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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Steeple Sunday #28 Dedicated to Anya and Kareltje

Today's Steeple Sunday is dedicated to my dear friend Anya, her two beautiful daughters and her handsome cat Kareltje  (pictured below)
 Memory of Wilfred 
their beloved husband and Dad.
Yesterday I was sadden to read that Wilfred, passed away on October 14, 2010, after a 4.5 month struggle to overcome a massive heart.  Wilfred left this world too young.  I did not know Wilfred; however, in getting to know Anya over this last year, I learned he was her blog's #1 fan.  He so enjoyed the beautiful poetry she wrote.  He marveled at her ability to create such funny and original blog posts, as did I.   Wilfred enjoyed the beautiful pictures she took of Kareltje and their beautiful country, The Netherlands.  Wilfred and Kareltje shared a special male bond in a home full of beautiful women.  Since Anya always enjoyed my Steeple Sunday post, today seemed to be a fitting time to dedicate it to Anya and her family.  
Anya and family this is for you.

With love
Madi and Mom

Benson Memorial United Methodist Church
Look what we found another beautiful church not all that far from home..but nestled up on a hill
on the side of the road we rarely travel. However, on this beautiful fall Saturday we took The Road not Taken (thank you Mr. Frost) it made all the difference. We found Benson Memorial United Methodist Church. This very pretty and sturdy sign is all that you can see from street level. Hubby and I were quite surprised to find a beautiful church that rambles on and on up on the hill.

Methodist Churches don't have steeples but they have some very beautiful crosses.....
and beautiful architecture.

I love the cross below and the red design ....
Don't you just love these double front doors notice the trees reflecting in the crosses.
Once again very beautiful glass crosses on the door.

The lovely covered breeze way connects the Sancutary to other parts of the church
From this angle the church almost resembles a home.
The only information I could find online was this church is listed as a private company
categorized under churches located in Raleigh. Records indicated it was established in 1964.
This is the first time in my steeple chases I have seen this type of information.


  1. Such very sad news indeed - our thoughts are with Anya and her family
    We like the simplicity of the methodist church xxxx

  2. I'm so sorry about Wifred. I don't know that family, but it's very sad and we send our condolences.

    The church is somewhat mysterious, isn't it? Being owned differently than the others. At least it's fun to think of it as mysterious.

    lotsa licks, Lola

  3. So sad to hear about Wilfred :(

    Beautiful church, I love the front doors :)

  4. Madi,
    Sad news 'bouts da kitteh Wilfred. :( His family is our prayers today. Tank youz fur showing us another beootiful church.

    I hopes dat you have a wunderful Sunday my BFFF!

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  5. MAdi
    Sorry bout Wilfred. He looked very hadnsome and I am sure his family misses him.Paws crossed for his family and comfort.

    Cool crosses!! The double doors do look neat!! Good finds there Madi


  6. So sorry to hear this news. Beautiful front doors! Thank you!

  7. What a great tribute to Wilfred...we were really sad when we heard that he had passed on. We continue to purray for Anya, the girls, and of course dear Kareltje. xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  8. crushing news about Anya. We are so sad for all of them.

    We like this methodist church very much,
    What a lovely location, and plenty of room for gathering together and sharing Christ's love


  9. A very nice post about Wilfred; we will purr for his family very hard.

    Another lovely church and the tress' reflection in the doors is Mother nature's stained glass!

    pee ess: the State Fair looked like an absolute blast...endless food is always good.

  10. I am sorry to know about Wilfred. Our thoughts are with Anya and family.
    The chuch is beautiful. Yes. It looks like a house.
    Happy Sunday!
    Kisses and hugs

  11. Our hearts and prayers go out to Anya and her family!
    This was such a beautiful tribute to Wilfred!
    PS Raider sends his snuggles, too!

  12. We were very saddened to hear of Wilfred's passing. This is a lovely memorial to Anya's beloved husband. She, her daughters, and of course Kareltje are all in our thoughts.

  13. I found the website for the church:

    but it doesn't tell much about it. :(

  14. This was very sweet of you to dedicate today's post to Anya and Kareltje. I am so very sorry to hear about their sad loss.

    The church is very pretty. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Wiggles & Wags,

  15. I am so sorry to hear about Wilfred thoughts are with Anya and her family.

    Your pal, Pip

  16. Oh no. We didn't know about Anya's husband passing. So very sad.

  17. We were sad to hear about Wilfred's passing too...we send purrs to Anya and her daughters and Kareltje.

  18. so sad to hear about wilfred and our prayers go out to the family and all those affected. very nice to see your dedication and very sweet of you!

  19. It was heartbreaking to hear about Wilfred wasn't it. I have checked Anya's blog and FB page several times each week always hoping for good news.

    This is a lovely tribute to Anya and the family. Our thoughts are with them.

    I love those double doors with the reflection in the crosses.

    Hugs & Purrs,
    J and Cindi Lou


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