It’s been a long journey but the St. John UMC in Shelbyville, KY "has finally gotten there" Pastor Robert Marshall shared on Sunday September 29, 2013 at the Service of Dedication. St. John was full with its own membership, community ministers and visitors from all over to share in this spirit filled worship experience.
The Rev. Jean Hawxhurst, Superintendent of the Frankfort District performed the service of dedication and the Rev. Alvin R. Goodwin, Pastor of Garrs Lane/City Roads Chapel UMC of Louisville shared the message.
St. John UMC - Shelbyville was established in 1887 with its first church building being built in 1896. The 1896 building served the congregation well until the mid 1990s when some constructional problems rendered the building unsafe and resulted in its being torn down. Since that time the congregation has worshipped in the multi-purpose annex building next door to the present new church building. The building came in at an estimated cost of $360,000. The St. John-Shelbyville congregation raised $200,000 of the needed funds and the remainder needed to complete the building came from a bank loan.
At present the basement is unfinished, but will be completed for educational needs in the near future. Rev. Goodwin is also Chairperson of the Conference Commission on Religion and Race shares that the upcoming Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will be held there on Jan 18th 2014 beginning time 10 a.m. with workshops, luncheon, and Worship at 1 p.m. with the Bishop Young Jin Cho of the Virginia Conference Keynote Speaker. We ask that our conference friends come to give in a love offering in support of the St. John church building funding as well as an offering to support the Commission event on that day. St. John UMC is located at 212 Martin Luther King, Jr. St. Shelbyville, KY.