March 8, 2010 at 2:17 AM CST - Updated June 19 at 6:10 PM
After 123 years of Sunday services, First United Methodist Church of Bessemer at Arlington Avenue and 19th street held its last service today. Members and former members said goodbye with a bittersweet celebration. The Reverend Gordon McKinney Pastor of the church said a dwindling congregation and the upkeep of the large building is too much. The church was founded in 1887.