By Hank Weisner/Southern Sentinel
FALKNER – The Falkner Presbyterian Church is a church on the move.
The church, which dates to 1963, was formerly located at 20311 Mississippi Highway 15 in Falkner and now is on County Road 301 near Highway 15 on donated land.
The church was moved after it appeared it would be torn down to make way for forthcoming state highway improvements.
“The state told us in the early 1990s we’d have to tear it down or move it. After that, eight years elapsed and we didn’t hear a thing,” said church treasurer and elder Mike Hopper.
“About fall of 2008 they said they were coming, and they told us we couldn’t move it because they said there was asbestos in the caulking. By then we’d already painted over the caulking.”
State Rep. Greg Ward worked with the Mississippi Department of Transportation, which had purchased the church and land, and the church was bought back.
To celebrate, a dedication and special service will be Sunday at 11 a.m., with an open house from 1-3 p.m.