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History Leaves of the Methodist Tree – March 2018

History Leaves of the Methodist Tree
Compiled by Johnny Cordell
Reminiscing of a Chapel Hill Youth

     I do not really remember my first time of attendance at Chapel Hill Church since I was a very small child.  My mother was of the Church of God faith and she did not attend church at Chapel Hill except on special occasions when the children were involved in programs.  She attended Fredonia Church of God when she could, but it was not very often, so my Dad was the one who brought us to church.  My mother was a God fearing individual and always made sure we were dressed and ready for church.  My first Sunday School Teacher was Miss Louise Johnson who taught us the familiar children’s Bible stories.  She was a dear saint of an individual who cared about her students outside of the Sunday School room.  As we became older and more rambunctious, we moved to Ms. Claudia Rogers’ Sunday School class.  Ms. Claudia was an active person, full of life, and not opposed to good natured humor and fun.  She drove a station wagon and always brought a load of kids from Dunlap to church.  Ms. Claudia started a yearly trip to Lake Winnepesaukah for her class, which later morphed until a large transit bus and basically allowing any child in town to participate.  In those days a lot of children had never encountered anything like Lake Winnie.  The rides were a nickel and you could eat a good meal for less than a quarter, so you could have a lot of cheap entertainment for a dollar.  The favorite ride was the “boat chute” which went through a dark tunnel, hooked to a pulley system and hoisted to a high point above the water and released down a steep track to impact onto the lake amid squeals and laughter as one usually got wet.  There was a rumor, that in the past a person had been bitten by a water moccasin snake in the tunnel, so there was no problem with everyone keeping their hands in the boat.  For some of the older boys, it was probably their first life experience opportunity, while in the tunnel, to strategically place their arm around the shoulder of a member of the opposite gender.  I think the trip was an event that everyone looked forward to each year.  I assume Ms. Claudia and possibly other adults in the church paid for the bus, but even a dollar was difficult to obtain as spending money. 

     I remember that during the year I would collect empty coke bottles and redeem them at Wade Swanger’s Store for a penny a piece.  Sometimes I would spend the night with Uncle Frank Cordell and he would pay me a dollar to mow his yard.  I think because I worked for the money, I enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity for a day of jocularity and frivolous fun.  Also, I remember one year, for the March of Dimes, we walked from Dunlap to the Hamilton County line.  You have to realize that in those days, you might encounter two or three cars as we ascended the mountain on Highway 127.  For safety reasons and traffic density, you would not be able to do that today. 

     We have had some excellent Sunday School teachers who have provided outside activities over the years, but Ms. Claudia was my first teacher at that age level, and I appreciated the time, effort, and money that she contributed.  We, the boys, were a handful and personally I do not think I would have tolerated some of our antics and behavior that she had to endure. Ms. Claudia is no longer with us, but I’m sure if there are any raucous rowdy angels in Heaven, she has it well under control. 

Last month’s question:  Volunteers from this community (Sequatchie Valley) served in West Tennessee Units during the War of 1812.  Why were they not assigned to the East Tennessee Units?  In 1812 all territory West of Knoxville was considered the West.  There was no Middle Tennessee geographic region at that time.  Andrew Jackson of Tennessee was considered the first president to be elected from the Western United States.  

Next month’s question:  What year did Chapel Hill Church organize a youth baseball team?

 

History Leaves of the Methodist Tree – October 2017

History Leaves of the Methodist Tree

Compiled by Johnny Cordell

 

Camp Meetings and Circuit Riders: Did you know?

             In most camp meetings, the focal point of the gathering was receiving Communion.  The circuit rider often over saw the preparations of the site for the camp meetings.  A site previously used could be “reclaimed” in a single day, and he would direct volunteers in clearing away fallen branches and making any needed repairs to the plank seats.  Preparing a new site, however, took three or four days.  Many camp meetings lasted six days or even nine days.  Eventually, four days became the fixed number, with meetings beginning on Friday afternoon or evening and continuing until Monday noon.  One saying was “The good people go to camp meetings Friday and backsliders Saturday, rowdies Saturday night, and gentlemen and lady sinners Sunday.”  Many people at the early camp meetings displayed unusual physical manifestations:  fainting, rolling, laughing, running, singing, dancing, and jerking (a spasmodic twitching of the entire body), where they hopped with head, limbs, and trunk shaking “as if they must…..fly asunder.”

          Camp meetings were one of the few opportunities for young people to meet future spouses since everyone they knew in the immediate community were relatives.  At some camp meetings, watchmen carrying long white sticks patrolled the meeting grounds each evening to stop any inappropriate conduct.  Enemies of camp meetings sneered that “more souls were begot than saved.”  After several days of courting at the camp meetings, many couples were married after the meeting concluded, or soon thereafter.

Experience taught circuit riders that “Christians enjoy those meetings most which cost them the greatest sacrifice.”  A fifty-mile journey was “a pretty sure pledge of a profitable meeting.”  An observer describing the preaching of James Mc Gready, an early leader of camp meetings, said “He would so describe Heaven, that you would almost see its glories…he would also describe hell and its horrors before the wicked, that they would tremble and quake, imaging a lake of fire and brimstone yearning to overwhelm them.”  Defending camp meetings, James B. Finley said, “Much may be  said  about camp meetings, but, take them all in  all, for practical exhibition of religion, for unbounded hospitality to strangers, for unfeigned and fervent spirituality, give me a country camp meeting against the world.”

           Methodist Francis Asbury (1745-1816) became one of the best know circuit riders in America.  Letters addressed “Bishop Asbury, United States of America were promptly delivered.  Plagued by illness all of his life, he continued to visit circuits even when he had to be tied to the saddle to remain upright.”  The early American Methodists asked four questions:

  1. Is this man truly converted?
  2. Does he know and keep our rules?
  3. Can he preach acceptably?
  4. Has he a horse?

          Methodist circuit riders were also book distributors.  Their commission on sales provided some of them the only cash they ever saw.  This helped spread Bibles, hymnbooks, and other religious material throughout the frontier.  Peter Cartwright, long time circuit rider, was twice elected to the Illinois legislature.  His one defeat was in a congressional race when he lost to a lanky opponent by the name of Abraham Lincoln. Beef or venison jerky was the circuit riders staple food because it would not spoil easily.  Riding a circuit was demanding on those who undertook this grueling ministry – half died before reaching age 33.  Yet many ministers thrived on the rigors of the circuit.

          Peter Cartwright likely held the record for endurance:  he enjoyed 71 years as an itinerant.  A circuit rider was to take good care of his horse.  The First Discipline of the Methodist Church said “Be merciful to your Beast.  Not only ride moderately, but see with your own eyes that your horse is rubbed and fed.”  When Francis Asbury came to the colonies in 1771, there were only 600 American Methodists.  When he died 45 years later, there were 200,000 American Methodists, largely because of camp meetings and circuit riders.

Source:  Timothy K. Beougher “Christianity Today, Issue #45”

Last month’s question:  What Methodist Civil War General helped to establish a well-known college within the Holston Conference following the War?   College was named after a U.S President located in East Tennessee.  Answer: Major General Oliver Otis Howard, who was known as the “Christian General.”  He lost an arm in battle in 1862, yet he continued to command and lead troops until the end of the war.  Helped to establish Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee.  Compiler’s Note:  If you ever occasion to be in the vicinity of LMU, I would recommend to visit the Lincoln Museum located on campus which houses memorabilia and history of the Lincoln Era.

Next month’s question? What are the two oldest Methodist Churches in the Sequatchie Valley?

 

 

Activities – September 2018

 

September 2018
Church Activities
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2 pm
Funeral service for Naomi Barker at historical chapel

15th  Sunday after Pentecost 2  



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 Labor Day

Church offices closed in observance

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 12 pm
Chapel Hill Lunch Bunch at The Screen Door Kitchen in Dayton

 

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6 pm
Guitar/Strings Practice
6 pm
Bible Study & Youth Programs

 

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9 am
Chapel Hill  Painters

 

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 4 pm
Administrative Board Meeting

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6 pm
Sisters in Christ

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5 pm
Bell Practice
6 pm
Guitar/Strings Practice
6 pm
Bible Study & Youth Programs

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8:30 am
Next Step’s Walk for Life Registration

9 am
Next Step’s Walk for Life begins

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7 am
UMM Breakfast

 

 

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5 pm
Bell Practice
6 pm
Guitar/Strings Practice
6 pm
Bible Study & Youth Programs

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Deadline for October newsletter article submission

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5 pm
Bell Practice
6 pm
Guitar/Strings Practice
6 pm
Bible Study & Youth Programs

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19th Sunday after Pentecost        30

Fifth Sunday offering for Holston Home

 

 

 

 

   

 

Volunteers – September 2018

September 2018
Volunteer Schedule

Altar Flowers: Greeters:

Sept. 2:  Ginny Gaines
Sept. 9:  Annette Brown
Sept. 16:  Anne Ellis   June Haman
Sept. 23: June Haman   Anne Ellis
Sept. 30:  Suzanne Reid

Sept. 2:  Emma Ewton & Kathy Underwood
Sept. 9:  Donna Knox & Betty Legg
Sept. 16:  Ethel & Paul Powell
Sept. 23: Doug & Suzanne Reid
Sept. 30: Aaron & Tanesia Staley

Acolytes: Bible Bearers:

Sept. 2:  Connor Staley
Sept. 9: Isabella Layne
Sept. 16: Jozlynn Layne
Sept. 23:  Rayburn Layne
Sept. 30: Isabella Layne

Sept. 2: Rayburn Layne
Sept. 9: Kate Cordell
Sept. 16:  Emma Heard
Sept. 23:  Connor Staley
Sept. 30: Kate Cordell
Offertory Prayer:  Ushers:
Sept. 2: Jeff Jones
Sept. 9:  Jeff Land
Sept. 16:  Ethel Powell
Sept. 23:  Paul Powell
Sept. 30:  Tommy Austin
Sept. 2: Bill Colvin, Jane Indyk, Johnny Cordell & Sharon Cordell
Sept. 9:  Keith Davis, Michael Griffith, Evan Griffith & Ben Hartman
Sept. 16: Edward Hickey,. D.J. Johnson, Linda Johnson & Jeff Land
Sept. 23:  Clint Pierce, Eric Reed, Aaron Staley, & Dwayne Turner
Sept. 30:  Paul Powell, Kathy Underwood, Carolyn Willson & Jim Willson
Children’s Church Nursery: (Sunday School/Worship)

Sept. 2:  Lynna Griffith
Sept. 9: Chandra Cribbs
Sept. 16:  Stacey Blevins & Sydney Davis
Sept. 23:  Michelle Camp & Taylor Goodwin
Sept. 30:  Allie Condra & Lydia Schultz

Sept. 2:  Kathy Underwood / Ethel Powell
Sept. 9:  Stacey Blevins / Lisa Holland
Sept. 16:  Izzee Wood / Emma Bradford
Sept. 23:  Dawn Jones / Kristy Albright
Sept. 30:  Martha Austin / Michelle Haman

Wednesday Night Refreshments: Kitchen Duty: (entire month)

Sept. 5:  Stacey Blevins & Rhonda Layne
Sept. 12:  Martha Austin & Sydney Davis
Sept. 19:  Kristy Albright & Shannon Land
Sept. 26:  Debbie Barker & Martha Barker
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Trimming around Family Life Center: 
(Any time during the week beginning)
 

Sept. 3:  Keith Davis
Sept. 10:  Paul Ulrich
Sept. 17:  Michael & Evan Griffith
Sept. 24:  Aaron Staley
Sept. 31:  Alan G. Barker

 

**Please be mindful that we have some youth with severe nut allergies, please do NOT send anything with any type of nuts

Wednesday Night Refreshment Volunteers: If you need someone to serve your refreshments, please contact Ethel Powell

If you are unable to serve on the date  you are scheduled, please trade your week with someone else.  If you would like to get a list of others, please fee free to contact Becky at the church office Monday – 8 am to 12 noon

 

Servant of the Month – September 2018

Servant of the Month heading

We would like to honor Bill Legg, as our September 2018 “Servant of the Month”.  Bill currently teaches the Kenneth Wilson Sunday school class and is a member of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee.  In the past, he has filled in to lead Wednesday night Bible study.  We appreciate you Bill, and all you do to serve God at Chapel Hill.

  ‘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

 

Bill Legg pictured with his Sunday school class (center back row)

master’s happiness!’                                                                       Matthew 25:23

 

 

Wedding Anniversaries – September 2018

  Happy Anniversary

September 2018
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Michael & Lynna Griffith

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Kelton & Nancy Womack

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Casey & Gretchen Hitchcock

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Alex & Amber Golovlev

 

 

 

 

   

 

Birthdays – September 2018

Happy Birthday

September 2018
 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Darcee Haman

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Kayla Adams
Jerry Beatty

 

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Stanley Barker

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Ginny Gaines

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Dennis Hamby

 

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Booker Bach
Tyson Bach

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Debbie Barker
Gloria Cannon
D.J. Johnson

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Adam Dees

 

 

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Kristy Albright

 

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Barbara Houts

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Melanie Barker

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Josh Robinson

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Tracey Jackson

 

 

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