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Scenic Adair Co., KY: A bell holds memories



2012-05-22 - 1200 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
The old bell in the front yard of Wheet Fellowship Hall
has special memories for the congregation of Columbia First Church of the Nazarene. For several decades it called members to worship when the church occupied a building at the foot of Jamestown Hill, historian Chris Bennett notes. That church burned to the ground, and the only thing salvaged was this bell. The congregation next moved to 310 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY, at the site of the current Praise Assembly of God. The pedestal was built by a mason hired by a former pastor, Chris Bennett says. The main buildings on on the church's impressive campus at 1200 Jamestown Street were constructed by longtime member Kendall Harvey, starting with the parsonage, then the sanctuary, 1972, and a few years later, Wheet Fellowship Hall. The congregation now numbers around 100 members in attendance each meeting, according to Cecil Hill Harvey, Kendall's wife. On June 24, 2012, she said, the congregation will welcome a new pastor, and his wife, Bro. David and Sister Summer Kemp, young folks who will come here from Nashville, TN. Click Readmore to learn the rest of the story on the church's recovery after the disastrous fire at the sanctuary at the foot of Jamestown Hill. -CM

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