By Ralphine Major

There is a message before you even enter:  Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control.  The words of Galations 5:22-23, known as the fruit of the Spirit, are engraved in the building at the church’s entrance.

Several members of Clear Springs Baptist Church invited us to join their celebration on Sunday, September 25.  The parking lot had rows of antique cars and tractors for Old-Timers’ Day at the big, modern church.  A step inside the lobby was like stepping back in time.  On display was old-time farm equipment and household furnishings that included cabinets, a stove, and sewing machine.  Lots of beautiful, handmade quilts were draped across the balcony and could be seen hanging inside the church sanctuary, also.  A huge continental breakfast was served with a variety of delicious selections!  Many church members dressed in their old-fashioned dresses and overalls.  For those anxious to hear the old hymns, they were not disappointed.  Music director Mike Tipton had a full slate of treasured hymns for the congregation to enjoy during the food and fellowship hour as well as the morning worship service.  With banjo, violin, guitar, and keyboard music in the background, words of timeless hymns filled the rafters:  “I Feel Like Traveling On,” “The Unclouded Day,” “I’ll Fly Away,” “Kneel at the Cross,” and so many more.  Even the children’s choir sang a medley of hymns.  Morning worship concluded with an inspirational message by long-time pastor, Rev. Jerry Vittatoe.

By the time the old-fashioned memorabilia is put away, it will be time to gear up for the special Trunk-or-Treat event!