United Club has Sept. 26 meeting

Posted 10/11/17

The United Club at the Golden Corral Restaurant met on Sept. 26.

Hostess Martha Bostic called the meeting to order and requested prayers for several people. The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag …

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United Club has Sept. 26 meeting

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The United Club at the Golden Corral Restaurant met on Sept. 26.

Hostess Martha Bostic called the meeting to order and requested prayers for several people. The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag was given and Bettie Marlowe offered prayer.

To honor the war dead and the Gold Star mothers, Bostic had the devotion on the Bible. Shawn Markie, club recorder, led the Bible pledge. She spoke briefly on the Bible, saying she carried an old Bible around with her — one she’s had since the 1960s.

In 1964, when she was diagnosed with Addison’s disease after her youngest child was born, she managed to get a hold of her Bible — “I felt like if I don’t get that Bible, I’m going to die.” The next morning her family was there after being called by the hospital “because they thought I was gong to die.”

The Bible, she said, is sold more than any other book and there is probably less reading of it. She read Revelation 22:18-20.

Bostic introduced the guest speaker, Vicki Smith, who works at The Church of God headquarters. She is the widow of the late Stephen Smith, who served as general overseer of the church nine years.

Smith’s subject for discussion was “Stand Up For Jesus.”

Smith read an article about the financial collapse on Sept. 25, 1857. She had been unaware of that depression, which happened before the Civil War broke out. Churches of different denominations — Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists — they were all preaching about the need for renewed prayer and for revival, she said.

She noted the number of suicides took a big upturn as people lost hope. Meanwhile a publication called The Presbyterian, observed on Jan. 30, 1858, that “it had never seen a more hopeful prospects for a general and powerful revival of religion: God must be about to visit the churches with a special manifestation of his grace.”

Reading from the article, Smith said, “While the religious press and the preachers of Philadelphia were calling for revival, there was also a weekly prayer meeting going on at the YMCA. This strongly evangelical organization, and I don’t think we think of it so much that way anymore, but that was the beginning of the YMCA: Young Men’s Christian Association.

“The YMCA had been founded about 12 or 14 years earlier in London. It was a way to help the young men adapt to city life, because they were moving in to work in the factories from the farms and to the give them something to do to stay out of trouble.

“The YMCA was started to teach them about the Lord and to have prayer meetings and Bible studies. So, about three years before the bank closures one (YMCA) had been established in Philadelphia. The YMCA was boldly instrumental in proclaiming, ‘Jesus is Coming Soon!’ and there was a significant increase in religious interest.”

One of the leaders of this revival movement was Dudley A. Tyng. Smith read. “Mr. Tyng was greatly distressed over the issue of slavery and he spoke openly against it. He began preaching at the YMCA Bible prayer meetings and other meetings where there would be thousands in attendance. One rally was held on March 30, 1858 with 5,000 men in attendance and as many as 1,000 were said to have been converted that day. A thousand people gave their hearts to the Lord in one day in one noontime YMCA meeting.

“Tyng’s said, ‘I must tell my master’s errand and I would rather that this right arm was amputated at the trunk then that I should come short of my duty to you in delivering God’s message.’ It was serious to him.” 

Later he was injured critically in a farm accident, had his arm amputated and a few days later, died, Smith said. His father asked if he had any parting words and a few moments later he opened his eyes and he loudly and distinctly said, “Now father, I am ready. Father, stand up for Jesus.”

His close friend and follow minister, George Duffield Jr. preached the funeral with his text, Ephesians 6:14. To close his sermon, he read a six-stanza poem he had written to sum up his message and the poem, of course was inspired by his friend Dudley Tyng, who had just died. The poem was printed in a Baptist publication and George James Webb would later composed the tune, which is still sung today and it’s in hymnals in all kinds of churches. It became a popular song in the camps in the Civil War, which began just three years later, So both the Confederate and Union armies sang this song.

After Smith read the hymn, she concluded, “In our day of trying, it’s important that we stand up for Jesus. We are in uncertain times.”

Smith offered the closing prayer and blessing over the food. The door prize was won by Markie, compliments of Steve Robinson, Cleveland Plywood.

Others attending were Hilda Sutton, Martha Ledford, Pat Thompson, Barbara Hargraves and Shirley Shadden.

The next meeting will be held at Golden Corral Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 31. For more information on the United Club, contact Bostic at 479-9207; or Charles or Joanie Lupo at 478-5766; or Markie at 476-5426; visit website: https://www.facebook.com/UnitedClubOfCleveland.

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