Clement W Miner

 

CLEMENT W. MINER

PASTOR [of the First Methodist Church, Sharon], 1910-1913

When Clement W. Miner came to take up his work as pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Sharon, the William Sunday revival of 1908 had left its "stamp of approval" on the congregation and he found officials and lay members friendly, co-operative, and eager to sustain interest in all of the church's activities. He had barely time to get acquainted with his flock before entering into the preparations for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the church which was scheduled to take place early the following December. His first activity in the preliminary work to prepare for this event was to contact former pastors of the church and invite them to participate in the festival.

A CENTURY OF METHODISM IN SHARON

December 4, 1910, was designated Centennial Sabbath. Services began
with the opening of Sunday School and registration for preservation in the Centennial Book.


The morning hour of public worship began at eleven o'clock. The church had been beautifully decorated by the ladies of the church. Every seat was filled with many chairs in the aisles. After the organ prelude by Miss Nelle Clark the congregation joined in singing the hymn, Holy, Holy, Holy!" Rev. John Vance led in prayer and Dr. Miner led the responsive reading from the Psalter. The sermon was preached by Rev. R. S. Borland, D.D., his text being "What Hath God Wrought." Following the sermon a baptismal service was conducted by Dr. Miner at which Pearl Irene Timblin, James M. Johnson, and Howard Ballit were baptized and later that day were received into the church in full membership. Also Samuel Siddle and Ivy Haney were received on probation.


At an afternoon meeting of the Brotherhoods of the city about 200 attended. The address was made by Professor W. A. Elliott, of Allegheny College, his topic being "The Call for Men."


The Sunday evening service of public worship was also well attended and again it was necessary to place chairs in the aisles to accommodate the overflow. An excellent sermon, which was partly historical, was preached by Rev. John H. Vance, who, as a young man was licensed to preach in 1850, and was sent to Clarksville, which was then the head of the Clarksville Circuit of which Sharon was a part. His first appointment to preach was in Sharon. He told how badly frightened he was that day when he got up to preach. But he struggled through the sermon and when he had finished, he said, he had never had so many compliments given to him. In closing, Mr. Vance said that the greatest privilege of his life was "to be able to return to Sharon after 60 years and preach to this great audience."


One hundred and fifty people attended a class meeting on Monday afternoon led by Mr. J. M. Yahres. The many testimonies intermingled with prayer and song made a soul-warming experience long to be remembered. At the close of the meeting a social hour was enjoyed.
About 400 attended the Monday evening service which was conducted by Rev. C. W. Miner. Warm greetings were expressed by Rev. John Crouch, Meadville; Rev. A. J. Rinker, Mercer; Rev. R. S. Borland, Mercer; Rev. John H. Vance, Chautauqua; Rev. J. J. Jackson, First Baptist Church, Sharon Rev. W. M. Diefenderfer, St. Paul's Church, Sharon; and Rev. F. M. Askey, Oakland Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharon.
The enthusiastic Centenary Celebration was climaxed by a delicious banquet held on Tuesday evening at which 300 people enjoyed a most eventful evening. For the occasion the committee prepared a beautiful menu folder which contains the names of those who attended, thus providing an authentic record and an excellent memento of the celebration.


A well attended Wednesday evening service conducted by Rev. C. W. Miner concluded the historical celebration of a century of Methodism in Sharon. A much enjoyed part of the meeting was a fifteen minute song service led by Mr. W. T. May and followed by many sincere testimonies

 

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