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By Helen W. Searle SAINT METHODIUS of Constantinople was born during the century to rich and distin- citizens of Syracuse on the of Sicily in the Mediterranean receiving an excellent in his native town, he left with the intention a position at court. Con- to his immediate thoughts he to enter the religious life became a monk. He built a on the island of Chios in Sea, where he lived un- |,Was called to assist the then and later saint, Nicepho- r~ Constantinople. period of history was the nning of the second Iconoclastic Icons are likenesses or images, considered sacred in the Eastern Churches, Christian personage. the eighth and ninth centu- then again during the six- and seventeenth centuries, Works of art, and in some !s those who admired them, destroyed by a group who it unfitting to exDess the tradi- admiration and veneration of imagery. the fact that the ruler of !Eastern territory, Leo the Arme- approved the veneration of Nicephorus was removed )ffice and exiled from his coun- was then called to to give an accounting of events to Pope Paschal I. 1 Methodius remained in Rome until 821 when, after the enthronement of the new Emperor Michael the Stam- merer, he returned to the Near East with a letter from the Pope request- ing the release and reinstatement of Nicephorus to his original position. Unfortunately, and contrary to popu- lar opinion, Michael did not think along the same lines as Emperor Leo. When Methodius arrived in Constantinople he was immediately flogged and deported to the con- fines of the island of Antigoni in the 4300-square-mile Sea of Marmara located between Asiatic Turkey and Europe. Seven years after the death of the emperor, his wife Theodora be- came regent for their infant son Mi- chael III of what is now known as Turkey. Theodora repealed all de- crees against images and recalled Methodius to Constantinople to serve as the Patriarch. Almost im- mediately the Second Council of Ni- caea affirmed the lawfulness of ven- erating the sacred icons. To this date the Feat of the Orthodoxy is observed in all Byzantine Churches on the First Sunday of Lent. Soon after this council met, Saint Methodius, now a shadow of his for- mer self (due to sufferings and pri- vations after his years of confine- ment and isolation) died on June 14, 847. This heroic Patriarch, holy man, and prolific writer is honored this day, June 14. "Help us to k::ep the faith by his word and follow the way he showed by his example." J. D. Poole, David Harris, and Earl Sams ',ing ceremonies for facilities were held in Fairlea by the Ronceverte Church of A new 375-seat building will be constructed kitchen, nursery, church offices, and two sheltered drive-through en- trances. Present church facilities are lo- cated at 610 West Main Street in Ronceverte. The congregation, or- all acres the congre- Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church, on North Monroe Street in Alderson, was organized in 1874 in a school building at the corner of Alderson Avenue and Wickham Street. Reverend W. L. Lynch was the first pastor. The group constructed its first church building in 1880 on Greenbrier Avenue. In 1917 they sold the building and moved temporarily into the Jarrett Massey Hall on the third floor of the Alderson National Bank Building. The present brick building has been occupied since 1920. The Johnson name was given to the church in 1928 in memory of early member J. F. Johnson. Reverend Hobert Prunty has been pastor since 1985. New pastor Rick Curtiss will assume his duties later this month. Day Adventist School Active of the Lewisburg Seventh-Day Adventist Church School: Christine Michael, seventh grade, and Dawn Erskine, third grade with Mountain View Conference of SDA Youth Director and Education Su- perintendent, Kingsley Whitsett, as they receive honors at the Advent- Ist Junior Youth Investiture Service. Students at the Lewisburg Sev- enth-Day Adventist (SDA) Church School have just completed another year. April 6-7 they participated in the third annual Singing Festival in Clarksburg. Students from the entire Mountain View conference of SDA practiced and memorized eighteen songs to sing under the direction of Cheryl Potter from Siloam Springs, Arkansas. April 27-29 students attended the annual Education Fair and Bible conference held at the Adventist campground, Valley Vista, near Hut- tonsville. Each student prepared art. Third grader Dawn Erskine re-. ceived a first place ribbon in science and second place ribbons in social studies and art. May 11, Kingsley Whitsett, the Mountain View Conference Youth Director and Education Superinten- dent, conducted the annual Advent- ist Junior Youth (AJY) Investiture Service. Students received reading certificates for reading at least eight- een books and memorizing 36 Bible verses. Each received honors in baking, feltcraft, household plants, and drawing-and-painting along with completing their required AJY class- work. May 26, the students conducted The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, June 14, 1990 7B Liberty Christian School News Sue Posten To Wed Sterling Weikl Liberty Christian Schooi-at Clin- tonville celebrated the completion of 15 years of operation June 8. The graduation speaker was Ed Sheme- lia of York, Pennsylvania, who has helped establish more than 35 Christian schools. Mr Shemelia is a consultant for Accelerated Christian Education. tn addition to the gradu- ation of two students, the service in- cluded the presentation of awards to other students for acMevements during this school year. Graduating this year were Lee Miranda of Fairlea and Kent Hers- man of Clintonville. Kent is the sec- ond student to go all the way through school in Liberty Christian School. The first was his sister, Vic- toria, who graduated two years ago. The school began in 1975 and has always used an "indwiduatized, non-graded, Bible-based curriculum produced by Accelerated Christian Education. Each subject is taught from God's point of view, and em- phasis is placed upon character de- velopment, moral responsibility, and commitment to Jesus Christ," ac- cording to Crystal Hersman of the school. "Recently, Liberty Christian School and many others using the ACE program are utilizing comput- ers to supplement the individualized curriculum. The goal is to offer all the advantages of the old-fashioned, non-graded, one-room school, plus the additional benefits of new tech- nology," Ms Hersman said. Family Thanks Gabe and Angela Blankenship- would like to thank everyone who helped in our time of need. Our house was destroyed by fire May 3. A very special thank you to Wil- liamsburg and Renick Fire Depart- ments. Also my dear Aunt Shelby Starrett. May God Bless You All. Thank you all very much. Gabe & Angela Blankenship White Sulphur Springs Sue Posten of Dawson and Ster- ling Weikle of Union announce their forthcoming marriage on June 30 at 6 p.m. The open church wedding will be held at the Bethel Pentecostal Holiness Church on Hoke's Mill Road, Or- gan Cave. A reception will be held in the Fellowship Hall. All friends and family are invited. Bible School Enon Baptist Church, Vago Road, Frankford, announces its an- nual Vacation Bible School will be held Sunday, June 17 through Fri- day, June 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each evening. The theme is "Island in the Son, Living in the Warmth of God's Love" from I Corinthians 13. Each night there will be music, skits, recreation, refresh- ments, c4rafts, and most important of all, study from God's Word. Co-di- rectors, Susan Anderson and Pam. Farnack invite any child from age 2 through 16 to attend this week of fun and fellowship in God's love. On Fri- day, the week will close with a musi- cal program at 7 p.m., and a carnival featuring popcorn, snow cones, cakes, cookies, and drinks Pastor Jim Anderson and the congregation of Enon invite all young people to this week of living in God's love. YOUR ADVERTISEMENT LOOKS GOOD IN ........... THE MOUNTAIN MESSENGER I I Roger W. 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