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Page 14 The (,lenville l)emocrat Thursday, September 24, 2009 A NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE -- One of the most popular historical sites in Gilmer County is Job's Temple. Constructed in the early 1860s, the distinctive log church is now listed on the prominent National Register of Historic Places. Moreover, since the 1970s, the Job's Temple Association, Inc., a non-profit preservation corporation, has restored and maintained this Civil War Era Methodist church and its cemetery and grounds, which are located about 10 miles west of Glenville on State Route 5. Growing in popularity yearly, the annual Homecoming in 2009 proved to be well-attended, being a lively, sociable, instructional and prayerful assembly for the descendants of its former members, in addition to greeting about 100 visitors, who wanted to become immersed in Gilmer County and West Virginia's rich and colorful history. HYMN SINGING As the Job,s Temple Homec0ming's regular music director, Betty Bland Volkers, helped to create the historical ambience that the worshipers nostalgically recalled at the church in years past. with the singing of old hymns. With traditional favorites, such as "My Country 'Tis of Thee," Fih f ..... at o Our Fathers, and The Church in the Wildwood," being sung, the packed house had a chance to participate andto be satisfied with this rousing recreation of generations gone by. A WARM WELCOMING -- As usual, Robert C. "Bob" Maxwell (standing in the doorway, facing camera), who is the Job's Temple Association, I nc.'s President, cordially extends his hand in greeting the day's visitors, many of whom have travelled great distances and at great expense to connect with their Gilmer County family's heritage at the historic log church and to reunite with their families and old friends. Other officers and Board of Directors also help on the inside in welcoming those many supporters of the church. The Job's Temple Homecomings have been taking place since the late 1930s -- giving the historic church's families and friends an opportunity to travel back to their ancestral county, to reunite and to reminisce on the second Sunday of each August. ::;::...:. .!#.i:.i].(iii::: :;ii::: : ;::' " , ........ ...... .....ii....., :iii::" 2 ; ............ r::is;." ..... !!!!:i!:i!iS CHURCH'S YOUNG PEOPLE APPRECIATED -- As a part of the 2009 Job's Temple's Homecoming, many of the youngsters in the church's large family were asked to be photographed together after the service's completion. The importance of preserving this historical Job's Temple national and local landmark is for posterity, so young people are encouraged to attend these homecomings and to become involved from an early age. PREACHER BILL SPEAKS -- Like last year, the Rev. William R. "Bill" Thomas, now a Parkersburg area pastor and a Hospice chaplain, preached at the regular morning worship service. At that prayerful time, he sermonized about the importance of keeping the faith throughout a person's lifetime. Preacher Bill, who had been the interim pastor at The First Baptist Church of Glenville for a couple of years of late, asserted, "People are challenged at various times in their lives, but, remember, God is with you in the best of times and the worst of times. It's healthy to question God, because we need to think more about him." Continuing, he explained. "Oftentimes it is difficult to understand God's ways, but thank God for his encouragement and, most of all, for being by our sides at all times." Preacher Bill also recognized and praised the young people present at this annual service: "They are the future!" CHECKING IN THE HOMECOMING CROWD FOR DINNER-- Every year for as long as most people can remember, the Radabaugh Family, of nearby Radabaugh Farms, volunteers to check in the Job's Temple Homecoming's attendees for the delicious dinner, after the Sunday church service and Association's Business Meeting have been concluded. In fact, at the start of the morning's activities, and as the visitors enter the church, this Job's Temple family passes out the morning's church programs and the listing of hymns to be sung. From ieft to right are Jane, Doris (seated), Roy, and Mary--all Radabaughs. THE TRADITIONAL CHOIR AREA -- During the church.service, the choir normally sits in the upper right corner of the holy place. While there wasn't an official choir there this year, the pictured people were pretty good singers and musicians. Also, a couple of volunteers were charged with "passing the hat." Moreover, the crowd of over 100 demonstrated their steadfast loyalty to this church by gaving several thousands of dollars. Now, if you couldn't attend ths year's activities, you can still aid this noble preservation cause by sending a tax-deductible contribution to the: "Job's Temple Association," c/o Louella Stalnaker, Treasurer, 9 Lorentz Dr., Glenville, WV 26351. FOLLOWING IN THE TRADITION OF "PREACHER BOB" -- Like last year, in this year's Job's Temple Homecoming's worship service, Robert H. "Chip" Nicholas, the son of the late Preacher Bob Nicholas, who handled the worship service for over 20 years, continued that grand tradition. A talented musician, Chip sang and played a couple of his late father's favorite old hymns that the congregations of years past would have been familiar with and would have loved. Good Publicity Always Helps Support the Job's Temple renovation and improvement fund! This stately log church, completed in 1865, is on the Na- tional Register of His- toric Places; thus, it is a National Historic Landmark. This shrine is yet another good reason to be proud of our Gilmer County heritage! 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Bill Thomas and West Virginia's Commissioner of Culture and History, Randall Reid-Smith, of Charleston. A crowd of about 50 partook of the meals and got ready to enjoy the afternoon program's music and speakers I