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Elmore Center Singing

Elmore Center United Methodist Church, Gordo, Alabama

Saturday, February 29, 2020

The 175th session of the Elmore Center Sacred Harp Singing was held at Elmore Center United Methodist Church near Gordo, Alabama, on Saturday before the first Sunday in March. Jack Pate called the class to order by leading 503. Pastor Dave Bailey offered the morning prayer. Jack welcomed everyone.

The class organized by electing or appointing the following officers: Chairman—Jack Pate; Secretary—Margaret Keeton; Arranging—Wayne Baines. Leaders: Jack Pate 569b; Beth Wallace 546, 217 (for Earl Ballinger); Mike Hankins 34b, 527; Carolyn Thompson 200, 201; Earl Ballinger 111t, 112; Loretta Whitman 283, 299; Louise Yeager 480, 100; David Jackson 37b, 36b; Amber Davis 30b, 276; Chris Ballinger 344, 477; Betty Baccus 475, 430; Jim Aaron 448t, 47b; Lisa Geist 472, 474.

RECESS

The class resumed singing with Jack Pate leading 39b. Leaders: Marlece Ray and Larry Ballinger 186, 426b; Larry Ballinger 528, 402; Wayne Baines 155, 59; Beth Wallace 442, 384; Mike Hankins 168, 410t; Amber Davis 98, 142; Earl Ballinger 208, 203. Pastor Dave Bailey gave thanks for the meal.

LUNCH

Jack Pate brought the class back to order by leading 535. Leaders: Wendel Rhinehart 101t, 457; Betty Baccus 166 (for Julia Poston); David Jackson 48t; Chris Ballinger “Mercy Seat”; Larry Ballinger and Keith Mullinex 146; Wayne Baines 339. The class sang 358, 445, and 178 (requests from listeners). Lisa Geist and Beth Wallace led 46 (by request). Announcements were made. Pastor Dave Bailey dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Jack Pate; Secretary—Margaret Keeton