to start our adventure, we will always miss our friends and the fellowship at Emmanuel.