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2017 Schochoh Christmas Parade and Christmas Service

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Our tradition of joining in the Schochoh Christmas parade continued for another year. The weather was quite delightful for a Christmas parade being just a little unseasonably warm for our area. About twenty reenactors took part in the parade. Following the parade we continued our day at the meeting house where we held our annual candlelight service. Attendance for the service was the most we've ever had, we even had to scoot in to make room for more people. The message was delivered by Rev. Michael Edwards, pastor of Adairville Baptist Church. A highlight of the evening was the singing of Silent Night while everyone held candles aloft, creating a sea of lights that was lovely to behold. Following the service we enjoyed cookies, hot chocolate and hot spiced cider prepared by Darlynn Moore.

22nd Annual Primitive Camp Meeting and Rendezvous

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The weekend was very unique and a blessing to all who attended. It seemed like everyone who walked on the grounds had an appointment with God. They either came to be blessed or to bless others. People came from other states to camp and worship. The music was very special thanks to Steve and Joyce Vann, Gloria Ambuske, Laura Grove and the Roush family from Arkansas. Jeremy Krans preached an excellent sermon on Friday night. The auction was unique this year with people taking turns being the auctioneer and was shorter than in years past. The money as usual goes for the upkeep and maintenance of the grounds. The Saturday night service was filled with the presence of God. Some of our reenactors portrayed historical characters who had moved into the area and were in attendance of the great revival. Robert Operia portrayed Barton Stone, an early 19th century preacher from the Lexington area who helped lead the massive Cane Ridge revival of 1803. This revival in Cane Ridge, KY lasted several days and was attended by over 20,000 people. Steve Vann lead the Sunday morning sacrament service in the traditional style of the 1800s. The atmosphere of the service was very sacred and reverent. While many portions of our event are similar from the previous years, each year has a flavor of it's own and makes each year more wonderful than the last. We hope to see you come out next year.

68th Annual Red River Meeting House Association Meeting

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Beautiful weather with a soft breeze blew across the grounds while supporters and visitors from nearby states and even far away China were sharing their favorite potluck dishes and desserts while renewing old friendships and making new acquaintances. President Richard Moore was proud to introduce our speaker, Craig Potts, Executive Director of the Kentucky Heritage Council and State Historic Preservation Office. Mr. Potts is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of archaeological resources and historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth. His presentation was described as a box within a box: how Red River Meetinghouse fits into Logan County's history and how the county fits into Kentucky's history. President Richard Moore presided over the business portion of our meeting. Mrs Evelyn Richardson was voted to serve as a board member and the association is blessed to have someone so devoted and dedicated to preserving history. The book Camping Memories at the Red River Meetinghouse by Dreama Ruley was just released and a book signing took place on the grounds. The book centers on how the fall event began and how God has worked in many situations concerning the encampment and reenactors involved.

2017 Spring Blanket Trade Day

Friday, March 31, 2017

The 2017 Spring Blanket Trade Day was a welcome weekend of relaxation, fellowship and trading. We welcomed new campers, new traders and new families. We were also blessed to receive a visit from Ellen Stanley who was one of our first campers. The Saturday night trading game was enjoyed by all, especially the children who collected flint rocks and used the trades to further add to their outfits. Parson John preached the Sunday morning service. We had a wonderful time and would love to see you come next year.

21st Annual Primitive Camp Meeting and Rendezvous

Sunday, October 16, 2016

This year marked our 21st Annual Camp Meeting held in the autumn. Following a successful fundraising and construction, this was our first fall event to have modern restrooms on site. We've waited many years to see this dream come true.

The weather was gorgeous with only a rainy Friday afternoon; not enough to leave things muddy all weekend, but enough to get Ky Col. Richard Moore (President of the Red River Meeting House Association) out of the fields farming and able to spend the weekend with us. We also enjoyed having Coy's BBQ on Wheels as our food vendor. We appreciate his company and his food is always delicious.

Johnie Baldwin preached on "The Voice of God" Friday night which was really good. Quote to remember: "...and God said" happens 9 times in the 6 days of creation. God has all authority over everything we give Him. Big or small.

Saturday was really beautiful and we had many visitors. Our annual auction was small until Ellen Stanley arrived with many things from Alan Stanley who recently passed away. He was one of our earlier campers who began the memorial service in honor of Evan McPherson. She donated many things which really added to the excitement and volume of the auction. Robert Operia, Joshua Operia, and Malachi Guyer assisted as auctioneers. One would have an item ready as soon as the other finished, and yet even with four auctioneers the auction still took nearly three enjoyable hours.

Hunter Adams and Beth Operia had a wedding in the spring, but Red River Meetinghouse was really their dream wedding place so they had a renewal of their vows. The wedding was historically accurate with many special moments; some beautiful and some memorable to us.

Sunday was also a gorgeous weather day. Derek Guyer preached on "Intentional Living" and how everything we do should be with a purpose. Quote to remember: This life is more than you. Serve. Give. Purposely live!! Following the service we dined at Coy's BBQ on Wheels, enjoyed visiting with each other and then tore down our camps.

Our theme this year was family and it really showed in our campers and general feel of the weekend. Our campers ranged in age from toddlers to grandparents and all in-between. All during the weekend kids would play around the campsites and in the woods behind the meetinghouse. The adults spent time reconnecting and forging stronger friendships. At times it felt less like a camp out and more like a family reunion. We'd love to have you come visit us next year.

67th Annual Red River Meeting House Association Meeting

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The weather was absolutely perfect for our annual dinner. The participants enjoyed visiting under the shade trees as the children ran and played. Everyone was very happy with our new restroom facilities and anxious to begin raising funds for the pavilion that will be attached to the restrooms. Our speaker, Rick Gregory, was very educational and entertaining with stories about this area. The music was so beautiful. We greatly appreciated Derek Guyer and Steve & Joyce Vann for leading us in worship.

20th Annual Primitive Camp Meeting and Rendezvous

Sunday, October 11, 2015

On Friday night Lester Doyle of Lodi, WI spoke about the storms of life and how we need to allow God to say “Peace Be Still” into our storms. It was a very timely message because many in our group are struggling with various needs. After service, Jon Hagee gave a musical concert of Scots/Irish tunes using his guitar and a 200 year old lute. It was a wonderful concert. Very educational and entertaining. Because of the weather, we slept to the gentle sound of rain and frogs all night.

The Saturday morning teaching involved Stephen and Laura Gove speaking on the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of the American Revolution. They had a good turnout for their talk. Robert Operia was a big hit with his portrayal of a frontier doctor/surgeon. Entertaining the crowd with a demonstration on how to amputate quickly and efficiently. The auction was very busy and profitable for the upkeep of the grounds. Martin Hickey led a group of militia to the cemetery where he performed a honorary memorial service by reading the names of the soldiers that are buried in the cemetery and all wars were represented up to and including the Korean War followed by shooting a volley. That evening Muskrat Jack (Mike Longstreth) preached about having a life of forgiveness. That was really needed too with all the tension and hatred that is going on in our nation. It was great to have him back after so long. It has been at least 10 years. After the evening service we were able to meet in the parking lot at the top of the hill to listen to Professor Rico Tyler from WKU teach about the stars and navigation. We stayed up there until about midnight. It was so interesting learning about navigation on land and sea. We slept to the sound of owls hooting to each other across the camp, and crickets. Such a variety of sounds to sleep by.

Sunday was also beautiful weather. Professor Mark McPherson preached our Sunday sermon. He spoke on how the little things we think are not important can be used mightily in great ways by God. He talked about his ministry in Brazil and how God worked there. Steve Vann was in charge of the sacrament service and used the opportunity to share the research he has done on how those services would have been led. Very educational! The Spirit of the Lord moved in a beautiful way while we participated in communion.

It was a wonderful weekend. We so appreciate all our campers, speakers, Coys BBQ and how God blessed us with lovely weather and His presence.

66th Annual Red River Meeting House Association Meeting

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Weather was absolutely perfect when a large crowd attended the annual dinner, service and business meeting. The food was wonderful and the fellowship fun around the tables under the trees with the light breeze. Much appreciation to Tim Watson for playing his horn, Steve and Joyce Vann for playing their dulcimers, Kathy Sneed for leading our music and Rev. John Wesley for being our speaker. Rev. Wesley did a wonderful first person portrayal of Barton Stone which thrilled and educated all the history buffs in attendance. Those who left before the business meeting missed out on learning about the research that has been going on concerning some who are buried in the cemetery. Typical business meetings can be boring but you never know what’s going to transpire with the one at RRMH. It can really be a lot of fun. The business meeting is open to everyone who attends the dinner and service. If you are in attendance, you are considered a member and your vote is appreciated.

Richard and Darlynn Moore ND&L Citizens of the Year

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Richard and Darlynn Moore have been named Citizens of the Year by the News Democrat and Leader newspaper. Click the link to read the full story.

19th Annual Red River Meetinghouse Rendevous and Campmeeting

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The rain and threat of more rain caused our event to be smaller than usual this year, but those who braved it had a wonderful time.
Our speakers, Robert Ambuske, Steve Vann and Harold Vann and the Goves were very knowledgable and interesting. Robert Ambuske spoke on our motivation and dedication to preserving the history of the meetinghouse. The Goves spoke Saturday morning on the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Steve Vann spoke on worship and hymns during the Frontier Revival. Harold Vann spoke on Being Joyful in the Face of Trials. We are very grateful to our speakers and their expertise.
The auction had many items and a good crowd showed up. Coy's Barbecue Grill on Wheels was our food vendor and his food is very delicious and affordable. We are so blessed to have him as part of our camping event. Thank you to the French Lick pickers for playing beautiful music on Saturday for us and to Robert Operia for teaching on 18th century medicine.
Many ideas are flowing for next year which will be the 20th. We want it to be the largest yet with many exciting things going on.