November 9, 1988, members of the Cemetery Section, recommended, and it was approved, that the Church accept an Acton Memorial in the form of a wrought iron arch, to be placed over the middle gate of the west entrance to the Cemetery, in memory of William and Lou Acton.
On Saturday, December 17, 1988, the young people of the Church had their annual Hayride and Carol Sing. They went to Tall Timber Trailer Park, where they sang Christmas Carols and gave a Puppet Show. The people at Tall Timber served delicious refreshments to the group. This visit to Tall Timber has been an annual event since the Christmas of 1968, when Mr. T. C. Grant first brought them there for a program of Christmas music. The people of Tall Timber always look forward to their visit.
On January 4, 1989, Stan Cook, Sr. Chairman of the Properties Committee, gave a report of his committee, stating that the steps to the fire escape were completed, safety lights in the Sanctuary had been installed by Mr. Ken Peterson, the mercury light was repaired by Mr. Hal McDonnell, and the Pastorium was painted by Mr. Bill Hartman. Other future maintenance needs were listed, such as a need for some new bathroom fixtures, replacing of some windows in the Fellowship Hall, replacing shingles on the Church building, painting the inside of the Church, and repairing the kitchen addition, which was falling in. At a later date it was reported that most of the needed repairs had been made.
In February of 1989, it was decided that the Easter Sunrise Service on March 26, at 7:00 A.M. would be extended to include participation from other Churches in the Community. The service would still be a function of our Church and the service itself would ref1ect this.
On March 25, 1989, a Cemetery Heritage Day was held. The bus left the Church at 8:30 A.M. and stopped first at the site of the original Church and Cemetery. A small wooden cross was placed at the site of the original Church. The group then proceeded to the John Conner Graham Cemetery where a former Deacon, Peter Laboard Durisoe, and his wife, Elizabeth Jane Graham Duke Durisoe, are buried. Elizabeth Jane Durisoe was the first President of our W.M.U. After a short program and a Hymn, the group then went to the Pine Grove Methodist Church Cemetery, near Conner, where many of the early pioneers in our Community are buried. The next stop was the Gore Cemetery, at Lacota, then the Hull Cemetery, where a former Pastor, Benjamin I. Hull, and his wife, are buried. The next stop was the Chalker-Stanaland Cemetery, where one of our very earliest Preachers, Rev. S. T. Stanaland, and his wife are buried. The last stop was at our own Ocklawaha Bridge Baptist Church Cemetery, where a program honoring James H. Parramore, one of the first persons buried in the Cemetery, was held.
At each stop, the group sang a Hymn, which all of us remembered from earlier days. Everyone agreed that each Hymn was quite appropriate for the Cemetery.
A brown bag lunch was then held in the Fellowship Hall. It was an inspiring day for all who were able to attend.
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