CHURCH HISTORY 2014

Oak Ridge ARP Church 2774 McIlwain Road Heath Springs, SC 29058

Rev. Glenn Welsford, Minister

Catawba Presbytery

Church History January -December 2014

Diane Swofford: Church Historian


January 2014

Youth attended the "Big God" conference in Myrtle Beach, SC, from December 30, 2013 to January 2, 2014.

 

On January 10th, after a brief illness, we were saddened to lose our dear friend and advisor, Theron Hudson, 83, when he went home to be with the Lord. Mr. Hudson was a long-time member and respected Elder of the church. His love for Oak Ridge continues as he leaves as a legacy his children and grandchildren who continue in service and support to Oak Ridge.


There was a congregational meeting following the worship service on January 19th. Mr. Rusty Crenshaw presented the 2014 budget to those present. It was approved as presented by the members present. Mr. Rusty Crenshaw was nominated and elected to another term as Congregational Leader. Mrs. Yvonne Crenshaw was nominated and graciously accepted another term as church Treasurer.

 

Fe6ruary 2014

On February 1st, Betty Couch Cauthen, 85, was called home by the Father. Mrs. Cauthen was a member of many years and was instrumental in establishing the Eva Maloney Circle in 1953. She will certainly be well-remembered and missed by the church.


February 16th following the worship service, Mr. Rusty Crenshaw presented the Oak Ridge ARP Church Financial Report for 2014.


The Deacons and Elders met on February 22nd in a 3 hour planning meeting to discuss growing the church.


March 2014

March 3rd will be remembered as the day that Troy "Vernon" Crenshaw, 73, passed from this world into God's keeping. Mr. Crenshaw was raised in and was a long-time member of Oak Ridge ARP Church.


March 14th and 15th the ladies of the church held a bake sale at the semi-annual Elgin Volunteer Fire Department BBQ. Proceeds from the sale, which totaled $1,181, were split between the Lancaster Children's Home and Camp Joy.


March 31st was the date for a {{Pack Your Pew Lunch" held in the Family Life Center following the morning worship service.

 

April 2014

The Eva Maloney Circle hosted a Ladies' Spring Brunch in the Family Life Center on April 5th. Brooke Brycko, a missionary candidate with World Witness, spoke on "Faith and Courage vs. Doubt and Fear", taken from her studies of Deuteronomy 1:19-46. This event was attended by more than 60 ladies from the Lancaster area.


On Sunday, April 6th the congregation celebrated communion. The choir sang a special selection, "In Remembrance of Me" in preparation for the sacraments.

The Deacons and Elders met on April 12th for a planning session. The bulletin on April 13th contained a survey, the results of which, the Deacons and Elders will use to identify the interests and ideas of the congregation. The survey will be used to establish groups and committees to advance the goals of the church in the future.


On April 28th, Evelyn Crenshaw Hunter, 88, a long-time member of the church, went home to be with the Lord.


Sheryl Thomas, Debbie Hudson and Tonya Adams worked during the month of April collecting items to support Camp Joy.


May 2014

In the absence of our pastor on Sunday, May 4th, Pastor Tom Wilson of 1st ARP Church of Lancaster led worship and delivered the message.


The youth of the church left Lancaster on May 17th to deliver items donated to help those stricken by spring floods and tornadoes in Conway, Arkansas.


Elders and Deacons of the church met on May 11th to review the surveys returned by the congregation and continue planning efforts.


On May 28th, a former member of Oak Ridge, Jacqueline Crenshaw, beloved mother of Rusty & Yvonne Crenshaw and sister of Janett Crenshaw passed from this life to the next.


June 2014

The church was pleased to welcome seven new members on Sunday, June 8th. Following are the names of our new members: Mrs. Eva Maloney; Sharon Shute; Maxie Rutledge; Kevin, Diana and Nicholas Knight; and Ira Small.

 

On Father's Day, Sunday, June 15th the flowers in the sanctuary were given in memory of William Everett Hagins and Brenda Opal by Rose Hagins and Dianne Swofford. The flowers were presented to the oldest and youngest fathers present; Jesse Crenshaw and Joe Mcisaac respectively.


July 2014

A salad lunch for the ladies of the church was held on Friday, July 18th. The luncheon was hosted at the home of Linda Welsford.


Mr. Dariusz Brycko, missionary candidate with World Witness, brought the message at the morning worship service on Sunday, July 20th, in the absence of the pastor.

 

August 2014

On Sunday, August 3rd a new church directory was placed in each bulletin. The directory contains names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses.


The ladies of the Circle provided beach towels and sunscreen to the Lancaster Children's Home in support of summer activities for the children.


We were pleased to be joined by Chip Sherer of Bonclarken on Sunday, August 24th. Mr. Sherer took a few minutes to update everyone on events and activities at Bonclarken.


Septem6er 2014

A group of ladies from the church attended the Living Proof Live Simulcast with Beth Moore at the Bethlehem Baptist Church.


Communion was celebrated at the morning worship service on Sunday, September 28th.

 

Octo6er 2014

The first of two events planned in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the church was held on Saturday, October 4th. Everyone enjoyed a buffet provided by the ladies of the church followed by a slide/picture presentation put together by Bobby Hudson and Billy Crenshaw showing the history of Oak Ridge. An old time cake walk was held following the church history with homemade cakes provided by Brenda Criminger, Linda Faulkenberry, Debbie Hudson, Mary Ellen Rutledge and Ginny Vandersnick. The evening closed with the announcement of the winners of “The Price is Right, 1939". Eleven items were given to those who guessed closest to the correct price of that item at the time of our church's founding.

 

Sunday, October 12th was chosen by the Elders to celebrate our 75th anniversary. Mrs. Eva Maloney, l05, the first pianist of Oak Ridge played a piano prelude receiving a standing ovation from the congregation of over 125. The choir contributed a hymn from 1939 and Debbie Truesdale and Mike Crenshaw did a medley of Bible songs. The Rev. Charles Steele, who pastored Oak Ridge (and Pleasant Hill) from 1972 to 1976, gave the message. We were pleased to be joined by several former pastors; the Rev. Bill Fleming and his wife Joy, the Rev. Langdon Erwin and his wife Sandra, and of course Rev. Steele and his wife Ida Rose. At the center of a photograph taken to mark this occasion was Mrs. Eva Maloney, matriarch of Oak Ridge and widow of our first pastor the Rev. Dr. James L. "Roy" Maloney. The church service was followed by a covered dish lunch in the Family Life Center. The buffet tables set-up and decorated on Friday didn't provide the space necessary for all the food brought in, additional tables were needed. This time of fellowship with family and friends was enjoyed and will long be remembered by all.


On Sunday, October 19th following a brief illness, our friend Robert “Bobby" L. Johnson, 70, went home to be with the Lord. Bobby will be missed for his ready smile and the welcome he always extended to visitors and friends alike.


Billy R. Crenshaw a life-long member of Oak Ridge and respected Elder passed into God's keeping unexpectedly on October 30th. Mr. Crenshaw was a wealth of knowledge on the history of our church and the person most went to when they had historical questions, he had such a treasure of institutional knowledge of the church. His steady support and love for the church will be greatly missed.

 

 

Novem6er 2014

The church participated in the collection of shoe boxes for Samaritan's Purse again this year. Tony Crenshaw organized the collection of the Christmas shoe boxes with a turn in date of Sunday, November 16th.


Charter member David Phillips attended worship on Sunday, November 16th, and spoke briefly to the congregation.


On Sunday, November 23rd, the church took part in the annual Community Thanksgiving service. The congregations of Oak Ridge ARP, Elgin Baptist and St. Luke United Methodist Church met at St. Luke. Refreshments presented by the ladies of the hosting church were enjoyed following the service.

 

Mr. David Huffman gave the sermon on Sunday November 30th in the absence of the Pastor.

 

Decem6er 2014

On Saturday, December 13th the church celebrated Christmas with our annual church dinner. As always, there was a wide variety of food prepared by the ladies of the church.


The choir, under the direction of our Music Director, Diane Dix, performed the Christmas cantata "The First Noel" on Sunday, December 14th,


Paul Knight, the son of Kevin and Diana Knight, and grandson of Jerry and Helen Knight was graduated from the University of South Carolina on Monday, December 15th. Prayers from the church go with Paul as he moves into this new phase of his life.


The congregation was pleased to welcome new members Clinton and Diane Dix on Sunday, December 21st. Individually, Clinton and Diane have both been a great blessing to our church. Clinton most notably as a Sunday School teacher and Diane for the beautiful music she provides and the direction of our choir.


The ladies of the church met at the home of Linda Wellsford on December 22nd for lunch. Those who attended thoroughly enjoyed this time of fellowship.


The Christmas Eve candlelight service and communion was held the evening of December 24th. This annual event is always anticipated by the congregation as an important event in the advent season.

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