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Monday, February 2, 2015

Little Church by the Lake



Our community was established more than 40 years ago.  At the time a small Baptist Church sat beside a creek running through one of the valleys.  The creek was dammed to make a large lake.  Yet the church retained its name:  Carson Creek Baptist Church.

The church is not considered a part of the community that surrounds it on all sides.  It is not assessed any fees and the members and guests are issued passes to enter our gates for services.  Our community has paid for improvements to the church and its property over the years and the church and community remain good friends.


The US flag and the Christian flag unfurl above the church sign.
It was a windy day.




It's a small church and has a small but active membership




The cemetery overlooks part of the lake.


Our community respects the church, especially during the Sunday and Wednesday night services.  An active duty soldier was buried from this church a few years ago.  Community residents, several people deep lined both sides of the road from the gate to the church.  Each resident waved an American flag to honor the fallen soldier whom none of us knew personally.



16 comments:

Ms. A said...

What a touching tribute to the fallen soldier.

Barbara Rogers said...

Great to hear about your neighborhood church...and especially about how you all honored the young soldier.

robin andrea said...

I like the relationship your community has with the church. It is the heart of community spirit to gather for a fallen soldier.

The Bug said...

What a lovely story!

Seeing those flags reminds me of Vacation Bible School in my Southern Baptist Church growing up. I am probably not remembering this correctly, but we used to do the Pledge of Allegiance & also the Pledge to the Christian Flag, but we stopped because our pastor thought that the Christian pledge should come first & "by law" we were supposed to do the Pledge of Allegiance first. Hmm - that sounds implausible - I wonder if there's anyone left that I can ask? :)

KB Bear said...

What a lovely little church. And I love the story of the mutual respect between the community and the church. That's how it should be!

Cheryl said...

How moving.....people coming together to honour the fallen soldier.
It is wonderful that you all come together and are part of a caring community.

Lovely post.....warms the heart.

Cheryl said...

BTW.....the church is very pretty, and the views are wonderful.

Tara Crowley said...

I love hearing a positive story about a faith community and the honoring of the fallen. A good reminder that not all organized religion is a negative.

troutbirder said...

Moving indeed....

Arkansas Patti said...

Often a church is the foundation of a community. It seems this is one of those.
Lovely church and the support of the fallen soldier was moving.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

What an awesome article about this little church. I loved the story and the photos. Great to hear about your community church and the community coming together for a fallen soldier.

NanaNor's said...

Many years ago there was a song that said "Little country church on the edge of town"-sounds just like this little church. Your community is so awesome to honor the fallen soldier. Love hearing about communities like yours.
Hugs, Noreen

Vicki Lane said...

What a nice story! It's things like this that make good neighbors.

How Sam Sees It said...

What a sweet story.

Monty and Harlow

Busy Bee Suz said...

This makes for an even more beautiful and unique community. Just lovely.

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone. I've often thought about attending services there at least once.