Article reproduced from the Eldorado Bee, Vol. 12, No. 28, October 14, 1909
ASSOCIATION AND DEDICATION
Of New Universalist Church Great Success – Large Amount of Money Raised
The Annual Montgomery Association of Universalists convened in the new Universalist church beginning Thursday evening Oct. 7. After greetings and a song service, we listened to a sermon by Rev. E. H. Barrett of Greenville, his topic being “A Forgotten Dogma”. He emphasized that the greatest thing the world needed was love.
All the topics with the exception of one or two were carried out as arranged on the program. The discussions and talks on these topics were interesting and helpful.
On Friday evening after a song service, Rev. O. G. Colegrove of Plain City preached the sermon of the evening.
After a solo by Mrs. Erma Smelker, we then listened to greetings from E. F. Arras of Columbus. His topic for the day was “Be of Good Cheer.”
The next (item) on the program being the raising of the indebtedness on the church by E. F. Arras which was $1100. After taking pledges up to the noon hour, dinner was served in the basement of the church, (with) over 200 people being served. After the dinner hour the taking of pledges was resumed and by three o’clock, it was stated by the acting secretaries that pledges and the collection taken amounted to $1,439.66. We then had a report of the building committee by Dr. B. F. Beane.
On Saturday evening Communion services were held after which Henrietta G. Moore of Springfield preached the sermon of the evening her topic being “The Church”. Sunday being the Dedication of the new church was the greatest day of all.
Sunday School convened at nine o’clock led by the Supt. Dr. B. F. Beane. E. F. Arras, of Columbus, gave the children a very interesting talk, which was helpful to all. Although the day was rainy, there was a large crowd in attendance at the Dedication.
The Dedication sermon was given by Rev. J. A. Stoner. Rev. Stoner seemed at his best, and the sermon was helpful to all. He stated that the total cost of the church was $6,500. The keys of the church were presented to Mr. Clem McKee, Pres. of the Board of Trustees, by Dr. B. F. Beane. We were then led in a Consecration prayer by Rev. H. G. Moore. The act of dedication led by Rev. Sara L. Stoner was next, after which the congregation sang “Onward Christian Soldiers,” led by Mrs. E. F. Arras. This closed the afternoon session.
The evening service consisted of a song service, talks, and goodbyes. The closing remarks were given by Rev. J. H. Blackford, which were very interesting and touching. After singing “God Be with You” the meeting closed and goodbyes were said. Taken all in all this association was one the best associations ever held.
Each of the ten churches in the association was represented and a great number of people from other churches were present. It was a home coming for a great number of people who formerly lived here and were members of the church. The people of Eldorado were very hospitable and their homes were thrown open to the visiting members of the association.