Dutch Valley Christmas features heirloom greenery (Dec. 2019)

Dutch Valley Christmas features heirloom greenery (Dec. 2019)

CLINTON, Tenn. -- At Dutch Valley United Methodist, the Christmas decorations are beautiful, but they’re more than decorations. They're a treasured link to the heritage of a small rural church.

The church is decorated with greenery from the surrounding grounds where church forebearers lived and walked. Janis Hackworth Bishop remembers how her grandmother went into the woods every December to collect the “ground pine” that would adorn the altar table and rails.

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Annette Spence

Annette Spence is editor of The Call, the Holston Conference newspaper.