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Posted Thursday, August 2, 2007, at 11:04 PM

The Tusculum Church of Christ in Nashville was organized in 1957. My husband and I began worshipping there in 1960. Our sons both were born and grew up while we were there. The membership outgrew the building, and there was a need for additional classrooms. I was looking forward to being a part of the move to the new facility a few miles south on Nolensville Rd. (The congregation had decided to keep the name of Tusculum, even though we were going to be out of that exact neighborhood.) Then Jim and I decided on the move to Shelbyville. It was more difficult to leave our friends at Tusculum than to leave the home we had lived in for 36 years. I would cry about it, but never for one minutes did we consider driving back to Nashville to worship.

We spent Labor Day weekend of 2006 at the house in Shelbyville. That Sunday we went to services at the Fairlane Church of Christ. I have never felt so welcome anywhere in my life. I immediately found at least 3 people who were also from my home town of Lewisburg, a family who used to live in Nashville and went to Tusculum with us, and others who had connections to people we knew. Also, I have a cousin who worships there with her husband. Everyone made us feel at home and wanted. There is much love in that congregation, and they extend it to all who enter.

We decided to wait until the beginning of 2007 to officially place our membership at Fairlane. Shortly after Tusculum's move, we were in Nashville and went to tour the new facility. There was some strange feeling about seeing it. I had wanted so much to be a part of it and expected the tears to flow, but I realized it was no longer home to me. Several friends asked if we were going back there to worship. I told them we would be here at Fairlane in Shelbyville. I loved it when Mary Gill, a dear friend we've had at Tusculum since 1960, said, "That's where you belong." She knew we should be where our home is.

My hope is that we would have found the same loving, welcoming arms if we had gone to the Southside Church or Christ, where my uncle and aunt, Alfred and Adrienne Melton, were charter members after being part of the Main Street congregation, or to any of the other congregations in Shelbyville. We were going to visit more of the congregations, but we just felt so at home at Fairlane that we had to stay there. Besides, it's closest to home.

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