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le Church Salute Lily May donated the land on which May Chapel United Church was constructed in 1909. The congregation was the same year with Reverend Ben Simmers as the first obUilding- is located on Route 92 approximately seven f Neola. The interior features grooved wooden paneling. Miller has been the minister of the congregation since s Newest Church Many Helping Hands newest church, Faith Midwest, and accepted an invita- Chapel, may operate in tion from the Southern Baptist but that doesn't Home Mission Board in March scores of out-of-state 1989 to take the helm of the coming each sum- Rupert church. The congregation David Patterson worships in a home rented from Joye couldn't be hap- Betty Loudermilk on Main Street six-month-old son (U. S. 60). the crowds in stride.Since the Pattersons arrived, so many people corn- a number of groups have come and helping the com- to help, including 16 from made people realize Stoney Point, North Carolina. in on here," Mrs the summer of 1989; 42 from Mathiston, Mississippi, in the lot of co6peration summer of 1990; and 33 from people sharing Stoney Point, also in the sum- space," Reverend mer of 1990 ...... said. "but it's been The majority of the volunteers' efforts involve conducting "Back- :tersons arrived in yard Bible Schools for area y l tst year when Rev- er ;on accepted the young people, along with out- of the new churcla, door musical programs. Atten- zed by Nettle dance has run from 30 to 58. "These groups have been a big from nearby help," Reverend Patterson said. "We don't have quite enough -'r mission groups," teachers ourselves to have a of teenagers and large Bible school--they have n churches In North md Mississippi, began helped us do that. We want to reach people with the gospel, help the fledgling and this has been an effective in 1988 when way to accomplish that." of the Nettle church Bible studies and Before coming to Rupert. each schools in antici- group spends several weeks of Organizing the church, training in the techniques of Opened a food bank conducting their programs. Most s closet for needy camp out at the church's back COnducted a survey yard. During free times the attendance trends, young people visit numerous those surveyed said attend church regu- to Reverend Pat- indicated there was SOmeone to reach Who were not being anyone else," he J Pattersons ar- two such summer bUps had already groundwork for named Faith Reverend and had already been home mission South and the area attractions. The church's long-range plans call for either the acquisition of a larger building or the purchase of land on which a building will be constructed, "If we decide to build a new church, we'll hope- fully be able to get more groups to come in and help us with the construction," Reverend Patter- son said. "We're optimistic about our ministry here In Rupert. People here are very warm and friendly--it's the same as in small-town Mississippi, where we come from." na Hospital - Greenbrier Valley like you to meet someone special. , M.D., Oncologist, joined the staff }ital - Valley. He is practice in is certified by Board of subspe- tl Oncology. of Wayne niVersity School of In Michigan. a native of WV. He prac- in Atlanta as move to the Greenbrier Valley. Dr. Baker is happy to be back home in West Virginia. To make an appointment, call: 645-4288 Greenbrier Oncology Clinic Grey Rock Professional Park Lewisburg, WV McCallister Family Has Reunion At the time of their Mother's death October 22, 1989, the chil- dren of the late Etta McCallister Halstead pledged to get together again one year from that date. In keeping with their pledge they all took their vacations at the same time and rented motel rooms in Alderson. All six children, and some of their children and grandchildren, spent several days visiting places they had known and loved as youngsters when they visited their grand- parents, the late Elisha and Vir- gie McCalllster on Muddy Creek Mountain. On October 24 the Commu- nity Building at Asbury was the scene of a reunion of the McCal- lister decendanis. Special recog- nition for the oldest faxnily mem- ber present was given to Mrs. Madeline McCallister of Asbury. She was given a mauve rose cor- sage. The meal was catered and provided by David and Danny Halstead. The tables were deco- rated with pastel cloths and silk flowers with runners of freshcut ivy. The invocation was given by Gene Jones who also gave a brief history of the family, starting with his grandfather, Elisha Mc- Callister, who was born August 6, 1867 on the old Davis Farm on Daivs-Stuart Road. Gospel music singing with Faye Hancock at the organ, and looking at picture albums were children of the late Emery Mc- Callister. Ruby Richmond and Mary and husband Louis Merritt of Alderson; the late Etta McCal- lister Halstead's children. Harold and wife Mae and daughter Sh- errl of Edgewater, Florida; Geor- gia Tilson of Middleburg, Florida: Luci and husband Clauson Green of Middleburg, Florida: Danny and wife Faye Halstead of Redfield, Arkansas; David and wife Wilma Halstead of Redfield, Arkansas; Margie Cummings and daughter Cindy and, her children, Larry, Tiffany and Justin of Bloomingrose. The late Nellie McCallister Utterback's son Gene and wife Cathy Jones and their daughter Debby and children Timmy and Amy of Alderson; The late Erma McCallister Walthall's children. Norene and husband Harold Pence of Lewisburg; Doris Lilly ol Hillsdale; Ix)is and husband Bob Roles of Greenville; Faye and husband Charlie Hancock ol Wolf Creek. The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, November 29, 1990 3B Christopher Defibaugh Is Fo l Church Clowns Has Big Bsrthday Celebratson ! Vssit Elderly Christopher Lee Defibaugh of White Sulphur Springs, celebrated his fourth birthday September 22 with a party held for him by his parents, Danny and Kim Defibaugh. A white cake decorated with dinosaurs, ice cream, pop, and potato chips were served to all of his guests. Those attending the party were: his parents, paternal grandparents Mr and Mrs George E. Defibaugh, his aunt Carol Defibaugh, all of Lewis- burg; his aunt and uncle Barbara and Mark Sparks of Fairlea; his maternal grandmother, Blanche B. Wickline, aunt Donna G. Blake, and cousin Gary Glover, all of White Sulphur Springs. Christopher is the grandson of Wilbur Wickline of White Sulphur Springs andthegreat- grandson of Anna Defibaugh of Frankfordand the late Lonnie G. De- fibaugh. By Helen W. Searle About the year 242 AD. Saturninus went to Rome as a priest from Carthage, an ancient city of northern Africa near Tunis. From Rome, Pope Fabian sent him to Gaul. now France, to preach the faith to the people. Saturninus established his See al Toulouse. He converted many of the people through his mir- acles and his preaching. This period of history was a relatively cahn and productive era for the Christian church, a time of strenglh and growth that would last until 250 AD when Declus became Emperor of the Roman Empire. Under Declus' rule. the Christian persecutions began again -- starting with his edict which ordered Christians to deny Christ by some form of tangible and visible sign like of- fering incense or sacrifices to the gods at their temples. Out of fear. the people obeyed. Those thai were caught, who refused to submit to the edict, were se- verely abused, usually until death. In Toulouse. Saturninus was dragged in the temple and lorced to deny his failh by offering sac- rifices, or die. When he totally refused lo submit to the rituals. Saturninus was badly beaten and then tied by his ankles to a wild bull thai had been brought to the {enlple as a sacrifice. "ltxe bull was then turned loose to run through the cobblestone streets of the town. dragging this saint behind him. Saturninus died quit:My, but the bull contin- ued to run through the sweets until Saiurnintls' body was torn to shreds. Sainl Saturnmus is reznem- bered on November 29. Hattie 5mltn wlin t;iuwH Rachel Flynn "lXventy clowns visited each of five homes in Greenbrier County November 11. Students and teachers from the Sunday School of Trinity United Methodist Church in Ronceverte dressed as clowns and visited five of their church's home-bound members who had birthdays over the weekend. The clowns went to the homes of Richard Fleshman, Hattie Smith, A. K. Plercy, Pearl Robin- son, and Veda Robinson, At each home. they presented a frutt basket and a helium-filled bal- loon, and sang several songs. Af- terwards, they returned to their church to have some pizza and wa tch a video tape about clowns. Those who participated in the mission of good cheer were Mary Alice Welkle, Bookie Perslnger. Jamle Harvey, June Peters, Frances Bramble, Diane Flynn, Reverend Mark Flynn, Chris Harvey, Rachel Flynn, Rebecca Flynn. Benjamin Honaker, Jen- nifer Smith. Amanda Morris, Daniel Wlndon, Mary Beth Win- don, Gabriel Thomas, Autumn Peters. Danny Morgan, Casey Morgan, and Courtney Creas- man, all from Trinity, and Courtney's friend Angle. All of the children and most of the adults dressed as clowns. Griffith Creek Baptist Women Christiansburg, Virginia The ladles of the Grifflth Creek Baptist Church, accompa- nied by their Pastor Eddie Harris and Deacon Roy Walthall, trav- eled to Christiansburg, Virginia for a day of shopping, fellowship and fun. Christmas gifts, church attire, and lots of packages filled the church van at the close of the day. During the lunch hour the group went to the Ponderosa Steak House for lunch and com- pleted the day at the shopping mall. The men were very helpful in driving the van, carrying packages, and lending an extra hand. October 31, the Grimth Creek Baptist Church met for their regular prayer meeting and youth meeting. This was a little different since everyone stayed together for the devotions con- ducted by Pastor Harris. The de- votions were given based on scripture "Why Christians do not Celebrate Halloween." After de- votions Carolyn Eller. Allsa Ben- nett, and Kathy Harris led the young people in games and a time of fun. The Glenna Harris Mission Society of the Church met for their November luncheon at the Dairy Queen In Hlnton. Devo- -tlons were led by president Kathy Harris with closing prayer by Pastor Harris. After lunch to- gether the ladies, accompanied by their pastor, went to the Hill- dale Nursing Home to visit, Church Cantata At Ronceverte December 9 *Meet Him at the Manger," a Christmas musical written by Dave Clark and Russell Mauldin. will be presented December 9, 6:30 p.m., by the Ronceverte Church of the Nazarene sanctu- ary choir. "One of the greatest rewards of being a songwriter comes from knowing there are other people who feel the same way you do," Mr Clark said. "When you write from your heart and someone sings your songs, in essence they are sharing your prayers. It was my desire to be a part of a musical that not only proclaimed the joy of the Christmas story, but invited the listener to come and worship." Ruth Poole of Alderson directs the c~aoir. Pastor David Harris and the congregation invite the public to the performance. The church is located at 610 West Main Street, one block east of the Ronceverte Public IAbrary. i Roger W. Mayhew, M. A. Private Practice - Licensed Counselor Individual, Group, Marriage and Family Hypnosis-Weight Loss, Smoking Control and Stress Management 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Evenings by Appointment 645-7641 iH