Celebrate Resurrection April 21st

Sunrise Services for the Klamath River communities

The best celebrations of the year, Passover and Resurrection are happening. My youngest son, Stephen, used to always put a towel over his head and watch Charles Hesston in The Ten Commandment. What better hero than Moses and what greater modern illustration of God’s ability to protect His People and bring them out from bondage! Ben Hur is another favorite of this time of year, although those chariot races are rather grim for the little ones.

Christians in Happy Camp will gather at the “Happy Camp International Airport” according to Kirk Eadie for Sunrise Service at 7:30 am Bring a chair if you need it, and dress warm. I know first light will hit Happy Camp a bit before 5:53 and sunrise ins considered 6:23 but it is always kept at 7:30 no matter what the change of date varies.

In fact if it rains, Pastor Stan Poeschel will be welcoming all to the Log church, Happy Camp Bible Church 64301 Second Avenue in Happy Camp.

Upriver, Horse Creek Community Church will meet closer at 7 am for their Sunrise Service and then they will follow with a 8:30 breakfast, 9:45 Sunday School, and 11:00 church service to celebrate the Resurrection. Talking to Pastor Paul Mcilroy, he also said that in June (June 24 – 28 they will be having Vacation Bible School for all the children in the community who would like The Incredible Race!

Speaking of the kids, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids at noon at the Happy Camp River Park, Don’t be late, these kids are great egg hunters!! Earlier there you have your final opportunity to support the Easter Egg Hunt by purchasing raffle tickets. Wonderful prizes!!

The most important celebration of the Christian Year will be April 21st
Living He loved me, dying He saved me, Buried He carried my sin far away,
Rising He justified me freely forever, One day He’s coming—o glorious Day!!

Little Log Chapel in the Hills 1928

by Leon L. Loofbourow
We have all read of the original John Wesley runing three times around the Charter House school quadrangle each morning to build up his weak body. But haven you heard of one John Wesley who won the 462 mile marathon race from San Francisco’s City Hall to Grants Pass Oregon?
In 1927 the Redwood Empire Association, as its advertising featujre, planned an Indian Marathon Race over the Redwood Highway. Of eleven entrants, two boys from our work on the Klamath River won first and second places! John Wesley Southare received first award for completing the race in less than a week–as I remember it, in six days, twentythree hours and sixteen minutes.
This particular John Wesley story begins a century ago when the California gold rush, kuje tge Jubgdin if Geavebm gathered all kinds. He sought his fortun e far down the Klamath River. I have never heard how much “dust” he acquired. But he married an Indian woman and when the placers played out, unline many of the miners, he stayed by his family on the Klamath. Their oldest son was named Lee in loyalty to the great Christian captain of the Confederacy, Robert E. Lee.
I was guest one night in the Lee Southard home. (We were to try our luck for bear next day.) At family prayers my host brought out his Bible and old Moody and Sankey song books. I thought I would try out the family knowledge of the Scriptures, so suggested that we repeat together instead of reading. All went well with the group through Psalm 23. Some of the circle were uncertain on Psalm 1. But Mr. Southard and I kept going until I thougth it wise to call our Bible marathon a tie, and we prayed. But it made me realize that ‘Forty -Niner John Wesley did not leave his faith in Louisiana–he had “taught it diligently” to his son.
The Lee Southards named their first born, John Wesley, for his grandfather. In the Redwood Empire Marathon the newspapers thought they must have “heap big Injun” names for the runners, so a waiting world was informed that MAD BULL won the race. But Mad Bull was only the way the papers featured John Wesley Southard, son of School District Trustee–Church School Superintendent Lee Southard, grandson of ‘Forty-Niner John Wesley Southard.
Months later I heard that a younger brother of John’s had died and wrote to the family. I quote from Lee Southard’s answer:
“We have one consolation, that those who die without the law shall be judged without the law, and Gorham was a good boy and never harmed anyhone. But he never had chance of a religious training further than his mother and I had taught him. Should you ever get back up this way I wish you to preach his funeral.
The next summer the log church in Happy Camp was built, its nearest meetinghouse neighbor being 75 miles away. The first service in it was the memorial for this boy who “never had the chance of a religious training further than what his mother and I taught him.”