New Minister Energizes Church

19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Sunday, July 19, 1914:  Went to Sunday School this morning. Ruth and I went to church this evening.


The days are still long. Maybe it was still light when Grandma and her sister Ruth walked down this road toward home.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:


Wow, church twice in a day! Sounds like your new minister has more services than the old one. Is he as good as the old one? How are his sermons?

The previous minister left in January. On January 4, 1914 Grandma wrote:

Our minister is going to leave soon. He preached his farewell sermon today. I am so sorry to see him go. There were some misty eyes in church this afternoon.

After he left Grandma occasionally mentioned that there was no church because there was no minister. On March 29, 1914, she wrote:

Went to Sunday school this afternoon. Attended church, which isn’t very often since we don’t have a regular preacher as yet. . .

The new one came two weeks prior to this entry. On July 5, 1914 she wrote:

Our new preacher took up his charge today. Am glad that one is secured at last.

13 Responses

  1. I like that the two sisters went together. :)
    Diana xo

  2. Church seems such an important part of their social life.

  3. At that age, I was looking for every excuse NOT to go to church!

  4. A good friend of mine has kept me updated on their small country church’s efforts to replace their pastor. It isn’t easy.

  5. I’ll bet you already know whether we will get more info about the new minister. I hope so, ’cause I’m looking forward to it.

  6. I wonder how long children continued to go to Sunday school – at some point were they considered too old to attend?

  7. She certainly seems happy with the new minister!

  8. Must have felt good to have everything in proper order at the church again.

  9. Yes, at our church, we have Sunday School classes for everyone: including adults!
    I like that sweet country photo.

  10. I figure Sundays was probably a special treat for them for socializing along with worship.

  11. This sounds like good news!

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