Jefferson County Illinois
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WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS
1893-1993
Written by: Ed Lively
Submitted By: Wesley United Methodist Church
I am happy to bring to you the background and history of the Wesley
United Methodist Church of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, of which, we are celebrating
our 100th Year Centennial, September 12, 1993.
	Before, I get into the history of the Church, I would like to first 
discuss the origin and establishment of Methodism.

		   John Wesley - The Father of Methodism

	John Wesley was born June 17, 1703, at Epworth Rectory in England. 
He was the 15th child of the 19 children of Rev. Samuel Wesley. In 1720, he
was an elected scholar at Christ Church in Oxford, England. in 1726, he was 
a fellow at Lincoln College and was made an ordained deacon; then a Priest 
in 1728. He was recognized as "Father of the (Holy Club) or Methodist", 
as they were called.

	In 1735, John and his brother Charles, who was also active in the 
church, sailed from England to Savannah, Georgia, along with the Moravian 
faith. then December, 1737, they sailed back from England.

	On May 24, 1738, John found the rest of his faith at Aldersgate 
Street in London, England. On April 2, 1739, John began to preach in open 
air meetings at Bristol. in 1742, John found his way to Yorkshire and 
New Castle upon the Tyne. Methodism now began to spread over England.

	In 1769 and 1784, John Wesley set two of his preachers from England
to America. In 1784, he requested his followers in America to have a meeting
and choose a name for the Church. In that same year, sixty representatives
of the Methodist Church met in Baltimore, Maryland. The purpose of perfecting
a permanent organization which was formed and the name chosen was "The 
Methodist Episcopal Church". The smaller groups were called "Society". This 
was the official beginning of Methodism as we know it in America.

	During John Wesley's ministry, he traveled an average of 5,000 miles 
per year and preached some 40,000 sermons in his lifetime. In 1791, he died
at the age of 88.
 


	   The Beginning of Methodism in Mt. Vernon, Illinois

	In 1810, Andrew Moore and his family were the first white settlers
in Jefferson County. They lived southeast of this sight and Northwest of 
what is now Belle Rive, Illinois.
	In 1816, Issac Casey and his sons, William and Thomas, made their 
way to this area in zest of finding a new haven and a land filled with 
beauty and opportunity. They set-up their camp close to where the present 
First United Methodist Church and the Appellate Court house now stands. 
Keep in mind, this was about two years before Illinois became a state, 
or Jefferson became a county. The explored and liked what they had found. 
They returned back to their home and families in the vicinity of 
Cave-In-Rock on the Ohio River.

	The following year in 1817, Issac, along with his sons, William and
Thomas, daughter Katy and her husband Issac Hicks, and six other families
returned here, which was the beginning of the settlers in this area.

	In the summer of 1817, a tall rawboned young man came leading a 
horse upon which sat his wife and baby. The horse was loaded with the 
only possessions they had, especially an iron skillet. They stopped for the 
night near where the Old Shiloh Church now stands. The man's name was 
Zadok Casey. While his young wife prepared their fugal meal, he leaned 
against a gigantic oak tree in medication. Then, he dropped upon his knees 
and prayed for strength and courage to live an upright honorable Christian 
Life. God took him at his word, and the name of Zadok Casey has been linked 
close with progress of the community and state.

	The Issac Hicks cabin and the Edward Maxey cabin became the first 
gathering places, where the worship services were held. On, or about 
November 1, 1818, the Methodist Society was formed at the Edward Maxey home.
(4 1/2 miles northwest of Mt. Vernon). Zadok Casey preached his first sermon
there and the population of the entire county was in the audience. 
This was the beginning of Methodism here.

	Along with the Casey's and earlier settlers, here are some of the 
following names that have played such and important part in the history of
our city and churches, most were Methodist: Issac Casey, Issac Hicks, Zadok
Casey, Abraham P. Casey, Louis Johnson, Edward Maxey, and many others like
Mace, Moss, Watson, Edwards, Pace, Allen and Baugh.

	Mount Vernon, Illinois, was first called Mt. Pleasant. You can under-
stand why such a beautiful name was chosen, if you were ever out about seven
miles west or about seven miles east of Mount Vernon and noticed the beauty
of our city set on a hill, (Mt. Pleasant). In 1819, Mt. Pleasant was 
officially changed to Mt. Vernon.

	The first school house was built about one mile North of the city 
where the Old Union Cemetery is located. This cemetery is also where Zadok 
Casey and several of the early families are buried. This dirt floor school 
is also where the Methodist Society held their meetings. Many times rattle-
snakes had to be killed inside the building before services could continue. 
This area was infested with many snakes.

	Services were held by local preachers until 1822, when the Society
was connected with the regular Circuit. Rev. Josiah Patterson and Rev. 
William Smith were the first Methodist ministers appointed to serve the 
Society. The Circuit Charged continued until 1852.

	The membership grew and flourished, then, on September 8, 1825, the 
Society purchased a lot on North Casey Street, later called 11th Street, 
across the alley north of our present City Hall and Fire Department.

	This was the first frame church building built in Mt. Vernon for 
Divine Worship. The church was enlarged in 1839 and in 1840 a belfry was 
added and Zadok Casey donated a brass bell dated 1843. The church was also 
used as a temporary Court House.

	Political debates such as Abraham Lincoln verses John A. McCleurand 
in the Whig Party Campaign for President Henry Harrison. I might add, as a 
political jester, due to the party in charge of the City, McCleurand was 
allowed to speak inside, but Abraham Lincoln was not. So, Lincoln had his 
soap box speech on the sidewalk where the King City Federal drive-in is 
located on North 10th Street. There is a bronze plaque on the front of the 
building which commemorates this time in history.

	Zadok Casey was a  great minister and leader of the City. Later he
became Lieutenant Governor of the State of Illinois.

	Methodism and other non-denominations were really on the move and as 
the City was growing, so were the churches. On July 18, 1853, the church
purchased four lots on what is now Main Street just about where the east end
of the existing First United Methodist Church now stands.

	In 1854, they built a new large two story brick church. The sanctuary
was on the second floor and the first floor was occupied by three classrooms
of a private school. The beautiful church had a tall steeple and Zadok Casey
presented the congregation with another fine bronze bell.

	The old church was sold in 1854, but the bell hung in the belfry 
until 1890, when the belfry became unsafe, probably due to the great cyclone
of 1888. ( A cross replaced the belfry.) The cyclone destroyed most of the
downtown buildings and did great damage to much of the city. The bell was out
of circulation until 1914, when it was placed in the United Brethrem Church at
17th and Casey Avenue in Mt. Vernon.

	The bell was purchased July 2, 1992 by our great historian, Tom 
Puckett, from the Lively Stone Apostolic Church, who bought the church
from the previous owners. We feel fortunate that Tom, for our Church
Centennial, is loaning to us the first original church bell of 1843, that 
ever toll in Mt. Vernon.

	The church was then used by other denominations: The Christian Church 
from 1854 to 1876, a black denomination occupied it from 1879 to 1880, the
Trinity Episcopalian Church from October 2, 1880 to January 3, 1909, when
they moved into their new quarters. That was the end of the building being
used as a church. The building was later used as the Mt. Vernon Lumber 
Company and last as a Sheet Metal Tin Shop. The city later condemned it as a
fire hazard and won.



	On Sunday afternoon, February 19, 1888, a devastating cyclone destroyed
this beautiful church that was built in 1854. The entire downtown area was in
complete ruins. Only the bell and a few papers were salvaged.
	
	The First Methodist Church was constructed on the two lots just west
of their previous church. That was their third and present church.

	Now, after many years of constant growth, remodeling and enlargement,
the church stands with its new beautiful belfry steeple, with a large gold 
cross that can be seen by many people who enter Mt. Vernon from all 
directions. That is truly an inspiration to all.

		    

		    WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
			MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS	

	From the beginning of Methodism, the Methodist have taught missionary
work both at home and abroad. With this spirit, our church was established.
Not enough praise can be given to those unselfish people who gave so much of
their time, talent and money, that made their vision come true. So, it is with 
deep gratitude that we people of Wesley say "Thanks".

	The history of 1893, shows one very outstanding person who was
instrumental in the planning and building of our church. That person is Rev.
W.F. Daniels of the First Methodist Church. Rev. Daniels, along with a large
group of interested people from his church, entered into the project of 
building a new church in the South part of town. They named UNION STREET
METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH. It was located on the northeast corner of Union
Street (known now as 10th street) and Prairie Ave.



	In 1893, when the Union Street Methodist Episcopal Church (now Wesley)
was organized, the Mt. Vernon Society changed the name to First Methodist 
Episcopal Church for the convenience of designating it from the other 
Societies. The word, M.E. or Methodist Episcopal stayed in effect until 1939,
when the three Methodist Conferences met: The Methodist Episcopal Church,
Methodist Episcopal South, and the Protestant Methodist Church, eliminated
the work Episcopal. The four Mt. Vernon churches became, The First Methodist,
Wesley Methodist, Epworth Methodist and West Salem Trinity Methodist of Mount
Vernon.

	In 1968, the Methodist Church merged with the Evangelical United 
Brethren Church and the names were changed again to what they are today: First
United Methodist Church, Wesley United Methodist Church, Epworth United
Methodist Church and the West Salem Trinity United Methodist Church.

	Rev. J.B. Crowder, (father of Aubrey Crowder) was the first appointed
minister to the charge. His term was from 1893 and 1894, with a salary of 
$150.00. There were 24 probationers and 50 members.

	In 1897 to 1902, Rev. Charles O. McCammeron was appointed for a five
year term. During which time a parsonage was bought. The church was valued at
$1,500.00 and the parsonage $1,200.00. These were days of testin and 
tribulation, for both the minister and the people. Many people were out of 
work, but Rev. McCammeron's ministry was a commendable success.

	On October. 1908 to 1909. Rev. A.B. Hoar was appointed as minister,
at which time, the church and parsonage was sold for $2,500.00 to the Mount
Vernon Car Manufacturing Company. They were builders of railroad cars and
were building a new Car Steel Plant.

	Later, the church and parsonage was bought back from the Mt. Vernon
Car manufacturing Company. The transaction was slow and the church was going
through hard times.

	The previous year, which was October 20, 1908, Rev W.F. Daniels had 
edited a special historic sketch. He resigned as Superintendent of the Sunday
School in 1909

	In 1909, the Union Street Methodist Episcopal Church name was changed
to Trinity Church. Then in 1910, the Trinity Church was changed to Wesley,
by action of the Fourth Quarterly Conference. This is certainly peculiar to
change a church name three times in three years.

	Record books by Rev. B.A. Hoar show 442 members on probation and 662
members in full connection.

	The church and parsonage were then moved to its new location at 801 South
12th Street and Prairie Avenue. The church was remodeled.

	Rev. J.C. Kinison was pastor from 1913 to 1915. The church was
dedicated by Bishop Quayle.

	Although the church had many difficulties, the strong preaching, the 
faith and prayers of the people, it continued to grow in spirit and numbers.
It remained a lighthouse for lost souls.

	Wesley Church has upheld the highest standards of Christian living.
Since 1920, there have been thirty young ministers gone out of Wesley to 
preach the Gospel. Their names will be described later.

	Rev. Thomas E. Harper was our pastor from 1938 to 1943. On January 15.
1940 disaster struck Wesley Church and it was completely destroyed by fire.

	Included in this history are pictures of the old Churches, before the
fire and one while the church was burning; also, one of the church choir, 
when Rev. Rodney Stockton was our pastor and served from 1933 to 1938.





	Mr. & Mrs. Earl Garrison, who owned Garrison's Market at Tenth Street
and Lamar Avenue invited the people of the Church to use their warehouse to
have our church services, until the new church was built, at the same Twelfth
Street location. We were very grateful to them for being so kind.



	Our new stone church was dedicated on February 23, 1941, by Bishop
Darlington. The church continued to grow and served the need of the members, 
as well as others.
	
	Rev. O.E. Connett was our pastor from 1947 to 1951. In 1949, we began
our second building phase. This incorporated six new classrooms on the ground
floor, adjoining the church on the west end. We used the same Indiana stone 
to match the church. A lot of the labor on both phases was done by the 
members.
	
	In 1962, with our continued growth and under the leadership of Rev.
A.B. Clodfelder, who was our pastor from 1959 to 1970, we entered into our
third building phase. There were seven classrooms and an auditorium, directly
about the first floor.  Our children's Department reached eighty and our 
church was prospering.

	After a few years, due to the deterioration of the neighborhood and 
increase in crime, a church Charge Conference was called on April 27, 1981, 
to authorize the Board of Trustees to look for and purchase a new building
site.

	Another church Charge Conference was called on December 9, 1981, to
authorize the Trustees to sell the church building and parking lots at 12th
and Prairie. Our church and parking lots were valued at a little over
$200,000.00, but were sold for $75,000.00

	In August, 1981, our church purchased the new building site of nine
acres at 1601 Salem Road, at a price of $90,000.00 from Dr. and Mrs. Raymond
Alexander of Mt. Vernon. The Alexanders donated $40,000.00 of the original 
cost, leaving a balance of $50,000.00. We were all grateful to them for their
contribution.

	On Sunday, March 4, 1984, with Rev. Carl Williams, (who was our pastor
from 1982 to 1985), we had a joint farewell service with the new owner,
evangelist Mary Lou Parker of the Greater Faith Tabernacle and her congregation.

	I was privileged to deliver the "Tribute to Wesley Church" at this
Farewell Service. Rev. Carl Williams, our pastor, officially presented the
keys to evangelist Mary Lou Parker. She delivered the morning message, 
"The Anointing".

	The Wesley Church congregation used the facilities of the United 
Methodist Children's Home, 2023 Richview Road, for their temporary headquarters
beginning March 11, until the completion of phase I of the new church building.

	On October 3, 1983, a Note Burning Ceremony for the new Salem Road
property was held. Then on March 19, 1984, the Richard Briesacher Construction
Company was awarded the contract for our first phase building.

	Within six months, our first Sunday service was held in our new church
on September 16, 1984. Then, on April 21, 1985, Bishop Woodie W. White
and District Superintendent Robert Edwards and our pastor Carl V. Williams
held our Consecration Service. Our church was on the move and our attendance
was growing.

	Rev. Paul W. Widicus became our pastor in 1985 and served until 1991.
Under his good leadership, our church entered into the second phase of our 
building program, which consisted of new classrooms for our Sunday School.

	In 1991, Rev. Paul Copeland became our thirty-third minister. We feel
very fortunate to have him and his family at Wesley Church. Paul is young,
very dynamic and energetic: A great leader, with alot of talents and is doing
a wonderful job for our church. We feel blessed to have him and know that 
under his leadership, we will continue to grow. In the near future we want
to build our new sanctuary.

	Each one of our ministers have touched many people and as the foundation
of our church body was laid, may it continue to grow and prosper for the
Love of God and his kingdom. There is so much that could be said about our
wonderful old church, our heritage, and our members that pages could not hold
it all.

	The following are just a few that we would like to mention: Rev. Bell,
Hubert Leonard, Harry Edwards, Lenoard McGuire, Paul Wielt, Lucille Mayfield,
and Woodrow Smith.

	Of the group just mentioned, was Leonard McGuire. He was a great 
inspiration, talents and leadership of all the past and present members in
Wesley Church.

	The following is a list of ministers called from Wesley Church:

John Bryant		Paul Bryant			Lloyd Bumpus	
B.R. Cummins		E.M. Dycus			Robert Fitts
Phillip Gardner		Floyd Hale			Ed Harper			
Kenneth Harper		Rosemary (Piercy) Harris	James Heaney		
Lester Laur		Leo Mabry			Virgil Mabry
Ray McClure		Carl Mitchell			Harry Olin, Jr

Randy McGuire (called from Steelville, but orginally from Wesley Church)
Tessie Minor (called from Old Shiloh, but now  member of Wesley)

Rick Newberry		Gordon Shafer			Charles Tindle
Clarence Tolley		Virginia (Gardner) Shannon	Earl Vaughn
Marshall Vaughn		Mary Weatherford		Jeff Williams
Dorothy (Thompson) Youngblood

The following is a list of names and dates of the ministers, who have served 
the people of Wesley Church from the Year 1893 to the present time.

J.B. Crowder 		1893-1894	
J.W. Webster 		1894-1896
J.W. Smith 		1896-1897
Charles McCameron 	1897-1902			
W.B. Cooksey 		1902-1903
J.D. Sheddrick 		1903-1905			
A.G. Proctor 		1905-1908
B.A. Hoar 		1908-1911			
J.W. Britian 		1911-1913
J.C. Kinison 		1913-1915			
Harry McKnight 		1915-1917
C.B. Sullivan 		1917-1918		
George Wilson 		1918-1919
W.H. McPherson 		1919-1920			
Ed Montgomery 		1920-1923
Harold Culver 		1923-1924			
Earl Phillips 		1924-1927
Clyde Bruce 		1927-1928			
Earnest Connett 	1928-1933
Rodney Stockton 	1933-1938		
Thomas E. Harper	1938-1943
Earnest Lamb 		1943-1947		
O.E. Connett 		1947-1951
E.C. Michels 		1951-1954
Gerald Gulley 		1954-1959
A.B. Clodfelder		1959-1970
Edward Sadler 		1970-1975
Jessie Seiber 		1975-1978
Dean Coultas 		1978- Feb. 1979 (A.B. Clodelder finished his term.)
Eugene Beasley 		1979-1982		
Carl Williams 		1982-1985
Paul W. Widicus 	1985-1991		
Paul Copeland 		1991-present

Note: The following has been handwritten into the book:

Dave Estep Jan,1999-2002		Julie Allison June,2003-2005
Bruce S. Gordon June,2005 to present
	

	I trust that you will find within this history, some dates, remarks and 
points of interest to you. There are always those that love the Church, its
cause, and wish to see the work carried on.

	I am a member of Wesley Church, have attended for 66 years and have 
always been interested in the history and background of the church.

NOTE: Handwritten into the book, so Ed Lively now has been a member for
80 years and been a member 72 years.

	I want to close with a poem I wrote in the early 1960's, a
"Tribute to Wesley Church".


				MY CHURCH
			By: Edward (Ed) Lively

I would like to tell you,
What my Church really means to me.
For, if you love your Church, as I do,
It surely becomes a part of you.

While as a child, I use to play,
In the backyard of the Church, most every day,
For we lived in the block you see,
Where the Wesley M.E. use to be.

Some colored, some white folk lived all around,
For there she stood, in the south part of town.
Although, old in age, she was young at heart,
For she had played, a very important part.

To many people, who had passed her way,
And had stopped to listen, or bow and pray.
Then, I passed her one morning in sunshine clear,
Not once thinking, she would not be there another year.

For disaster struck, on that beautiful day,
For when I returned, all you could say;
Was grey ashes, and timbers, confusion, decay,
For she had not lasted, another day.

The flames had consumed her, and burned to the ground
That wonderful old Church, in the South part of town.
Now, the people were stunned, as people would be,
But, it did not weaken, their faith in Thee.

For, they banded together, as good Christians do,
And prayed and worked, until their dream came true.
They built this Church, where we worship today,
So, may we not forget, when we kneel and pray.

To give thanks to God, for the people who strived,
And worked so hard, to keep our Church alive.
Then, while all alone, and sad at heart,
For our dear loved ones, who had to depart.

We could look through our window, in dark of night,
And see that cross, a shining bright;
And know that God, would always care,
For the people, who called on him in prayer.

So, it is with that faith,
That we live today,
And know that we are his,
When we bow our heads to pray.

If there would be anything I could add to this,
It would be, "Thank you God" for the inspiration;
Continue to give me words to write,
That I might cheer my fellow man, while I walk down here



				MEMORIES

Centennial; Celebrating the Past, Envisioning the Future.
by: Paul Copeland

	As a child, I spent 2-3 weeks each summer on my grandparents' farm.
Grandpa and Grandma White attended a small, one room, open country Church.
Being from a fairly large town church, I was always fascinated with the way
they did church at the Mound Methodist Church. Grandpa taught the men's class
which met on the right, front side of the sanctuary. Grandma taught the 
women's calss which met on the left, rear side of the sanctuary. The 
children's class which met on the left, rear side of the sanctuary. The
children's classes met around the perimeter of the benches.

	I can still picture Grandpa sitting in his overstuffed easy chair, 
his right leg slung over the chair arm, with is burgundy, hard-bound Bible 
and teacher's guide in hand preparing the Sunday School Lesson. Although I 
only attended the Mound Church 2-3 times a year, memories of worshipping
there have lingered and impacted my life as much as the church I attened the
other 49-50 Sundays of each year.

	In this booklet are stories and memories of Wesley, stories and
memories of people of faith who have impacted your life as a Christian.
These stories and memories will prompt you to remember some of your own.
They will not only prompt you to remember, but in the remembering, your soul
will be stirred to new faith even as mine has been in recounting the story 
above.

	I've been the pastor of Wesley for less than two years and already
it has touched my life. You have been part of your 10, 20, 30, .....70 years.
The people of Wesley have shaped your life and faith. We gather to celebrate
the faithfulness of the last 100 years.

	But memories are not intended only to be cherished. Memories help us
to identify who wer are, whose we are, where we have been, where we have roots,
and in whom we have faith in order to inspire, cajole, and enable us to have 
faith and hope in the present and future. We remember where we have been so 
that we will have a clearer vision of where we are headed.

	As we celebrate Wesley's Centennial, may the memories of yesterday
lead us to faithfulness today and tommorrow. May we be as faithful in the 
present and future as the many "witnesses" of yesterday, people who helped
to shape our memories. May we be instrumental in shaping memories of 
generations yet to come. Thanks for the memories, Grandpa and Grandma. Thanks
for the memories you multitudes of faithful who have called Wesley home for
the last 100 years.


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	I have been a member of Wesley Church for 36 years.
	
	I have seen many changes in our church. I started attending Wesley on
12th Street. My wish is that I can stay here and see our new Sanctuary built.
	
	I consider the people of Wesley Church as part of my family. Many have
influenced my life. I love Wesley Church to worship in. God has been good to
me.

Earline Bowlin

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	I remember when our church had no building and Easter Sunday Service
was a drive-up service. The choir sang under the tent. Served coffee and 
donuts to all who came. My Bob, enjoyed all those fun times.

	I also remember when the choir and their mates came to our home and 
the Wesley Hier Band began then.

Janet Clark

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	The church has been a solid rock, God's Place, that's always been 
there for me. This place of Gods' has taken me through grade school, high
school, marriage, births, deaths and many true friends that have been there
for me all along the way. I just keep finding new friends to add to my life
as Wesley grows and changes. But, God has always been in this church. My 
dream for Wesley is to build God's room, the one we call a Sanctuary.

	I have noticed most of the comments written for this booklet came 
from perosns who have been attending for some years. I wonder why, even if 
you came yesterday, you have a history and already some memories of this 
church. Everyone begins sometime. The fact you came, not how long ago, is
what really counts.

Dorothy Dyel

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	Looking back 55 years in 1938, as a member of the Ina, IL High School
Quartet, I sang at a Sunday afternoon singing convention at the Old Wesley
Church on South 12th Street, before the church burned in 1940. Little did I
realize that some twenty years later, we would move to Mount Vernon and 
Wesley Church would become such an important part of our lives. Stanton and I
have been memebers of Wesley Church for 35 years.

Mrs. Stanton (Rosella) Fowler

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	I remember when we had our  Sunday School Class in the Methodist
Children's Home bus. We had lots of fun and was glad to have a part of the
childrens' life.

	We are blessed at Wesley, to have the quilting ladies. They made a 
quilt for my granddaugther and it was to beautiful. They were nice enough to 
let me quilt a heart on it.

Betty Hayes

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	The "Good Old Days" at Wesley when Daddy, Mother and we three kids
came to church. Vilbert was converted in the Garrison Building. This was the
time when the church on 12th Street burned.

Mildred Heintz

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	Welsey Methodist Church is and has always been blessed to have as its'
members, people like Mr. Woodrow Smith, who has given to us that which God
has blessed him with, his words, wisdom and Christian love. Thank you Woodrow
and thank you God for a church like Wesley that has touched so many lives.
Wesley has truly possessed many Eagles, who with God's love and wisdom have
helped flocks of sparrows like myself, to fly. May your wings of love 
continue to reach out to all God's children.

Betty King

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	Ed and I remember when we first organized the WIN ONE CLASS in 1945,
with Harry & Dorris McGuire, Luther (Bus) & Mary Winkler, and Ed & I. Later,
other early memebers were Burrell & Helen Price, Orval & Idabelle Rightnowar,
Floyd & Dorothy (Christina) Hale, and Norman & Velma Pendergraft. The class
has grown over the years and now has over fifty members.

	Our first teachers were Lawrence Douglas, Lucille Mayfield, Dorothy
Smith and Rosemary Harris. We are real fortunate to have Lucille still 
teaching our class and she has been an inspiration to all of us throughout 
the years.

	We are happy to have many of our old members, who have returned to 
Mount Vernon and Wesley Church, upon their retirement.

Helen Lively

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	I remember the "Sad Day" our church burned when it was on South 12th
Street. We had church and Sunday School in the Old Garrison Building, while
they were building the new church.

Doris McGuire

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	Vernon has gone to Wesley church all his life. We started going
together at Wesley, were married there, our tow children were Baptized there,
our son's funeral was there, our daughter was married there, and our grand-
daughter now belongs there as a member. Wesley United Methodist Church is our
other "Home".

Mr. & Mrs. Vernon McGuire

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	Welsey Church is my second home. I have gone here all my life, became
a member in my teen years and now my daughter is a member and my son will take
his confirmation class this year.

	The things I remember most about Wesley are the Sunday night services.
the MYF would meet at 6:00 pm. We would have a worship time and then refresh-
ments.

	My Dad has always sang in the choir, for as long as I can remember.

Darlene Raney

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	I remember the ringing of the old church bell and how far away it 
could be heard. I remember when Clara Groves and Chloe Cummins played the
piano and organ for all services. I recall how many of our children and
grandchildren were married at Wesley, also were Baptized and joined the
church. Now, we have several great-grandchildren who attend.

	The years hold many precious memories and it would take a book for
them. We have lost many church friends in the past years, as well as gained
many new ones. Our hopes and prayers are that Wesley will grow and touch many
lives in the future. We are glad to have been a part of it.

Florine Smith

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	Out of the mouths of young children, one Sunday morning, while our
fine pastor Gerald Gulley was away and we had a guest minister, who spoke
on the subject of "Feeding the Sheep"., his remarks were, "I feed my sheep
in the morning service and shear them at the night service". Our son, Ken was
probably 5 or 6 years old and he whispered he understood about feeding the 
sheep, but did not know what shearing them meant; after we explained it to 
hime, he said, "Well our preacher shears us both morning and night".

	Gerald told us in later years that he had enjoyed relating that story
to his congregations.

Herschel & Rena Terry

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	How I wish I could be with you for the centennial and reunion in
September. My memories go back to a kindergarten class taught by my aunt,
Bessie Vaughn, a junior boys calss called the "Live Wires", and especially
the youth group.

	It was at Wesley that I received salvation, sanctification and my
call to ministry. I have now completed 30 years of pastoral ministry and it
all began there. To God be the glory, great things He has done.
	
	Until that great reunion day.

Marshall Vaughn

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