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God’s Garden
Let us love one another for love is of God.
I John 4:7

We are in the process of receiving the cremains of those who have not been claimed at our local funeral homes by family or friends. The Property Team has already interned 25 of these remains and we have a record of those identities. David Key has assisted us in ordering a plaque for this new section of our garden. When that plaque arrives and we receive the final cremains and digital record, we will have a service honoring those who will rest in our garden.

The Property Team has also ordered and is placing some new shrubbery to enhance that corner of the Memorial Grounds. Thanks to the leadership of Roger Beattie over the past year and to our Property Team, (currently led by Rusty Renfroe,) this place is a continuing peaceful place for all who enter. A gift of $1,000 was given by our Presbytery to help cover the stones and the plaque for this newest venture.

Many of you gave Tempe’ your names to contact when we should have our service to remember all those who will now be in “God’s Garden.” You will be contacted when we have the plaque and the final cremains and you can join us if you are free. We are now  considering that service may be around the first of February.

In the future, as cremains are given to us by the local funeral homes, there will be regular services honoring the lives of those children of God. We will simply offer a time and date so that anyone who would like to share that moment of hope would be welcome to join us. God’s Garden is not a community resource, but rather is an arrangement we have only in cooperation with our two funeral homes. Please speak to Rusty if you have any questions about our memorial gardens.

Welcome New Members

Tom and Susan Fagg joined the session on March 20th and were accepted into membership at that meeting. They were welcomed as members on Easter Sunday.

Tom is a native of Franklin and was raised in First Presbyterian Church of Franklin. His family were early founders of our church. He joined when he was about 12 and was active in the youth activities and the church until he graduated and went away to school.

Susan was raised Baptist living in Los Angeles until they moved to Franklin when she was about 13. Tom and Susan dated all through high school and were married on November 24, 1968. Tom’s career in Human Resources, 33 years with Sears, took them to 5-6 states in the Southeast. They raised their daughters in Slidell, Louisiana where they were very active in the Methodist church. Susan started her career in banking and then was a stay at home Mother until the girls were older. In the mid 80”s she returned to retail banking which she loved. Their last move before coming home to Franklin was to Charlotte, NC for Susan’s career where they attended the Davidson College PCUSA. 

Throughout their careers they always looked at coming back to Franklin. God always opened one door if he closed another in their lives. Tom was working as a consultant in Charlotte when Harrah’s offered him a job and the door again opened for them to come back to Franklin in 2001. They both retired in 2012. While they don’t live here, Tom and  all of Tom and Susan’s children and grandchildren have been baptized at First Presbyterian of Franklin. In total, seven generations of Fagg’s have been baptized in our church.


- Our new Mission Statement -

growing in FAITH, serving with HOPE, sharing GOD'S LOVE




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