New London ME Church - Claude Heilenman

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t-.ll t-.ll Nuggets of Interest Concerning People, Places and Things, By O. W. MITCHELL. New London M. E. Church. NO. 36, THIS CHURCH is not as ancient as the Presbyterian Church less than a mile to the south of it, but it has figured in the religious religious life of New London, Pa , since 1851. Its meetings were first held in the Academy, but later in the year th ground floor of the Odd Fellows Hall was rented, and this served as a place of worship until 1904, when the present brick edifice was erected. Its first board of trustees consisted of Joshua Connor. James Roney, William William Rudolph. Jr.. Thomas Stilley, John Montgomery, James Connor. Benjamin Seal, James Lysle and David Thomas. Tn iQ"?a its hoard of trustees com prised George W. Anderson, Lid'.e Hoopes, oscar - Hoopes, unu David Fisher. Joseph Kropp and Frank Adcock. . The older residents win rememoex the strange incident that occurred in the old place of worship here on August 17, 1831. when during a thunder storm a bolt of lightning struck th church and killed the pas tor, the Rev. Jonas Bissey, who was in the pulpit? at the time, rie was the first person to be laid to rest in the graveyard at the rear of the church. marble shaft of the obelisk type, avwinfc six fppt hish. marks his rest ing place, and bears the following inscription: "In Memory of Rev. Jonas Bissey of the Philada. Conference Killed in the Pulpit of the M. E. Church at New London by Lightning August 17, 1851. in his 42nd year of his age and the 19th Year of his Ministry. For he was a eood man, and full of the Holy Ghost, and of faith and much people was added unto the Lord. Acts. 11, a, 24." When the writer was a boy New London was one of four churches on a circuit, the others being Landen-burg. Landen-burg. Landen-burg. Flint Hill and Elk Ridge. Among the pastors who served this circuit we name Rev. A. W. Quimby. who lived in Landenburg and walked to the four places of worship; Eph-raim Eph-raim Eph-raim Potts, John Shields and Math-ias Math-ias Math-ias Bamhill. . There have been many changes since then and there are now only two churches on the circuit, New London and Flint Hill. Elk Ridge has been closed for some years as a place of worship, and Landenburg has a pastor of its own. The present pastor of the New London circuit is the Rev. Claude L. Heilenman. tThe next article in this series, entitled entitled "Elijah Baker," will be printed in an early issue. Editor.)

Clipped from The News Journal06 May 1930, TuePage 6

The News Journal (Wilmington, Delaware)06 May 1930, TuePage 6
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