Artist helps raise funds for Decatur UMC
Two hundred individually signed prints of a pen and ink drawing of the Decatur United Methodist Church by Bruce Guraedy, art instructor and Fine Arts Division Chairman at East Central Community College, were offered for sale with all proceeds to go to Decatur United Methodist Church.
Guraedy said Decatur UMC is one of the oldest churches in this area. “Because of this distinctive history, there has been a lot of interest in the purchase of the drawings,” he said.
In 1838, a Methodist Church, under the ministry of Thomas Benn, was organized about four miles from Decatur in a community called Lily Dale. The congregation of this church later made up the membership of the Decatur Methodist Church. With the roots in the 1838 church, the present Decatur UMC has the distinction of being the oldest Methodist church in the Meridian District.
In 1953, under the guidance of the Rev. James Grisham, the present sanctuary was completed. From 1956 to 1968, three buildings were constructed, the parsonage, the James Pennington Fellowship/Education Building and the Education Annex. In May 1974, the home and property east of the parsonage were bought by the church, with the house being sold and moved.