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Missouri State Convention

St. John’s United Church of Christ, Pinckney, Missouri

March 8-9, 1997

Saturday, March 8

The twelfth annual Missouri State Sacred Harp Convention was called to order at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, 1997, at St. John’s United Church of Christ near Pinckney, Missouri by Chairman Dan Gibbons leading song on page 29t. Chaplain Dave Ressler led the morning prayer.

Dan Gibbons led song on page 23 in the newly set Missouri Harmony booklet (hereafter designated as MH), and turned the proceedings over to the arranging committee. Leaders: Dave Ressler 171; Jeanette Lowry 430; Ann Leckie 566; Jerry Enright 16 (MH); Pattie Doss-Butterfield 46 (MH); Dick Dunagan 344; Janet Borman 178; John Bailey 340; Jenny Willard 385 (t? b?); Tim Reynolds 86; Melanie Hauff 38 (MH); JoDell Albi 480; John Ramsey 98; Laura Akerman 198; Charlie Derleth 155; Judy Mincey 27 (MH).

RECESS

Chairman Dan Gibbons called the class to order by leading song on page 37b. Leaders: Karen Isbell 8 (MH); John Bayer 417; Sandie Scott 117; Don Bowen 282; Kathleen Thro 383; Bud Oliver 73t; Janet Fraembs 475; John Hooker 433; Elene Stovall 99; John Uhlemann 168; Flarce Creel 460; James Page 2 (MH); Paula McGray 201; Bob Meek 236; Jim Solheim 218; Ann Jett 269; Keith Willard 278 (t? b?); Joan Aldridge 454; Lee Steinmetz 494; Cassie Franklin 442; Dean Slaton 434; Jan Ketelle 13 (MH); Presley Barker 54 (MH); Val Dunagan 291; Susan Green 474; Gary Gronau 20 (MH).

Chaplain Dave Ressler offered a blessing, and the class was dismissed for dinner.

LUNCH

Chairman Dan Gibbons called the class together leading song on page 203. Leaders: Ted Johnson 89; Edith Tate 532; Donna Latifa 29b; S. T. Reed 220; Liz Bryant 384; Martin H. Creel 111b; Judy Hauff 536; Milton Oliver 224; Bill Carlson 132; Cindy Franklin 362; Marcia Johnson 288; Bob Meek 68b; Paula McGray 377; John Bayer 165; Elene Stovall 556; Rebecca Browne 299.

RECESS

Chairman Dan Gibbons reconvened with song on page 313b. Leaders: John Ramsey 250; Ann Jett and Cindy Franklin 327; James Page 52 (MH); Melanie Hauff 421; Tim Reynolds 173; Lila Leland 397; Susan Green 35; Keith Willard 74b; Janet Fraembs 335; Cassie Franklin 368; Jeanette Lowry and her grandmother 178.

RECESS

The class was called to order after recess by Dan Gibbons leading song on page 215. Leaders: Bud Oliver 39b; Liz Bryant 12 (MH); Don Bowen 225t; Joan Aldridge 276; Jerry Enright 216; Edith Tate 76b; Judy Mincey 503; Marcia Johnson 440; Rebecca Browne 300.

The class was dismissed with prayer led by Bob Meek.

Sunday, March 9

The Sunday session of the twelfth annual Missouri State Sacred Harp Convention was called to order at St. John’s United Church of Christ at 9:30 a.m. by Chairman Dan Gibbons leading song on page 128. Chaplain Dave Ressler led the morning prayer.

Chairman Dan Gibbons led song on page 9 in the Missouri Harmony booklet, and turned the convention over to the arranging committee.

The following leaders were called: Marsha Kostman 34b; Bill Ellason 59; Pattie Doss-Butterfield 348b; Dave Ressler 24 (MH); Karen Isbell 20 (MH); JoDell Albi 122; Philip Alderman 87; Jeanette Lowry 411; John Uhlemann 40 (MH); Ann Leckie 142; Charlie Derleth 99; Joe Douglas 148; Sandie Scott 268; Rebecca Green 84; John Hooker 145 (t? b?); Laura Akerman 532; Lila Leland 569 (t? b?); Ted Johnson 378 (t? b?).

RECESS

Chairman Dan Gibbons called the class to order with song on page 47b. Leaders: Judy Hauff 187; Dick Dunagan 441; Flarce Creel 475; Wendy Hoffman 373; Milton Oliver 321; Jenny Willard 297; Martin H. Creel 530; Dean Slaton 361; Val Dunagan 294; S. T. Reed 298; John Bailey 448b; Jan Ketelle 436; Berkley Moore 435; Ann Jett 546; James Page 56 (MH); Liz Bryant 32b; Bud Oliver 270; John Bayer 125; Melanie Hauff 318.

The Memorial Lesson was led by Cindy Franklin and Keith Willard. Cindy Franklin led for the deceased, saying that “at this time we pause to remember singers and lovers of Sacred Harp music who have passed away or are sick and cannot be with us at this time. It is a time of sorrow and joy. We find comfort in time of sorrow by reading from II Corinthians 1:3-5. We find joy in singing, worshipping God through song, and fellowship among friends we meet and sing with from time to time.” She then read the names of the deceased: Megan Phillips and Larry Hale—Tennessee; Hazel Cagle, Bonnie Ashley, Jimmy Causey, Tom Harper ,Tommy Creel, Dillie Creel Harris , Elder Bernard Moon, Elder Clydus Moon, Buddy Tindal, Rodger Morrison, Lola Jenkins, Lola Myrtle Roberson, and Haley Armstrong—Alabama; Don Scott—Arizona; Charles Derleth, Mary Derleth, and Virginia Voss—Missouri; Evelyn Browne—Georgia. After reading the names, Cindy Franklin led songs on pages 37b and 146.

Keith Willard read the words to 348b, and said that he had learned to live now, today, and not wait for the future. The present is all that is important to those on the list, and we should hasten to support them. He then read the names of the sick and shut-in: Lawrence Underwood, Kim Cagle, Marie Aldridge, Hadyn Creel, Mae Seymour, Virgil Phillips, Ruby Phillips, Mavis Price, Elvin Guthrie, Amanda Denson, Freeman Wootten, Vernice Calvert, and Essie Calvert—Alabama; Joseph Brooks—Missouri; Beatrice Ezell—Tennessee; Art Kirk—Florida; Pauline Childers—Michigan; Jerry Sheppard and I.V. McWhorter—Georgia. Keith Willard led the song on page 68b. Rebecca Browne closed the memorial lesson in prayer.

Leaders: Gary Gronau 7 (MH); Elene Stovall 528; Paula McGray 215. Chaplain Dave Ressler led the blessing, and the class was dismissed for dinner.

LUNCH

Chairman Dan Gibbons called the class to order leading song on page 42. Leaders: Janet Fraembs 290; Don Bowen 426t; Judy Mincey 34 (MH); Edith Tate 371; Jerry Enright 77t; Cassie Franklin 217; Tim Reynolds 352; Marcia Johnson 163t; Keith Willard 274t; Judy Hauff 275t; Milton Oliver 343b; Thomas Willard, Lonnie Hoffman, and Hans Bayer 145b; Val Dunagan 385b; Martin H. Creel 512; JoDell Albi 372; S. T. Reed 425; Rebecca Browne 304; Karen Isbell 347.

Chairman Dan Gibbons called for announcements; Chaplain Dave Ressler led the closing prayer; and the convention closed with page 62, “Parting Hand”.

Chairman—Dan Gibbons; Vice Chairman—Gary Gronau; Secretary—Rebecca Browne.