History Leaves of the Methodist Tree – March 2017

History Leaves of the Methodist Tree
Compiled by Johnny Cordell

 

Excerpts from the Journal of Rev. William H. Cooper   transcribed   by Bradley H. Scott.  The following selected daily journal entries are taken during 1867-68 as Rev. Cooper rode his Holston circuit.  His original spellings are retained, including an occasional “f” for an “s”.  

1867                                                                                                                                             

Oct 29   This day Conference adjourned; and I was appointed to “Jonesville Circuit,” Lee County, Va.  Bro. Jas. Little moved us from Parrotsville, Tenn; to Jonesville, Va. Whole cost of trip:  Moving; and Bills. $25.00.  We were favored by a gracious Providence and Pleasant weather not a drop of rain or snow falling on us; during the journey!  Bless God!                  
 Dec 20.  Begun a meeting at Hurricane Branch of five days duration, which resulted in two conversions and five additions to the Church’ many of the members were much revived; and Greenback & Provisions contributed amt. to $23.15, upon the whole it was a meeting of vast interest.  All praise be to God who is “high over all and Blessed forever.”                             
Dec.25. Christmas day:  preached at Spencer’s S.H. Received three into the Church: Dined at Bros. John Beatys to spent the night there also.                                                                            

1868                                                                                                                                                           
Feb 5.
My 33rd   Birthday, Preached at Spencer’s S.H. Reed. One young woman into the Church and at night celebrated the rites of matrimony between Thom .J. Ely & Adaline C .Blakemore. 
Feb 11. Travailed 20 miles Crofsed Stone  mountain twice.  Preached at North Fork Gap. 8 joined the Church.                                                                                                                                    Feb17.  Closed a meeting at Jonesville of 15 days and 16 nights duration.  Resulting in 40 white and 1 colored conversions & 50 white & 6 colored acsefsions to the Church.  On the 2nd Sabbath of the meeting we held one of the most interesting Lovefeasts I have ever attended.  In which 4 of the converts arose and spoke.  The Sacrement on the same day was remarkabley Interesting. There were 98 whites and 2 colored communicants.  On the last evening of the meeting there were 3 conversions at a private house.  A grocery was broke up on the public square and the grocery keeper was converted. On the 3 Sabbath over $200 were   subscribed to repair the Church.  Jonesville during the progrefs of the meeting 8 were added  to the Church at North fork gap.  So upon the whole I think it was perhaps the most interesting meeting for the same number of persons I have ever attended.  Blefs God!       
March 8. Passed through Scuffle Town, Lee Co, Va.  In company with John W. Carns.  Saw two covered wagons acrofs the River.  (Powell)  Supposed to contain movers.  Passed the Forks of the Roads where seven men were sitting on a fence, horse  back and etc. Talking laughing  & etc.  Went a little further and met a man and two boys hawling a load of corn in the shuck.  Passed on a little further and he and a fellow hollowing as though he was trying to start a fox.  A little further and passed three men in the road on horseback.  Soon after we passed them,  one saids to another “how old is that mare?”  We were on the way  to Church.  It was the holy   Sabbath!  A short distance from Church on our return, we met two wagons loaded with household  plunder.  They were driving some stock.  They were moving but a short distance. Several of the family a long.  They were driving some stock.  The teamster following at his team, & etc.  We turned a little way from the road to dine with Rev. Gideon B. Wells.  While there a man told us he had been boiling off shugar until he started to Church.  While there we heard two reports of a gun, or a report of two guns. Just as we returned to the road, we met an ox wagon driven by a lad.  We came a little further on & met a man coming from a mill with a huge sack of meal under him & all this in three miles of the same place.  Fast passing up and down on the Lord’s day, I certainly felt like I was passing through missionary ground beyond the borders of civilization. Ah!  What a picture to be presented in a Gospel Land.  Poor thoughtlefs creature, what will be thar doom when he comes to judge them who has said Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy?                                                                        
March 23 Closed our 2nd qr. Meeting.  It was held at Cane Creek Church.  The meeting was largely attended on Sabbath.  Three were added to the Church.  On Saturday evening I was happy in a Savior’s love.                                                                                                                               
April 15   Preached at Stone Gap. At the close of service.  Baptised  seven adults, two of whom were very aged men.  One in his 70th year. The other about 83.  The like of which I have never seen before.  On the evening of the following day, the latter was drown near the church, perhaps not more than half mile distant.  He made a profession of  Religion to joined the Church a short time previous.  “Is not this a brand plucked out of the fire.”                               
May 17.  Spent the day at Green Hill Church, on Jonesville Circuit.  Heard sermons by Revds. Steel, Belt, and Baldwin.  There was a large crowd in attendance & a happy state of feelings in the congregation.  In the close of the afternoon Service, I baptized two nice young ladies, & one married lady and Recd. them & ladies husband & a young man into the Church making five in all!  Thanks be to the Great Head of the Church for such encouragement.  The names of the above are as follows:  David Orr, son of John Orr.  John Litton, & wife, Sarah Litton & Rebecca Litton; children of Dixon Litton.                                                                                         
May 30 & 31. Quarterly meeting at Stickleyville; a large audience in attendance; a tolerable public collection.  Serm. Sunday 11  J.W. Best.

Next month’s article a continuation and conclusion of Rev. Cooper’s Journal.  Sources: Holston Historic Heritage Vol 1, No 2 Fall 2001. 


Last month’s question?   How many counties has the original church been located within: (3) Marion County, Hamilton County, and Sequatchie County.
  Next month’s question:  Since 1880, what minister has the longest service at Chapel Hill?

History Leaves of the Methodist Tree – February 2017

History Leaves of the Methodist Tree
Compiled by Johnny Cordell

Did you Know?

That in gathering data for his work “Winning of the West” Theodore Roosevelt, traveling through the Holston country, wrote: “In 1783   Methodism, destined to become the leading creed of the west, first gained a foothold along the Holston, with a congregation of 72 members.  After Methodism cut loose from British connections in 1785, the time of great advance began.  The circuit riders were speedily eating bear meat and buffalo tongue on the frontier.  Wherever there were a group of cabins, thither some Methodist circuit rider made his way.  The fiery zeal of the Methodist made them leaders.”

 

Did you Know?

That on a more humorous note Methodist preachers two hundred years ago were big eaters, as they are today??  The Reverend Jesse Lee in his journal in 1800, gave the following report:  “After we finished our business in Conference, four of the largest preachers amongst us went to a friend’s store and were weighed.  My weight was 259 lbs.;  Seely Bunn’s 252, Thomas Lucas’s 245; and Thomas F. Sergeant’s 220; in all 976 lbs. and and all of us travel on horseback.”

 

Did you Know?

That seldom do churches achieve unique fame, but State Line Church did in May of 1937 when Ripley’s Review listed this church in their column, “Believe It or Not”. The church was built part in Alabama and part in Georgia which is in the Holston Conference.  The original State Line Church was built in 1890 as a church and school house.  In 1933, it was deeded to the Methodist Episcopal Church, South and even though it was originally given as a community church, the M.E Church, South was the only denomination to serve the church continuously for forty-nine years.  State Line Church (Sulphur Springs, GA) appeared in Ripley’s review, May 1937, “Believe It or Not”.  In that article it was stated   that the ministers were all Methodist while the Sunday School Superintendent was a Presbyterian and all the Sunday School teachers were Baptist.  As the church sat across the State Line, the minister stood in the pulpit in Georgia and the congregation sat in Alabama.  Another interesting tidbit is that E.R Lewis, one of the ordained ministers produced by Chapel Hill, was the minister of State Line Church from 1921 to 1925.  Also W.L. Tate, who followed E.R. Lewis, was married to Lillie Johnson, a member of Chapel Hill Church.  Ministerial support from the conference ended in 1947. 

 

Did you Know?

For several years a non-denominational Sunday School   was held in the Center Point School Building, which is adjacent on the north side of the Chapel Hill UMC Family Life Center, currently owned by David and Fern Lockhart.  Church services were held at Chapel Hill Church at a later hour on Sunday morning.  However, due to an official ruling that the school could no longer be used, the non-denominational Sunday School was without a place to meet.  Chapel Hill Church proposed to add a Sunday School Wing if this group agreed to attend.  So, in 1951, this non-denominational group agreed to attend with the understanding that the Sunday School would continue to be non-denominational.  This understanding has been adhered to and is still in effect.  The Chapel Hill Sunday School maintains its own financial account of which Mark Allen is currently the Treasurer and Chairman.  We appreciate his service in this area.

 

Sources: Holston Historic Heritage Vol 5   November 2, 2005

“Chapel Hill” Edna Susong Jackson

Next article will be excerpts from the original journal of a Methodist “Circuit Rider” within the Holston Conference 1867-68.

Question:  Since 1852 how many counties has Henniger/Chapel Hill Church been located within, and what are the names of these counties?  Answer is in next month’s article.

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


March 2017
Church Activities
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
   

 

 

1

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

6 pm
Bible Study & Youth Programs

2 3

4

9 am
Chapel Hill Painters in historical chapel basement

5

3:30 pm
Wed. & Sunday School Teachers Meeting

6

 

7

12 pm
Lunch Bunch @
Valley Entertainment Bowling Alley

8

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

6 pm
Bible Study & Youth Programs

9 10

11

Turn your clocks
AHEAD 1 HOUR
before going to bed

 

12
Daylight Saving Time Begins

10 am
Youth Sunday
4 pm
Administrative Board Meeting

13

6 pm
Sisters in Christ

14

6 pm
Sequatchie County Jail Service

15

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

6 pm
Bible Study & Youth Programs

16

17

18

 5:30 pm
60s & 70s 
Appreciation Dinner Show

19

 7 am
UM Men’s Breakfast

20
First Day of Spring

Deadline for April newsletter article submission

21

22

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

6 pm
Bible Study & Youth Programs

23 24

25

 

26

10 am
Boo & Phyllis Hankins

27 28

29

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

6 pm
Bible Study & Youth Programs

30 31  

March Volunteers

March 2017
Volunteer Schedule

Greeters: Acolytes:
Mar. 5:Travis & Melissa Cordell
Mar. 12: Youth Sunday
Mar. 19: Aaron & Tanesia Staley
Mar. 26:  Glenn Barker & Dwayne Turner

Mar. 5: Jozlynn Layne
Mar. 12: Chloe Griffith
Mar. 19: Conner Staley 
Mar. 26: Isabella Layne

Ushers: Bible Bearers:
Mar. 5: Jeff Land, Clint Pierce, Paul Powell & Dwayne Turner
Mar. 12:  Youth Sunday
Mar. 19: Jeremy Bradford, Bill Colvin, Travis Cordell & Jane Indyk
Mar. 26: Johnny Cordell, Sharon Cordell, Keith Davis & Ben Hartman
Mar. 5: Emma Heard
Mar. 12: Evan Griffith
Mar. 19:  Rayburn Layne
Mar. 26: Max Newsome
Offertory Prayer:  Wednesday Night Refreshments:

Mar. 5: Jeff Jones
Mar. 12: Youth Sunday
Mar. 19: Ethel Powell
Mar. 26: Paul Powell

Mar. 1: Ethel Powell 
Mar. 8: Chrisi Barker & Dwayne Turner
Mar. 15: Mava Allen & Linda Sukowski
Mar. 22: June Haman & Kathy Underwood
Mar. 29: Lynna Griffith & Michelle Haman
Children’s Sermon Children’s Church:

Mar. 5:  Annette Brown
Mar. 12: Christa Bradford
Mar. 19: Amber Jones
Mar. 26: Jeremy Bradford

Mar. 5: Chandra Cribbs
Mar. 12:  Stacey Blevins & Sydney Davis
Mar. 19: Savannah Land & TBD
Mar. 26: Jenifer Tholken & Lydia Schultz
Trimming around Family Life Center:  Kitchen Duty: (Entire month)
Sign-ups will begin soon Cecilia S. Fisher
Altar Flowers:   

Mar 5: Annette Brown
Mar. 12: Natalie Condra
Mar. 19: Fran McCain
Mar. 26: June Haman

 

 

Servant of the Month – March 2017

Servant of the Month heading

This month we celebrate Chris Albright as our Servant of the Month for March.  Besides being faithful in his attendance in worship, he also accompanied our youth to Resurrection.  He has also stepped up along with his son Paxton to assist Greg & Becky with our audio visual program.  That’s no small task!  Chris, we want to thank you for all your hard work.  You make a great 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

 

Chris Albright pictured with his wife Kristy & son Paxton

Birthdays – March 2017

Happy Birthday

March 2017
 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
     

1

Dennis Carbarugh

2

Jerry Dauer

3

Paxton Albright

4

5

 

6 7

8

 

9

Karen Green
Kevin Holland

10

Hilarie Anderson
Ben Davis

11

Sydney Durham

12

Eli Hale
Jeremy Bradford

13

Chandler Morrison

14

Shelby Davis

15

Thomas Barker

16

Edward Barker
Ken Fulmer

17

Michael Hickey
Annah Kate Lee

18

Flavius A. Barker

19

Cana Green

20

 

21

Carter Allen
Cayla Allen
Landry Carbaugh

22

Baron Cribbs

23

Katherine Barker
Tyke Layne

24

Linda Sukowski

25

26

Martha Barker

27

Joan Tucker

28

 

29

Andy Norman

30

31

Cali Green
Marilyn Holland

Meredith Mitchell

 
             

Sisters in Christ

 

Sisters in Christ

Sisters in Christ is the Women’s Ministry of Chapel Hill.  Sisters in Christ meet the 2nd Monday of each month at 6 pm.  They are continuing their study of “Audacious”, by Beth Moore.  Please feel free to join this wonderful group of women. Their next meeting is Monday, March 13, 2017. 

Audacious by Beth Moore