WOMAN'S MISSIONARY SOCIETY - - BETHANY
by Mrs. Lois North
The first Woman's Missionary Society, of Bethany Cumberland
Presbyterian Church, was organized February 23, 1896 by Rev.
R. C. Byers, pastor. This little band faced duty with six
members, and guided by a faithful pastor and wife (to whom this society
owes its existence) determined to do what they could to arouse a greater
interest in the work, as well as, grow in the spirit themselves.
The society held its first meeting at the church, March 7 , and
met regularly each month at the church or at the homes of the members.
Had it not been for the consecrated, spirit-filled pastor and noble
wife, who so helped and enthused us, we might have become discouraged
and fainted by the way.
Woman's Missionary Society,
This band of six received no reinforcement
until 1898, when its membership was increased to eight and in 1900 was
increased to twelve
We have reasons for feeling encouraged, although ours is
but a mite, We believe his is behind it and with his promise, "Lo, I
am with you always."
Our society has adopted the united course of study and
this year our offering was such as will entitle us to a life membership of
the board, which is conferred upon Mrs. Mary
Burdette, the oldest, as well as one of the charter members, and
who has always been faithful to her trust. In 1899 our society
sustained the loss of one of its members by death, viz., Mrs.
Mary Burdett was a charter member of the Bethany Church.
born within a mile of the church in 1835 and died in 1922, living within
half a mile from the church. She is pictured in the Woman's Missionary
Society photo above. Her son by her first marriage, William Key is
also mentioned in the church article. She was the great- grandmother
of Norris Burdette, submitter of this material.
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