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Thursday, July 31,2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-19 Continuing mission: "To make disciples of Jesus' By GORDON WEEKS Shelton First Baptist Church, part gordon@masoncountjzcom of the conservative Baptist movement, helps people in need through the non- In 1889, six parishioners left theprofit Love In the Name of Christ. Pa- Shelton Methodist Church to form arishioners also supply meals to hungry new Baptist congregation. Under the people in downtown Shelton through leadership of part-time pastor J.W. Community Lifeline, a coalition of Beaven, they worshipped at Kneeland Shelton churches, Hall, the Methodist Church and other The church also helps people in need sites before constructing their own by distributing food, electrical and pro- church at 428 Cota St. in 1894. scription vouchers, said Natalie Ham- In May, more than 400 members of ilton, who has attended the church for the congregation gathered for a group 30 years and serves as its unofficial photo in front of the white structure historian, with the bell tower to celebrate the "It's just a constant flow of people in church's 125th anniversary, need," she said. The buildings received additions in The congregation grew to 43 mem- 1924, 1938, 1953, 1993, 1995 and 1998, bers by 1915. The original building was and the original structure is now the raised in 1925, and a basement added. second floor. The church's founders To celebrate the church's 100th an- might be puzzled by the electric guitars niversary in 1989, a new bell tower and and drums at the worship service, or bell were added. the Spanish-speaking service at 6 p.m. Magee is a native of Southern Sundays. California. He presided over his first But the church today has "the samecongregation, a nondenominational 'mission, different congregation," said church in Redlands, for 10 years be- Pastor Jake McGee, who took over one fore getting the call to head north to year ago. Shelton. "Our mission is to make disciples of "To assume a church that's been Jesus ... and proclaim the gospel," he around for more than a hundred years, said. "And in that way we have not de- viated from the mission of the church." see CHURCH, page A-28 A photo of the church in 1894, the year the building was erected. The building still stands at 428 Cota St. Photo courtesy of Shelton First Baptist Church Longtime parishioner and chui'ch historian Pastor Jake Magee stand in front of Shelton celebrating its 125th anniversary. Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Natalie Hamilton and Senior First Baptist Church, which is K4FISTINE ISLAND NEWS "guess I just don't real- ize sometimes how big .our island is. I visited a property down at the south end on Dana Drive. It is a 22- mile round trip to and from my house -- 22 miles -- and I take the shorter of the two ways for me to go. As you get closer to the south end, the road narrows as it dips down into a deep green fern grotto. Looks like there are some new elected officers in the garden club. Diane Edgin will be leaving as presi- dent. Jill Meek and Donna Strandberg will take over as co-presidents. The club would like to give a big thank you to Rick Reese, an islander with awesome wood-crafting skills. He generously made By MIKE CALLAGHAN two centennial plaques to adorn the sides of the front doors of the hall. Our friend, Richard Poet, put this project together on behalf of the gar- den club. Thank you to both Richard and Rick. The garden club is sponsoring the third annual Harstine Is- land Pie Contest to be held Sept. 20 at the hall. Pies can be brought to the hall between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Judging and the announce- ment of the winning pie will be at noon. Slices of the homemade pies will be available at $1 a slice, with the winning pie going for $2 a slice. There will be three win- ners, first, second and third, with the first-place winner taking home a lovely plaque and $100 grand prize. On Aug. 9, the Harstine CERT team will be sponsor- ing a two-hour safety day program for the community. It will run from 10 a.m. to noon. This will take the place of the cancelled kids carnival. The plan is to have CERT, the Mason County Sheriffs Office, the Sheriffs Office's Search & Rescue Program, the county Department of Emergency Management, Washington State Parks, Mason County PUD 3 and maybe others with demonstrations and handouts available. Also, a fire extin- guisher company will offer hands-on fire extinguisher training for those who want to try it. This will also be a good time for residents to bring in old extinguishers for a re- charge or a chance.to order new extinguisher. August is nearly here -- next thing you know we'll be talking about Christmas. The 2014 Christmas Giving Arts and Crafts Fair will take place on Nov. 8 at Pioneer Primary School. This year's fair will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. This is a time change -- organizers received several suggestions to adjust the fair's end time because of dwindling attendance toward the end of the fair. Now, back to the reason I started talking about August -- the senior lunch menu. On Aug. 6 they will be serving baked chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy. Green beans will also be served with sherbet for dessert. Then, on Aug. 20, they will have pop- corn chicken, white rice, spin- ach salad and fruit crisp with whipped cream. Remember to be at the hall a little before noon if you want a great lunch. At 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 8, organizers will have an old- fashioned outdoor picnic as part of the Harstine Island Community Club's 100th year anniversary celebra- tion. All are welcome to share this special evening, along with honored guests from the Pickering Com- munity Club, who are also celebrating the 100th year anniversary of historic Grant School. Our communities have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship during the years, and they want to continue making memories together. This will be a pot- luck, so bring your favorite picnic dish to share. see HARSTINE, page A-24