Bethel United Methodist Church - Parker County, TX, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 32° 41.795 W 097° 49.413
14S E 610277 N 3618263
Quick Description: A Dove of Peace greets visitors to the Bethel United Methodist Church at 3196 Bethel Rd, in the Bethel community, just a few miles southwest of I-20 and Weatherford, TX.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 6/3/2018 10:00:05 AM
Waymark Code: WMYDTM
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member kaschper69
Views: 2

Long Description:
The dove bears an olive branch, and it is seen in flight at the center of the stained glass window above the entrance. It is white, of course, details in gold, and the olive branch is green, on a yellow semi-circle -- the sun? -- with alternating blue panels (the sky?).

A sign near the entrance provides some background:

The Bethel ("Place of Worship")
United Methodist Church
and Bethel Cemetery

In the spring of 1889 the Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church, South was organized and met in various members' homes until they purchased this site on November 14, 1889 from A.T. Collier and his wife, M.E. Collier, for use as a place of worship and erected a brush arbor under which to meet. In inclement weather they used wagon sheets hung around the sides of the brush arbor for protection. A church building was started, consecrated and then dedicated on October 29, 1899 with John R. Morris, Presiding Elder, and G.E. Cameron, Pastor, officiating.

Services have continued in this same building, with modernizations and additions being made in the ensuing years. Several young men have been licensed to preach from Bethel, including John Neal, Frank Neal, H.D. Huddleston, and the late W.R. Witherspoon of Weatherford.

A.W. (Billy) Neal, the first Sunday school superintendent of Bethel was also the first to be buried in a plot behind the church on December 10, 1898. On August 7, 1899, the church purchased the two and two-tenths acres that is now Bethel Cemetery from Frank A. Blain and his wife, Annie P. Blain, for the purpose of burial sites. Sites are now available from the Bethel Cemetery Association and will be filled in a few more decades by church families and community residents.
Kind of dove: Dove with olive branch

Used material for the dove: glass (window, sculpture)

3196 Bethel Rd
Weatherford, TX USA

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