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History Leaves of the Methodist Tree – January 2017

History Leaves of the Methodist Tree

Compiled by Johnny Cordell

 

The United Methodist Church, with at least 12 million members as of 2014, is the largest denomination within the wider Methodist movement of approximately 80 million people across the world.  In the United States,

UMC ranks as the largest Protestant Church, after the Southern Baptist Convention, and third largest Christian denomination.  In 2014, its worldwide membership was distributed as follows:  7.2 million in the United States, and 4.4 million in Africa, Asia, and Europe.  Yet, this Christian denomination only began in the mid-eighteenth century in Britain, due in large part to the strong leadership, extensive traveling,  and organizational abilities of John Wesley, celebrated today as the most prominent “Founder of Methodism”.  While studying at Oxford, Wesley, his brother Charles, and several other students formed a group devoted to studying, prayer, and helping the underprivileged.  They were labeled “Methodist” by their fellow students because of the way they used “rule” and “method” to go about their religious affairs.  Wesley and his brother Charles brought the movement to the colony of Georgia, arriving in 1735 as the Church of England missionaries to the American Indians.  After two years, they returned to England,  believing for the most part, that they had been a failure.  In 1738, Charles experienced Pentecost, and three days later, John had his Aldersgate Street conversion in which his “heart was strangely warmed”.  With the established church closed to his ministry, John Wesley took to the fields, preaching to coal miners, and commoners.  Despite recurring opposition, his itinerant evangelism soon expanded throughout the British Isles.  It is estimated that he rode over 250,000 miles on horseback and preached 40,000 sermons.  His use of lay preachers and small “societies” spread the movement to some 120,000 followers by the time of his death in 1791.  Today many Methodist denominations still embrace notable elements of the Wesleyan ministry:  an emphasis upon preaching; the organization of small groups for prayer and bible study; the importance of tract distribution; and concern for the poor, oppressed, and disenfranchised.  The Wesleyan theology also has an ongoing influence outside of strictly Methodist denominations.  The role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer and the church has affected the holiness movement, the Pentecostal movement, and even the recent charismatic movement.  The concern of both John and Charles Wesley was an educated clergy and knowledgeable laity, leading to many Wesleyan colleges, and seminaries.  The balance between the life of the mind and the life of the spirit is still critical to the Wesleyan tradition, which seeks to preach the gospel to whosoever, convert the sinner, and raise up the saint.

The U.S. Methodist Episcopal Church was organized in 1784. The denomination grew rapidly and was known for its “circuit rider” ministers on the advancing frontier. A split occurred over slavery but the church reunited in 1939.  In 1968 the merger of the Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren Churches created the United Methodist Church.  The United Methodist Church does not have a central headquarters or a single executive leader but is governed by the General Conference, the Council of Bishops, and the Judicial Council.  The General Conference, the primary legislative body of the UMC, is the only body that speaks officially for the Church.  Meeting once every four years to determine legislation affecting connectional matters, it is composed of no fewer than 600 and no more 1,000 delegates split evenly between laity and clergy.  Every UMC congregation is interconnected throughout the denomination via a unique, interlocking chain of conferences.  The United Methodist Church practices representative democracy in its governance. Conferences elect delegates who are authorized to act and vote.  Within the United States, the United Methodist Churches are divided into 56 conferences. Each conference is headed by a Bishop.  Chapel Hill is a member of the Holston Conference which is located in the mountains and valleys of East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and Northern Georgia.  The Holston Conference is named after the Holston River which in turn was named after a German settler family of Holstein.  The conference is home to over 900 congregations with the membership of approximately 164,500.  The conference is divided into 12 districts as follows:  Abington, Big Stone, Chattanooga, Cleveland, Johnson City, Kingsport, Knoxville, Maryville, Morristown, Oak Ridge, Tazewell,   and Wytheville.  Chapel Hill is a member of the Chattanooga District. At the local church level, such as Chapel Hill, The Book of Discipline requires each church to have a Charge Conference, Church Council,  Committee on Staff (Pastor) Parrish Relations, Board of Trustees, Committee on Finance, and Committee on Nominations.  Also the local church may have as many additional committees as required to fulfill the work of the church.

Basically, United Methodists trust free inquiry in matters of Christian doctrine. Faith is guided by scripture, tradition, experience and reason.  Of paramount importance, however, is scripture as the witness of God’s creating, redeeming, and sustaining the relationship with God’s people.  United Methodists have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, the living reality at the center of the Church’s life and witness.  To fulfill this obligation, we reflect critically on our biblical and theological inheritance striving to express faithfully the witness we make in our own time.  All persons are welcome to attend Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, receive Holy Communion, and are eligible to be baptized and become members.

 

Sources: Dr. Roger J. Green “Building Church Leaders” Methodist Heritage
Mary Fairchild   “Methodist Church History”
The United Methodist Church
UMC – Wikipedia

Next article will reflect on historical and sometimes humorous tidbits of Methodism

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                 

History Leaves of the Methodist Tree – December

HISTORY LEAVES OF THE METHODIST TREE
Compiled by Johnny Cordell

During the Civil War, the congregation of Henniger’s Chapel (Historic Chapel Hill), like the community as a whole, was evenly split on their sympathies regarding support of the Union and Confederacy.  In 1861, William Stewart of Henniger’s Chapel was appointed a captain of a company of Confederate volunteers from the community, many of whom were members of the church. In later years, after the war, William’s son, the Rev. John R. Stewart, recounts one of his experiences in his book, The Story of My Life when he was a small boy in the summer of 1863.

“This was the year when the Federal troops invaded Sequatchie Valley; it was in August.  Being nine years of age then, I have a vivid ineffaceable memories of those awful times  The first “Yankee” I saw was on my grandfather’s farm (present home of Mr. & Mrs. Jim Taylor Stewart, see footnote 1) where several men were harvesting wheat.  Anderson Stewart, about my age, was there also.  The men were standing in a group around a large walnut tree when four or five “Blue Coats” rode up.  Anderson and I made a dash for safety, thinking that perhaps the soldiers would use their guns on some or all present.  After we saw that the soldiers were talking in a friendly way with the men, we ventured back that we might get a close-up of these “terrible men” about whom we had heard so much.  Although I saw them under many trying circumstances afterwards, that was the last time I was afraid of the “Blue Coats.”

“In a very short while after this  a squad of soldiers came to our home (present farm of Sam Rogers, see footnote 2).  They came through a large gate at the barn and dashed up to the yard fence and the orchard adjacent to the yard.  Peaches were ripe and a lot of shoats (young hogs) were in the orchard eaten the fallen fruit and were fat and fine but were not large.  The soldiers helped themselves to them, liberally, shot down several; and one thing that we were certain not to forget, a soldier ran his bayonet through the neck of a small shoat and put his gun on his shoulder and walked off with the small porker kicking and squalling as he went.”

“The Federal soldiers were raiding our farm and after they had gone, we were unable to find two yearlings steers; one of which my father had given me and the other I had bought from Mr. Siah Rogers with the money I had made going to mill for neighbors whose horses were gone.  We had saved old Pats, while she was fat and good looking, she had more age on her than the soldiers liked.  I was not so fortunate as to my yearlings.  They had gone with the Yankees and I was dead broke.”

“I was sent to Uncle Jim Stewart’s store (present home of Mr. & Mrs. Sam Kelly, see footnote 3) for something, and when I was ready to start back home, Uncle Jim said, “John you had better go back through the field by your Uncle Joe Lamb; the Yankees are likely to take your mare from you.”  I acted on his suggestion and before I got to Uncle Joe’s (present home of Mr. & Mrs. Cue Wilson – see footnote 4), I met two Yankee soldiers armed.  They stopped me and ordered me down.  I sat still and argued with them.  One of them got me by the bare leg and started to push me off.  Just then the one holding the reign let go and I clapped by heels against old Pat’s sides and she sprang away from them in a dead run.  They cocked their guns but I went on and left them.  Uncle Jim said when I told him about it, “It’s a thousand wonders they didn’t shoot you.”

The author, The Reverend John R. Stewart, was one of six ordained ministers produced by Henniger Chapel/Chapel Hill Methodist Church.

Footnotes

  1. Currently home of Keith Pickett
  2. Currently owned by Mike Lamb
  3. Currently owned by Billy & Donnie Johnson
  4. Currently owned by Sue White Manning

Sources “Chapel Hill” Edna Susong Jackson

Next article will focus on a brief history of Methodism and current organizational structure

Activities

January 2017
Church Activities
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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New Year’s Day 2017

No Evening Service

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12 pm
Lunch Bunch at  New China Buffet in Dunalp

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5 pm
Bell Practice
6 pm
Guitar/Strings Practice
at historical Church

6 pm
Bible Study & Youth Programs

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9 am
Chapel Hill Painters in historical chapel basement

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4 pm
2017 Administrative Board Meeting

9

6 pm
Sisters in Christ

10

6 pm
Sequatchie County Jail Service

11

5 pm
Bell Practice
6 pm
Guitar/Strings Practice
at historical Church

6 pm
Bible Study & Youth Programs

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7 am
UMM Breakfast

 

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5 pm
Bell Practice
6 pm
Guitar/Strings Practice
at historical Church

6 pm
Bible Study & Youth Programs

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Resurrection 2017

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Resurrection 2017

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5 pm
Bell Practice
6 pm
Guitar/Strings Practice
at historical Church

6 pm
Bible Study & Youth Programs

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Holston Home Fifth Sunday Offering

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Servant of the Month – January 2017

Servant of the Month heading

What a great way to start the New Year by announcing our Servant of the Month for January 2017 to be none other than Jeremy Bradford.  He does so much in our church I really would not know where to begin to tell you about his faithfulness and all he does.  If it’s broke he fixes it if it needs to be done, he does it.  I think you get the picture!  He attends Ethel’s Sunday school class and is always in worship whenever he is able.  Jeremy, thank you for serving Christ so faithfully and for all you do in the church.  You’re the perfect choice for our Servant of the Month.

‘Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your master’s happiness!’                                                                       Matthew 25:23

Jeremy pictured with his wife Christa and their children Emma & Carter

Birthdays – January 2017

Happy Birthday

January 2017
 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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Keith Blevins

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Charlie Barker

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Mary Ellen Hoge

 

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Laura Beth Cordell

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Michelle Haman

8

Sydnee Lee
Drake Thompson

9

Sarai Pierce

10

Michelle Camp

11

Allison Condra

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Archer Thompson

 

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Jordan Camp
Katelynn Cheatham
Candi McLester

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Dusty Mitchell

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Greg Barker

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Chandra Cribbs
Alden Staley

28

Jacob Clemmer

29

Jeremiah Barker
Joseph Turner

30

Jesyca Dennis

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Greg Lee