Rock Creek Bible Society to meet for 202nd time

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Rock Creek Bible Society will hold their 202nd Annual Meeting at Bethbirei Presbyterian Church, on Bethbirei Road, Lewisburg, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7.

The speaker for the occasion will be Rev. Charles 'Buddy' Pope, pastor of the Richland Cumberland Presbyterian Church, better known as Spring Place. Pope is the Stated Clerk of the Columbia Presbytery and serves on the Denomination Board of Stewardship.

Pope was ordained a Cumberland Presbyterian minister in 1986. He has pastored churches in Missouri, Kentucky, Alabama and Tennessee.

Music for the historic meeting will be provided by harpist Linda Horner.

"The pioneer denomination of Marshall County was the Presbyterian, and its first church was Bethberei, According to the "The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall Counties of Tennessee". This was organized June 1, 1810, by Rev. Samuel Findley, of Kentucky... The organization sermon was preached by the minister while standing upon a rock, near where the present church now stands, from the text 'Upon this rock I will build my church.'"

Rock Creek Bible Society is the oldest Bible society in the United States and its meetings are held at the oldest church in Marshall County. It was formed in 1815 as a non-denominational organization, one year prior to the American Bible Society with which Rock Creek Bible Society is now affiliated. Money is sent to the American Bible Society each year from the freewill offering.

In the early days of the Rock Creek Bible Society, Bibles were purchased from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, shipped first to Nashville, then by barge to Farmington where they were then carried by wagon to the Bethbirei Church.

The sole purpose of the Society is to distribute Bibles to those who do not have one, especially those who have lost their Bibles and homes through fire or natural disaster. At one time, Cherokee Indians received some of the Bibles from the Society.

Everyone is welcome to come to this historic and unique gathering. Bring a friend and a potluck dish for the luncheon and fellowship which will follow a brief business meeting and decoration of the adjacent cemetery.