Most church services — that is traditional Sunday go to meetings — have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For many the weekly time of worship and social gathering is being greatly missed. News from various religious dominations in Newton County once dominated community news. We share some of the accounts that appeared on the "Churches" column of the Newton County Times' Aug. 7, 1953, edition.

Christian Church

Sunday school was well attended and several came for church, but B.F. Keeter, who was to speak, didn't come. No word has been received as to why he did not preach here Sunday.

Miss Mary Helen Young gave a piano solo at the close of Sunday school. A program growing out of the need for young people has begun whereby each student in Sunday school has a definite place in the Sunday school program.

After Sunday school, everyone gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Halfaker to enjoy a picnic dinner. Among visitors present for this dinner were Mrs. Meginnes, Mrs. Carol, Dr. and Mrs. David Russell and son, Randy, Mrs. Argus Young and Imogene Hill.

Methodist Church

Rev. Calvin Roetzel, a student minister from Hendrix College who is working with the Methodist church at Harrison, filled he pulpit last Sunday. He preached on "The Raggedy Man," stating in his most inspirational talk that too many of us give too much of our time to other things leaving only the ragged edges for God's work, instead of putting first things first.

We welcomed as visitors Rev. and Mrs. A.R. Wolber and their four children from Texas who are spending a vacation at the place near Diamond Cave.

Rev. Earl Cravens of the Harrison Methodist Church will fill the pulpit on next Sunday in the absence of the Pastor, Rev. C.A. Simpson, who is attending school. Rev. Cravens will also fill the pulpit at Erbie in the afternoon, and C.D. Lentz will speak at Basin on Sunday night.

The Women's Society of Christian Service will meet at 2 p.m., Tuesday, at the home of Mrs. Margaret Phillips. Those desiring transportation will meet at the church at 1:45. The study of "Women in Scripture" will be continued with Mrs. Maud Towns as leader. The books have been received. Visitors are invited.

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