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How to praise the Lord in Texas [Dec. 28th, 2011|11:58 am]
susan smitten
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Last month when I was in Texas, I decided finally to document what I consider to be odd looking (and oddly named) churches. Churches seem to outnumber people in that area, but due to various camera issues, I was only able to photograph a few of them. My mom helped me with this entry by photographing some of the ones I missed.

If you live in Texas, these might not look at all unusual. If you don't live in Texas, these might not look at all like churches.


When I was a kid, this was a supermarket called the Diamond Food Store. It later became the Metro Food Outlet, but was later converted into a house of God called "The Met." It is now The Milestone Church, and has a golf cart parked in front of it.


This is in my parents' neighborhood, on Mt. Gilead Road. It used to be a popular little church in a white church-like building called "The Mount Gilead Baptist Church." It has grown into this larger structure, and its name has been changed to "the mount."


You see a lot of vacant retail space these days. All over North Texas, these spaces are used for worship.


And why not?


But I'm not sure what makes this one so "underground."


I spotted this one on the drive down to Houston. It is coming soon.


This simple barn-like structure was photographed by my mom. I guess there are people who prefer to worship in storage facilities.


This was taken by my mom, as well. I grew up in the suburbs, so the only Cowboys I ever knew were our football team.


The Lighthouse Baptist Church may have been a barber shop or a liquor store in a past life.


My picture of this sign didn't turn out, so my mom went back and got it for me. The Vineyard of Grace Church is conveniently located such that you can get a spray tan, pick up donuts, and praise the Lord in one easy trip.


"Words of Life" was in the same strip mall as a Chinese restaurant I ate with my folks.


And there's something quaint about this Mexican church, which looks to me like a place you might have your teeth cleaned.


Lastly, my dad clued me into the Beautiful Feet Ministries, "serving the homeless in the inner city of Fort Worth, Texas." "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news." Romans 10:15. This picture is stolen from facebook.
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[User Picture]From: rparvaaz
2011-12-28 08:50 am (UTC)
'Words of Life' is a nice name. :)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2011-12-28 09:02 am (UTC)
Isn't it, though!
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[User Picture]From: mrputter
2011-12-28 09:13 am (UTC)
> these spaces are used for worship

That... says a lot of things. Like, a lot.

> what makes this one so "underground."

Maybe it's in a former bowling alley? (I dunno; are bowling alleys in north Texas usually built in the basements underneath strip malls? They quite often are around here.)

> in one easy trip

Well, if the existence of donuts and spray tans aren't reasons to praise the Lord, then man, I dunno what is!!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2011-12-28 09:23 am (UTC)
are bowling alleys in north Texas usually built in the basements underneath strip malls?
Nope! I don't think a lot of things are built underground in North Texas. The soil is pretty flimsy, and it's probably quite firm where you are. I imagine underground establishments are easier to heat in Calgary?

if the existence of donuts and spray tans aren't reasons to praise the Lord...
Amen!
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[User Picture]From: hitchhiker
2011-12-28 10:37 am (UTC)
You know far more Indians than cowboys (:
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[User Picture]From: freakchylde
2011-12-28 09:05 pm (UTC)
Megan M. used to go to the Beautiful Feet ministry every year to serve Thanksgiving meals. I always cracked up when she told me about it.

Parents showed me the old Diamond Foods spot last year when I visited. And just this week, I had the joy of seeing "The Mount". Apparently, they rent out the old church to a different church group.
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[User Picture]From: nativeinformant
2011-12-28 11:12 pm (UTC)
I'm sad that this looks normal to me. You and your mom captured some winners though! I will try to remember to start adding to your collection as I move around podunk.
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[User Picture]From: vovat
2011-12-29 05:22 am (UTC)
Finally! A church for people with foot fetishes!
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[User Picture]From: premkudva
2011-12-31 04:52 am (UTC)
Top marks to your mom for the extra effort in adding to your collection;-)
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