New Life for Closed Church's Windows

8/16/2017

 Submitted by Ben and Heather Hatcher
 
Photo right: Members of Enterprise UMC remove stain glass window from now closed, DeSoto UMC to use in the rebuilding of Enterprise UMC.
DeSoto United Methodist Church closed its doors in 2013. Now their stained glass windows will see new life in Enterprise United Methodist Church. With the permission of the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church and the blessing of former members of DeSoto UMC, members of Enterprise UMC removed the stained glass windows of the closed church to use in the rebuilding of Enterprise UMC following the tragic fire which destroyed this house of worship last year.
 
Monday, June 12, as volunteers worked to remove the beautiful windows, First UMC Quitman's pastor, Rev. Hiram Coker stopped by DeSoto and shared his gratitude for the project. 
 
"DeSoto United Methodist Church is where my journey began as a minister.  I have many fond memories of the congregation, also two of my children were baptized there 34 years ago.  It was a sad day for me personally when the church closed," said Rev. Coker. "I am celebrating today with Enterprise UMC that this history will continue on as new life in the church." 
 
Rev. Coker's excitement was echoed by Caycee Speed, a member of Enterprise UMC.
 
"I love the idea of reclaiming something that many generations before us loved and cherished," Speed shared.  "I feel like the presence of the Holy Spirit is already part of our new church building even before construction has begun." 
 
Those assisting with the project from Enterprise UMC were Rev. John Wesley Leek, John Brown, Steve Helms, Caycee Speed, Darrell Phillips, Keith Buckley and Brandon Buckley.  Also providing much needed help were David Kowall who is a member of Oak Hill Baptist Church, and Mike Russell who is interim pastor at Central Baptist church in Meridian.