Wesley Meadows strives toward excellence

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Wesley Meadows United Methodist Church started the fall season off Saturday with a bang. It was time for the annual Lord’s Project Auction. Before that was a barbecue dinner. Even though it was a slight chill in the air, members brought items for the auction as well as food for the dinner.

The auction has been held every fall since 1978 under the leadership of Bro. Tom Morrison. Church members donate homemade items, plants, hay, wood and others for the auction. The first auction brought in $3,000.

Auctioneer services were first donated by Atherton’s Sales and Services of Hodgenville – the late Adrian Atherton and the late Bob Brown, Bruce Thomason, and Gary Reynolds. In the last several years, a dinner, held on the church grounds, has preceded the auction.

Wesley Meadows was formed by the merger of two Methodist churches – Buffalo and Jericho – in 1960. Rev. Donald Troutman was the Buffalo Circuit Minister at that time. He and Morris Stephens, a son of the late Blane and Mazetta Stephens, one of the new church’s first Trustees, went to Western Kentucky, obtained a large tent, and set it up for worship services on the proposed church’s property in order to get the people excited about building the new church.

The “church at the crossroads” was built on about five acres purchased from the late Carl Hash. The building was completed in 1962 at the intersection of highways 210 and 470, with a cost of about $70,000. On Sept. 18, 1977, a special service was held to burn the indebtedness note.
Today, the church has about 135 members.

The church got its name from Lucretia Begley, wife of Rev. John Begley, the first pastor of the church. Mrs. Begley based the name on the founder of Methodism, John Wesley, and the church’s rural setting in the new meadow lands. The Buffalo division included: Buffalo-Jericho, Oak Grove, Levelwoods, and Benningfield Chapel. Oak Grove merged with Buffalo-Jericho in 1965, making the circuit of three churches. In 1983, Levelwoods was put on a circuit in the Campbellsville District and later returned with Wesley Meadows in 2009 and Benningfield Chapel left the circuit in 2002.

The Buffalo Methodist Church was organized and constructed before the Civil War. It was used as a hospital for the sick and wounded soldiers during the war. Some of the soldiers died and were laid to rest in the cemetery beside the church. The last structure (no longer standing), was built about 1900. The cemetery was neglected for many years and had overgrown with trees and brush. The congregation of Wesley Meadows decided it would be their responsibility for the upkeep of the cemetery. The headstones were repaired and a sign and flagpole were placed at the site.