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Mt. Zion Methodist Church

Mercer County, Kentucky

Sunday, December 8, 2019

The tenth or so annual singing at Mt. Zion Methodist Church was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by James Thobaben. Dr. Thobaben welcomed visitors and offered his sympathies to Ron Pen (a long-time supporter of this singing who suffered, without injury, a serious car accident while on the way to the church and was necessarily detained.) Daniel Gibbens-Rickman offered the opening prayer. Rafi Finkel taught a brief singing school and led 73b. Song selections were from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition and The Southern Harmony.

Leaders: Tim Gregg 34b; Donna Kwon 47t; Randy Weber “Epitaph” (his own composition); Gabrielle Manion 59; Tim Morton 112; Mary Brinkman 313b; Don Waggener 223; Pearl Marshall 186; Rafi Finkel 515; Erin Fulton 276t (SoH); Mary Brinkman 457; Tim Morton 384; Tim Gregg 83 (SoH); Gabrielle Manion 503; Don Waggener and Erin Fulton 225b; Daniel Gibbens-Rickman, Bonnie Tsai, and Tim Morton 268. Announcements were taken prior to the break.


Marcelyn Thobaben and Kathleen Alpin called the class back to order by leading 16 (SoH). Leaders: Donna Kwon 73t; Pearl Marshall 454; Daisy Zhao and Randy Webber 102; Rafi Finkel 66; Mary Brinkman 147t; Lizzie Guthrie and Erin Fulton 128; Graham Hoggstock-Mattson and Rafi Finkel 47b; Erin Fulton 35b (SoH); Tim Morton 227; Randy Webber 310 (SoH); Pearl Marshall 410t. James Thobaben offered the closing prayer, and led 267 as the class took the parting hand. There were eighteen leaders among a class of twenty-five registered singers, representing Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The class was dismissed to a soup supper prepared by the church members.

Chairman—James Thobaben; Vice Chairman—Donna Kwon; Secretary—Erin Fulton