On August 12, my church celebrated it’s 69th Homecoming. We enjoyed special singing, preaching, dinner on the grounds, and more special singing.
Long Point is located in Spencer Curve, a small community between Pageton and Anawalt. The church was built in 1943 and started by the Blevins family of Spencer Curve. In the first year, the attendance was 144.
The church stood through the flood of 2001. Water entered into the church by way of the basement door and exited only through one small window pane. The rest of the water, the church held. The church’s basement filled with the muddy water and came within an inch of flooding into the sanctuary, but that is where the water miraculously stopped. That water line is left on the baseboard that leads downstairs to the basement. Spencer Curve residents suffered great loss in the flood. Three of the five houses that surrounded the church were a total loss.
With the help of other churches from different states, the church basement was repaired and is even better than before! Because everything had to be torn out, the opportunity to install heat and air conditioning became available! No more cold OR hot Sunday school rooms! It used to be so cold downstairs on those wintry Sunday mornings and so hot during vacation Bible school.
Not long after the flood repairs, the church was able to add an elevator on the right side. This has proved to be a great investment as the church sits high off the ground with many front steps to climb. The elevator has been an opportunity for many who couldn’t climb those stairs be able to attend services. A restroom was also added upstairs.
I can remember when we used to have to set out chairs for all the people that would attend homecomings, when attendance was in the 140’s and 150’s, Bess Yates playing the piano, the young people’s choir, our Christmas plays, and most importantly, the Spirit of the Lord filling that entire church.
When I see all the closed churches in the county, it truly breaks my heart. I know how the people that attended these churches truly loved their church and the Godly messages they received in those walls.
I could write a novel about this little church, as it holds such a special place in my heart. However, I will stop here…… for now.