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4--TIMES-NEWS, Mount Pulaski, IlL. THURSDAY. NOVEMBER 9, 1961 COPELAND CHRISTIAN CHURCH HISTORY IN RHYME Long years ago, when the dense timber grew And the prairie grass was thick and tall; The Lako un-dredged, no roads yet made, And the pioneer houses few and small. On our present Church site no people had met In a Christian way to hear Gods' word. No prayers were said, no preacher i spoke, No psalms, no hymns were heard. But the God above with His watchful eye Saw these pioneer peoples' need A religion to help, through the trials of life With Christ as their only creed. So a Christian man was led that way To a rude log house near by, And there he preached like Peter of old, Of the Christ who was willing to die. Rev. John Wilson was the name of the man Who, 108 long years ago, Preached the first sermon from l God's Holy Word; The God from whom all bless- ings flow. Fourteen years more soon drifted by, And the little Christian band Enlarged, and grew courageous Since for Christ they had taken a stand. Thus far, no Church body .had' yet been formed; A school house the place where they met; Uncle John England the leader then, We reverence his memory yet. Uncle John was truly a Christian man, Loved and respected by all. By his efforts Copeland Church was organized, And his picture now hangs on its wall. For one year the Church continu- ed to meet In the School house by the road; But a Church home was wanted greatly, So the members shouldered the l load. Of trying to raise the money To build a house of God. The trees were cut; the founda- tion laid On this spot, in the age-old sod. John D. Copeland and his good Christian wife Gave the Church the plot of ground; And the building went up in '67 On the spot where it still is found. In the month of December, in sixty-seven The Copeland Church building was done. Then - "Who shall we get to dedi- cate?" And they all cried "Uncle John". So, on a winter day, December 11 What a proud and happy day! The new Church building was dedicated Was Uncle John England held sway. Then came a long procession Of preachers both great and small. A few are recalled from memory, We know these are not all. Williams; Lindsay, Haynes, and lot. The Gospel was preached and meetings were held; Many and many lost souls were won. The Word of God reached into the hearts Of father and mother, daughter and son. The Bible School at first was small But its leaders worked with patience and zeal, And now it has doubled, and doubled again With a love for Christ that is fine and real. Thrice in its history it extended its walls There was urgent need for much more room; The west addition in nine-teen- six; In nine-teen eleven the base- ment boom. In '56 again came a need, For a class room; and kitchen of modern style; The men and the women arose as one, And the money was raised in a very short while. In the year '49 Vacation Bible School began, And the Word of God was taught to scores Of sweet, eager children who gaily tripped Through the always open and welcoming doors. Through its long years of service God's love has been shown To many and many an aching heart; Black; ,The Aged and the Orphan are Ingraham; Holton, Kane and I ,iven aid . Shw;. ..... [ And the Gospel is sent to for- nurst ana lwesnara; t:nase ana I eign parts. Hughes; | Kellems; Kern; Taylor and [The work still fives, and loyal Hooe. [ young hearts Will carry it on, and on, and on; Moore; Jones; and Layman, too; Till Jesus come back to gather Butler; Barr; Monser and Ott; His own Many were the voices raised for Into a joyful, Eternal Dawn. God, With Butt the last one of the Ninety.five years have come and gone, And Chrism' Church still nobly stands; A Haven' of Hope to the storm- tossed soul, A guide to God's fairer lands. Let us hold fast as the years roll on, To God and the Book be true; Serve the dear Christ, who shed His blood And suffered for me, and for you ! By Ruby Quandt. Succeu: What some people achieve by elbow grease, others by soft soap. SCHOOL FOR NOV. 13- 17 Monday: Hot beef on pie crisp, macaroni Tuesdm/: Creamed mashed potatoes, apricots, bread and Wednesday: Pizza-ettes, ed peas, cookie, Thursday/: Baked bear eners, buttered corn, ad, bread and butter, Friday: Tomato soup, stuffed celery, mixed cheese on bun, milk. Instinct: The a woman if a man needs ment. VETERANS' ** DAY** A single day is all too short a time to properly honor the members of our armed forces for their noble defense of our country. Rather, let us dedicate our selves anew to cllay:n-clay-out de- votion to the ideals of freedom which they fought so bravely and steadfastly to maintain. Farmer's Bank 'Give Me That Old Time Religion Hear These Great Sermons "WHEN HE CAME TO ,HIMSELF" "FOUR LOOKS AT SODOM" "THINGS ESSENTIAL TO SALVATION" "THIS IS THE VICTORY" "THE PRECIOUS BLOOD!" "THE GREATEST THING IN THE WORLD !" MR. ERNEST C. LAUGHLIN Evangelist Special Meeting. THE MENACE OF COMMUNI$100 IN AMERICA hae On Wednesday night, November 22, we willce " special service following our regular serw .,., regular service will close at the usual time, and at 8:45 P.M. Mr. Laughlin will lecture on the as," announced subject. Mr. Laughlin is well qualified to bring us tlsiSi portant, and timely message, and we urge all W can to take time to hear it, One Week IVAL Meeting SUNDAY thru FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19-24 Mount Pulaski Christian Church SERVICES START at 7:30 P.M. Each Night "Except Sunday. On Sunday Night Services will start at 7:00 p.m. MRS. SHIRLEY MORIN of Clinton. Illinois. will be our Song Leader. Come and enjoy yourself as we sing the great hymns of the faith. GREAT SINGING --- POWERFIYL PREACHING -" A Warm Welcome Awaits You.