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An 'all-occasion' church

Published: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 10:01 a.m. CDT

From Jim Stalker


Driving down Adams Street to the west, I see a "for sale" sign in front of one of Creston's unique and historic churches. What a tragedy that a church has to close its doors. Because the membership had dwindled down to what you could count on one hand, the decision was made to close St. Paul Episcopal Church.

That said, what happens now? I'd like to see it turned into an "all occasion" church.What is an "all occasion" church, you may ask? You may not have heard the term before, because I just made it up. Basically, it's a church that is all denominations. In some cities, churches are booked way ahead, if you want to be married in a specific church. This church could cover that. There's an empty lot to the west that could be utilized for additional parking. All-denominational, or none at all, that's what this community needs. Funerals? The perfect use for this church.

Ideally, this property should be owned by the city, but that might not be possible. Perhaps the Union County Historical Society should own it to be used as a tourist attraction. Or perhaps, a private organization, dedicated to the above suggested uses? I'm sure the Episcopal Church would want it to be utilized for community purposes. This is a solid church, well displayed in the community, and sorely needs to be utilized as a part of this community. There may even be funds available through the James B. and Barbara Harsh fund, to purchase or maintain this building for community use.

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