Sycamore Log Church History
The Sycamore Log Church was built in 1933 by the people of the Garber, Mo. community, down the railroad tracks from the church. It first began in October as a brush arbor meeting across the road, in the lower parking lot. As fall and winter approached, they realized the need for a more permanent building. This church was built with native sycamore logs, hand cut, and hauled here from Roark Creek. They used mules to drag the logs to the church site. The inside support beams are cedar logs, also hand cut, and hauld by mules to the church. A three-prong walnut stump serves as the pulpit. Sycamore is a soft wood, and for this building to ramian in such good condition over time is remarkable, and evidence of God's plan.
The original floor was a simple dirt floor. Later the tongue-and-groove wood floor was added. But the dirt floor after a rain would cause the green walnut stump to sprout, and it often required trimming before service. The carpet and new wood floor are recent additions. On the fron cedar support beams, on the right side facing the pulpit, you can still seecharred places in the beam where lanterns once got too hot. The 6 small shelves near the windows once held lanterns or candles. At the time of construction, the total cost of the building was $18.00. All labor and building materials were donated by local residents. The land itself was donated by Mrs. Laura Sutton, who lived just up the road. Although she's been gone many years now, her generousity lives on. Her grave is in back of the church.
The inscription plaque, "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help," is Psalm 121:1. This plaque has been here from the beginning, and we don't know it's origin. If anyone does know where it came from, contact the Pastor. There is one just like this at the Wilderness Church(old Wilson's Run Creek School and church), at Silver Dollar City.
Services have been held here regularly for many years, then interrupted a couple of times. The present congregation is Pentecostal, and non-profit. We have a non-denominational, Bible based preaching, teaching, and hymn singing. We believe everyone should worship God together, and share what God has done for us.
Several famous people have signed our guest books. Rev. Guy Howard, The Walkin' Preacher of the Ozarks, is probably the most famous preacher to preach here His book, "The Walkin' Preacher of the Ozarks" was a New York Times best seller in the 1940's, and brought national attention to the church. Johnny Cash also signed our guest book in the late 1980's. The church has been featured in national tv documentaries, local newspaper and magazine articles, and local radio and tv. The guest books have names from all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Russia, and many countries from Europe.
You are always welcome at the Sycamore Log Church. Thank you for visiting. Come worship with us soon. May God bless you always.
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Numbers 21:23 (KJV)
And Sihon would not suffer Israel to pass through his border: but Sihon gathered all his people together, and went out against Israel into the wilderness: and he came to Jahaz, and fought against Israel.
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