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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1954 BLVTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE THREE OSCEOLA NEWS 8,11). VIM, Start Sunbeams Donna Mears, Suzanne Lloyd, Becky Maxwell,, Donna Mitchell, Janie Bradley, Clifton Chitwood and Joe Vernon Jones singing theme songs. It's Not All Work—Teaching Class Of P re-School Age Youngsters By BETTY NELLE STARR Courier News Correspondent "Sunbeams," like these little angels, are enough that we pay tribute to National Sunday School Week, which begins Sunday. These, like millions of other children over our nation, are shining examples qf the what is meant by "as the twig is bent so leans the tree." We should considere it'a privilege and not a task to send our children chairs. ;V In those 23 years you might say, if you want to be modern, their theme song lias been, "Jesus Loves Me," it seems it lakes that song,to get started and is the favorite of all" children. Sunday Schools, once best known ds "Bible Schools," in Europe, arc instituted in e o n n e c I i o n with churches lor the encouragement ol Bible study, especially among to a place of worship.. Whether .it i young people and I can remember Is in a protcstant church, a Catho- I when the only grown ups who at- lie Church or a Jewish Synagogue. When it is all summed up, what difference does it make? If one of our children should die, do you think there would be onlj one denomination admitted through tended Sunday School were the teachers. Fnmi 1700's Sund/iy Schools are the outgrowth of a movement that began late in the 18th century and arc hardly the pearly Kates? The reason tor my | older than the American Republic, selection of this group ol children |Selecting this group from'the Methane) the pianist, Mrs. Spencer Driv- odist Church is fitting to the ex- er, is twofold. Mrs. Driver has rounded out 23 tent thai in America., the oists began the organization of sun- years as pianist for the Beginners , day Schools on a definite plan soon Class of the Methodist Church and } after the Revolutionary War, and that's a mighty good record ofluther denominations followed their hustling around every Sunday | example. morning to be on time when the i in 182-1 R voluntary union ol' four to six year old children arrive ; Christian workers of different de- to take their places in the little red j nominations was organized in Phil- adclphia, under the name of the "American Sunday School Union." Through missionaries, sent to all parts of the United States, this organization established thousands of schools, which was a far cry from the original idea inaugurated by a benevolent publisher of Gloucester. England, named Robert Rnikcs. Moved by the condition t of poor children in his town, he conceived the idea of gathering them together on Sundays and of HIRING women to teach them. His first so-called "Ragged School" was started in 1780. Children .Interested The children showed such interest in learning the word of God and singing hymns, probably like the ones sung in Sunday'Schools, now, thai workers such as John Wesley and George Whitefield, and even the queen herself, gave their support to the wonderful work Raikes was doing. The movement spread rapidly Raikes died In 1811 and by then. 400,COO children were attending Sunday schools, i have no idea of the number of children now enrolled, but I'm sure it would run into several millions. All of these youngster! havt been give nan equal chance to follow the right way of living by women who have devoted their time in molding their young lives along the right path, None Bad Mrs. Driver said, and I quote, there we no bad children who attend Sunday school, "Oh," she added "there are some who are mis- chie\ous and are wiggle-worms, but that is to be expected from a healthy, normal child, and for ongnial sayings, nobody ran compete with one too .\oting to attend STARR GAZING ° n the Smai s > de - Mrs. Driver recalls one Christmas when the teacher, Mrs- C. M. Harwell, (who, by the way, spent over 40 years teaching this class) had erected the manger scene to illustrate the lesson to children of the world-famous story of Jesus' birth. Mrs. Harwell told the story to the class as she had done every Christmas for 40 years, probably to some grandchild of her first pupils. After telling the story of the wise-men and the star in the east, no room in the inn—preparing the manger with star where the cows and horses stayed—she thought she had built the story up to the climax, so she asked the class "What WONDERFUL thing happened that night?" Jack Hendon (now 22 years old) pnd a freshman at Arkansas Tech after serving four years In the Ah Force) raised his hand and Mrs Harwell asked him to come forward and tell the class. He very proudly walked up and said "A cow stuck her head In the door." Mrs. Driver struck up the first tune that came to her mind to keep from letting the children - see her laugh and with all gusto she had left in her .she begun playing "Jingle Bells," and all the children joined in singing to the top of their little voices and no one but Mrs Harwell and Mrs. Driver were any the wiser. Star Performers Every Sunday, Mrs. Driver said, some child wants to sing a "solo" before the class and is always obliged. This is when they usually want Lo let off steam, she added. Usually the songs In their repertoire consists of songs other than Sunday School songs and one never knows what THAT solo might turn out to be. More than likely, it's a Christina song. Regardless whether its May c December they dote on "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." "White Christmans" and of course "Jingle Bells-" Children have such a vivid imagination at this age, Mrs. Driver continued. They actually believe they are birds, bulerflies, and what have you, when we pantominc our little songs. You can tell from the serious look in their eyes .that they actually become a part of the song. Mrs. Harwell was telling all th3 wonderful things God made. She asked "who makes the beautiful snow?" Of course in unison, the children all said, "God." After three or four questions, all with the same answer, Mrs. Harwell a.sked "And who make out little sisters and brothers?" The little girl answered, "That same man." "Please ..." One Sunday Mrs. Harwell told her class of youngsters, the story of Jesus and his disciples, being in a. boat when a storm came up anc. I Junk the funniest story that has come out of the Marilyn Monroe- Joe DiMrtggio episode was Marilyn telling how she loved ironing Joe's shirts tuul added"! like to look at Joe in a shirt I ivoued," I'd like to look at Joe in a shirt she had ironed, too, wouldn't you? Imagine making a salary of $15,000 n. month (or year* and standing on "Cheese- rake," to iron a shirt. You imagine it, 1 can't. The Pilgrims numbered 74 men the boat filled with water. Jesus had gone to sleep and the disciples awakened him by saying "Master, Master, we perish-" We all remember Jesus saying "Peace, be still," to the raging waters and there was peace. When the questioning time came, Mrs. Harwell asked the class what Jesus said to the raging waters and one little boy said "Stop it, stop it" another answered "Please be still" . . . t'.nd everything was. until Mrs Driver started playing "Robin, Robin Redbreast." With Mrs. Driver's background it is no wonder she is so well fit- t ted to fill her place in Sunday School. She was born in Marshall County, Miss., or as she says, "the sticKs of Mississippi," The little community lies between Tyro and Chulahoma, 18 miles from Holly Springs. I had never hen rd of Tyro or Chulahoma, but enjoying pilgrimages I didn't have to ask about Holly Springs. Her grandparents came to the little community before the Civil War and built their home of logs on a spot that was cleared for that purpose, using the timber to build the old home place. " • > It was a typical prc-Civll Wai- home with a "breezeway" running through the center • of the house. The bedrooms were on one side, the parlor and dining room on the other and the kitchen was built out in the back yard. This old home was occupied by the Harris family for three generations. Oak trees, as old as time, grew all around the place and across the road, wchrc the six Harris children played, the biggest oak of them all stood, which made H the favorite spot to play. . The roots of the tree stood up above the ground and in a child's imagination, they were dividing lines for the make believe 1 houses and church. Some of the roots — to the children — looked like a pipe organ Only America's First Choice Truck Gives You The First Choice Features! All these great advances thai mean more work per day... more work per dollar are yours in America's lowest-priced truck line! No wonder Chevrolet trucks are the biggest sellers of all! Now's the time to buy/ Gef our BIG DEAL! Save with a new Chevrolet! 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[j, e wee k end for the Saturday Knowing your limitations is the first step towards overcoming them. There is a bis difference between sound ideas and ideas thai sound good. The public doesn't give a hoot about your howl at a competitor. The old white mvm who mows tor better still, "butchers") my ,\ ard, always has to carry on a lengthy concersation nbout the other yards he niov/s. When he came this week he was obsessed with the dry weather ihia summer and the effect- it hud on every body's "scrubs," I (making conversation toot asked tf his customers watered their flowers lo keep UUMU from dying mid his answer was "well you know how it is Innrl I never doi this here town-water ain't got in it whul rain water's got," So maybe the old man's right. Here is a remedy I offer quite frequently. Try walking backward for nbout 3 minutes for a headache. It actually works, no fooling. 1 think It has something to do with reflex action 'r sumplng'. 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