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Historic Texoma Church Raising Funds to Renovate

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SHERMAN, TX--A historic church in Sherman is looking for a much-needed makeover. After serving Texomans since the 1860's, the place of worship needs more than just a fresh coat of paint.

Settlers started Friendship United Methodist Church in 1867. It still stands today in Sherman, but it's in need of repair. 

"Just because of time as the building settles--the stained glass has settled also, so it needs to be taken down, relented and restored," Pastor Beth Kellner said. 

Over the years, additions have been added to the church, but pastor Beth kellner says that many things still need to be renovated. Maintaining the building is important, she says, because some of the current members have ancestors who chartered the church. 

"It means family and community, and I think it lives up to its name--friendship," Louis Groner said. "We have always been friendly with other people, and the families have been close knit."

Friendship United Methodist is looking to raise $25,000 dollars so they can apply for a matching grant through the Lilly Foundation and Partners for Sacred Places. Not only is the church a piece of Texoma history, but many members have their family buried in the cemetery just next door.

"My entire family buried back there--as many others," Patsy Stephens said. 

Patsy Stephens and Louis Groner are cousins, and they both say that their loved ones are buried next to their church. Nearly all of Patsy's family--and Louis' parents and son--aren't far from their place of worship. 

"We're very intertwined as a family," Stephens said. 

"This is an example of the prairie style church architecture that you don't see a whole lot anymore, so from a purely historical perspective and maintaining the history of this country--it's important," Kellner said. 

Kellner hopes to keep it that way, maybe for the next hundred years or more.

-Jen French, KTEN News