Methodist Heroes of Other Days


The ministers of the olden time were of the stuff of which heroes are made. They were in
labors abundant, in journeys oft and far. They suffered from hunger and thirst, from perils from men
and beasts, from poverty and toil. Yet they failed not nor faltered, but were faithful unto the end.
They secured great results, for above all else they were men of great faith. They took God
into partnership, and he was often drawn upon, and always acknowledged the draft. Thus out of the
trials was evolved sainthood, and out of their sanctification came glorification.
They were men who were great in prayer. They often trod the way into the Holy of holies.
They were importunate in their faith. They expected to receive an answer, and so it came.
Their training was such that they read human nature like an open book. It seemed at times
as if they were inspired. Their messages brought hidden things to light, and made the greatest
braggarts quake.
They were all things to all men, yet they never ceased to be manly, noble, and true. Their
lives were a rebuke to other men because of their purity. Their fearlessness was a challenge to the
powers of evil to do their worst. They were great defenders of the faith. They defended the truth
against Calvinists, Arians, deists, and Universalists. Rarely were they beaten. They had to defend
their flock from the proselytizer, the infidel, and rum, and they did it bravely and valiantly.
All hail to our Methodist preachers of olden days! From them we may derive lessons of
wisdom and cheer. We are in the midst of a great conflict. They can teach us how to fight. We may
have better equipment, a fairer field, and a more courteous opponent, but we can never surpass
them in the splendor of their manly spirit and sacrifice.

By Samuel Gardiner Ayres
The Methodist Book Concern
New York — Cincinnati
Printed Book Copyright, 1916
by Samuel Gardiner Ayres
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Digital Edition 11/28/97
By Holiness Data Ministry


Banana Split Cake

This week’s recipe comes from the cookbook produced by the Ladies Outreach for Christ (WMU) of Rodgers Park Baptist Church in Kannapolis, NC. It was submitted by Kimberly Campbell and found on page 65.

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 sticks margarine
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 medium can pineapple, crushed
  • 3 – 4 large bananas
  • 1 large carton Cool Whip
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 small jar maraschino cherries, chopped

Mix 1 stick melted margarine with graham cracker crumbs. Press into 13″ x 9″ pan.

Beat powdered sugar, 1 stick softened margarine and vanilla for exactly 1 minute. Add eggs and continue to beat for 5 minutes. Pour over graham cracker crust.

Slice bananas in halves and place on sugar mixture. (Dip bananas in lemon juice to keep them from turning dark.) Drain pineapple and spread over bananas.

Mix together cherries, nuts and Cool Whip and spread over cake. Chill for 4 hours. If desired, cherries and nuts may be spread on top of Cool Whip instead of mixing together.

Banana Split Cake – .pdf

19 May Bulletin Preview

Mt. Mitchell United Methodist Church


19 May 2013, 11:00 a. m.

The Word of God for the People of God.
Thanks be to God.

SERMON    –    “ Let the Spirit Move    –    Rev. David Raiford


Psalm 104:24-34, King James Version (KJV)

24 O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

25 So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.

26 There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.

27 These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.

28 That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.

29 Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.

30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.

31 The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: the Lord shall rejoice in his works.

32 He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.

33 I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

34 My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord.

Psalm 104:35, King James Version (KJV)

35 Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the Lord, O my soul. Praise ye the Lord.


Acts 2:1-21, King James Version (KJV)

2 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?

And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,

10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,

11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?

13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:

21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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05 May Bulletin – Preview

Mt. Mitchell United Methodist Church

Sixth Sunday of Easter

April 21, 2013 11:00 a. m.

The Word of God for the People of God.
Thanks be to God.

SERMON    –    “ Home, Sweet Home    –    Rev. David Raiford


Psalm 67, King James Version (KJV)

67 God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.

Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.

O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.

Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.

Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.

God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.


Revelation 21:10-22:5, King James Version (KJV)

10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.

14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.

16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.

17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.

18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.

19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;

20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.

27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

22 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

Bulletin – 05 May 2013


Mt. Mitchell United Methodist Church is seeking a part time organist/pianist (about 10 – 12 hours a week) to provide music for Sunday services, Wednesday Evening rehearsals and special services (ie: Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and/or Good Friday and Christmas Evening Services as well as Funerals).  This candidate must be able to work with our children’s choir and the Handbell Choir as well as our Adult Choir.  You will be required to attend quarterly Worship Committee meetings and collaborate with the Pastor and Choir Director; have flexibility with regard to work schedule, direction and assignments and must strive to assist on finding new ways of using music to continue to Glorify God.  Appropriate degree in music or its equivalent work experience preferred.  Send your resume along with a cover letter, with desired salary (a requirement) to Mt. Mitchell United Methodist Church, c/o SPRC Chair, 6001 Old Salisbury Concord Road, Kannapolis NC 28083 or email to

Snowflake Cookies

This week’s recipe comes from the cookbook, Heavenly Delights, produced by the Mt. Mitchell United Methodist Women [©1990]. Our choice ‘deliciousness’ was submitted by Terrie Bebber.

  • 2 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 16 oz semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 1/2 cup pecans

Whip egg whites until peaks form. Gradually add sugar as you keep whipping. Fold in chocolate and nuts by hand. Drop by teaspoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet. Place cookie sheet into preheated 350 degree oven. Shut oven door and turn off oven immediately. Leave 3 hours or overnight.

Snowflake Cookies  –  .pdf

A Little Bit o’: Methodist History

This is from:  Methodist Episcopal Church in North Carolina 1865 – 1939 by Reverend George William Bumgarner.

The oldest title for an American organization is “Methodist Episcopal”.  In 1784 at the Christmas Conference, 60 various preachers met and set up the Methodist Episcopal Church (MEC).  In the early half of the 1800’s, 2 of the Afro-American groups, Wesleyan Methodists and Methodist Protestants split away to form their own. Even though the new groups caused membership to shrink, the MEC stayed alive.

In 1844, a larger portion of the MEC broke off to create the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (MECS) although in the northern part of the nation they were still included in the general MEC. By 1845, a plan was approved so that there was a separate General Conference for the MECS in slave-holding states with the first meeting in 1846. This separation would last 93 yrs and include debate, scandal and the Civil War.


{The “Northern” Methodists were officially part of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The Northern Methodist were not happy being called “Northern Methodists” but in the South, it told who was meeting and who was not.}


Methodist Episcopal Church in North Carolina 1865 – 1939. Bumgarner, Reverend George William. The Methodist Episcopal Church in North Carolina 1865 – 1939. ©1990 by Committee on Archives and History of Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Hunter Publishing Company, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 27113, USA.