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has played a major role in the lives of the people of
early settlers were of an independent nature which was
essential to their survival when they arrived here. This was rugged land,
and it took a rugged people to survive here in the
Perhaps it was this isolation that brought about a deep faith in God, since the early settlers realized a need for divine help if they were going to survive. This seemed to be the case so much so that the church or meeting house as it was often called in those days became the central part of the community. Here souls were saved, the young taught the gospel, and marriages and funerals performed. Often through the week, some of the churches served as one room schoolhouses and as a church on Sundays. As the population slowly grew, and new communities developed, so did the churches or meeting houses. Soon, almost every community had a church.
The photograph accompanying this story was the second church building to be constructed at Bear Creek. In later years a porch was added along with white siding. This building was torn down for construction of the present building.
notice that there are several young people in the
photograph preparing for a baptism. Note that the
girls dresses are pinned to prevent them from
floating up when immersed in water. The photograph is
thought to have been taken around 1942. Ironically, some of
the young men in the photograph, such as Dillard Moody
would soon be overseas fighting in World War II for the
very freedom to worship as well as other freedoms that we
still enjoy, and
regretfully taken for granted I fear. Freedom is by no means
free; it carries a very high price, something we should
never forget. Moody
was gone overseas for around three years before he got to
return home. Twenty-four
others did not return at all.
Many who did were wounded both physically and
emotionally. We owe
them all a deep debt of gratitude.