Rodan139: Mackey United Methodist Church

A few weeks ago I took Rodan139 on a flight around the Mackey United Methodist Church. The church recent closed its doors after 134 years. It will still be used for weddings, funerals and other gatherings.

Here is a few bits about the closing of the church from a recent “Boone News Republican” article:

Mackey United Methodist Church of rural Boone closed its doors at a ceremony ending its 134 years in formal ministry. Members, family and friends, numbering about 60, gathered outside the church on Sunday, Oct. 4 to remember, to pray, and to turn the page on a new chapter of serving the farming community of Mackey nestled in the corn and bean fields of northeast Boone County.

Keith Carlson, a lay leader of the church and a long time member, acknowledged, “Because of our aging congregation, we knew that the doors would be closing soon, and then along came the coronavirus that made it clear the time had come.”

But this little building is not finished yet. Jaime Beyer and Laura Loots, trustees for the Harrison Township, announced the establishment of a newly formed charity with the mission to ensure the continuation of the building for community weddings, funerals and other gatherings that would honor the history of this church. And just recently a generous family contributed $20,000 of support.

Here are some pictures I took on the flight:


Rodan139: Mackey United Methodist Church

Rodan139: Mackey United Methodist Church

Rodan139: Mackey United Methodist Church

Rodan139: Mackey United Methodist Church

Rodan139: Mackey United Methodist Church

Rodan139: Mackey United Methodist Church

Rodan139: Mackey United Methodist Church

Rodan139: Mackey United Methodist Church

Rodan139: Mackey United Methodist Church

Rodan139: Mackey United Methodist Church

Rodan139: Mackey United Methodist Church

Rodan139: Mackey United Methodist Church

Rodan139: Mackey United Methodist Church

Rodan139: Mackey United Methodist Church

Rodan139: Mackey United Methodist Church

Rodan139: Mackey United Methodist Church

Rodan139: Mackey United Methodist Church

Rodan139: Mackey United Methodist Church

Rodan139: Mackey United Methodist Church

Rodan139: Mackey United Methodist Church

Rodan139: Mackey United Methodist Church

Rodan139: Mackey United Methodist Church

Rodan139: Mackey United Methodist Church

Rodan139: Mackey United Methodist Church

There are a handful of countries churches in Boone County. This is the second one I took Rodan139 to photograph. I hope to hit up all of them at some point. Some point…

2 thoughts on “Rodan139: Mackey United Methodist Church”

  1. Very interesting history. The bell choir did a concert out there one winter. The bells sounded so different in the sanctuary. Glad to see the church will be used for special events.

  2. I bet I’ve been inside at least half the churches in Boone County, but this one has eluded me.

    How did the bells sound different?

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