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Georgia State Christian Harmony Convention

Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church, Tallapoosa, Georgia

December 3-4, 2016

Saturday, December 3

The 7th annual Georgia State Christian Harmony Convention was held at Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church on the first Sunday and Saturday before in December. All song selections were from the 2010 Edition of the Christian Harmony, unless otherwise noted.

The class was called to order by John Plunkett leading 67t. Bill Hollingsworth offered the opening prayer. Leaders: John Plunkett 359; Chris Wilhelm 319, 61t; Mike Spencer 310t, 493b; Hayden Arp 4, 316; Leslie Booher 542, 54; Bill Hollingsworth 90, 26t.


Mike Spencer reconvened the class by leading 163t. Leaders: Jesse P. Karlsberg 544, 74; Shannon Primm 36t, 15; David Smead 237, 346; Rob Dunn 117, 109; Cindy Tanner 322, 168b; Henry Johnson 27t, 80; Ann Jett 149, 170; Henry Schuman and Linda Hellerich 189, 372; Danny Creel 43, 354; Mary Ellen Schrock 179, 51; Lisa Bennett 515, 462t; Ken Tate 534, 490. Danny Creel offered grace before the bountiful meal.


The class was called back together by John Plunkett leading 510t. Leaders: Chris Wilhelm 195; Hayden Arp 172; Leslie Booher 436b; Nathan Rees 150; Jane Cannon 312; Rob Dunn 226t; Lauren Bock and Ken Tate 176; David Smead 332; Mary Ellen Schrock 180; Jesse P. Karlsberg 182; Ann Jett 338b; Jared Mooney 64; Cindy Tanner 85; Bill Hollingsworth 318; Henry Schuman and Linda Hellerich 42; Lisa Bennett 16; Robert Kelley 448t; Ken Tate 67b; Shannon Primm 339; Mike Spencer 410b; Henry Johnson 5t; Daniel Williams 152t, 216t; Michael Walker 26b.

John Plunkett and Mike Spencer led 111b as a parting song. Michael Walker closed the day with prayer.

Sunday, December 4

The Sunday session of the Georgia State Christian Harmony Convention began with John Plunkett leading 356. Nathan Rees offered the morning prayer. John welcomed the class, and led 527.

Leaders: Mike Spencer 404b, 397b; Chris Wilhelm 325t, 329; Jane Cannon 465t, 71; Nathan Rees 231, 492t; Shannon Primm 103, 404t; Jesse P. Karlsberg 365, 143 (by request); Henry Johnson 326, 281t; Mary Ellen Schrock 432b, 284 (in honor of Mako Cook); Henry Schuman and Linda Hellerich 133, 85; John Plunkett 294 (SH) (at the request of Mildred Patterson).


Mike Spencer called the class back to order leading 235. Leaders: Robert Kelley 497b, 449; John Hollingsworth 130t, 136; Lauren Bock 198, 3.

A business meeting was held. John Hollingsworth moved to keep the same officers as follows: Chairman—John Plunkett; Vice Chairman—Mike Spencer; Secretary—Judy Mincey. The motion was seconded and approved. The business session was closed.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Lauren Bock and Leslie Booher. Leslie spoke of the power of prayer, and of the bonds that join this community. The class sang 359 in honor of the following sick and shut-ins: Cassie Allen, Karen Matthews, Gillian Inksetter, and Betty Allgood.

The class sang 393b in memory of the following deceased: Elsie Moon, Garland McCarn, Gary Smith, and Matthew Beasley—Alabama; Walter Hartley—North Carolina; B.M. Smith and Earlis McGraw—Georgia; and Ruth Steggles—United Kingdom. Henry Johnson closed the memorial service with prayer.

Leaders: Bill Hollingsworth 428, 369; Judy Mincey 546t, 547; Michael Walker 538, 350. Bill Hollingsworth offered a prayer of thanksgiving for the lunch provided.


The class was called back together for the afternoon session by John Plunkett leading 282. Leaders: Mike Spencer 495; Jane Cannon 123; Nathan Rees 364; Shannon Primm 203; Jesse P. Karlsberg 289; Henry Johnson 287; Mary Ellen Schrock 355; Henry Schuman 184; Robert Kelley 508; Bill Hollingsworth 436t; Judy Mincey 50, 51; Michael Walker 519, 419t.

A business session was held. Michael Walker offered the Resolutions report. Shannon Primm made a report on the treasury. The Locating Committee reported that the 2017 Convention will return to Shiloh pending approval by the church. Announcements were made.

John Plunkett led 290, and the class took the parting hand. John Hollingsworth offered the benediction.

Chairman—John Plunkett; Vice Chairman—Mike Spencer; Secretaries—Judy Mincey and Chris Wilhelm