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Covington County New Year’s Singing
(Cooper Book)

First Baptist Church, Collins, Mississippi

January 5, 2002

The fifth annual New Year’s singing in Covington County, Mississippi (formerly held at the Pine Ridge Dunkard Brethren Church) convened in the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church, Collins, Mississippi at 10:00 a.m. with Chairman Andrew Albers leading songs on pages 508 and 84. Rev. John Sapp offered the opening prayer.

A business meeting was held with the following officers selected: Chairman—Andrew Albers; Vice Chairman—Bill Hogan; Secretary—Jean Gray; Chaplain—Rev. John Sapp.

Leaders: Andrew Albers 35; Bill Hogan 171, 72; Jean Gray 45t, 297; Tim Cook 49t, 133; J.A. Mosley 174, 282; Junie McNeil 572, 573; Velton Chafin 38b, 138b; Rev. John Sapp 138t, 303; John Lee Van Horn 38t, 106.

RECESS

Bill Hogan brought the class together leading song on page 107. Leaders: Tim Gray 40, 559; Petie Mosley 343, 484b; Bobby Caldwell 82, 553b; Andrew Albers 162 (for Emmett Harvey); Mark Davis 497, 522. Andrew Albers led song on page 369, and Rev. John Sapp asked the blessing on the food for the noon meal.

LUNCH

Andrew Albers brought the class together for the afternoon session leading song on page 449. Rev. John Sapp offered the afternoon prayer. Leaders: John Merritt 539, 358; Bill Hogan 348t (by request); J.A. Mosley 491; Tim Cook 488b; Bobby Caldwell 54t; John Lee Van Horn 478; Junie McNeil 344; Petie Mosley 574; Velton Chafin 225t; Tim Gray 222; Mark Davis 373; Opal Sapp 31b; Andrew Albers 323 (by request); John Merritt “Confederate Memorial Lesson” (words by John Merritt), 392 (by request); John Lee Van Horn 378t (by request); Rev. John Sapp 72.

RECESS

Andrew Albers brought the class together leading song on page 225b. A Location Committee was appointed: Rev. John Sapp and Nelda Mitchell.

Leaders: Tim Gray 501 (by request); Andrew Albers 543 (by request); Bill Hogan 408 (by request), 148; John Merritt 143 (by request); Andrew Albers 57 (by request), 42.

The Location Committee reported that the singing will be held next year at this same location on the first Saturday in January.

Announcements were made. Chairman Andrew Albers led song on page 496t as the closing song, and Rev. John Sapp led the closing prayer.

Chairman—Andrew Albers; Vice Chairman—Bill Hogan; Chaplain—Rev. John Sapp; Secretary—Jean Gray.