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Jordan’s Chapel Methodist Church

Newell, Randolph County, Alabama

October 27, 2002

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Jordan’s Chapel Methodist Church was held on the fourth Sunday in October. The class was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Lonnie Rogers leading song on page 75. B.J. Harris offered the morning prayer. B.J. Harris led songs on pages 503 and 303, and Sherry Louvorn led songs on pages 100 and 373.

A business session was held, and the class voted to retain the following officers: Chairman—Lonnie Rogers; Vice Chairman—B.J. Harris; Arranging Committee—Hester Edwards; Memorial Committee—Henry Johnson and Sherry Louvorn; Secretary—Mary Lambert Smith.

The pastor of the church, Julian Murphy, welcomed everyone and offered prayer.

Leaders: Mary Lambert Smith 186, 313t; Henry Johnson 88t, 288; LaRue Allen 187, 171; Earlis McGraw 225t, 163t; Charlene Wallace 379, 402; Bud Oliver 145b, 358; Jerry Schreiber 464, 441; Carlene Griffin 81t, 155; Dennis George 208, 328; Reba Norton 460, 217.

RECESS

B.J. Harris brought the class together leading song on page 32t. Leaders: Stanley Edwards 127, 340; Lela Crowder 49b, 49t; Carla Smith 70t, 94; B.M. Smith 448b, 475; Teenie Moody 78, 144; Carolyn McCareeth 119, 358; Everette Denney 335, 490; Sherrell Cleino 53; Floy Wilder 336, 382; Jeff Sheppard 57, 121; Eunice Webb 318, 284; Shelbie Sheppard 338.

LUNCH

Lonnie Rogers brought the afternoon session to order and led song on page 389. Leaders: Ruth Daniel 46, 378t; Tabetha Murphy and Evelyn Harris 101t, 75.

Henry Johnson and Sherry Louvorn conducted the memorial lesson. Henry Johnson spoke about the day and hour of our lives being unknown to us, how short life is, and how we should all be prepared to die. He gave illustrations of recent tragedies of the “sniper” attacks, 9-11 events, and other days of sorrow. He read the list of the deceased, and led song on page 341 in their memory: Kenneth DeLong, Wilford Denney, George Rogers, Ford Reaves, and Susie Gosdin.

Sherry Louvorn led song on page 143 for all the sick and shut-ins, and especially remembered her mother, Vivian Rogers. B.J. Harris closed the memorial with prayer.

Leaders: Frank Bell and Pam Williams 274t, 339, 354 (t? b?); Hugh McGraw 403; Evelyn Harris 39b, 47t; Henry Johnson 47b; Jerry Schreiber 202; Carla Smith and Jerry Schreiber 323t; Carla Smith 136; Dennis George 418; Floy Wilder 383; LaRue Allen 327; Bud Oliver 39t; Lela Crowder 224; Jeff Sheppard 556.

Announcements were made. Lonnie Rogers and B.J. Harris led song on page 45t as the closing song, Frank Bell offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Lonnie Rogers; Vice Chairman—B.J. Harris; Secretary—Mary Lambert Smith.