It isn't that the folks at Centenary United Methodist Church aren't grateful. But the generosity of one parishioner who left the church $1.8 million has stunned the church's leaders.

"It frightens you," said church pastor C.M. Worthy Jr. "It's a wonderful gift. It's exciting but frightening. The magnitude of a gift like that can hurt a church or help a church. You hope members don't feel like they can quit giving."The gift comes from Elizabeth Kimrey, who died last year at 83, leaving the bulk of her estate to the church where she had been a lifelong member. Only recently did the church learn the size of her gift.