First United Methodist Church - Tom Bean, TX
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N 33° 31.542 W 096° 29.993
14S E 732184 N 3712367
Quick Description: The First United Methodist Church is at 7688 State Highway 11, Tom Bean, TX.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 12/20/2017 3:47:31 PM
Waymark Code: WMXB4N
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Mark1962
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Long Description:
A 1975 Texas Historical Marker provides some history:

This congregation was organized in the mid-1880s, growing out of brush arbor meetings at the Cedar Campground near Whitemound. The original church building at Whitemound was moved, in 1906, to Tom Bean, where it burned in 1924. Methodists worshiped in the Presbyterian church until it was destroyed by a tornado a short time later. A new edifice was built, serving both denominations until 1972. In 1974, the sanctuary was moved here, and the heritage of the old Perrin Air Force Base Chapel was preserved when it was added to the facility.

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There appears to be something left out of that narrative, pertaining to their current sanctuary, which is the old Perrin Air Force Base chapel (date of construction unknown), which replaced the previous sanctuary building after being moved here. The church website provides some background:

Perrin Air Force Base had announced its closing and was in the process of selling off its buildings, and the committee decided to attempt to purchase the chapel. The price for the chapel on base, complete with pews was $500. The $500 and a letter with the promise to preserve the heritage of the Perrin Air Force Base Chapel were sent to the Senior Chaplain of the Air Force. The First United Methodist Church of Tom Bean was awarded the right to purchase the Perrin Air Force Base Chapel in early 1973. The entire Tom Bean community - not just the Methodists, got involved in the project. The chapel was set on its foundation on May 21, 1974. The first worship service was held in the chapel on March 9, 1975. Ultimately, the church paid $42,000 for the chapel, two barracks, setup, brick, and cleanup of the former site. The church was able to create Sunday school classrooms, a Fellowship Hall with kitchen, as well as a beautiful new sanctuary. Over the years additional renovations to the space have been made.

Active church?: Yes

Year Built: 1974

Service times:
Sunday, 10:30 AM


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