Our Family web
site would not be complete without including our church which played such a
large role in our lives. In 1941, Rev. J L Guthrie came to East Jenkins
from Harlan County and held a revival which resulted in the establishment of the
East Jenkins Church of God. The church began in a building that had once
housed a store and was next door to our family's business. The church and
our business were at street level and we lived in an apartment on the ground
floor with the Guthrie family just across a footpath.
Mother was a
charter member when the church was officially established in April 1941 and
Daddy followed her a short time later. Our family became life-time friends
of the Guthrie family.
Over the years,
Mother and Daddy served in various positions and were always active in some way.
It was a family affair; we all attended every service unless we were ill or out
of town. The tradition continued when the family moved to Detroit in the
Rev. Guthrie was
a carpenter, so the church bought two "company" houses from the coal company
that built Jenkins, dismantled them and used the material to build the church at
its current location. It has been remodeled several times since then but
the original basic structure is still there.
School in the late forties. Pastor and Mrs.
Justice from Pikeville are on the right, back row end.
He was a principal in the Pike County Schools.
Violetta is on the right end front row. Daddy's
head is seen above the others in front of the left
window. Mother's head is in line with the left
facing-board of the right window. Many memories!
Some of the
Sunday school classes of past years
Some of the adult Sunday
school class, probably in the late 50's
Osha Gilliam with her
Sunday school class
history" but quite a number a years ago
I am in the
middle row on left
Some of our
youth group in front of the church
(This picture has had
a hard time surviving!)
Betty Finley, Delores
Hobart Tucker in
back (now deceased)
After a social
sponsored by Mother at our house
Harvey surrounded by admiring girls
Mary Lou Muncey,
Margaret Mullins, Delores, Bro. Harvey, Frankie Elliott, Beatrice Tucker, Thelma
Jean Gilliam, Marie ("Honeybee") Gilliam
Mrs. Hershel Green and
her Sunday school class. (Delores is standing fourth from right)
Sugar drive for
Rev. O. L. and Mary Rose
and son, Charles
Rev. and Mrs. Rose
pastored the church for about 21 years.
The rest of the
sugar collecting group
Puppets tell the Christmas Story
Puppeteers made the puppets.
Youth Class and Juniors
The puppet program was invited to "perform" at the Jenkins
United Methodist Church also.
The 50th anniversary year
of the church coincided with Mother's 80th birthday and the church had a week
long celebration. Many former pastors were invited to speak; and on
Sunday, the last day, Esther Guthrie, wife of J. L. the founding pastor,
their son, Rev. Billy and wife, Janet, Guthrie and family were the special
guests. Rev. Billy was the speaker and his family provided special music
on various instruments. They pastor in Holly Hill, Florida.
Smith presents Esther Guthrie (now deceased) with an appreciation plaque as Dicie Smith (right)
watches and Rev. Billy, Janet and family look on. (Rev. J. L. Guthrie is
The East Jenkins
Church was renamed New Life Church of God in October 2003, but it is still in
the original location where Rev. J. L. Guthrie built it. Rev. David and
Debbie Licklitter are current pastors. They have one son, Josh. Rev.
Licklitter's parents, R. D. and Sue, are faithful members and are very helpful
in all areas of the church's activities and programs. The congregation
feels blessed to have this family as leaders.
The current look
New Life Church
The ribbons on
the front of the church were part of the 50th anniversary celebration held in
the fall of 1991.
Life Church of God web site
Delores Adams 2/9/04
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