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New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian to mark 200 years

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Dinner on the grounds will be provided free of charge by the church and for all people who will come to rejoice in the Lord for his manifold provisions. The after-worship luncheon will be followed by live musical entertainment as well as old-fashioned games and contests, local crafter, pony rides for kids. There will be historical recollections, and much more.

Many members will wear period costumes to accent the churchs connection with the past and hopes for the future.

The 2 p.m. outdoor service will focus on the future, with good will expressed from local community dignitaries, special music, the placement of a 100-year time capsule for the benefit of the people living on that day a millennium from now, that is if the Lord awaits His coming until then, said Senior Pastor Vernon Burrow.

No reservations are needed for all but the dinner on the grounds which organizers ask that you RSVP by phone at 449-7020, e-mail at, or by going to the website at

We would especially appreciate contact information for any relatives or friends who have been a part of the past so we can send them a special invitation, Burrow said, adding you should use the same addresses listed above for the information.

The founding of the New Hope church was a part of the Revival of 1800 on what was then the American Frontier. Many of the mainline churches at that time had difficulty connecting with the frontier people on this side of the Appalachians, and several new denominations formed, including the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Hope was established after very intense and successful camp meetings were held in the area by itinerant Presbyterian preachers. The word Cumberland came from the geographical location. The word Presbyterian came from our doctrinal and governmental heritage. The Cumberlands adapted methods to more successfully reach souls for Christ and as a result a new denomination was formed, Burrow said.

A part of the work of the Cumberlands was the establishment of Cumberland University, located in Lebanon, Tennessee, he added.

Burrow noted that attendees of the Wilson County Fair will note the little church on the grounds in Fiddlers Grove. That building once housed the Melrose Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Melrose Church and New Hope were near each other, and when they combined with New Hope, they used the New Hope facility. Several years later the Melrose building was moved to the fairgrounds in the Fiddlers Grove pioneer village.

In addition to Burrow, Brad Unland serves as pastor of youth and Ben Spicer is the director of music at New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Serving as Bicentennial Committee chairs are Robert Haynes and Karen White.

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