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Church celebrates 125th anniversary

Thursday, July 24, 2008

This is the Rose Hill Baptist Church in 1883; it was also a school house. The boys and the girls were separated, and the men and women were mostly separated.
OREGON COUNTY -- The Rose Hill Baptist Church will hold their 125th year anniversary celebration Aug. 10 at the church located on County Road 249, just off Highway 142 East.

Morgan Woodard, a May 2008 graduate of Truett Seminary in Waco, Texas, and Scott Hunnicutt, who will graduate from Golden Gate Seminary in San Francisco, Calif., will be delivering sermons at the 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. services.

Bill and Cindy Pitchford will present special music. Past members and friends are invited to a carry-in lunch at 12:30 p.m.

The present Rose Hill Baptist Church was dedicated in 1909. A 125th year anniversary celebration will be held at the church Aug.10 with two speakers at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Photo by Jan Thompson
The history of this small, rural church began in September 1883, when eight people felt the need for a church in the Rose Hill community. They came together in the old log schoolhouse which stood across the road from the present church building. Under the leadership of Rev. Abe Lincoln they organized the Rose Hill Baptist Church.

The founding members were Tommy and Cindy Young, Charles and Augusta Marion, Alva and Katherine Wales, Eliza Young and Sarah Godwin.

Rev. Abe Lincoln was called as the first pastor. Others serving the church as pastor were: Ambrose Harrier, Jennings Stogsdill, Bill Johnson, Jim Sconce, Raymond Sconce, Johnny Sconce, Brother Jones, D.E. Handling, Brother Pratt, Jim Shields, I.J. Looney, Alphus Capps, Ben Meeks, Tom Bray, Ernie Bray, Homer Burrow, Bob Adams, J.I. Willard, Bill Cartwright, Gary Vestal, Sonny Smith, Dewey Greene, Earl Sullivant, Lester Wiggs, Bob Wiggs, Mike Treat, Francis Janson, James Kenny, Chuck Shannon, Duane Fine, Scott Hand, Wayne Guffey, Scott Hunnicutt, Morgan Woodard and Wayne Richardson.

Many of the pastors were students at William's Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, Ark.

The old log building burned in 1908 and was replaced with the present building which was dedicated in 1909.

One preacher, Ben Meeks, has come from its membership. One church member said, "He served the Lord faithfully throughout his life. Many souls have been saved during the history of our church."

She said since 1900 about 140 people have professed faith and been baptized into the membership.

Like many rural churches, the present membership is small, but it seems each member is faithful to the church.

A well has been drilled and an annex added with a kitchen, dining facilities and classrooms. The church family eats lunch together every Sunday after morning services.

Dorothy Hertzler Manker is presently the oldest member. She is 93. She said she is not sure where the name Rose Hill came from. "About 50 years ago or so, we were having a Sunday singing at the church and a lady from Wirth or the Field Creek community said the church was designated Rose Hill for her family," Manker said. She said she did not remember the persons name.

She said she remembers her grandmother Schlotterbach leading the music at revivals when she was a young girl. She recalls the church coming together in the early 1950s to build an additional room onto the south side of the church and digging a basement. The men of the church did the work.

The records of the church have burned twice. Missouri Baptist has some records.

The church had a strong Women's Missionary Union during the 1940s.

Rose Hill Baptist Church members invite all interested persons to attend the services.

Following is a report supplied by Lovie Guffey from a 1947 Rose Hill Baptist Church Women's Mission Union meeting. At that time the group of ladies were called the Women's Mission Society (W.M.S,)

On July 17, 1947, after a buffet luncheon at the home of Esther (Pat) Todd, the Rose Hill W.M.S. was called to order by our president, Esther Langley.

The response to roll call was a religious poem.

Our devotional was taken from the 98 Psalms that Mrs. Wells was in charge of. She also made a comment on the Psalms.

We were led in prayer by Mrs. John Drye.

The topic for July being China and her people was very well handled by Mrs. Hoy Langley.

There was a freewill offering volunteered by those present totaling $1.01.

Mrs. Stella Beatty gave her birthday offering of 31 cents. There was a total of 17 adults, three girls and three little boys in attendance.

Visitors present were Mrs. John Drye, Mrs. John Meeks, Mrs. Charles Meeks and Mrs. Jesse Dowdy of Mammoth Spring and Miss McQueen of Canada and Mrs. Charles Beatty and Mrs. Clayton Smith of Thayer.

We adjourned the WMS meeting and sang Happy Birthday to Mrs. Ed Beatty while a basket containing baby gifts for a future blessed event was presented to Mrs. Zella Rolen.

We have $2.59 in the treasury.

Lemonade and cookies were passed by our hostess Mrs. Todd.

An hour of visiting and singing was enjoyed by all.

We adjourned to meet with Mrs. Parkison on Aug. 21.

May Nielson, secretary.

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