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Six Louisiana churches to be featured during annual 'Church Walk' Sunday

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Dec. 6, 2018 12:40 pm

LOUISIANA, Mo. -- Six Louisiana churches will be in the spotlight during the 25th annual Mid-Town Church Walk on Sunday.

The walking tour -- free and open to the public -- is sponsored by the Louisiana Area Historical Museum as a way to let area residents see and learn about the six churches while being treated to Christmas music at each stop.

The walk will last two hours. It will begin at 3 p.m. at Bethel AME Church, Sixth and Tennessee. Then after 15 minutes, a bell will ring, "and everybody gets up and scurries to the next church," explained Linda Beer, a volunteer who is on the museum's governing board.

Beer said all six churches "are within a couple of blocks of each other," which makes it easy for the crowd to walk from one church to the next at 15-minute intervals.

After the sixth and final stop on the tour -- at First Presbyterian Church, 121 S. Eighth -- participants can take part in a soup supper in the church's lower level. Three varieties of soup and homemade desserts will be served for a freewill offering. All proceeds will benefit the museum.

Beer said the church walk is a fun way for area residents to get in the Christmas spirit.

"It's just magical," she said. "We refer to it as the museum's Christmas gift to the community."

Here are the six churches to be visited during the walk:

º 3 p.m. -- Bethel AME church, Sixth and Tennessee, is one of the few religious buildings in the country listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1883.

º 3:20 p.m. -- First Christian Church, 517 South Carolina. The church's choir will be singing Christmas songs with a solo by Beverly Cogar.

º 3:40 p.m. -- First Baptist Church, 608 South Carolina, was restored in 1974 after a fire. The church's stained-glass windows have been restored through a major campaign.

º 4 p.m. -- Centenary United Methodist Church, 691 South Carolina, is housed in a circa-1887 building. The church has handbell and chancel choirs along with a Kilgen pipe organ installed in 1929.

º 4:20 p.m. -- Calvary Episcopal Church, 704 Georgia St., was organized in 1853. Vocal music will be provided by Martha Weston and Dennis Babbitt.

º 4:40 p.m. -- First Presbyterian Church, 121 S. Eighth, was dedicated in 1891. The sanctuary has a seven-rank pipe organ with chimes that were added in the 1940s. Walk participants will get a chance to sing Christmas carols and hymns.

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