Our Town: Zoar

Herald Correspondent

A new little miss made her appearance at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper on Sunday morning, Sept. 15. Lakelyn Grace weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and is the daughter of Tyler and Breanne Rainey. Lakelyn has two big brothers, Remington and Canyon. The grandparents are Scott and Sherry Sollman, Brad and Michelle McCain, Holly Rainey and the late Rusty Rainey. Great-grandparents are Sue Eisenhut, Carolyn Weitkamp and the late Robert Weitkamp and Janice Rainey.

EPIC is back in session and there was a good turnout for the first evening back. Thirty-nine youth and 20 adults were in attendance. Birthdays were celebrated. The supper menu for Wednesday evening will be hamburgers, cheeseburgers, French fries, pickles and fruit.

The Southern Belles Homemakers met Thursday at Mom’s Café in Oakland City. Five members were able to attend. The meeting in October will be at the Overlook Restaurant.

Sunday evening, a large group will be going to Santa Claus United Methodist Church to help with the project, “Feed My Starving Children.” Zoar took a large group last year and it was a rewarding experience. It is hoped that even more will be able to attend this year.

The 10th annual car, truck and motorcycle show, “Cruisin’ Toward A Cure For Pulmonary Fibrosis,” is planned for Saturday, Oct. 5. There will be a 5K run or walk, silent auction, a kid’s zone and much more. This event will take place at The Windmill at Holland Park on State Road 161. Entry time for the vehicles that are being entered for judging is 9 a.m.

The women’s fall auction has been set for Oct. 15. It will be held in the church basement beginning at 7 p.m. This is always a fun evening for all those who attend. Many items will be offered for sale including fall and Christmas items, baked goods, produce, gift baskets and much more. Refreshments will be served. Plan to come and bring a friend.

Church history

History, as we prepare to celebrate the church’s 175th anniversary: In the early years of the church, a practice was begun and some of that continues to this day. Twenty-four hours prior to the funeral of a member of the church, the church bell would be rung. This was followed by the tolling of the bell one time for each year of the deceased’s life.

On the day of the funeral, a short service was held in the home before the funeral procession traveled to the church for the funeral service. The hearse was a magnificent vehicle that was pulled by two horses. The church bell would be tolled again until the procession reached the church. After the service, the bell would again toll until the procession reached the cemetery. Because the cemetery is quite near the church and because the road leading there is narrow most walked there following the family who usually were taken by vehicle.

The ground for the cemetery was set aside nearly as soon as the sight of the church was planned. The first burials, I found, recorded in the cemetery are in 1852. Death was something that came to all families and friends and neighbors brought food and anything else that was needed to the grieving family. The men, usually the neighbors, dug the grave. Today, the church prepares a good meal for the family, friends and loved ones in addition to anything that might have been taken to the home.

We will celebrate the church’s 175th anniversary on Oct. 13.

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