8AM Traditional Service
9:30AM Contemporary Service
In the book, How United Methodists Share Their Faith, Rodney Wilmoth describes how he once visited the boyhood home of Mark Twain. For all the hype he had read about the place, he expected to be able to do more than peer through a window into what purported to be a faithful reproduction of the house in which the young Twain lived. He also didn’t expect to see electrical wiring, water sprinklers, and linoleum inside: items that would not have been there when Twain lived in it. So when he was leaving, he decided to check his reactions with other tourists.
“What did you think of it?” he asked one man. “It’s great,” the man roared, “I come here several times a year.” “Really?” Wilmoth said, as he tried to hide his shock. “I’ve been here thirty times now,” the man added, “It’s a real shrine.” Trying to make sense of how the man could see the obviously not original house as a ‘shrine,’ and not a tourist trap, Wilmoth asked, “Would you say the house is faithful to what Twain describes in his books?” “I have no idea,” the man said, “I’ve never read any of his books.”