|Photo Courtesy of the Sedgewick and Lougheed United Churches|
Merna is an area in Central Alberta, East of Forestburg and South of Sedgewick. I passed this area recently and pulled over to take quick a photo of a quaint looking church and cemetery right beside the highway. I made a mental note to look it up later as it was pouring rain and giant blood thirsty mosquitoes tried to gain access into my car as soon as I opened the windows. I'm not even kidding, they were the biggest mosquitoes I have ever seen. If they were smart enough to organize such a thing, they could've carried my 7 y/o away. Me that's another story, too heavy to be carried away by giant winged things. The moral of the story here is skinny people will be carried away. Go eat carbs, or cake! Also did you know a group of mosquitoes is called a scourge? Fitting.
|Courtesy of Google Street View Aug 2013|
Luckily the Google car was on this lonely stretch of highway in August of 2013. (How do I apply for that job??). As you can see from that photo to mine below, the church is sporting a spiffy new coat of paint. I kind of like the timeworn look but the bright new white coat of paint means someone is still looking after this place, which is nice too. I wonder what became of the old sign?
**Update** I just heard from the Secretary at of the Sedgewick and Lougheed United Churches, who told me that the Merna Community is alive and well. The church holds an annual service. This years service happened to be yesterday, June 18, 2017, and was followed by a potluck picnic. Sounds lovely and I am delighted to hear that the community spirit continues.
|Merna United Church|
|A neat barn just East of Merna United Church.|
Happy Monday everyone, watch out for scourges of giant mosquitoes.