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History Leaves of the Methodist Tree – November 2018

HISTORY LEAVES OF THE METHODIST TREE
Compiled by Johnny Cordell
November 2018
(Continued from last month)

After Sunday dinner, the remainder of the day was invariably reserved for visitation.  Daddy would never do any work on Sunday except for normal farm chores, or unless the Biblical Donkey was in the ditch.  As I alluded to previously, Daddy enjoyed stimulating conversation and gospel music.  If there was “a singing” at another church on Sunday afternoon or evening, we would most likely be counted among those present.  Daddy sang in a quartet when he was a young man, and they traveled about the countryside whenever they could.  One time he said, “we even went all the way to Spring City”.  I guess in the 1920’s that was a considerable distance.

     Our visitations were normally confined to immediate family and sometimes cousins.  Family being Aunt Beulah and Uncle Hugh Mabry, Aunt Janie Hartman brood, Uncle Frank Cordell, Aunt Bessie Easterly, Momma’s brother George Smith and Aunt Ruth.  Aunt Ruth was also Daddy’s first cousin.  There are others too numerous to list, but we rarely missed our Hartman cousins when they were having dinner and music on Signal Mountain.  Earl Hartman, who sang many a solo at Chapel Hill Church was a product of those family musical productions, as well as Norma Narramore, who was one of the best piano players to ever tickle the ivories.  She played for many years at the Chapel Hill Homecoming Church Service each 3rd Sunday in May.

     The Sunday morning that we would have the circuit church service was rather normal for most of my friends and myself.  We would sit in the pews away from our parents when possible and pass notes to each other or surreptitiously play tic-tac-toe.  I enjoyed music, so I remember the old hymns such as, “The Solid Rock”, “Blessed Assurance”, “What can Wash Away My Sins”, “Into the Garden”, “Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb”, “Bringing in the Sheaves”, “The Sweetest Name I Know”, “Just Over in the Gloryland”, “Near the Cross”, “Take Time to be Holy”, “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder”, “We’re Marching to Zion”, and many more including Christmas and Easter songs.  Unfortunately, I don’t remember much about the content of the sermons, but that was probably normal for a pre-teen boy except on a couple occasions.  In those days the basement of the church was used to house the oil burning furnace and to collect whatever was not needed upstairs.  There was not a stairway to the basement, only an entrance on the south side of the building.  It was not locked, but that was not unusual since no door in the church was ever locked.  Since there was a ten or fifteen minute break between Sunday School and Church, a friend and I decided to spend our time in the basement during the church service.  Since we had not been under direct parental supervision for several Sundays, we felt we would not be detected, besides there were a lot of kids, so who would miss two of the flock.  We didn’t worry about the other children telling on us, because the code of “no tattling” was quite prevalent.  So, for a couple of those Sundays we pretended the church was a ship and we became stowaways within its hold.  We sat on an old short pew that had been discarded several years before.  The pew was located under a heating air ventilation opening, and we could hear plainly every word of the preacher’s sermon.   We listened intently so if questioned about not possibly being topside, we could quote scripture and verse.  During this time my mate (sailor slang) had a pen knife, so we scratched our initials on the pew so someday posterity would know of our great adventure.  I think my friend’s mother became suspicious, or we felt guilty, I don’t know, but it seems we were absorbing more from the ventilation duct than we were from the pews in the sanctuary.  However, I did pay more attention to the sermons after that, so maybe God does move in a mysterious way?

     Several years ago I discovered the old short pew in the small building next to the cemetery, and yes, it had the outlines of two sets of initials.  I will be refinishing the old pew and it will occupy a place in our mountain home.  And no, the initials will not be removed, and yes, God does move in mysterious ways!  Postscript:  My friend is still attending Chapel Hill Church, but I will not reveal his identity.  My advice to him is that Brother Jared is always receiving confessionals.

 

Last month’s question:  How many times has the original Chapel Hill Cemetery been enlarged? 
Four times – 1905, 1935, 1956, 1996

 

Next month’s question:  In 1952 Chapel Hill celebrated its centennial and Col. Creed F. Bates assisted in the church service.  What was his historical connection to Chapel Hill Church?

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 – November 2018

 

November 2018
Church Activities
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Feed My Starving Children event (times vary)

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Feed My Starving Children event (times vary)

6 pm
Saturday Night Youth

Turn your clocks BACK 1 HOUR

24th  Sunday after Pentecost 4

Communion Sunday 

3 pm
Hayride at Barker Farm

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12 pm
Chapel Hill Lunch Bunch at Sam’s Corner in Coalmont (meet at 11 am to ride van)

 

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

 

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9 am
Chapel Hill  Painters

6 pm
Saturday Night Youth

 

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25st Sunday after Pentecost
                

4:00 pm
Administrative Board Meeting

12

6 pm
Sisters in Christ

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5 pm
Bell Practice
6 pm
Bible Study & Youth Programs

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6 pm
Saturday Night Youth

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26th Sunday after Pentecost

7 am
UMM 
Breakfast 
11:30 am
Mortgage Burning Celebration
6 pm
Community Thanksgiving Worship at Dunlap UMC

 

 

 

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December newsletter articles due

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No Wednesday Night services/activites

22

Thanksgiving Day

Church offices closed

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6 pm
Saturday Night Youth

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27th Sunday after Pentecost

5 pm
Hanging of the Greens

    

 

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

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Volunteers – November 2018

November 2018
Volunteer Schedule

Altar Flowers: Greeters:

Nov. 4: Jane Indyk
Nov. 11: Sharon Cordell
Nov. 18: Cornucopia by Lula Bess Hickey & Fran McCain
Nov. 25: Cornucopia by Lula Bess Hickey & Fran McCain

Nov. 4: Travis & Melissa Cordell
Nov. 11: Emma Ewton & Kathy Underwood
Nov. 18: Donna Knox & Betty Legg
Nov. 25: Ethel & Paul Powell

Acolytes: Bible Bearers:

Nov. 4: Isabella Layne
Nov. 11: Jozlynn Layne
Nov. 18: Rayburn Layne
Nov. 25: Isabella Layne

Nov. 4: Kate Cordell
Nov. 11: Emma Heard
Nov. 18: Connor Staley
Nov. 25: Kate Cordell
Offertory Prayer:  Ushers:
Nov. 4: Ethel Powell
Nov. 11: Paul Powell
Nov. 18: Dwayne Turner
Nov. 25: Tommy Austin
Nov. 4: Clint Pierce, Paul Powell, Eric Reed & Aaron Staley
Nov. 11: Dwayne Turner, Kathy Underwood, Carolyn & Jim Willson
Nov. 18: Tommy Austin, Glenn Barker, Jeremy Bradford & Travis Cordell
Nov. 25: Bill Colvin, Johnny Cordell, Sharon Cordell & Jane Indyk
Children’s Church Nursery: (Sunday School/Worship)

Nov. 4: Chandra Cribbs
Nov. 11: Allie Condra & Lydia Schultz
Nov. 18: Lynna Griffith
Nov. 25: Michelle Camp & Taylor Goodwin

Nov. 4: Michelle Haman/Judy Hartman
Nov. 11: Kathy Underwood/Emma Bradford
Nov. 18:Kristy Albright /Lisa & Kevin Holland
Nov. 25:Dawn Jones /Ethel Powell

Wednesday Night Refreshments: Kitchen Duty: (entire month)

Nov. 7: Stacey Blevins & Barbara Houts
Nov. 14: Martha Austin & Sydney Davis
Nov. 21: No Wednesday Night Activities
Nov. 28: Kristy Albright & Shannon Land
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Trimming around Family Life Center: 
(Any time during the week beginning)
 

Suspended until spring

 

**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 – November 2018

Servant of the Month heading

We proudly recognize our November Servant of the Month as Ben Hartman.  Ben has been a member of Chapel Hill for 28 years.  He currently serves as our Work Area Chairperson,  overseeing the different ministry areas of the church, serves as an usher, is on the Building Committee and has a heart for missions.  Ben is also a member of Methodist Men.  We appreciate all you do Ben, in and around 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

Ben pictured with his wife Judy

 

Wedding Anniversaries – November 2018

  Happy Anniversary

November 2018
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Jim & Laurie Thompson

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Chris & Kristy Albright

 

 

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Buck & Emma Ewton

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Jerry & Connie Beatty
Bill & Donna Knox

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Birthdays – November 2018

Happy Birthday

November 2018
 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

 

 

 

 

 

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Casey Hitchcock

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Gaither Barker

 

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Donna Knox
Jozlynn Layne
Lydia Schultz

 

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Patsy Barker

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Liz Wilson

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Melissa Cordell

9

James Clark

10

Greg Tholken

 

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Bobby Cribbs

 

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Frank Ryle

 

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Connor Staley

 

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Channing Barker
Tracie Mason

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Betty Legg
Cain Mitchell

 

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Emma Heard
Austin Mitchell

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Chris Albright

 

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Fran McCain

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Grayson Norman

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