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Eight country churches, including Saxapahaw United Methodist Church in Alamance County and Mill Creek Christian Church in Johnston County, are representative of places that are quiet havens from a hectic world, yet at the same time strong, influential voices in the lives of their parishioners.
Decreasing membership and changing space needs are among factors that place historic church buildings in small towns and rural areas at risk. Deciding what to do with an aging church or one that the congregation has outgrown are the biggest challenges parishioners can face. Decisions can lead to a church becoming a homecoming church, one used once a year; a transitional church, or one receiving minimal maintenance; and an adaptive church, or one used for purposes other than religious.
Joe Warrell lent a hand in the creation of the monument on the narrator’s family farm. Perhaps a miracle, considering the habitual gesture that gave him miracle worker status in Betty Branch Church: middle finger extended upward.