September 19, 2016
Ridge Spring News
The Harvest Festival will be Oct. 13-15
Parade, Cake and Pie Contest Bingo and more information
On web site and facebook
I sure hope you are trying out your recipes. Bo Banks of Bank’s Drugs is sponsoring the event on October 14th. Daisy Rutland and Gloria Rikard are heading it up again. I found a cake recipe for Pecan Caramel Cake and I need to try it out first before I submit it to the contest. It calls for ground up pecans and I know just the place to get that, the Nut House.
· The Ridge Spring-Monetta Young Farmers Association is working on a community calendar for our diverse community. email@example.com
· The Ridge Spring Harvest Festival parade is starting to come together.
· Ridge Hill Baptist Church: On Wednesdays, Steve will teach about Intercessory Prayer at 6:30.
· Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church: On Sunday, September 25 from 4-6 pm, Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Johnston, is hosting an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry special event
Jeffrey Clamp Director: Congratulations to the True Blue Marching Band for their outstanding performance at the Edisto High School Blue Machine Invitational band competition this past Saturday. The band earned 1st place in Division 1, defeating 3-A school Lake Marion and also outscoring all the other 1-A bands at the competition. The band also won Best Drumline, Best Colorguard and Best Hornline. Next up for the True Blue band is the Mustang Classic at Midland Valley High School this Saturday, September 24th. RS-M performs at 3:45 p.m. and the awards program is at 8:30 p.m.
RS-M True Blue Marching Band Competition Schedule:
· September 24--Mustang Classic at Midland Valley High School
· October 8--Palmetto Esprit de Corps Invitational at Irmo High School
Rene Miller, RSM Elementary School: Congratulations to the students who completed the summer reading program. They will get a free ticket to the RSM vs. Williston football game on September 23rd. They will be recognized on the field before the start of the game. The summer readers are: Jermaine Cullum, Ty’Trell Smith, Tyzai Smith, Quarmaine Allen, Marcellus Wideman, Jordan Padgett, Matalyn Martin, Karmen James, Lesly Fierros Garcia, Jose Hernandez, Chandler Harley, Zoe Ford, Jamirah Lites, Ciara Kirkland, Maryann Sterling, Irene Hernandez, Jamarcus Bosket, Alonna Patterson, Lacey Rodgers, Hailey Rodgers, Celso Mendez-Cabanas, Trinity Burdett, Cody Davenport, Lillian Burdett, Emely Jiminez, Jude Scott, Dylan Harris, Ya’lexia Jeffery, Aaron Aimar, Tara Robinson, Cheyenne Aimar, Kennedy Ligons, Gracie Myers,Addison Cooper, Randy Renteral, Heaven McField, Tylaisha Jeffery, Anthony Key, Christopher Storey.
Due to a short vacation, the history of the Immanuel Lutheran Church is the topic of the Ridge Spring News this week.
Immanuel Lutheran Church
The Green Thumb Garden Club
First of all the Green Thumb Garden Club has maintained the Church for years with the help of many generous people, organizations and of course the dedication of the members of the Green Thumb Garden Club. Shelby Yonce has a notebook, folder, and many items to complete the history of the church, too. Without her help I would not be able to get much information about this delightful jewel in our town.
Immanuel Lutheran Church holds many memories for the people of Ridge Spring because of its 95 year history. Immanuel Lutheran Church was an off spring of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. The lot for the church was purchased in 1921and the cornerstone was laid on August 22, 1922. The church is of Gothic Revival Design which was determined by the pointed stain-glass windows. It is a primitive church. It has never had running water or inside plumbing. It did have an outhouse that is no longer there for it fell down several years ago and the hole filled in 2009.
It did get electricity in the 1920s. O.T.Price, Sr. designed and built the first electric generation unit in the early 1920s. It was a Delco Remy generator powered by an Oldsmobile automobile engine. Electric Circuits were constructed to power street lights, the Baptist Church and later crossed the railroad track to provide lights to Immanuel Lutheran Church on Boatwright Street. Broad River Power Company purchased the system from Mr. Price in 1928.
I digress. On Palm Sunday March 20, 1921 the congregation was organized with thirty-four charter members with Rev. James D. Kinard, D. D., as pastor. In April 1923 the building was completed at a cost of $5000.00. Much of the church furnishings were handmade such as the pews and a table that is still used in the church. Stained glass windows were purchased by other churches and donated to Immanuel. The windows appear to have originated in Germany.
The church bell was donated by the late Dr.Fletcher Asbill. For many years the bell was rung thirty minutes before church service and then again at the beginning of the service. It was also a tradition to ring the bell on New Year’s Eve to usher in the new year. The steeple fell into disrepair and had to be torn off and lowered to its present height.
Immanuel was associated first with St. John’s in Johnston and then with St. Peter’s, Batesburg; Bethlehem, and Enon, Leesville. During this time, Sunday services were at different times to allow the Pastor time to get to the different churches. Morning services were held for some and afternoon services held for others.
Over the years many members moved away, and death claimed many others. On May 4, 1986 the final Church Service was held in Immanuel Lutheran Church with the five remaining members: Ruth C.Buffington, Imants A. Ceips, Arnold I Ceips, Virginia Y. Yonce, and Robert D. Yonce.
After the church disbanded the property went back to the Synod and the church was given to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Batesburg-Leesville. The Green Thumb Garden Club requested that Immanuel Lutheran Church be deeded to them. Through the kindness of St. Peter’s congregation the Garden Club received the deed on August 28, 1986. The Club has used the church on many occasions.
It is a very expensive project and as all things wear, it has needed much help in being maintained. Over the years the Green Thumb Garden Club has raised money with many different projects including the Christmas Tour of Homes that still is ongoing, yard sales, the community birthday calendar and many other projects. Through the years many people have donated their time; the windows are still in tack and are protected. . Think of the year it was built and how things have changed. The electrical wiring is one thing. The Garden Club with individual donations replaced all the light fixtures in the Sanctuary, the Narthex and the two outside the door. In May 2012 the Garden Club had the Chancel area refurbished.
The upkeep is still ongoing. Florence Householder, a charter member at her death, requested donations to be made to the Green Thumb Garden Club for Immanuel Lutheran Church. With the help and donations of the Ridge Spring Harvest Festival, a former member of Immanuel, Robert D. Yonce, and many others have kept this lovely gem going.
. In 2015 Mount Calvary gave the Green Thumb Garden Club money to complete many of the projects to renovate the Church. The roof was replaced; the bell tower was completely re-sided with shingle cedar shake, new door and locks replaced, and much more. The Church is in good shape now and is still maintained by the Green Thumb Garden Club of Ridge Spring, SC.
A memory of the churches in Ridge Spring: Mr. D. S. Cone remembered at the onset of World War II, after Pearl Harbor was bombed, the whole town would meet on Wednesday night at one of the four churches. They would rotate each week between the Baptist, the Methodist, the Episcopal and the Lutheran. Mr. D. S. attended the service in each church until he entered the service in March 1942.
Although Immanuel Lutheran Church is no longer used for church services, it serves a very useful place within this very beautiful village. It is hoped that this landmark will be treasured for many years as a memorial to all those who worshipped at Immanuel Lutheran Church during its 65 years as a church to the Ridge Spring area.
October 5: Meet the Candidates at Persimmon Hill
October 13: Harvest Festival Bingo
October 14: Harvest Festival Blue Grass
October 15: Harvest Festival
Recycling Center Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1-7; Saturday 7-7; Sunday 3-7
Closed Tuesday and Thursday
Ridge Spring Library hours: Mon/Tues 8:30 am - 12 pm; Wed., 8:30 – 4:30; Thurs 8:30 am - 12:30 pm; Fri 8:30 pm -4:30 pm
Narcotics Anonymous: The Ridge Spring Library on Fridays 7-8 pm
1st Tuesday of the Month: AARS meets at 6:30, 685-5783
2nd Tuesday: Harvest Festival
3rd Thursday: FORS at Ridge Spring Library 5:00 pm