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Best Church Name ... In the Twilight Zone 

Twin Towers United Methodist Church

Members of the Twin Towers United Methodist Church must have begun seriously regretting their church name sometime around September 11, 2001. In the late 1970s, two Methodist congregations merged into one at this location. The combined group chose a new name because of the building's twin bell towers, visible at a distance from many spots on the island (at least until a few years ago, when an oversize parking garage went up across Oak Street). It was a beautiful name for a distinctive old building. Then, September 11 changed everything for the congregation. For most of us, "Twin Towers" now conjures the distinctly chilling terrorist attacks in New York City. So it's hard to blame pedestrians walking past the beautiful old church from doing a double-take at the name. However, that's not the spooky thing. If you stop and read the historical plaque on the front lawn, you'll probably do another double-take. Twin Towers, the oldest church in Alameda, was founded on a date that now seems truly portentous: "September 11, 1853." Cue Rod Serling and the creepy music. 

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