From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Hillcrest Baptist at Sunday Sunset

A Hopkinsville church


Hillcrest Baptist Church, Hopkinsville, KYHillcrest Baptist Church in Hopkinsville, KY

The steeple on Hillcrest Baptist Church was looking very pearly when I drove by it this evening. This picture doesn't do it justice.

Hillcrest is located at the intersection of Highway 41 and Skyline Drive, near the Trail of Tears park, in Hopkinsville, KY. The church has grown rapidly over the time we've lived here. The parking lot was packed with cars tonight.

Hillcrest Baptist recently purchased the Colonial Bakery building just west of their parking lot. They now have a three-building complex: the new sanctuary, the old sanctuary which is now a Sunday School building, and the large Colonial Bakery building.

When they built this new sanctuary about six or seven years ago, they waited several months before they put on the steeple. It was rumored that the architect, David Jones, had failed to clear the building's design with the airport. (The airport is over a quarter-mile away, on the opposite side of Little River and the Pennyrile Parkway.)

According to the rumor, the church wouldn't be allowed to have a steeple because it would be in the path of incoming and outgoing aircraft. Of course, that was all nonsense. The steeple was added in due time, and now it's hard to imagine the church without it.

I've been in the new sanctuary a few times for concerts. It's a very nice facility. I'm not a Baptist, but I wish the church well. I hope they will faithfully preach the Gospel there, and I hope for God's continued blessing upon their ministry.

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