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Mutual Methodist Church
Contributed by Linda Spencer
The cover of the booklet this came from has a picture of the new church and the title
" A Dream Realized. Dedication of Mutual Methodist Church, June 28, 1964."
Mutual Methodist Church History
By the aid of a tape recording made by Roscoe Newman, at the memorial
service held in the old church, we recall some of the highlights in the life of our Mutual
Methodist Church. 1948.
This, our last service was opened and conducted by Rev. John Winkler... Songs sung were "In My Heart There Rings a Melody", "Church in the Wildwood", "Lilly of the Valley", and "If I Have Wounded Any SOul Today." Walter B. League, now deceased, led in prayer of thanksgiving and for guidance. Rev. Winkler reminded every one to be on hand the next morning to start to raze the church...Reninding us the walls of Jerusalem were rebuilt because the people had a mind to work.
Some of the members of the Ladies Aid spoke...
Rilla Menenhall told of the beginning of the Church in 1898 as a point on a Circuit for four years... also of the ministers and their activities.
As recalled by Mrs. George Meyers, a part of the charter members of the Church organized in 1899, were:
|Mrs. Will Burdick||Eli Heckart||Mr. and Mrs. Will Stubs||D.E. Nelson|
|O.E. Beaty||Lucy Heckart||Charley Andrews||Mrs. Ensley|
|Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Robinson||Emma Martin||Ella Ball||W. Ensley|
|Ella Clapham||Mr. and Mrs. Will Neagle||Clara Marrison||Mr. Brittain|
|Minnie Harper||Ezra Keith||J.C. Cavin|
First Church was dedicated in 1904 under Rev. Brown's ministry... 1910 was an active, growing time of the Church, with 85 members registered in the Epworth League... In 1917, due to the lack of a minister, the Church was in a slump, and Mrs. Clara Roberts, the Sunday School Superintendent, after much praying, decided it was best to abandon the Church until next conference convened. As she arose to announce this, a stranger came in and asked to speak. This stranger was Rev. Paul Everett, sent by the super intendent - and the Lord.
In 1916 or 1917 the South Methodist of Mutual disbanded and united with our organization.
Under evangelist Hemphill's preaching, the Church prospered, gained new strength and decided to remodel the Church... Rev. McMullen undertook the task of seeing this done... Taking off this - and adding that... Later a full basement was dug - the Church was moved over the basement and a few other improvements were made... At this time the Epworth League purchased a new piano for their meetings in the basement, only to discover it could not be gotten down the stairs - consequently we had to make a new opening and wide stairs at the west end of the Church.
During these years, all baptisms by immersion were held at Bent Creek or Harpers or Curtis on the North Canadian river.
Thus went on the work of the Mutual Methodist Church... its members and ministers each contributing his bit in the Lord's Service... Until we got to Rev. Lawson Lee, when we decided we needed a new Church... Rev. Lee planned an L building, but for lack of funds for an adequate building, we delayed the construction for a few years... Eventually Rev. John Winkler was sent to us and under his able encouragement, guidance and help, our present building was erected.
In the years since, we have added much to the furnishings and facilities... also after the storm of September 1963, we have completely refinished and repaired or replaced.
Now we are rejoicing that our building is free of all indebtedness and we are happy to dedicate it to the Lord.
|Mrs. Gordon Clapham||Boyd Griffith||Roger Nations||Edward Winters|
|Mrs. Addie Clapham||Mary Winifred Griffith Clark||Andrew Nelson||Eva Jean Winters Blessing|
|Mrs. Mary Billingsley||Max Grunewald||Mrs. Andrew Nelson||Nadine Winters Dill|
|Lillie Mae Billingsley||Mrs. Max Grunewald||Fred Nelson||Dorine Winters Carrol|
|Mrs. E.L. Billingsley||John Grunewald||Mrs. Fred Nelson||Mrs. David Wreath|
|Elmer Billingsley||Mrs. John Grunewald||Jane Nelson Sells||Lynn Williamson|
|Alyce Borden Savere||Dale Grunewald||Christopher Nelson||Homer Neagle|
|Durward Borden||Mrs. Dale Grunewald||Mary Nelson Johnson||Mrs. Homer Neagle|
|Mrs. Durward Borden||Mrs. Lenad Hein||Gene Nelson||Dale Neagle|
|Gene Brittain||Dean Harbin||Mrs. Gene Nelson||Lyle Neagle|
|Mrs. Bill Castor||Marjorie Harper||Max Nelson||Lewis Neagle|
|Mrs. L.E. Converse||Jimmie Harper||James Nelson||Glennis Neagle Sears|
|Gerald Cooper||Jack Harper||Patsy Ann Nelson||Bobby Neagle|
|Lowell Cooper||Julia Herring Eldridge||Zenas Nelson||Mrs. James McElroy|
|Mrs. Lowell Cooper||Harold Herring||Mrs. Zenas Nelson||Rudy Clapham|
|Jean Cooper||Mrs. Leslie Hopper||Terry Nelson||Mrs. Rudy Clapham|
|Mrs. Jean Cooper||Marvin Hopper||Janet Nelson||Bob Harper|
|Glenda Cooper||Edwin Johnson||R.R. Newman||Mrs. Bob Harper|
|Ralph Craighead||Mrs. Edwin Johnson||Mrs. R.R. Newman||Virgil League|
|Mrs. Ralph Craighead||Lawrence Johnson||Dean Newman||Walter League Jr.|
|Theodore Craighead||Mrs. Lawrence Johnson||Mrs. Dean Newman||Mrs. John Whitsitt|
|Linda Craighead Wood||Betty Hayes||O.F. Pittaway||Betty Symes|
|Curtis Cockrell||Melvin Johnson||Mrs. O.F. Pittaway||Opal Simpson|
|Cash Ellington||Mrs. M.L. Johnson||Marion Pittaway||Zella Marrison|
|Mrs. Cash Ellington||Karl Kragh||Burr Pittaway||Robert Marrison|
|Myrtle Jane Erwin||Mrs. Karl Kragh||Ocilla Pittaway||Vernon Clark|
|Joe Fenton||Beverly Keller Young||Jay Pittaway||Mrs. Vernon Clark|
|Lula Gossett||Rufus Leach||Bertha Pittaway Wake||Lorraine Jordan|
|Mary Danner||Dick Leach||Albert Phillips||Louise Jordan|
|Jerry Gaston||Elmer Lowry||Mrs. Albert Phillips||Ray Grunewald|
|Harry Glendenning||Mrs. Elmer Lowry||Bill Stephens||Elsie Converse Huffman|
|Mrs. Harry Glendenning||Violet Lamm||Evelyn Stovall||Velma McGinnes Haught|
|Bobby Glendenning||Mrs. Effie Maupin||Deloris Stovall|
|Wilma Glendenning Gordon||Mrs. Ray Merklin||Mrs. Volley Triplett|
|Jean Glendenning||Harry Mendenhall||Mrs. Mildred Wreath Espy|
|Mrs. Nona May||Mrs. Harry Mendenhall||Harian Leroy Wreath|
|Mrs. H.B. Griffith||Robert Myers, Jr.||Mrs. Bertha Weeksa|
|Eugene Griffith||Donna June Mathews||Mrs. Fisher Wiilaimson|
|Melvin Griffith||Mrs. Cecil Mathews||Mrs. Sam Winters|
Four oldest members
Mrs. Effie Maupin
Mrs. Cora Neagle
Mrs. Addie Clapham
Mrs. M.L. Johnson
Rev. John Winkler Sr.
Former Pastors of the Mutual Methodist Church
|Rev. A.M. Cotton 1898-1899||Rev. Leslie Jury 1914-1917||Rev. John Cox 1942-1944|
|Rev. W.D. Robinson 1899-1900||Rev. A.E. Sprague 1917-1919||Rev. Lawson Lee 1944-1947|
|Rev. J.S. Harryman 1900-1901||Rev. Paul J. Everett 1919-1920||Rev. Irwin Simmons 1947-1948|
|Rev. J.R. Jordan 1901||Rev. John L. Demaree 1920-1921||Rev. John Winkler 1948-1951|
|Rev. J.A. Brown 1902-1903||Rev. S.A. Sims 1921-1923||Rev. Marion McDaniels 1951-1952|
|Rev. Fitz Waters 1903||Rev. James N. Holmes 1923-1924||Rev. W.E. Cooksey 1953-1955|
|Rev. Thomas Deaton 1905||Rev. G.W. Morton 1924-1925||Rev. W.W. Stevens 1955-1956|
|Rev. W.M. Chandler 1906||Rev. W.T. McMullen 1925-1928||Rev. R.K. Duncan 1956-1958|
|Rev. J.W. McGee 1907||Rev. Dunn 1928-1929||Rev. Harold Welch 1958-1959|
|Rev. W.A. Allen 1908||Rev. G.C. Hutchens 1929-1932||Rev. R.F. Franklin 1959-1960|
|Rev. W.G. Burnett 1909-1910||Rev. D.B. Horton 1932-1937||Rev. W.S. Little 1960-1961|
|Rev. R.C. Millhollen 1911-1912||Rev. W.R. Steumry 1937-1939||Rev. Jack Skaggs 1961-1963|
|Rev. M.E. Davis 1912-1914||Rev. H.F. Brawley 1939-1942|
The Old Church
Razing of the old Church
Can anyone identify these peopel?
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