From Ronald McDonald House

Merrie Lowe received the following note after she delivered, to the Ronald McDonald House, cookies left over from Keeping Christmas.
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A 200th Homecoming

Oh my goodness! If you missed the 200th Anniversary celebration at Richland, you missed an incredibly beautiful day, blessed with friends and families from near and far who enjoyed the most special music, message and feast!

Rev. Francis Wilson, the grandson of Rev. F. Bartow Asbell, Richland’s last pastor before it’s doors closed to active services, travelled all the way from Albuquerque, New Mexico to stand in the same pulpit from which his Grandfather spoke.
I know his Grandfather would have been very proud of the wonderful message he brought to the pioneer family descendants and friends of Richland! His message was complemented by the most beautiful music provided by the Wesleyan College Ensemble, the Wesleyanne’s, and the Civil Folk Singers.

The service was wrapped up with the ceremonial “burning of the note”. It was a great pleasure to have the restoration league’s ninety thousand dollar loan note burned to ash! The loan was obtained seven years ago by the League’s then President, Hon. Judge Duross Fitzpatrick and treasurer, Patti Grimsley to begin much needed work on the church’s crumbling foundation and leaking roof. It was great to have Patti help both Emmitt Sherling, our current treasurer and me to set that “paid in full” note on fire!

The fabulous food laden table outside added just the right touch for the gorgeous fall afternoon’s fellowship and reminiscing. Folks had a chance to view plans for the future of Richland or purchase a print or reprinted history of the church as well. All in all it was a perfect afternoon celebrating a most extraordinary church in our area’s history.

It is hard to believe, but “Keeping Christmas at Richland” is just around the corner now! Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 3rd at 6 p.m and Sunday, Dec. 4th at 3 p.m. TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW ON OUR WEBSITE!!

Because our living history Christmas event has been such a success, we are selling tickets ONLINE or by calling an 800 number so that those who come will be sure to have a seat!! Our Saturday evening performance last year was a “SRO” event, (standing room only) and we don’t want anyone to be without a seat this year!

All funds received for tickets go to the continued preservation and protection of Richland Church and it’s historic cemetery.

Don’t forget, if you need a Christmas gift for a special someone, our signed limited edition prints of Richland Church make a great gift…and you can now order them or our re-printed spiral bound edition of the Historical Collections of Richland Church online!!

Thank you for your continued support of Richland Restoration League’s efforts in protecting our beautiful “landmark of Christianity”.

“Bless Be the Tie That Binds…”,

Thank You

A letter of thanks written to the Wesleyannes ……………

It was a pleasure to meet you and to have both you and the lovely and most talented Wesleyannes to sing at Richland Baptist Church's Bicentennial Celebration on October 2nd.  It was a very special day for those who attended, and the Wesleyannes incredible voices lilting through the air added just the right measure of "Joy-ful" to the occasion!  I can't tell you how many wonderful comments I received from people asking me to be sure to ask you all to come again to Richland.  

Please extend my thanks along with the thanks of the trustees of the Richland Restoration League, Inc. to the Wesleyannes for taking their Sunday to come and share their beautiful voices with all of us.  It was truly a blessing!  

We appreciate so much your efforts in arranging everything it took to make the trip and to do such a wonderful job.  We know time and rehearsals and travel can be difficult, but you made it all look easy, and we are very grateful!  I am sure those in attendance will not soon forget your wonderful contribution.

Thanks so much,

Bicentennial Homecoming

Fried chicken and caramel cake never tasted so good as when shared with family and friends on the grounds of "Old Richland" Church!   
Get out your favorite recipes for great covered dishes and make your plans now to join families and friends of "Old Richland" for the 200th Anniversary of Richland Baptist Church and the influence it had on  the community and the Christian faith of all those touched by it. 

Rev. Francis Wilson, a descendent (grandson) of a former minister (Rev. F. Bartow Asbell) is travelling with his wife from his current home in New Mexico to be our very special guest speaker.   We will also enjoy musical presentations by the Wesleyan College Ensemble, the Wesleyannes, and our own Civil Folks singers.  
There will be roasted pig from the pit, pioneer family recognition, news of plans the Richland Restoration League has for the future of Richland and celebrations of all we've accomplished!  Now you know if Rev. Wilson can travel all the way from New Mexico to be here for this once in a lifetime event, you can round up  your family, pack a covered dish or two and drive on out to Richland to join in the celebration!  Call your family members you haven't seen in a while and ask them to join'll be a real family reunion!  

Remember, it's the first Sunday in October, just like always, and the service begins at NOON! That should give everyone time to get there, even if you have Sunday School at your regular place of worship and then join us afterwards.  We've invited all the churches in the Ebenezer Association as well as others to join us.  Don't miss this awesome celebration, traditions like this are examples of the ties that bind us, and make rich memories for a lifetime.

"Meet me at Richland"; I look forward to seeing you all there!

Download your copy of the fall newsletter that provides more details of this special occasion.

Long Term Planning Committee

It was a long but productive day for the committee of enthusiastic planners who meet on Saturday, Sept 10 to lay out plans for the future of Historic Richland Church.

The day began with a quick visit to the Church building and grounds, since some of the participants were only vaguely familiar with Historic Richland Church. After a short visit and brief overview of the history and mission of The Richland Restoration League, the group returned to RedHill to begin the process of reviewing the League’s mission, business structure, overall operation and recent activities and events. The formality of discussing structure and processes quickly gave way to brainstorming ideas, event possibilities, marketing, public relations, funding support. The work accomplished will be published as a report to be presented to the Board of Trustees in October.

The talented, experienced and enthusiastic group of planners included:
Dottie Etris, Executive Director of Tourism for the city of Roswell, Georgia; Sue Burrell, public school teacher, Civic leader and Chair person for Historic Preservation, City of Hawkinsville; Carl Faulk, retired and former executive with Bank of America, Augusta; Ben Sapp, Director (Interim) Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, Macon; Elizabeth Popwell, civic leader, and member of the HIstoric Preservation Committee for Hawkinsville. and Billy Humphries, Planning Committee Chair and trustee, Richland Restoration League, Inc. Many of the participants are former resident of Twiggs County
Billy & Janice Humphries hosted the session along with lunch at RedHill Lodge.
Darrell Faulk served as the committee facilitator and discussion leader.