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Willie Nelson has purchased the Methodist church of his youth in Abbott, Texas. Nelson, 73, had a celebration with guests that included longtime parishioners, friends and family for prayers and gospel singing. "Sister Bobbie and I have been going to this church since we were born," Nelson said. "Now, you’re all members of the Abbott Methodist Church, and you will be, forever and ever." The church, which dates from 1899, closed in May after its last service. The dwindling congregation merged with a larger one in Hillsboro. Services on the first Sunday of every month will now be coordinated by a boyhood friend, Donald Reed.


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