Sunday, October 30, 2005

Outlaw's Bridge Anniversary

We drove up to Outlaw's Bridge last week, stoping at Red Hill in Clinton NC, on the way - I gave the sunday school lesson ( a history lesson - where I learned something myself).

the service at OB was full of folks reminicing, and folks hoping for the future.
Their new minister (what little I heard) was good and full of vim and energy ---
He seems to have some good ideas, that may indeed help OB stay around another 100 years!
the church does have a good history, and a good cuurent crowd of layleaders ---

no pictures, not even ones to post - (and yes. i will have Clayton Memorial 100th at sometime)

Friday, October 21, 2005

1944 AUW North Carolina report part 2

North Carolina Special Service

Hymn: Make Channels for the Streams of Love
- from Hymns of the Spirit, p 276.


Dear God, and Father of us all, be near to us this day as we mediate upon this work which we have elected to share in our sister state of North Carolina. Clear our minds of any foolish thought of patronage, or of gripping needs too different from those to be found in our towns and cities the world around. Fill us only with the keen desire to so conduct our program of religious and social service that the seeds which so avidly took root under the teachings of the Yankee peddler, Father Clayton, Father Cahpman, Dr. Shinn, and others of their day, may be brought to lovely flowering in our own time. We pray for Thy blessing upon those who serve us there - that they may have strength of purpose, wise foresight, humility of heart., We pray also for ourselves - for our strength of purpose in extending Thy Kingdom; our own foresight in anticipating the work that lies ready to be done in the name of Universalism; our own humility in lending a helping hand, and doing it cheerfully, gladly. Grant that out of these deliberations, brief tho they may be, there shall come a clarion call to each of us asking: "What am I doing to extend the work of my church beyond my own community? " And in that question, humbly answered, may we experience the dedication to our specific task. Amen

Outlaw's Bridge

Just a note that this Sunday, October 23 at 7 PM; Outlaw's Bridge Universalist Church in Outlaw's Bridge (just south of Seven Springs) North Carolina - will be celebrating their 100th anniversary with another celebration.

I will be there

steven r