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 ll[gmilliBRiiBlilii Thursday, Septeml)er 24, 20(i9 --The (;Icnvillc I)cmocr:t! i ii i iil i!ili i i i J ============================================================================================== :::::::::::::::::::::::::: ===================================================== :!: ::::>.::: -.:i..4:.:..x:, ...... .:::,  :.: ........................ :.+...... . -,. .... .. : .:..:: ........... ::,.. ;, i ii!  i iiiiiiii, JOB'S TEMPLE OFFICERS -- In this year of 2009, the Job's Temple Association's officers continue to work hard in their volunteer efforts, because of their steadfast commitment to the preservation of this historic site for the benefit of former members, their families, and the general public who appreciate Gilmer County and West Virginia history. The following are the Association's officers: Fred Radabaugh-lst Vice President (left to right); Louella Maxwell Stalnaker-Treasurer (unable to be present at this event); Charles Arbanas- Secretary; Bob Maxwell-President; and Norman Wetzel-2nd Vice President. Most importantly, these Association officers affirm that this church is fortunate to have so many devoted and unsung volunteers and contributors who, likewise, want to see the historic church preserved for future generations. (Filephoto from The Glenville Democrat's Archives) GREAT TIMING FOR GRAND NEWS -- Most of the Homecoming's visitors were surprised and delighted when Mr. Randall Reid-Smith (center, with check), West Virginia's Commissioner of Culture and History, attended the Sunday morning church service and, afterwards at the Business Meeting, announced a $32,500 preservation grant from State Government in order to give a gigantic boost to the Association in its efforts to restore the aging and deteriorating structural sections. Joining in on this peak moment in Job's Temple's history are the following officers and directors: Bob Maxwell (l-r), Betty Bland Volkers, Monte Pickens, Stanley Pickens, Ed Wetzel, (Mr. Ried-Smith), Keith Dodson, Charles Arbanas, Duane Woofter, and Fred Radabaugh. The 72nd Annual Homecoming will start at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 8, 2010. Don't forget to place that date on your 2010 calendar! PRAYING AND SINGING -- Several times during the Sun. morning, Aug. 9, 2009 worship service, the Homecoming audience bowed their heads in prayer or, in this case, sang hymns. In fact, the small log church was filled with the old institution's enthusiastic family faithful, who sang many of the traditional gospel songs that once rang out in the church when this devout rural congregation was active and met on Sundays weekly between 1865 and 1912. i!iii!iti!iiiii;iii JOB'S TEMPLE BUSINESS MEETING--Charles Arbanas (standing), Secretary of the Job's Temple Association, always gives a run-down of the previous year's Homecoming and its Business Meeting. The Fairfax, VA gentleman's thorough report emphasized that the many families with connections to the historic church had been very generous since last year. These on-going contributions help in the upkeep of the aging church, its cemetery and grounds. The officers and visitors, through their hard work and/or generosity, helped to establish a good ..... working endowment to assure the continuing maintenance. At the same time, he lamented that the Upkeep Committee has found that the bui!ding's back wall is bowing out, so money will have to be raised to repair it. (See related photo to the righO Late.r, he, along with the other officers, stressed that although the State Government's restoration grant was a substantial $32,500, the total project has a cost estimate .... .... of $65,000. The officers credited Cedarvilte's Jim Bailey with writing the ; ...... grant for the state funding. LOGS ON BACK OF CHURCH HAVE BEEN BOWING OUT: JOB'S TEMPLE OFFICERS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS. SEE CONTRACTOR'S NOTICE ON LEGAL PAGE 13 IN THIS ISSUE. CHURCH SERVICE IS POPULAR FEATURE OF HOMECOMING -- A large crowd solemnly entered the historic church on Sun., Aug. 9. After all, it was the landmark 71st Anniversary of the Homecoming's establishment in 1936. Several memorials to the founders and early members were given, especially at the Luncheon Program. After the Benediction that officially ended the service, these filled pews thinned out a little, as the annual Job's Temple Association's business meeting took place in the historic hall. their tO the left,:the backW! #fhe !#9 Church is Sh0!n9 deeri#a!i 5y hewing out 0f !ae; 5(#Y eeding rehabilitation iSweAkne has been reported;by 0Pee mittee Chairrnan ;Noman: iEdtl Wetzel: of Smithsburg MD forhe past several years. SO t was musi t# h e of the ASsoc ati#n! drillers ad aendee when the statets:! 50o steration grani w uc  !hat Sd match the slat# fU ! de tO #Y for the reSt0rat onls est mated tota Contribti5 to he!P h!S fd aIeg cn be mailed te: ; dobls Temple AssOciationi!i c/o Loueiia Stainaei ...... Treasurer; 9 OretZ Di Glevi|iei WV2635i: ; VISITING DIGNITARIES-- Among the many visiting dignitaries at this year's Job's Temple's Homecoming were from left to right: Glenville State College's First Lady Betsy Barr, President Peter Barr, and Associate Professor Jim Goll, a visitor. The President and First Lady enjoyed conversing with Dr. Goll, a former GSC chemistry professor and now an Edgewood College teacher in Madison, WS. Dr. and Mrs. Barr are regulars at this Homecoming, with the President having given the main luncheon speech about two years ago. Dr. Goll, however, was delighted with being a"first-timer" at the friendly gathering-- experiencing the kindly welcome that is a rich tradition, in which Gilmer County excels. AFTERNOON GOSPEL SINGERS -- Like last year, Bobby and Ruth Kuhl, of Ashland, OH, were the afternoon gospel singers at this year's homecoming for their third appearance in a row. The popular singers, both natives of Gilmer county, entertained the luncheon crowd with hymns, such as "Old Country Church," "The Family Bible," and "Old Rugged Cross." They were also glad to see their many friends at this 71 st Homecoming. I A JOYFUL LUNCHEON SPEAKER -- The always happy Mrs. Betty Bland Volkers, a retired Kanawha County music teacher with deep family roots in Gilmer County, gave a fascinating talk, noting many of her memories of previous Homecomings. In fact, she annually hosts her Maxwell family's summer reunion at her cottage and its extensive grounds, located near the church. As part of her effort to help renovate the church, she kindly offered her grounds to the potential construction firm to set up their construction operations. FAMILY TALK AND A GOOD-BYE UNTIL NEXT YEAR -- Bob Maxwell (I-r), the Job's Temple Association's President, chats with and consoles two cousins, Danny and Teresa Maxwell, of SR 5 West in Gilmer County, who recently tragically lost their young grandson. The lad was buried in the Job's Temple Cemetery, among other family members. The Homecoming is perhaps the only time during the year that cousins and other relatives that once used this majestic church can get-together. And, they hate to say, "Good-bye," until the next year.