DEVOTION AND MUSIC AT WHITE OAK MANOR (Nursing Home) IN YORK – Members of Oakdale visit the White Oak Manor in York to sing and lead a devotion EVERY SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH AT 10:30AM. We initially meet in the gathering room in the building at the back of the parking lot. Then we sing/visit in the gathering area at the front building. Call the church office if you have questions about when and where to meet.
SCRIPTURE RUN FUND RAISING EVENT held April 23, 2016
Motorcyclists rode from Mt. Vernon Methodist (Hickory Grove) to Philadelphia UMC (McConnells), to St. Paul UMC (Clover), to Oakdale, to Canaan UMC (Smyrna), and back to Mt. Vernon. The event raised funds for a family whose little girl has cerebral palsey.
“Oakdale’s Harvest Sale: The Tradition Continues”
The tradition was started in the 1950’s and continues today. Don Leiborth, a member of Oakdale, supplied information of recollections from several Oakdale members for this article that appeared in The Clover Herald newspaper on Wednesday, October 15, 1986. The pictures are from the recent Harvest Sale at Oakdale (November 6-7, 2015).
Mrs. Earl Beamguard recalls, “Soon after we moved into our church building, we were struggling to meet regular expenses and payments on our new building. We were a farming community at that time. One of our members read an article in the ‘Progressive Farmer’ how small rural churches were participating in what was called ‘Harvest Sales’ to raise monies for special projects. We began this Harvest Sale project because we needed funds – not to take the place of our benevolence- but the entire proceeds would be applied to the building fund debt.”
Richard Black, another charter member, recalls that when Oakdale was founded, most of the congregation were farm families without much income back in the early ’50’s. The session appointed Earl Beamguard, George McGill, and Jess Black to look for another source of income to retire the debt. They settled on the “famous beef-hash” made at Hopewell near Hickory Grove.
“Red” Howell of Hopewell came to Oakdale for a few years to help with the cooking. The cooking was done at the cannery at Hickory Grove. The hash was then put into big iron wash pots where we kept fire under it and of course, we had to keep stirring constantly and adding water to keep it from burning. Members of the church would contribute the live beef for the hash. We had to butcher it, cut it up, and cook it in Hickory Grove. We started with about 900 lbs. of beef, bones, and all. Today we buy the beef already skinned and boned. We process about 1600 lbs. for our annual Harvest Sale.
The first few years we went out and sold tickets for plates of lunch through Clover and York and then we would deliver the hot plate lunches. For several years this really helped to make the payments on the church.
The session came up with “The Lord’s Acre” plan. Everyone was asked give one hour a week of their labors for the Harvest Sale. The ladies would make cakes, cookies and whole pies, canned goods, sewing articles, and crafts that would be sold. The young people one year made some money when they planted an acre of peanuts.
People came to know that we were going to have the Harvest Sale the last Saturday of October yearly and everyone said to deep doing it. This is one project that we do in this church that everybody will help. Men cut up the beef at night, cook it all night, while the ladies bake things to go with the dinner.
Around 1958 we built the little building in the hollow east of the church. We had a double boiler that we kept hot with a wood fire that kept the beef hash hot until it was serve. This was a big improvement over the old iron wash pot. We later kept the double boiler hot with propane gas and that let us control the heat which was another step in our process of improving the work.
In the late 1960’s we changed cooking the beef from Hickory Grove to the Clover Cannery. Around 1975 the Clover School District put the cannery up for public auction. Oakdale Church bought the whole thing and built a 30′ x 40′ building in back of the church to house the equipment. That is where we prepare our bee-hash the night before the Harvest Sale. Today people come from Charlotte and other church members who have moved away and remember the hard work that went into the beginning of our Harvest Sale return and meet for Christian fellowship and recalling old memories.
The Black family has kin in Kings Mountain that wouldn’t miss the fall get together at Oakdale’s Harvest Sale. Richard Black particularly remembers Mr. Gordon who always peeled the onions and no one tried to take the job away from him. Rachel and David Falls have always furnished the pure homemade butter that we cook the beef in every year. Jim Goforth mostly remembers that that work got a lot easier after we bought the cannery and put it in the new building behind the church. Frances Robinson remembers the beginning of the Harvest Sale in a big revival type tent beside the church. There they put produce which was contributed by members of the church, along with canned goods, some contributed hay and crafts too.
Today the Harvest Sale is continued because from the very beginning ever since the church was started, children, youth, and adult have participated. It has always been a GOOD time of work; but most of all a time of Christian fellowship. So, the members of Oakdale invite you all to come to the Harvest Sale… to enjoy the beef-hash, slaw and those delicious desserts of pies and cakes. And get together with folks who usually come to the Harvest Sale at Oakdale.