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Sardis Church

Lynn Park, Alabama

May 20, 2001

The annual singing at Sardis Church was held on the third Sunday in May. The class was called to order by Brenda Merritt leading song on page 30t. Lavaughn Ballinger offered the morning prayer.

The class organized with the following officers elected or appointed: Chairperson—Brenda Merritt; Vice Chairman—Chris Ballinger; Secretary—Lisa Geist; Arranging Committee—Cecil Sanders.

Leaders: Brenda Merritt 35; Chris Ballinger 61, 49b, 52t; Winell Sanders 108t; Travis Keeton 129 (for John Hyde who was just released from the hospital), 73t, 345t; John Merritt 345b, 335, 225t, 108b, 278b; Lisa Geist 566, 155, 171, 31t, 503 (for Thurman Nall).

RECESS

Chris Ballinger called the class back to order leading songs on pages 99, 187, and 87. Leaders: Harrison Creel 111b, 89; Larry Ballinger 56t, 49t, 123t; Lavaughn Ballinger 122, 405, 401, 84, 424; Cecil Sanders and Winell Sanders 460, 111t, 145t, 146.

LUNCH

Brenda Merritt brought the afternoon session to order leading songs on page 144, 142, and 192. Leaders: Chris Ballinger 350, 436, 147t; Larry Ballinger 334, 50b, 70t; Travis Keeton 44 (for Elmer Conwill who was in the hospital), 131b, 48t; Lisa Geist 117, 224, 542, 546, 45t (by request); Lavaughn Ballinger 294 (by request), 143, 528, 100, 358, 274t; John Merritt 121, 148, 496, 475, 480, 137 (in memory of Virgil Phillips); Larry Ballinger 498, 564 (to honor John Hocutt who wrote both songs); Travis Keeton 499.

Brenda Merritt led song on page 46 as the closing song. Lavaughn Ballinger dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairperson—Brenda Merritt; Vice Chairman—Chris Ballinger; Secretary—Lisa Ballinger Geist.