“Chapel in the Pines is an ecumenical worship service that begins the first Sunday in May and runs through the last Sunday in September,” said the Rev. Nathan Carden, associate pastor of First United Methodist Church in Pell City.
Carden said local residents have worshipped at Chapel in the Pines, near Pine Harbor Marina, since 1965.
“The property was originally owned by Tom and Olive Cassaday, then continued by Dr. Lawrence Lemak, who entrusted the leadership of Chapel in the Pines to the First United Methodist Church and the Chapel in the Pines Board of Directors,” he said.
Carden said he and First United Methodist Church senior pastor the Rev. Sam Huffstutler alternate leading the services, which feature a different guest pastor each week.
“It is a 30 minute service,” he said. “Each service includes an invocation, the singing of two hymns, pastoral prayer for community needs as indicated by those who attend, special music during the offering, a 12-15 minute sermon and a benediction.”
Carden said Chapel in the Pines offering benefits 13 local charities each year.
“We begin giving donations to the local charities in June,” he said. “A representative from that charity is invited to share a word of thanks and a brief word about that charity and what it does during the service.”
Carden said organizations helped in the past include the Christian Love Pantry, the Pell City Library Guild, Lifeline Village, the Imagination Library of the Pell City School District, Loaves and Fishes, The Children’s Place, the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter in Pell City, the First United Methodist Church Community Outreach Program, the Gideon’s, Habitat for Humanity, Community Action, and Lakeside Hospice.
“All monies given, unless specifically earmarked, are given to the local charities or used for Chapel in the Pines upkeep,” he said. “As funds are available, in past years we have been able to donate up to $1,000 a week to a local charity.”
Carden said local charities may apply to receive donations.
“Chapel in the Pines attendance varies, but we usually have a crowd of 150-200 people,” he said.
Carden said residents may drive in to attend the service, and also attend by boat.
“We usually have an average of 3-4 boats each week that come in and tie up to the pier,” he said.
Carden said in case of rain, the service is moved to the Pine Harbor Golf Course Clubhouse.
• The May 15 service features the Rev. Dale Foote.
• The May 22 service features Dr. Tom Bell.
• The May 29 service features the Rev. Benny Cosper.
• The June 5 service features the Rev. Paul Brasher.
• The June 12 service features the Rev. Maurice Keller.
• The June 19 service features the Rev. Jeff Garner.
• The June 26 service features the Rev. Jeffrey Wilson.
• The July 3 service features the Rev. Branson Isley.
• The July 10 service features the Rev. Sid Harmon.
• The July 17 service features the Rev. James Blair.
• The July 24 service features the Rev. Bill Rutledge.
• The July 31 service features Dr. Charles Alexander.
• The August 7 service features the Rev. Mike Densmore.
• The August 14 service features Deacon Terry Rumore.
• The August 21 service features the Rev. Bob Alford.
• The August 28 service features the Rev. Ava Rozelle.
• The September 4 service features the Rev. Donald Gover.
• The September 11 service will be announced at a later date.
• The September 18 service will feature the Rev. Nathan Carden.
• The September 25 service will feature the Rev. Sam Huffstutler.
For more information or for charity applications to receive donations call First United Methodist Church in Pell City at 205-338-3374.
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