By Ginger Jarvis
Ah, the cooling breeze from a funeral-home fan! Ah, the flicker of gas lamps from wall sconces! Ah, the thrill of voices lifted in old-fashioned song! Ah, the delights of dinner spread invitingly under shady oak trees!
All these and more are facets of the annual Homecoming at old Ebenezer Methodist Church off Little Cat Road. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, with an hour of singing from the Cokesbury Hymnal on Saturday night beginning about 7 p.m., closing with lemonade and cookies under the trees. The fellowship continues on Sunday morning with a service beginning at 11 a.m. Gene Gaston will conduct a memorial to the late Frances Sanders, whose family has been part of Ebenezer for many years. Gaston will also lead a memorial tribute to fallen members of the military. The featured speaker for the morning will be Jenny Andrews of Madison, whose family has also been involved in Ebenezer for years.
The morning service will culminate with folks gathered under the trees for dinner on the grounds. Lawn chairs and picnic blankets are very much in order, and sharing family news is mandatory. Bring you own insect repellent; funeral home fans are provided.
The singing and the Sunday service are open to anyone who longs for a taste of worship the old-fashioned way. To arrive at Ebenezer, take Hwy. 53 (Cherry Lake Road), north out of Madison; turn right onto Hwy. 146 (Little Cat Road); at 8.5 miles, turn left onto Bobwhite Terrace; at the fork, go left; at the next turn, go right, and you’ll see the white country church among the huge trees.
Feel free to join the crowd touring the historic cemetery and singing the old songs. You will be welcomed.