Tuesday, March 11, 2014
First Presbyterian Church - Ocala
First Presbyterian Church is a venerable old Ocala institution, arriving on the downtown scene right after the beginning of time, and has been patronized over the years by many of the "pillars" of the community.
But longevity does not just happen. A church must relate and be relevant. And if some folks find things a bit boring, it's always a good idea to serve food. (See 2nd photo). I'm wondering if the cafe is open during the time the pastor sermonizes the congregants...hmm...
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"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson
Sunday only? So it's a win-win! If the sermon isn't working perhaps they can make a few bucks on coffee and donuts.
I love that elegant steeple!
You probably have to go through the church service to get to the courtyard cafe? That's one way to get the people in!
That steeple surely does stand out nicely against the sky!
Nice effect. I like the first photograph.
Like the photo editing here. I guess I'd give the cafe a try. And like Hamilton says, you probably have to go through the church to get there.
Nice with the light from inside!
I'll be dead before churches serve food here. Well, apart from the sacramental bread...
It's a very impressive building, and serving food is always a good idea!
It looks like a very handsome church. A courtyard cafe - with or without the sermon - sounds lovely, too.
That is a beautiful Spire, Lowell.
Saw this after reading the comment you left me. The second photo with your observations really did make me smile.
I love the art work on these photos! It reminds me of St. Bartholomew's in New York City with it's restaurant called Inside Park at St. Bart's. I had a tasty lunch there once.
It looks like it was built to last. I've not seen a church with a cafe before.
DO they have a gym too? I know some of the mega churches in Jackson did.
I bet that meal tempts a lot of people. We ate in a church cafe once in some city we were touring..might have been Savannah. Not on a Sunday, that one was open every day. It was good to have a homecooked meal (volunteers made soup and stuff)...I think you paid what you could...we could pay more than we would have at some fast food place and were happy that we could.
Churches come and go but the food remains. There are several churches in Mount Vernon that have coffee shops. Maybe to keep the congregation awake. MB
Love the 1st pic!!
The lofty tower is so beautiful, elegant and proud. I like your creativeness, Lowell.
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