The folks in and around Putnam, east of Abilene, have turned an old “beer store” into a church that is growing more than the town.
Six months after its start, Brushy Creek Cowboy Church has 52 members, said Pastor Sam Stone. It has seen 11 professions of faith and performed 11 baptisms.
A hitching post has been set up outside the building so members can tie their horses outside while attending church. Inside, an old beer cooler has been converted into an air conditioner.
But the church is going to leave the old beer store behind soon. A local bank approved a $125,000 loan Nov. 29 for the church to buy 12.23 acres of land and build a 125 feet by 50 feet building. The new site also will include a roping arena.
Texas Baptists have had an important hand in making this happen. First Baptist Church in Clyde, Cherry Heights Baptist Church in Clyde, Callahan Baptist Association and the Texas Fellowship of Cowboy Churches have been in on the work big time. And the BGCT has been the biggest financial force behind it.
And the church is giving back, contributing 6 percent of receipts to the BGCT Cooperative Program, 2 percent to the TFCC and 2 percent to the association.
“God’s blessing hand over fist,” Pastor Stone said. And the congregation is excited about all that God is doing.
The pastor did note that the new church building will have a hitching post out front.
If you would like a little glimpse of Putnam and the church’s current meeting place, there’s a video called “Abandoned Texas Town” on You Tube, posted by someone passing through town. Turns out it hasn’t been abandoned by God or by Baptists working on His behalf.