By Tom Paulu, The Daily News Online (Kelso, Wash.)
The Kelso First Presbyterian and Kelso First United Methodist churches already have much in common. They’re two of the oldest congregations in the city, dating to the 1880s. They’re a few steps away from each other on Third Avenue. Their pastors fill in for each other when one’s on vacation. And theologically, the churches are similar, according to their ministers.
So it was a natural decision for the churches to combine as the Presbyterian church faced a shrinking number of members, the pastors said.
At 10 [yesterday] morning, members of the churches will begin services at the Presbyterian church on Academy Street. Then they’ll walk a few hundred feet up the steep sidewalk to the Methodist church, where both pastors will serve Communion together. Then, of course, the churchgoers will have a potluck brunch together.
The pastors said that Acts 2: 42-46 portrays the spirit of their informal merger. It reads in part: “ Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.”