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Lake Township 

Bethany Presbyterian Church


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 [1896], 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, 1905


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. Sarah Runkle.



Mrs. Mary Burdett was a charter member of the Bethany Church.  She was 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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