methodist church – In Dresden http://in-dresden.info/ Sun, 13 Mar 2022 06:01:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://in-dresden.info/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/icon-2022-02-04T214522.892-150x150.jpg methodist church – In Dresden http://in-dresden.info/ 32 32 A community in recovery: Dresden begins to rebuild after a tornado | News https://in-dresden.info/a-community-in-recovery-dresden-begins-to-rebuild-after-a-tornado-news/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 21:37:00 +0000 https://in-dresden.info/a-community-in-recovery-dresden-begins-to-rebuild-after-a-tornado-news/ Dresden, Tennessee is just over 30 miles south of Mayfield. The town of less than 3,000 people was hit by the same highly destructive and deadly storm system that devastated the Graves County community in December. An EF-3 tornado – part of a highly destructive and deadly storm system that traveled hundreds of miles across […]]]>

Dresden, Tennessee is just over 30 miles south of Mayfield. The town of less than 3,000 people was hit by the same highly destructive and deadly storm system that devastated the Graves County community in December.

An EF-3 tornado – part of a highly destructive and deadly storm system that traveled hundreds of miles across several states – ripped through Weakley County and downtown Dresden, injuring eight people as it traveled through central Tennessee. Its city hall and fire department were damaged, along with about 200 homes and 21 businesses. Two churches were also destroyed in Dresden – Dresden Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Dresden First United Methodist Church.

Today, almost three months later, Dresden continues to work on recovery.

“Our streets are open. People are going home, businesses are being rebuilt,” Dresden Mayor Jeff Washburn said. “It’s to thank the volunteers who came here and helped us in the emergency response phase, the first few days, and then continued after that for these two plus months to help us get back to work. “

Washburn remembers the Saturday after the tornado: the town was packed with people with chainsaws helping clear debris from the streets. The cleaning and opening of the streets took about two weeks.

Weakley County Mayor Jake Bynum said support for Dresden came from across the region. Bynum said members of the business community in Martin, Tennessee, raised funds to help some of Dresden’s small businesses affected by the tornado, even donating funds to some competitors, and county and city mayors. cities across the state have also reached out to offer help. . The influx of aid could not have come at a better time, with disaster striking at the start of the festive period.

“If you were to pick a time, a time when a lot of people are home for the holidays, and do that sort of thing, that’s really beneficial in terms of response because we had a lot of people working during the Christmas season. and New Years holidays to help us get back on our feet,” Bynum said. “We’ve always known Weakley County is a great place to live and work, but it’s really come through over the past few weeks.”

One of the first steps after the initial cleanup was to move people out of damaged homes and obtain a variety of donations for those in need. Washburn said the donations went to residents of Weakley County and surrounding affected counties. The community has also opened a disaster recovery center to help the organization’s volunteers.

Like other storm-affected communities, Dresden is forming a long-term recovery committee to help the city through this process. Washburn and Bynum will be ex-officio members of the committee, but it will primarily be led and staffed by community members like Karen and Tommy Wilson.

The couple works with Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief and they know the area intimately. Tommy grew up in Dresden and some of the buildings that were destroyed by the tornado marked his life. When they arrived in Dresden after the tornadoes hit, they had a great idea of ​​how to start helping the community.

Tommy helped with the physical recovery and repair of things in Dresden – shingling houses and tearing down structures too damaged to repair. Karen helps manage and organize volunteers and donations – connecting volunteer carpenters with those in need of roofs and helping people navigate and connect with organizations like the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“We usually step down at that time, (Tennessee Baptist) Disaster Relief does, because the disaster is over,” Tommy said. “Now we’re in the recovery part and that’s when other bands usually come in. But we’re from here, so we’re staying for the duration.”

Much of the recovery in Dresden so far is about rebuilding.

“There’s also a lot of rebuilding going on, home repairs going on,” Washburn said. “Then many roofs were replaced, many different roofing companies (were) involved in Dresden and it is recovering that way.”

Washburn said the biggest need yet to be met for the Dresden community will be getting housing back. There was already a shortage of affordable housing before the tornado.

“We’re going to demolish between 50 and 75 homes over the course of this deal and we were already a city in which there was a severe shortage of decent rental housing,” Washburn said. “Now it’s virtually non-existent if you can find any available rental accommodation in our city right now, and there’s a waiting list.”

Bynum said some of the families who were staying in the destroyed rental homes stayed there for years and had relatively affordable rent.

“Now when you look at the cost of construction and the cost of materials and the cost of labor, housing affordability has become really difficult, especially for those who have been most affected,” said said Bynum.

Washburn said the community tries to help people who have this need. Some people moved to different cities instead of looking for a new home in Dresden. Others are helped by charities and religious organizations that attempt to repair their homes or provide them with materials to weather the storm and come to a time when their home can be repaired. Other organizations have already come and built houses, but reconstruction and repair are not easy at this time.

“It’s hard to find a contractor right now to do the repair work, but the work is getting done,” Karen Wilson said. “They’re out there and they’re working about as fast as they can get.”

Along with the need for skilled workers, Wilson pointed out that the cost of materials is rising and tenants will be the ones paying for that long term with increased rent for rebuilt homes.

Damage from the tornado affected homes large and small in the Dresden community, affecting subdivisions outside of the city and homes near downtown. Karen said a disaster “is no respect of persons” as it hit all kinds of people in Dresden. Of the homes that had to be demolished due to the tornado, the Wilsons estimated that about half were rental homes.

There is always a great need for volunteers in Dresden.

“We need people who can finish the drywall and hang it, it wouldn’t just take skilled people,” Karen said. “We need volunteers to help these skilled people, but you need to have a skilled person to be able to tell them what to do and how to do it.”

One of the best ways to help people, according to the Wilsons, is to give people money, because sometimes the items donated don’t match a family’s real needs.

Long-term recovery could take up to three years, according to what the Wilsons have heard. Tommy thinks Dresden could be fit in a year to a year and a half. Karen said the conventional wisdom is that it takes 550 days – or about 18 months – for disaster recovery.

“When a family has lost everything, and when they return to their apartment or house or whatever, everything has to be replaced, from the beds to the fork to the can opener,” Karen said.

Anticipating the needs of families as they return to their homes in Dresden is something Karen isn’t sure the community has done yet. She said this recovery phase is going to mean a lot of people have to realize what they no longer have. And Tommy said they’re starting to see a bit of the anger people are feeling about the tornado outbreak, being tired and exhausted from the circumstances they’re in and having other things that don’t bother them. normally.

“Our community and our recovery center offer counseling,” Karen said. “We have community conversation groups that will meet periodically, periodic town hall meetings to help people come in and let off steam and talk, well, that’s happened to me or I’ve felt it too.”

As Dresden begins to rebuild, the Wilsons said they heard of businesses and people who weren’t sure they wanted to stay in the area and decided to rebuild and restart in Dresden.

“It kind of talks about the process of what people do, about healing and the grieving process,” Karen said. “At first people are going to say ‘I’m not rebuilding, I’m not going to rebuild’ but now we’re almost three months away and (they’ll say) ‘Well yeah, I’m going to rebuild, I want to stay in Dresden.

The Wilsons said they also hear people say they want the help and donations given to go to someone who needs it most, that people don’t want to take resources away from people who could need more than them.

“And yes, some people need more, some people need less,” Karen said. “But you still have a need.”

Lily Burris is a tornado recovery reporter for WKMS, Murray State’s NPR station. His nine-month reporting project is supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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A community in recovery: Dresden begins to rebuild after tornado outbreak https://in-dresden.info/a-community-in-recovery-dresden-begins-to-rebuild-after-tornado-outbreak/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 23:46:20 +0000 https://in-dresden.info/a-community-in-recovery-dresden-begins-to-rebuild-after-tornado-outbreak/ Dresden, Tennessee is just over 30 miles south of Mayfield. The town of less than 3,000 people was hit by the same highly destructive and deadly storm system that devastated the Graves County community in December. An EF-3 Tornado – part of a highly destructive and deadly storm system that traveled hundreds of miles across […]]]>

Dresden, Tennessee is just over 30 miles south of Mayfield. The town of less than 3,000 people was hit by the same highly destructive and deadly storm system that devastated the Graves County community in December.

An EF-3 Tornado – part of a highly destructive and deadly storm system that traveled hundreds of miles across several states – tore Weakley county and downtown Dresden apart, injuring eight people on its way through central Tennessee. Its city hall and fire department were damaged, along with about 200 homes and 21 businesses. Two churches were also destroyed in Dresden – Dresden Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Dresden First United Methodist Church.

Today, almost three months later, Dresden continues to work on recovery.

“Our streets are open. People are going home, businesses are being rebuilt,” Dresden Mayor Jeff Washburn said. “It’s to thank the volunteers who came here and helped us in the emergency response phase, the first few days, and then continued after that for these two plus months to help us get back to work. “

Washburn remembers the Saturday after the tornado: the town was packed with people with chainsaws helping clear debris from the streets. The cleaning and opening of the streets took about two weeks.

Weakley County Mayor Jake Bynum said support for Dresden came from across the region. Bynum said members of the business community in Martin, Tennessee, raised funds to help some of Dresden’s small businesses affected by the tornado, even donating funds to some competitors, and county and city mayors. cities across the state have also reached out to offer help. . The influx of aid could not have come at a better time, with disaster striking at the start of the festive period.

“If you were to pick a time, a time when a lot of people are home for the holidays, and do that sort of thing, that’s really beneficial in terms of response because we had a lot of people working during the Christmas season. and New Years holidays to help us get back on our feet,” Bynum said. “We’ve always known Weakley County is a great place to live and work, but it’s really come through over the past few weeks.”

One of the first steps after the initial cleanup was to move people out of damaged homes and obtain a variety of donations for those in need. Washburn said the donations went to residents of Weakley County and surrounding affected counties. The community has also opened a disaster recovery center to help the organization’s volunteers.

Like other communities affected by the storm, Dresden is forming a long-term recovery committee to help the city through this process. Washburn and Bynum will be ex-officio members of the committee, but it will primarily be led and staffed by community members like Karen and Tommy Wilson.

The Dresden, Tennessee, fire department was damaged during the December tornado outbreak.

The couple works with Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief and they know the area intimately. Tommy grew up in Dresden and some of the buildings that were destroyed by the tornado marked his life. When they arrived in Dresden after the tornadoes hit, they had a great idea of ​​how to start helping the community.

Tommy helped with the physical recovery and repair of things in Dresden – shingling houses and tearing down structures too damaged to repair. Karen helps manage and organize volunteers and donations – connecting volunteer carpenters with those in need of roofs and helping people navigate and connect with organizations like the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“We usually step down at that time, (Tennessee Baptist) Disaster Relief does, because the disaster is over,” Tommy said. “Now we’re in the recovery part and that’s when other bands usually come in. But we’re from here, so we’re staying for the duration.”

Much of the recovery in Dresden so far is about rebuilding.

“There’s also a lot of rebuilding going on, home repairs going on,” Washburn said. “Then many roofs were replaced, many different roofing companies (were) involved in Dresden and it is recovering that way.”

Washburn said the biggest need yet to be met for the Dresden community will be getting housing back. There was already a shortage of affordable housing before the tornado.

“We’re going to demolish between 50 and 75 homes over the course of this deal and we were already a city in which there was a severe shortage of decent rental housing,” Washburn said. “Now it’s virtually non-existent if you can find any available rental accommodation in our city right now, and there’s a waiting list.”

Bynum said some of the families who were staying in the destroyed rental homes stayed there for years and had relatively affordable rent.

“Now when you look at the cost of construction and the cost of materials and the cost of labor, housing affordability has become really difficult, especially for those who have been most affected,” said said Bynum.

Washburn said the community tries to help people who have this need. Some people moved to different cities instead of looking for a new home in Dresden. Others are helped by charities and religious organizations that attempt to repair their homes or provide them with materials to weather the storm and come to a time when their home can be repaired. Other organizations have already come and built houses, but reconstruction and repair are not easy at this time.

“It’s hard to find a contractor right now to do the repair work, but the work is getting done,” Karen Wilson said. “They’re out there and they’re working about as fast as they can get.”

Along with the need for skilled workers, Wilson pointed out that the cost of materials is rising and tenants will be the ones paying for that long term with increased rent for rebuilt homes.

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In front of the Weakley County Courthouse, part of downtown Dresden, Tennessee was destroyed in December’s tornado outbreak.

Damage from the tornado affected homes large and small in the Dresden community, affecting subdivisions outside of town and homes near downtown. Karen said a disaster “is no respect of persons” as it hit all kinds of people in Dresden. Of the homes that had to be demolished due to the tornado, the Wilsons estimated that about half were rental homes.

There is always a great need for volunteers in Dresden.

“We need people who can finish the drywall and hang it, it wouldn’t just take skilled people,” Karen said. “We need volunteers to help these skilled people, but you need to have a skilled person to be able to tell them what to do and how to do it.”

One of the best ways to help people is to give people money, according to the Wilsons, because sometimes the items donated don’t match a family’s real needs.

Long-term recovery could take up to three years, according to what the Wilsons have heard. Tommy thinks Dresden could be fit in a year to a year and a half. Karen said the conventional wisdom is that it takes 550 days – or about 18 months – for disaster recovery.

“When a family has lost everything, and when they return to their apartment or house or whatever, everything has to be replaced, from the beds to the fork to the can opener,” Karen said.

Anticipating the needs of families as they return to their homes in Dresden is something Karen isn’t sure the community has done yet. She said this recovery phase is going to mean a lot of people have to realize what they no longer have. And Tommy said they’re starting to see a bit of the anger people are feeling about the tornado outbreak, being tired and exhausted from the circumstances they’re in and having other things that don’t bother them. normally.

“Our community and our recovery center offer counseling,” Karen said. “We have community conversation groups that will meet periodically, periodic town hall meetings to help people come in and let off steam and talk, well, that’s happened to me or I’ve felt it too.”

As Dresden begins to rebuild, the Wilsons said they heard of businesses and people who weren’t sure they wanted to stay in the area and decided to rebuild and restart in Dresden.

“It kind of talks about the process of what people do, about healing and the grieving process,” Karen said. “At first people are going to say ‘I’m not rebuilding, I’m not going to rebuild’ but now we’re almost three months away and (they’ll say) ‘Well yeah, I’m going to rebuild, I want to stay in Dresden.

The Wilsons said they also hear people say they want the help and donations given to go to someone who needs it most, that people don’t want to take resources away from people who could need more than them.

“And yes, some people need more, some people need less,” Karen said. “But you still have a need.”

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Nearly 100 years later, a time capsule was discovered after tornadoes ripped through Dresden, TN https://in-dresden.info/nearly-100-years-later-a-time-capsule-was-discovered-after-tornadoes-ripped-through-dresden-tn/ Sat, 19 Feb 2022 12:42:00 +0000 https://in-dresden.info/nearly-100-years-later-a-time-capsule-was-discovered-after-tornadoes-ripped-through-dresden-tn/ DRESDEN, Tenn. (WKRN) — After tornadoes tore through Tennessee in December, a small town never imagined what would be unearthed. Nearly 100 years later, a cornerstone box, or time capsule, was found in Dresden’s First Methodist Church. The cornerstone is thought to have been laid in 1924, with 24 artifacts that were found inside, including […]]]>

DRESDEN, Tenn. (WKRN) — After tornadoes tore through Tennessee in December, a small town never imagined what would be unearthed.

Nearly 100 years later, a cornerstone box, or time capsule, was found in Dresden’s First Methodist Church. The cornerstone is thought to have been laid in 1924, with 24 artifacts that were found inside, including books, newspapers and even an ear of corn that was picked the morning they placed the box in angular stone.

The Discovery Park of America, located in Union City, helps preserve these objects. Employees who opened the box said the corn cob and accompanying note were almost like a “love letter” to future farmers, hoping that farming is just as important today as it is today. she was at the time.

“The most unique item that was very unexpected was an ear of corn. One of the church members was also the County Agricultural Officer at the time,” said Jennifer Wildes, Collections/Exhibits Director at Discovery Park of America.” In there was a letter that came with the corn, so he knew what was in it. And in the letter, he said it was picked that morning at a local farm, he mentioned the farm and he said what variety of corn it was.

Some current church members were there when Discovery Park of America unveiled the artifacts. One person in particular saw an object related to his grandfather. Wildes told News 2 that getting these items out of the box was “definitely a one-of-a-kind experience.”

“My favorite piece that we found was a letter from the pastor at the time. And it was basically, you know, a letter to me,” she said. “It explained what the church was going through at the time – they were building a new church. This was the reason for laying this new cornerstone.

The goal is to eventually have the items in an exhibit at Discovery Park of America.

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A hidden box found in the walls of the Dresden church has been opened https://in-dresden.info/a-hidden-box-found-in-the-walls-of-the-dresden-church-has-been-opened/ Wed, 02 Feb 2022 21:43:28 +0000 https://in-dresden.info/a-hidden-box-found-in-the-walls-of-the-dresden-church-has-been-opened/ UNION CITY, Tenn. – A box that had been hidden in a West Tennessee church for nearly 100 years has finally been opened. After the December storms, the Dresden First United Methodist Church was salvaging items in a conscious effort to preserve the cornerstone of the church. However, during the demolition process, church members found […]]]>

UNION CITY, Tenn. – A box that had been hidden in a West Tennessee church for nearly 100 years has finally been opened.

After the December storms, the Dresden First United Methodist Church was salvaging items in a conscious effort to preserve the cornerstone of the church.

However, during the demolition process, church members found a capsule from the past hidden behind the wall.

“We were surprised and shocked to find a box behind the cornerstone. We didn’t know it was there. To find joy, from a surprise of this nature in a destruction, it was a bittersweet joy that we were thrilled,” said Jamie Kemp, chairman of the trustees of Dresden First United Methodist Church.

Nearly 100 years later, church members and Discovery Park of America open the box.

“A hundred years ago, you have to stop and put your mindset into their way of life. Most of them had no electricity, telephone or internet. There were no computers. It was an event, a newsworthy event,” Kemp said.

A preserved ear of corn was the first item out of the box, followed by several copies of the local Dresden newspaper, hymns, church documents, a photo, and lists of church groups and members.

“I think my favorite article that was found is a document that specifically mentions the box and mentions them thinking about people who in the future would open that box and what they would find, and I think that was really interesting to have this connection from us here in 2022 to the people of 1923,” said Jennifer Wilds, director of collections and exhibits for Discovery Park of America.

The hidden objects brought church members to tears, and now they hope to rebuild and pass that feeling on to future church members.

“We will be including a new box and a new cornerstone to give someone in the future the same thrill, joy and excitement that we were able to share today,” Kemp said.

Now Discovery Park of America will dive deeper into all the artifacts, report on their condition, ensure they are stable, and do any kind of conservation work that may be needed.

You can find more local news through the WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News app.

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Dresden Church Discovers 1923 Cornerstone Box Amid Tornado Rubble | News https://in-dresden.info/dresden-church-discovers-1923-cornerstone-box-amid-tornado-rubble-news/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://in-dresden.info/dresden-church-discovers-1923-cornerstone-box-amid-tornado-rubble-news/ Demolition crews and trustees discover a cornerstone box while clearing debris. The box will be opened by Discovery Park of America in a few weeks. DRESDEN, TN – In Dresden, Tennessee, a congregation has lost its church, but not its hope. Now, some of that hope surrounds an exciting relic found within the walls of […]]]>






Demolition crews and trustees discover a cornerstone box while clearing debris. The box will be opened by Discovery Park of America in a few weeks.


DRESDEN, TN – In Dresden, Tennessee, a congregation has lost its church, but not its hope.

Now, some of that hope surrounds an exciting relic found within the walls of the First United Methodist Church.

A cornerstone box has been located. Church administrators believe it was probably placed there for a dedication in 1923. The box was wrapped in bricks and apparently had the strength to withstand December storms.

“We thought wow,” said Wayne McCreight, a church administrator. “We were surprised at the foresight of some of our members in 1923. It’s amazing that they did that. We think of 99 years later, of the situation in 1923. So many things were different.

Although we cannot be certain what is inside the box, a clipping from the Dresden newspaper indicates that a crowd gathered on a Saturday afternoon to witness the laying of the first stone. According to this story, some of the items inside the box included a church membership list, a history about the church, a church journal, and hymns.







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“I like to think about the people who were there during that time and what they thought about it, knowing that there’s a chance no one will ever see these items and what they decided to put at that time. there,” said exhibits director Jennifer Wildes. at the Discovery Center of America. This is where the church members decided to take their new artifact.

“We’re very excited and hope to be able to preserve what’s inside so we can give back some of what the church lost in the tornado,” Wildes said.

They decided not to open the box right away. Wildes said they have no way of knowing the conditions inside the box, so they need time to get all the preservation tools in order.

“It’s a small ray of hope that the church has now,” she said.







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Pastor Brad Jordan said the box is indeed a piece of hope: hope that God has a plan.

“It’s a beacon of hope in the rubble,” Jordan said. “God put that box in there for us to find, and it will be a written history of our church.”

Of course, Local 6 will take you there when you open the box. It should be in the next few weeks.







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The items will be displayed at Discovery Park on loan from the church.

The church has a rich history. The first church was built in 1833, when the county was created.

The First United Methodist Church was the first church in Weakley County.

They believe the cornerstone box was placed at a church dedication in 1923.

More recently, they built a family life center in 2008. Unfortunately, this building will also have to be demolished.

The church raises funds to rebuild. Those who would like to help can donate to the church GoFundMe countryside.

Checks can also be mailed to the church. They should be made out to Dresden FUMC and posted to 411 Morrow St., Dresden, TN 38225.

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Cornerstone box from 1923 discovered in Dresden church https://in-dresden.info/cornerstone-box-from-1923-discovered-in-dresden-church/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://in-dresden.info/cornerstone-box-from-1923-discovered-in-dresden-church/ DRESDEN, Tenn. – In the aftermath of the December storms, a church in Dresden found a relic of the past hidden within its walls. A cornerstone box was discovered in the walls of a United Methodist First Church in Dresden over the weekend. (Courtesy of Discovery Park of America) A cornerstone box from nearly 100 […]]]>

DRESDEN, Tenn. – In the aftermath of the December storms, a church in Dresden found a relic of the past hidden within its walls.

A cornerstone box was discovered in the walls of a United Methodist First Church in Dresden over the weekend. (Courtesy of Discovery Park of America)

A cornerstone box from nearly 100 years ago has been found in the walls of Dresden’s First United Methodist Church.

“We removed the concrete from the cornerstone and behind it we found a box of cornerstone,” said Wayne McCreight, trustee of First United Methodist Church.

McCreight says the church has records and supporting documents when the cornerstone box was placed.

“In 1923, when this cornerstone was laid, we had no telephones or electricity. We couldn’t fly across the continental United States on a plane in three or four hours. None of that was available,” McCreight said.

He says the church committee plans to create its own time capsule to inspire hope and document today’s culture.

“In the future, if our time capsule box was ever opened, they’d never think we could go to the moon when they opened it. They might say those cell phones weren’t so cool, you know, at What is Amazon? You know we don’t need it, so yeah, we would definitely think about it,” McCreight said.

The church contacted Discovery Park of America to help manage the contents of the box.

Cornerstone box discovered in the walls of a Dresden church

“They discovered a copper box behind their cornerstone. So they contacted us to explain what they had found and ask for advice. We met with the band and discussed some options, and they agreed to let us help them open it up and see what’s inside,” said Jennifer Wildes, Senior Collection Manager for Discovery Park of America.

Wildes says they are doing everything in their power to make sure the items remain intact so they can be preserved further.

“We are going to be as prepared as possible,” Wildes said. “If the content is dry, it’s a script. If the contents are on the wetter side, that’s another scenario. So we are going to be very slow and careful depending on what we find inside.

Museum and church officials say they expect material relating to the history of the church to be found in the box, along with other important information about that time period.

“We actually expect it to be mostly paper documents inside, like journals, a hymnal for example,” Wildes said. “Depending on how easily they can be retrieved out of the box, we will slowly remove them piece by piece.”

Church officials say they plan to open the cornerstone box in the coming weeks.

You can find more local news through the WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News app.

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Cornerstone box discovered during the demolition of Dresden’s historic First United Methodist Church… | News https://in-dresden.info/cornerstone-box-discovered-during-the-demolition-of-dresdens-historic-first-united-methodist-church-news/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://in-dresden.info/cornerstone-box-discovered-during-the-demolition-of-dresdens-historic-first-united-methodist-church-news/ Union City, Tennessee, Jan. 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — For immediate release Union City, Tenn.—Leaders of the Church of Dresden First United Methodist Church in Dresden, Tenn., work with artifact experts from Discovery Park of America, a museum and heritage park near Union City, Tenn. ., to open and retain the contents of a copper […]]]>

Union City, Tennessee, Jan. 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

For immediate release

Union City, Tenn.—Leaders of the Church of Dresden First United Methodist Church in Dresden, Tenn., work with artifact experts from Discovery Park of America, a museum and heritage park near Union City, Tenn. ., to open and retain the contents of a copper capstone box which was discovered during the demolition of the church building.

The building was damaged beyond repair in December 2021, during one of the worst tornado outbreaks on record in the United States. The cornerstone box was found bricked inside a portion of the church that was dedicated in 1923 and previously unknown to many church members today. Once discovered, the demolition stopped when those present began to work to carefully extract the box from the cornerstone of the building.

Wayne McCreight, a church administrator, contacted Discovery Park asking for help in safely extracting the contents of the box.

Jennifer Wildes, the museum’s senior director of collections and exhibitions, will manage the opening of the box in the coming weeks and be ready to hold what, if anything, remains inside after being hidden away for nearly 100 years. Photos of all found items will be posted on the Discovery Park Facebook page and loaned by the church for display at Discovery Park for a short time.

A news clipping from the Dresden Enterprise, the city newspaper, noted that when the church was originally dedicated, a crowd gathered on a Saturday afternoon to witness the laying of the cornerstone. According to the clipping, the box placed there at the time contained a complete list of church members, a complete history of the church, copies of the church newspaper, copies of the Company of Dresden and copies of hymns.

“If we find damp and fragile artifacts, it will take delicate care to preserve them intact before they can be carefully examined and cataloged,” Wildes said. “Whatever we find, we will ensure that these items left behind by past church members are preserved as a reminder of the church’s important history.”

Dresden, the county seat of Weakley County, Tennessee, was organized in 1825 and incorporated in 1827. When the town was laid out and lots were made available for purchase, land was designated for a place of worship. This land was purchased on February 4, 1833, and is where the church was located in various buildings until the tornadoes of 2021.

Church leaders are planning where and when their new church building will be built. Contributions to the Dresden First United Methodist Church Rebuilding Effort can be made online at GoFundMe.com by searching “Dresden FUMC Rebuilding Effort,” or checks can be mailed to:

Construction and renovation fund

First United Methodist Church of Dresden

411 Morrow St.

Dresden, TN 38225

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About Discovery Park of America

The mission of Discovery Park of America, a world-class museum and 50-acre heritage park located in Union City, Tennessee, is to inspire children and adults to see beyond. Included is a 100,000 square foot museum featuring 9 interactive exhibit galleries with additional space for changing exhibits from around the world and a 50-acre heritage park. Discovery Park of America is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including its primary funder, the Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation. For more information, visit DiscoveryParkofAmerica.com, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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A cornerstone box discovered during the demolition of Dresden’s historic first United Methodist Church to be opened at Discovery Park of America https://in-dresden.info/a-cornerstone-box-discovered-during-the-demolition-of-dresdens-historic-first-united-methodist-church-to-be-opened-at-discovery-park-of-america/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://in-dresden.info/a-cornerstone-box-discovered-during-the-demolition-of-dresdens-historic-first-united-methodist-church-to-be-opened-at-discovery-park-of-america/ Union City, Tennessee, Jan. 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — For immediate release Union City, Tenn.– Church leaders at Dresden First United Methodist Church in Dresden, Tennessee, are working with artifact experts from Discovery Park of America, a museum and heritage park near Union City, Tennessee, to open and preserve content of a copper capstone box […]]]>

Union City, Tennessee, Jan. 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

For immediate release

Union City, Tenn.– Church leaders at Dresden First United Methodist Church in Dresden, Tennessee, are working with artifact experts from Discovery Park of America, a museum and heritage park near Union City, Tennessee, to open and preserve content of a copper capstone box that was discovered during the demolition of the church.

The building was damaged beyond repair in December 2021, during one of the worst tornado outbreaks on record in the United States. The cornerstone box was found bricked inside a portion of the church that was dedicated in 1923 and previously unknown to many church members today. Once discovered, the demolition stopped when those present began to work to carefully extract the box from the cornerstone of the building.

Wayne McCreight, a church administrator, contacted Discovery Park asking for help in safely extracting the contents of the box.

Jennifer Wildes, the museum’s senior director of collections and exhibitions, will manage the opening of the box in the coming weeks and be ready to hold what, if anything, remains inside after being hidden away for nearly 100 years. Photos of all found items will be posted on the Discovery Park Facebook page and loaned by the church for display at Discovery Park for a short time.

A news clipping from the Dresden Enterprise, the city newspaper, noted that when the church was originally dedicated, a crowd gathered on a Saturday afternoon to witness the laying of the cornerstone. According to the clipping, the box placed there at the time contained a complete list of church members, a complete history of the church, copies of the church newspaper, copies of the Company of Dresden and copies of hymns.

“If we find damp and fragile artifacts, it will take delicate care to preserve them intact before they can be carefully examined and cataloged,” Wildes said. “Whatever we find, we will ensure that these items left behind by past church members are preserved as a reminder of the church’s important history.”

Dresden, the county seat of Weakley County, Tennessee, was organized in 1825 and incorporated in 1827. When the town was laid out and lots were made available for purchase, land was designated for a place of worship. This land was purchased on February 4, 1833, and is where the church was located in various buildings until the tornadoes of 2021.

Church leaders are planning where and when their new church building will be built. Contributions to the Dresden First United Methodist Church Rebuilding Effort can be made online at GoFundMe.com by searching “Dresden FUMC Rebuilding Effort,” or checks can be mailed to:

Construction and renovation fund

First United Methodist Church of Dresden

411 Morrow St.

Dresden, TN 38225

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About Discovery Park of America

The mission of Discovery Park of America, a world-class museum and 50-acre heritage park located in Union City, Tennessee, is to inspire children and adults to see beyond. Included is a 100,000 square foot museum featuring 9 interactive exhibit galleries with additional space for changing exhibits from around the world and a 50-acre heritage park. Discovery Park of America is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including its primary funder, the Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation. For more information, visit DiscoveryParkofAmerica.com, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Church in Dresden, Tennessee discovers cornerstone box after December tornado https://in-dresden.info/church-in-dresden-tennessee-discovers-cornerstone-box-after-december-tornado/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://in-dresden.info/church-in-dresden-tennessee-discovers-cornerstone-box-after-december-tornado/ DRESDEN, Tenn. (KFVS) – Leaders of the First United Methodist Church in Dresden are working with experts from Discovery Park of America to open a copper capstone box that was discovered after the Dec. 10 tornado. The cornerstone box was found inside the bricks of the church built in 1923. Church administrator Wayne McCreight contacted […]]]>

DRESDEN, Tenn. (KFVS) – Leaders of the First United Methodist Church in Dresden are working with experts from Discovery Park of America to open a copper capstone box that was discovered after the Dec. 10 tornado.

The cornerstone box was found inside the bricks of the church built in 1923.

Church administrator Wayne McCreight contacted Discovery Park and asked for help in safely removing the contents of the box.

According to Discovery Park of America, the museum’s senior director, Jennifer Wildes, will attempt to open the box within the next two weeks. After opening the box, she will discuss what remains inside for almost 100 years.

Photos of all found items will be posted on Discovery Park Facebook page.

The church will lend all items found at Discovery Park for display for a short time.

According to a news clipping from the city newspaper, Dresden Enterprise, the box was placed during the construction of the church and contains extensive records of church membership, the full history of the church, copies of the church newspaper, copies of Dresden Enterprise and copies of hymns.

“If we find damp and fragile artifacts, it will take delicate care to preserve them intact before they can be carefully examined and cataloged,” Wildes said. “Whatever we find, we will ensure that these items left behind by past church members are preserved as a reminder of the church’s important history.”

According to a release from Discovery Park of America, Dresden, the county seat of Weakly County, was organized in 1825 and incorporated in 1827. The church grounds were purchased on February 4, 1883, and it is there that the he church was located in various buildings until the tornadoes.

Church leaders are still planning the new date and location for the church.

Donations to the church’s rebuilding effort can be made online at GoFundMe.com by searching for “Dresden FUMC Rebuilding Effort”, or checks can be mailed to Bldg & Renovation Fund, Dresden First United Methodist Church, 411 Morrow St., Dresden, TN 38225.

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The historic outdated Methodist Church in Dresden due to a tornado https://in-dresden.info/the-historic-outdated-methodist-church-in-dresden-due-to-a-tornado/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://in-dresden.info/the-historic-outdated-methodist-church-in-dresden-due-to-a-tornado/ DRESDEN, Tenn. — A local town mourns the loss of a historic place of worship. Almost a month ago, Dresden First United Methodist Church was ready for prayer and fellowship. But three weeks later, it disappeared due to the December 10 tornadoes. Last weekend construction crews were forced to completely demolish what was left after […]]]>

DRESDEN, Tenn. — A local town mourns the loss of a historic place of worship.

Almost a month ago, Dresden First United Methodist Church was ready for prayer and fellowship. But three weeks later, it disappeared due to the December 10 tornadoes.

Last weekend construction crews were forced to completely demolish what was left after structural damage was deemed irreparable.

“It is a sad day for Dresden to see the work being done at the Methodist Church. Certainly understandable. They have to do something, and the damage from the tornado is now so bad that the church can no longer be repaired,” said Weakley County Mayor Jake Bynum. “Now we’re looking at what the church is doing in terms of the replacement.”

What remains of the church dates back to the 1800s. For the city of Dresden, it has lost a piece of its history.

“Obviously any structure in Dresden that needs to be demolished is heartbreaking, but especially so when you consider the age and beauty of this facility,” Bynum said. “But on top of that is the impact a church has on a community.”

Bynum says he has faith, that won’t stop people from worshiping one way or another. He says it will be exciting to see where they go from here.

“The church is not the building. It’s the people. And so we know we have a large Methodist church community here, and so we know they’re actively having conversations about how they’re rebuilding. What does it look like? Where will they be when we get through this recovery phase, and we’re excited about that,” Bynum said.

Church leaders and members have teamed up with other churches in the community to hold a service at a temporary location in the interim.

Church leaders have yet to decide when or where their new church will be built.

If you would like to donate to the Dresden community, you can visit www.faibleleycountytn.gov and click on the tornado relief tab.

You can find more local news through the WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News App.

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