100 years after first mailed, Jackson First UMC receives postcards as 'redistribution of happiness'


These two 100-year-old postcards of Jackson First UMC made their way back to the church this summer.

Jackson First UMC In Jackson, Tenn., recently received mail — from a century ago.
Bobbie Mays, the church's director of communications, says Lowell Joerg of Stockton, Calif., sent the church two postcards this summer that he discovered in an antique store. The cards featured photographs of the church and dated back to 1915.
“They are old-time classics for sure,” Joerg wrote in a letter that accompanied the cards. “I thought to myself, ‘By golly, I think I’ll send them home where they can be appreciated.’”
The cards were originally addressed to “Mrs. W. W. Wright” in Orlando, Fla., and “Mrs. E. McAdams” in Macon, Ga. Joerg thought the Jackson church members might appreciate them now. He said he likes brightening life for others.
“I like to call my little hobby a ‘redistribution of happiness’," Joerg wrote. "Our world sure needs it."
Joerg, however, wasn’t sure he would hear back from Jackson First UMC. He said his wife told him he would have to take her to lunch if he got a reply.

Mays and Rev. Dan Camp, the church’s senior pastor, responded with a note of appreciation, a small donation, a recent church newsletter and a church tote bag. Mays said they also assured Joerg the postcards will be preserved and added to the church archive.