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    by Tom Kelley

A Community Rich with Old Fashioned Appeal
Date Posted: June 13, 2024

I remember when I was just a kid that a friend of mine saved his box tops and a couple of bucks to send away for a radio controlled car that was advertised on the back of a cereal box. He had shown me the ad and, I must admit, I recall that I was impressed and more than just a little jealous. The car looked like it was huge. One thing that we did notice on the ad was the fine print that said that the car was not shown actual size. Of course, my friend and I both thought that meant it was bigger. It wasn't.

Ah, the old truth in advertising problem. For those who watch the local TV programs and see an advertisement currently running on our area stations, I am sure that they must be drooling at what sounds like an incredible place to live that is right here in my town of Georgetown. The ad looks very impressive. It establishes the understanding that the subdivision, The Villages at Falls Creek, is not far from all the desired amenities. However, the phrase that caught my ear was, "A community rich with old fashioned appeal."

I drive right by The Villages at Falls Creek almost every day. Unless you live in Georgetown you would think that this was a thriving community with children playing in their back yards and moms kissing dads goodbye as they head off to work. I must admit, the entryways are very attractive. Made of stone; old fashioned stone I would venture to say. Here's the rub. Nobody lives there...yet. The Villages at Falls Creek is a subdivision that is just now being built. The first homes are going up.

So, is the statement, "A community rich with old fashioned appeal," a lie? I think that depends on your interpretation of "community" and "old fashioned appeal." Community usually implies people living in some semblance of harmony. Granted, "old fashioned appeal" could mean, "never before lived in." The guts of it is this; if you come to Georgetown to see this community, you won't. Some day you will, but just not now. Right now it's only a promise. If it goes like the subdivision I live in it will be more than ten years in completion.

Do I have news for you!?! I know of this place where you can live. I mean really live. It's not a subdivision. It's not urban blight. It's prime quality. None better. Guaranteed by the builder. "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house there are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also." John 14:1-3 That's really a community rich with old fashioned appeal.

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Biography Information:
Tom Kelley, pastor, speaker, lived with his wife, Becky, in Georgetown, Kentucky

...He was the Minister of the Minorsville Christian Church located near Stamping Ground, KY.

...Becky and Tom have three children; John, single and in worship ministry in Nicholasville, Kentucky; Sean, married (Jennifer, elementary school teacher) with twins (Grace and Patrick, b.d. 10/31/04) and regional director of Papa John's Pizza in Central KY; Kara, married (Vince Taylor, prison guard) and working with Hospice East in Winchester, KY.

...Tom went to be with the Lord on November 13, 2009 after a lengthy battle with cancer. If you have been touched by Tom's writings please send an email to Tom's son at
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