History, Part 11 - The Men's Fellowship
Periodic attempts to form a men's organization dot the history of the church during the past sixteen or eighteen years. It was not until 1944, however, that a definite Men's Fellowship was formed.
These early attempts took the form of a dinner followed by a social hour. Although there was considerable enthusiasm at times for these meetings, there were also intervals when no meetings were held.
Dinner meetings are the general rule for the present Fellowship. Following the dinner entertainment and an address, usually by outside speakers, comprise the program. Religious and educational motion pictures have been used on several programs.
Three times since 1944 so-called "foundation memberships" have been sold. This device has been used this year. Since part of the annual membership fee covers a portion of the charge for dinners it has resulted in an increase in attendance.
During 1948 the pastor gave a fifteen minute talk concerning church doctrine. On March 30, 1948, Mr. Gene Huff outlined the program of the initial meeting of the National Council of Presbyterian Men held for the first time in Chicago in early 1948. This talk concerned responsibilities of the men in the church as related to worship, evangelism, Christian education, participation of laymen in the local church activities.
On April 1, 1949, the Men's Fellowship Group received its charter from the National Organization. Presentation was made by Mr. John Allen, Okmulgee, a representative of this district to the National Council during 1949.
Chief project for 1950 was the program of completing the debt on the church. This was successfully accomplished under the direction of Dr. Bill Flagler. During 1950, also, the Men's Fellowship sponsored "The One Great Hour."
One of the outstanding achievements of the Men's Fellowship Group was winning the Attendance Cup at the Annual Presbyterian Rally in Colony each year for the past three straight years. As a result, the cup is the permanent property of the Men's Fellowship Group.
Among many excellent speakers who have given inspiring talks to the group in the past three years are Mr. J. Williams, Frederick; Reverend Jones, Elk City; Mr. Sam Booth, Cordell; Mr. Felix Gay, Minco; Mr. Sam Evans, Chickasha; Mr. Ed Keefe, Chickasha; Mr. John Allen and Mr. William Perry of Okmulgee; and Reverend S. Graham Fraser.