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JIM: The Beulah Chapel church building, 1942

Full disclosure: there is some overlap between this short piece and this much longer one by Jason Harmon from early 2006: A gripping story of the Brethren in Christ movement in Adair County, KY - JIM
By JIM

The Beulah Chapel church building, 1942

The revival currently in progress at Beulah Chapel serves as reminder the building was dedicated 70 years ago come early September. Bro. Albert H. Engle, a Brethren in Christ minister who served in Adair County for 17 years (1927-1944), noted in his autobiographical sketch (penned in 1977) that construction started in 1941. He wrote that it was located "about one mile from Garlin, not far from Pleasant Grove and folk from there helped in the project."


Of the structure itself, Bro. Engle stated "The building had a full basement, a balcony, and Sunday School rooms. It has since been much improved."

He also commented that "The cost of the church initially was $2574.54, of which about 20% was donated by local people; the remainder by friends in the Church at large, especially Ohio."

(The above quotes come from "Served to Save in Kentucky and Elsewhere," Bro. Albert H. Engle, 1977, pp 51-52.)

The September 2nd, 1942 News, in an front article about the dedication service to be held on Sunday, September 6th, stated in part, "Bishop O.B. Ulery, of Springfield, Ohio, will officiate at the dedication. The program will start at 10 o'clock in the morning and last throughout the day. A cordial invitation is extended [to] the public to attend."

Unfortunately, the only later mention of the service found in the newspaper, a brief entry in the Pleasant Grove community letter a few days later, reported simply that "Quite a number from this place attended the dedication service at Beulah Chapel on Sunday..."

- JIM


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