Church signs

With the Blues in the playoffs, makeshift signs in support of the team have gone up all over St. Louis and across Missouri.  One church managed to get in a shameless plug for the Blues while mentioning Jesus.

Love’em or hate’em, church signs are a part of our culture in Missouri.  Festus is no exception.  I must admit while being a Baptist, I may notice church signs a little more than most.  Even so, I still believe everyone looks at them regardless of what denomination they are.  Some are simple while others maybe try a little too hard.

A few years ago, I noticed two churches on the same street in Festus had their interchangeable signs showing very similar messages.  So, what was a radio reporter to do?  Write up a story on it, naturally.  Here it is as it was November 2013.  Look for added commentary in parenthesis.

“Different Denominations, Same Message”

Church signs.  Sometimes used to invite the community to church events. Other times Bible verses are quoted to be an encouragement to those passing by.

But I’ll let you decide what it means when two different denominations less than a half mile from each other have the same message.

Near the railroad tracks on North Mill in Festus, the sign outside First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ says, “When life gets too hard to stand – kneel.”

And on the same stretch of road, the old Presbyterian Church, now New Testament Baptist Church, at the corner of North Mill and North 2nd street, has this message, “For long-standing problems – try kneeling.”

I discovered this – only by coincidence – when I was driving to a Wednesday night Bible Study that I attend south of Festus. (This comment was an attempt to give me some credibility to be able to talk about church signs. If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m a Christian. Life note: We moved our family to Crystal City in 2016. We also still meet in Festus for Bible Study.)

If you think about it, illuminated church messages are like the original church twitter feed. That made me wonder what other interesting church sign messages are out there in Google land. I found a site called (which is no longer in operation) that pictured a long list of clever sayings. Here were some of my favorites…

Church shopping? We’re open Sundays.

Sign broke. Come inside for the message on Sunday.

God wants full custody, not just weekend visits.

Cars are not the only thing recalled by their maker.

And the best one…

Without Jesus, there would be hell to pay.

What’s your favorite sign message?  Comment below or @ me on Twitter @chatwithstumac.  #churchsigns #church #signs

Festus Main gone viral

What does it take for a small business to get noticed these days? A good idea and a viral post. One might question whether pickles and ice cream go together but you can be the judge at Pine Mountain Country Mercantile and Coffee House in Festus with their new “Pickle Split.”

Kevin and Tiffany trying the Pickle Split at Pine Mountain Country Mercantile and Coffee House.

The idea exploded and went viral after the Today Show caught wind of it and featured it on their show. I personally have not had the chance to try it but the creators say no one has failed to finish one yet. The strange combination appears to be catching on everywhere. It’s possible Ellen got the idea for this bit from the Pine Mountain Country’s “Pickle Split.” Who knows!

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Then there’s Gloria – the new theme song for the St. Louis Blues Hockey Team. I don’t know… you may have heard the song before. The Vinty Beauty Bar on Festus Main Street made a tribute video to the Blues featuring Gloria. The video was a hit. It was played on FOX 2 News and had over 24,000+ views as of when I published this post. You can watch it on Facebook. It’s pretty great!

Festus Main is one of the last remaining double sided main streets in the state of Missouri. For that reason, keeping it alive is a top priority for local business owners.

Some could say the modern era of Festus Main started in 2014 when the Foster’s announced the opening of a brewery. Since then, a new group of folks started taking an interest in the importance of Main Street.

Now we have the Historic Tanglefoot Association working to revive the old part of town. We have local people willing to start their businesses here like The Corner Cup Micro Bakery.

The resurgence of Festus Main is a wonderful sight to see. Let’s continue to applaud the efforts of those who want to keep it going.