To the Editor,
Thank you for your recent front-page article, “Boze-Mitchell McKibben moving Italy Location into Former Presbyterian Church.”
It is gratifying to know that a local buyer was found for this building and that the property will continue to be used.
As moderator of the Administrative Commission that closed Park Presbyterian Church of Italy last year, I hope you will allow me to share what the late Paul Harvey called “the rest of the story.”
Before the congregation dwindled to only a few members, Presbyterians had been doing ministry in Italy since the close of the Civil War. Because of the faithfulness of past members, future generations of Italy residents will benefit.
In 2008, Jean S. Mathy Deere, a member of the church, gave a substantial gift from her estate, through a bequest. In her will, she stipulated that the money be used within the Italy community. The church faithfully used those funds for children.
Following the property’s sale, and in accordance with her intentions and those of the remaining members of the church, Grace Presbytery issued a $100,000 check to Italy Independent School District. The funds, which are from the bequest, were designated for the improvement of wireless connectivity or to purchase furniture for pupils at Stafford Elementary.
While I deeply regret that the church had to be closed, I am thankful to God for the Presbyterians of Italy, Texas, their rich history of faithfulness, and for the work God is continuing to do through them.
Rev. Matt Curry, Pastor, Central Presbyterian Church of Waxahachie