Sunday, November 07, 2010


Rural Life Sunday & Homecoming @ Tinney Chapel, Sunday, November 7

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Don't Miss Homecoming & Rural Life Sunday @ Tinney Chapel November 7

Members of Tinney Chapel United Methodist Church invite the public to share a celebration of Homecoming and Rural Life Sunday on November 7, with special music provided by local talent during a cabaret style setting in the church’s Family Life Center auditorium.

Following the 9:30 a.m. Sunday School program and worship service at 11:00 a.m., an old-fashioned washtub stew, cornbread and desserts will be provided by the members of the Tinney Chapel congregation, which has twice received the North Texas Conference award for best rural ministry.

Wagon and train rides, games and contests after this special lunch will include such favorites as Ronny Ellison’s rooster chase scramble event, in which winners actually take home their captured roosters, and much more.

Rural Life Sunday’s celebration and Homecoming will be held on three rustic rural acres surrounding Tinney Chapel’s spacious Family Life Center.

Tinney Chapel is located two miles south of Winnsboro on FM 312, then one-quarter mile east on CR 4620.

Rural Life Sunday at Tinney Chapel is the modern equivalent of old-time harvest festivals, which took root in a pre-industrial United States, then largely an agricultural nation steeped in agrarian culture.

One might also compare Rural Life Sunday to some Old Testament feasts which celebrated God's favor by honoring divine blessings of bountiful harvest seasons.

To this writer, Rural Life Sunday recalls a personal birthright: A hardscrabble farm boyhood spent wresting sustenance from the soil, a time when I learned to love my neighbors as those who assisted me in agricultural emergencies, comforted me during periods of family crises and nourished my soul during Sunday School and worship at Tinney Chapel.

Here, at the quintessential country church, congregants arrive for this event in denim or the equivalent, mimicking the ideal of farm work clothing.

A few years ago, one of Tinney Chapel's long-time members, Bobbie Hollingsworth, sang the praises of this annual event: It's important, and we all look forward to it, she said. That was the year that one of our church's Certified Lay Speakers, Angela Wylie, compiled a booklet of letters by church members expressing why they love their church.

A rural church is where God seems closest, said Angela at that time. She mentioned the fields surrounding Tinney Chapel's rural campus, the wide open sky above, the sweet air and, of course, the history of this 110-year-old country church.

Tinney Chapel received the Marvin T. Judy Award for Excellence In Rural Ministry in 2002 and 2004, and also received the Kate Warnick Award for Best Church Story in 2004 for Arvinell McClaren's history book, Going To The Chapel.

This is an annual event that you don't want to miss!

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