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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 – October 2017

 

October 2017
Church Activities
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1
Pastor Appreciation

11:30 am
Pastor Appreciation covered dish lunch
4 pm
Finance Committee Meeting 

2

10 am
Tai Chi for Health Class

3

12  pm

Lunch Bunch at Johnny’s Hook ‘n Grill – Whitwell

4

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

5 6

7

7 am
Next Step
Century Bike Ride
9 am

Chapel Hill Painters

8

9

10 am
Tai Chi for Health Class

6 pm
Sisters in Christ

10

6 pm
Sequatchie County Jail Ministry Service

11

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

 

 

12 13 14

15

3:30 pm
Charge Conference at Sulphur Springs UMC

16

10 am
Tai Chi for Health Class

17

 

18

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

19

20

November newsletter articles due

21

11 am
UMM BBQ &
Missions
Bake/Craft Sale

22

7 am
UM Men’s Breakfast

 

 23

10 am
Tai Chi for Health Class

 

24

25

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

26

27

28

29

4 pm
Hayride at
Barker Farm
288 Glenn Barker Rd

30

10 am
Tai Chi for Health Class

31        

October Volunteers

October 2017
Volunteer Schedule

Greeters: Acolytes:
Oct. 1: Aaron & Tanesia Staley
Oct. 8: Ted & Laurelee Wyatt
Oct. 15: Travis & Melissa Cordell
Oct. 22: Glenn Barker & Dwayne Turner
Oct. 29: Johnny & Sharon Cordell

Oct. 1: Rayburn Layne
Oct. 8: Chloe Griffith
Oct. 15: Jozlynn Layne
Oct. 22: Isabella Layne
Oct. 29: Max Newsome

Ushers: Bible Bearers:

Oct. 1: Clint Pierce, Paul Powell, Aaron Staley & Dwayne Turner
Oct. 8: Kathy Underwood, Glenn Barker, Jeremy Bradford & Travis Cordell
Oct. 15: Bill Colvin, Johnny Cordell, Sharon Cordell & Jane Indyk
Oct. 22: Keith Davis, Ben Hartman, Edward Hickey & Jeff Land
Oct. 29: Spencer & Wyatt Blevins, Carter & Emma Bradford

Oct. 1: Connor Staley
Oct. 8: Evan Griffith
Oct. 15: Emma Heard
Oct. 22: Kate Cordell
Oct. 29: Mallory Newsome
Offertory Prayer:  Wednesday Night Refreshments:

Oct. 1: Bill Colvin
Oct. 8: Ben Hartman
Oct. 15: Jeff Land
Oct. 22: Jeff Jones
Oct. 29: Ethel Powell

Oct. 4: Karen Green & Sue Manley
Oct. 11: Rhonda Layne
Oct. 18: Martha Austin & Sydney Davis
Oct. 25: Shannon Land
Children’s Sermon Children’s Church:

Oct. 1: Emma Bradford
Oct. 8: None – Communion Sunday
Oct. 15: Sarai Pierce
Oct. 22: Christa Bradford
Oct. 29: Dawn Jones

Oct. 1: Lynna Griffith
Oct. 8: Michelle Camp & Taylor Goodwin
Oct. 15: Chandra Cribbs
Oct. 22: Stacey Blevins & Sydney Davis
Oct. 29: Savannah Land

Trimming around Family Life Center: 
(Any time during the week beginning)
Kitchen Duty: (Entire month)
Oct. 2: Kevin Holland
Oct. 9: Alan G. Barker
Oct. 16: Paul D. Powell
Oct. 23: Doug Reid
Oct. 30: Johnny Cordell
Christin Layne
Altar Flowers:   

Oct. 1: Carolyn Willson
Oct. 8: Tanesia Staley
Oct. 15: Fran McCain
Oct. 22: Annette Brown
Oct. 29: Natalie Condra

 

 

Servant of the Month – October 2017

Servant of the Month heading

Our Servant of the Month for October is certainly deserving of this honor.  We want to recognize Glenn Barker as our recipient for October.  Glenn is such a respected leader in our church.  He currently is chair of our building committee and has served in many other positions in our church.  He is a member of the Kenneth Wilson Sunday school class and is faithful to attend worship whenever possible.  Glenn, your church appreciates all you do for the church and God’s kingdom.

‘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

BBQ Cashiers – Glenn & Patsy Barker

Wedding Anniversaries – October 2017

Happy Anniversary

October 2017
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1

Kevin & Lisa Holland

2 3 4 5

6

Ralph & Karen Green
Clint & Sarai Pierce

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

Heath & Tracie Mason

14

15

16

17

Tracey & Amanda Cordell

18

19

20

21

22

23

 

24

25

26

Barry & Heather Campbell

27

28

29

Ben & Judy Hartman

30

Alan G. & Martha Barker

31

 

 

   

Birthdays – October 2017

Happy Birthday

October 2017
 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1

Emily Beavers
Chloe Griffith

2

Walter Caine

3

4

Naomi Barker

5

Jacob Metzger

6

Jeff Land
Angie Lee

7

Christin Layne

8

 

9

10

11

12

13

Evyn Jackson
Ted Wyatt

14

15

16

Jim Ellis

17

Jeff Jones

18

 

19

20

21

22

Stacey Blevins

23

Sydney Davis
Mallory Newsome

24

25

26

Sidney Dennis

27

28

Rebecca Turner

29

30

Emma Bradford

31