In the year 2000, I attended the senior
citizens luncheon in downtown Farragut. There I met
Alan Fichter. He was displaying his miniature round
house and his equally small double ferris wheel. After
I studied his work I approached him about making a
miniature of the Congregational Church building in
Our church started with the organization of a Sunday
school class in 1872. In 1875 it became the Congregational
Church of Farragut. In 1881
the congregation built the current church building.
Since that time a number of improvements have been
made to the building. In 1957 the
church joined the newly formed United Church of
So now, in the year 2000, Allen looked at the venerable
church building, measured several times and took
out a 2 x 6 board and started cutting small pieces
off the wood.
You need to know that Alan has to be close to a
bottle of oxygen and has to be hooked up to help
him breath. That did not stop him from this labor
of love. He took his time and wanted everything
to be exactly like the church looks, even to some
of the warped boards.
One day he called me and said, "Your church
is done." After two year of diligent effort
it was finished, inside and out. At that moment
I asked him what I should have asked at the beginning.
"How much do I owe you?" He said, "It
is my gift to you."
Now the church folks of Farragut have given their
miniature church to the Fremont County Historical
Society and it has been lovingly placed in their
museum. Here many more people will enjoy the beauty
of Alan's work. Like God, Alan took castaway material
and created a perfect creation. We thank Alan for
his freely given gift and the message that it brings
of God's love .