WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas is pleased to
  recognize Grace Methodist Church in Hearne on the grand occasion
  of its 150th anniversary; and
         WHEREAS, Church members are gathering to commemorate this
  historic event with a special celebration in 2020; and
         WHEREAS, The church's history begins in 1870 with Horace
  Bishop, a Methodist minister, who came to Hearne and rented a
  room at the hotel; the following day he was visited by three
  sisters, Mrs. Wash Hearne, Mrs. Charles Lewis, and Aunt Rhoda,
  who were former Methodists; although the ladies were not
  optimistic about building a Methodist church in the town, a
  congregation was started on the second floor of Joe Lambert's
  saloon with the help of two gentlemen, Jonathon Gideon Wilkerson
  and Nathan Kilgore; and
         WHEREAS, The members of the congregation built a church
  building of their own in 1885, but they soon had to rebuild after
  a devastating fire, and they also contended with a storm that
  moved the church off its foundations; new pillars were put under
  the building where it stood after the storm, three feet to the
  south of its original location, and First Methodist Episcopal
  Church South was allowed to remain on that spot; and
         WHEREAS, As the church membership grew, changes were made
  to the original structure; the present sanctuary was built in
  1929, and the Memorial Building was erected in 1976; the name of
  the church was changed in 1948 to Grace United Methodist Church
  and again, in 1968, to Grace Methodist Church; and
         WHEREAS, The rich heritage of Grace Methodist Church
  reflects the dedication by its members of their talents, vision,
  wisdom, and selfless service to others; and
         WHEREAS, Grace Methodist Church has provided a place of
  worship for generations of faithful Christians and has played a
  significant role in the continuing growth and development of the
  city; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 86th
  Legislature, hereby commend the congregation of Grace Methodist
  Church in Hearne and extend best wishes for a joyful celebration
  of the church's 150th anniversary.
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on May 17, 2019.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate