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Mt. Hope Missionary Baptist Church

Northeast of Sipsey, Alabama

February 7, 1999

The annual singing at Mt. Hope Missionary Baptist Church on the first Sunday in February was called to order by Vice Chairman Harrison Creel leading song on page 30t. The Pastor, Brother Stacks, offered the opening prayer.

The class organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Cecil Sanders; Vice Chairman—Harrison Creel; Secretary—Flarce Creel; Arranging Committee—Travis Keeton.

Leaders: Velton Chafin 32t, 35; Gene Wakefield 168, 136, 138t; Mae Conwill 100, 175b, 498; Ivalene Donaldson 274t, 275b; Elvin Guthrie 52t, 49b; Brenda Merritt 82t, 270; John Hocutt 144, 152, 321b; Marie Guthrie 222, 434, 192; Glenn Keeton 523b, 503, 34b; Elsie Moon 336, 406, 98; John Merritt 358, 101t; Harrison Creel 110.

RECESS

Velton Chafin called the class to order leading song on page 225t. Leaders: John Hyde 146, 129, 39b; Willodean Barton 159, 304; Elmer Conwill 74b, 44, 411; Josie Hyde 34t, 477, 119; Sherry Guthery 359b, 410t, 64.

Brother Stacks read from Psalms 96, spoke briefly, and welcomed everyone. Lillie Williams offered the blessing for the noon meal.

LUNCH

Velton Chafin called the afternoon session together leading song on page 445b. Leaders: Flarce Creel 324, 475, 299; Ann Jett 269, 327, 546, 496; Billy Williams 147t, 147b; Edith Tate 73t, 37b, 139; Henry Guthery 558, 528, 234, 532; Travis Keeton 300, 203, 343b, 235b; Flarce Creel 497; Harrison Creel 348b, 342; Henry Guthery 294; Josie Hyde 408; John Merritt 436; Gene Wakefield 284; John Hyde 297; Willodean Barton 418; Marie Guthrie “The Great Roll Call”; Elsie Moon 202.

Harrison Creel led song on page 45t as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer led by Brother Stacks.

Chairman—Cecil Sanders; Vice Chairman—Harrison Creel; Secretary—Flarce Creel.