The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe (Proverbs 18:10).

The Steeple Project

Marvin Church is the oldest church in Tyler. The iconic sanctuary steeple has been a beacon of hope in the Tyler skyline for more than a century—130 years! The strength and righteousness it signifies demonstrate God’s Kingdom and point to heaven. Yet throughout all these years it has weathered many storms and needs repair work to keep it standing for generations to come.

Repair bids are being reviewed. The steeple cannot be accessed without scaffolding or an aerial lift truck; therefore, bids are estimates until the actual work needed can be determined.

Proceeds from this year’s Eternal Flame Fund Dinner benefit steeple repair.

What is the Eternal Flame Fund?

The Eternal Flame Fund is supported by gifts from the congregation for projects with the Marvin Church facility not covered by the annual operating budget. One hundred percent of every gift is utilized for church projects as determined by the Church Board of Trustees. Every church member is encouraged to support the fund with an annual gift of $75 or more, $6.25 a month!

Why do I support the Eternal Flame Fund?

We support Marvin’s Eternal Flame Fund because we love our church and we want it to continue to be a beautiful and safe place in which to worship.  We also want to honor those who have gone before us who sacrificed to build and sustain God’s kingdom here.  As beneficiaries of their foresight and in recognition of the abundance of God’s love that we experience here, we want to be good stewards of the legacy we’ve been given so that those who come behind us will find us faithful.  
- Debbie and Randy Cook 

We believe in taking care of the things we love and we love Marvin Church.  We want it to be just as strong and vibrant
100 years from now as it is today. So, contributing to the Eternal Flame Fund just makes good sense.
- Anne and Garth Pattullo

The Eternal Flame Fund is more than just a dinner event held each year to raise funds for MUMC.  This so important fund has helped out MUMC and our church family in the past when other resources were not available to maintain our beautiful church.  The strong continuance of the Eternal Flame Fund is critical to not only our present times but also the future of MUMC. 
- Claire and Jeremy Cozad

Thank you for giving generously to the Eternal Flame Fund!

Our people are our greatest asset for worship, missions and outreach. Eternal Flame Fund members who give $75 or more during the year are members of Flame Alive – a giving group of the Eternal Flame Fund. Why $75? An annual gift of $75 to the fund equals $6.25 a month for one year to help care for your church - the cost of lunch to care for your church, which impacts the lives of our members and the community who come in and out of our doors for worship, for education, for service and for community. Consider making a gift to support the Eternal Flame Fund in 2021!

One hundred percent of every gift supports the Eternal Flame Fund for the ongoing care of our church facility. Your gifts make a difference.

  • In 2018 and 2019, your gifts of $1.2 million supported the restoration of the sanctuary stained glass windows.
  • In 2017, your gifts of $632,775.48 replaced our 35-year-old HVAC system.
  • In 2016, your gifts totaling $105,485.15 provided $90,550 to replace or repair 11 flat roofs; $5,547.15 for the installation of cameras in the third-floor youth area; $1,050 for LED lighting where fixtures had failed; $595 for an asbestos inspection; and $7,743 for asbestos abatement before the HVAC system was replaced.

Please donate online or mail your check and a completed donation form to:

Eternal Flame Fund
Marvin UMC
300 W. Erwin St.
Tyler, TX 75702

You can also give easily using the DipJar at the Welcome Center. Dip your credit or debit card in and make a $75 donation to the Eternal Flame Fund. Every individual donating $75 or more is automatically a member of the Flame Alive giving group.

Thank you for your generosity!

2020 Flame Alive members

Betsy Adams, George & Kay Adams, Olivia Adcock, Gary & Danita Alfred, Danny & Georganne Allen, Madeline Alworth, Duane & Patty Andrews, Donna Arnold, Linda Ashby, Mitzie Avera, Evelyn Babb, Janice Badger, Doug & Gina Baker, Daisy Barger, Jerry & Kay Barnett, Tommy & Caro Bartley, Joe & Paula Bates, Tab & Bonnie Beall, Darla Bennett, Gene & Donna Bennett, Edie Bergeron, John & Peggy Berry, Floyd & Sally Betts, Abigail Boehms, Lori Booher, Michael Bosworth, Betty Bower, Mac & Donna Bowers, Peter Boyd, Paul Boyd, Bill & Tandy Brandt, Paul & Laurie Breedlove, Joan Brettell, Ann Brewer, Melissa Brigman, John Broderhausen, Brad & Ann Brookshire, Tom & Julie Brown, Roe & Ruth Buckley, Cathey Bufe, Edwina Bulman, Jerry & Debbie Burks, Allen Burt, Sandy Byerly, Bob Calbert, Allison Cambre, Teresa Campbell, Randy Caraway, Mike & Billie Carpenter, Bruce & Judy Carter, Chris & Cheryl Chambers, Chapel Class, Dean & Marilee ** Chapman, Jim & Janet Chase, Thomas & Venona Clyde, Steve Coker, Mike & Jane Coker, Randy & Debbie Cook, Linda Cothran, Jeremy & Claire , ozad, Karen Crawford, Nancy Crim, Cris & Margie Criswell, Elsie K. Croft, Bobby Curtis, Donna Dahms, Dennis Darryl, Maxine Darst, Ken Davis, Connie Davis, Charles & Barbara Davis, Milford & Mary Davis, Jim Dawes, Bill** & Martha Day, Cynthia Day, Mike & Sharon Dent, Disciples Class, Marc & Leanne Donaldson, Tom & Mary Ann Dougherty, Glenn & Becky Duncan, Shawn & Rebecca Dunn, Joe & Meriam Eakin, Ann Earl, Tom & Mary Ann Eckert, Tim & Janell Edwards, Kevin & Kaye Ferrier, Rob & Sharon Fisher, David & Dede Fleisher, Francis & Jeanine Franck, Gary Frederick, David & Holly Freeman, Friendly Bible Class, Ron & Mary Gammell, Ben** & Genelle Gann, Jan & Elen Garrett, Don Garrison, John & Jane Gatz, John Genung, Gerry & Laura Giles, Gary & Lois Ann Godfrey, Dennis Greaney, Mac & Martha Griffith, Greg & Benji Guinn, Andy & Beth Guinn, Jay & Zelda Gully, Mary Hammond, Robert Hampton, Brian & Jan Hancock, John & Marilyn Hardy, William & Cathy Hardy, Connie Hawkins, Ann Head, Billy & Tisa Hibbs, Daisy Highfill, Mildred** Hill, John & Janet Hills, Johnny Hirt, Doug Hogue, Holly & Gail Hollenshead, Jerry & Carol Hopkins, John Horton, Kenny Horton, Mary Ellen Hugus, Joel & Carolyn Hutson, H.T. & Laura Hyde, Tommy & Sharlotte Hyde, Steven Idell, Nancy Ireland-Thomas, Alan & Mary Elizabeth Jackson, Jack Jackson, Austin Reeve & Laura Jackson, Maryellen Love Jackson, Allison Reeve Jackson, Brent & Ashley Elizabeth, Jackson, Addison Elizabeth Jackson, Katherine Belle Jackson, Tyler Brent Jackson, Pat Janis, Rick & Michele Jett, Art & Mae Johnson, Jim Jones, Chris & Nancy Jones, Francis Kay, Dorothy Kayser, David & Carol Kehl, Cindy Kelly, Gene Kemp, Randy & Cindy Kidwell, Sue Kiely, Phyllis Kimmel, Steve & Cherie King, Ed Kirkpatrick, Scott Kittrell, Ben & Kathy Kizer, Jim & Jan Knowles, Ed & Beverly Langley, Claire Leifer, Roy Lilly, Luann Lubojasky, Bill** Lust, Bill Martin, Marvin & Mariden Massey, Larry & Nancy Mayo, Brent & Jan McCauley, Tom & Mary Ellen McCloskey, Lynda McKanna, Drew & Charlotte McKinney, Martin & Laura McMullen, Jane Menegay, John & Barbara Merritt, Jim & Marcia Miles, Buddy Miller, Jim Miller, Bill Miller, Joseph & Connie Mitchum, Doris Mock, David & Rebecca Mohr, Glenn Moore, David B. Morris, Jack & Kathryn Morse, Jean Morton, Duane & Sandy Moushon, Rick & Judie Murphey, Mary Murphy, Scott & Suzanne Myers, Rob & Vicki Neal, David & Terri Nelson, David & Julie ** Nichols, Rosie Niebuhr, Steve Norris, Anita Nourse, Dan & Deanna Olson, Don & Barbara Osada, Garth & Anne Pattullo, Jim & Carol Pendleton, John & Paula Perkins, Jim & Margaret Perkins, Todd & Freida Phillips, Steve & Elaine Pickett, Jack Pollard, Gayle Pope, Conally Powell, Troyce Raynes, William Redford, Rick & Cyndi Reynolds, Andrea Richardson, Jay & Ann Riley, Lewis Rippy, Janet Rippy, Donald Ritchie, Ricky & Donna Roach, Stephenie & Randall Roberts, Jim & Becky Robertson, Lloyd & Kris Roesch, Bill Rogers, Robyn Rogers, George & Kay Rook, Dusty Ross, Jim & Karen Ross, George Rowe, Tom & Elizabeth Russell, Bill Saban, Linda Sargent, Ron & Gaye Schoenbrun, Tom & Connie Seale, Seekers Class, Glenn & Jacque Shackelford, William Sheehy, Donald Simmons, Price Simmons, JoAnn Simons, Michael Simpson, Mike & LaVerne Simpson, Roy Sloan, Harold Smith, Neal Smith, Don Smith, Myrtis Smith, Don Smith, Harold & Kathy Smith, Bud & Eva** Smith, Eric & Lori Smith, Harold & Juanita Smotherman, Richard & Kelly Solomon, Steve & Jill Spain, Nan Stegemoeller, Penny Stephens, Marvin Stephens, Tommy & Margaret Stewart, Kathy Story, Nancean Stover, Carl & Cindy Sulser, Elizabeth Sutton, Benny & Wyonne Swafford, Frances Swann, Judy Tate, Randy & Carrie Taub, Jerry Taylor, Everett & Ann Taylor, Edith Taylor, Marty & Jonanna Tebrinke, George & Marketta Tefteller, Carol Thompson, Cheryl Threlkeld, Rita Turner, Jerry & Billie Tustison, Tom & Sandy Tyler, Janet Tyner, Tim & Chris Vordenbaumen, Timothy & Sally Vordenbaumen, Ron & Serena Vrnak, Andy & Diane Wall, Harry & Gail Wallace, David & June Ward, Cindy Watson, Jack Way, Bill & Debbie Weber, Julia Weinkauf, Tim & Carolyn West, Arnold Wharton, Gail White, Steve Wiggs, Alan & Kathy Wilkerson, Geoffrey & Pattie Willbanks, Marilyn Williams, Charlotte Wilson, Flora Wilson, Sandy Wilson, Watson W. Wise Foundation, Tom & Amy Woldert, Dolores Womack, Carey & Monica Woods, Sammye Woodward, Richard & Judy York


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