By Wayne Ford, The Florida Times-Union. (Lexington, Ga.)
The closing ceremonies for the church, which originated in 1785 as Beth Salem Presbyterian Church, begin at 3 p.m. and will include comments from officials of the Presbyterian church [PCUSA], Columbia Theological Seminary, community leaders and the last three members of the church.
Those members — Jerry Jones, Lisa King and J.W. King — voted to dissolve the church, an action that will turn the building over to the care of the Oglethorpe County community.
“It was heart wrenching, but I also know this is what is necessary,” Lisa King said. “Three people cannot carry the church anymore because of expenses … and we haven’t had a permanent preacher in a long, long time.”
A community organization is poised to preserve the building, which also has served as a venue for concerts and special Christmas celebrations.