Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A trip to Indian Springs Holiness Camp Meeting Flovilla Ga.

This weekend I made a trip to Indian Springs Holiness Camp Meeting in Flovilla Ga., south of Atlanta. This camp meeting was organized in 1890, ten years earlier than Morrison Park. Indian Springs has continued to grow and flourish and is most remarkable. With over 125 homes, cabins, apartments, trailers, motor homes, and even a small hotel, it is like a little city in itself. A great number of people assemble here every year for a two week revival/camp meeting. Most of them live on the grounds, eat, sleep, visit, and worship the Lord with numerous bible studies and preaching services each day.
   Henry Clay Morrison used to preach here most every summer. In 1930, and 1931, Morrison spent two weeks here, only to immediately travel to Glasgow Kentucky for another two week meeting. On another occasion in 1938 Morrison left Morrison Park, this time heading to Indian Springs. Morrison often spent his entire summer involved in such campaigns for the Lord. I traveled to Indian Springs with the intent to see this grand ole camp meeting, attend the services, and to walk where Morrison walked.

Left; Morrison and his wife Betty at Indian Springs, the last summer of his life, Aug.1941, age 84.
Below left; Nancy Richey and I stand in front of the same home where Morrison was pictured 75 years earlier. It was such a thrill to see this old apartment house almost the same as it was 75 years ago.

Morrison right at the tabernacle at Indian Springs, and me, ( Gary Bewley) standing in the same spot over 75 years later. Oh' what I would give to here him preach then.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

New Tabernacle Work Set to Begin at Morrison Park, Two Brothers Construction

Work is set to soon begin on the new tabernacle at Morrison Park.  The structure is to be built on the exact spot where the original altar area of the old tabernacle once stood. The new tabernacle will be built over, but not upon the old concrete pad that once served the altar area. The concrete is far from perfect but it is usable, and for costs sake, it had to be utilized. If the time ever comes when it is economically possible for a new floor, the structure will not have to to disturbed. The Tabernacle will be approx. 80 ft x 24 ft, slightly narrower than first planned. This will allow for the use of the original metal trusses from the old tabernacle to be used. The exact date of the construction of the original tabernacle is not known, but a 1913 article, states "the park has a large new tabernacle."  The original tabernacle was enlarged by Rev. H.C. Morrison in 1931, but there is no doubt the rounded top metal trusses go back to the original structure. After much seeking and much prayer, the Lord led us to "Two Brothers Construction", who have been so excited at the opportunity to build the new tabernacle, and we are so comforted to have found someone with the skills to utilize the old trusses in the new building. Unfortunately the trusses are the only things usable from the original structure. It was so important for us to use them. We feel the size of the new structure is what we can presently afford, however; as time continues and if circumstances dictate the need, and if more finances become available, the tabernacle could always be enlarged to accommodate any future need. After the completion of the structure, a decking will have to be build for the podium area, and it will have to be wired for electricity. We are optimistic all this can be accomplished in the next several weeks, and that the tabernacle could be ready for use by early fall. We are so excited at the reality, that a new tabernacle will soon grace the grounds at Morrison Park. It has been a long hard road to get to this point. Many prayers have gone out, and so many have been offered up for the success of the park, We realize that this could never have been accomplished without the generosity of such wonderful people who have so freely and cheerfully given. We love you all, and can never repay your kindness, and trust in us to accomplish this goal. Please continue to pray for the parks success, and that all will go as planned. God bless you all.
                                                                      Gary Bewley, Pres. Morrison Park Camp Association

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Tabernacle Plans at Morrison Park

After many months of fundraising, and soliciting donations, it seems we have reached a place where we must make a decision about the tabernacle, and what to build. We have, thank the Lord, reached an amount we were hoping at the very least, would be possible to raise. With donations and pledges, we have approximately $21,000. If we could build the tabernacle ourselves and eliminate much of the labor, this would greatly enhance what we could do, however; we have to deal with the situation we have. There is no one now available with the necessary skills to do this, therefore we must hire the laborers. We have an estimate that should allow us to build a 80 x 30 structure over the existing concrete, wood frame, using the original metal trusses, metal roof, and partially enclosed with brown metal. We will hopefully, with this amount have the resources to build the podium/pulpit area, and do the necessary electrical writing for the building. Any additional monies beyond this work would likely need to go toward some type of seating for the tabernacle. We are very thankful for those who gave much, and likewise, so thankful for those who could only afford to give a little. I am personally disappointed by many who chose to do nothing. But, I do rejoice that the Lord has answered our prayer, and Lord willing we will soon have a tabernacle where services will be held. Mike Wilson, "Two Brothers Construction," can build a structure similar in design to the photo sketch above. They are very excited about this work, and should be able to start the project by mid-June. Several trees have to be removed that interfere with the building. Bob Bell has taken on the project to remove the trees. We thank him for this work and all he and his wife Edie have done, to beautify the park with their glorious flowers and landscaping. Thanks again to everyone that has helped out, given, and made the building of the tabernacle possible. Please continue to pray for our efforts as we continue on. God Bless you all , Gary Bewley

Monday, April 4, 2016

Our most recent Contributions for the Morrison Park Tabernacle.

"Thank you" to all contributors for the Morrison Park Tabernacle.
Gale Renner
Lou Jackson ( Louisville KY.)
Linda Mayberry (Winchester Ky.)
Nancy Richey,
Dillard and Mary Rigsby
Dale Copas
Bruce Powell family
Gale Renner
Gethsemane Baptist Church
Nell Doris Stewart (Elizabethtown)
Gale Renner (Batavia IL.)
Joyce and Billy Wray
W.S. Everett
John Robert Miller
Roger and Kathy Lee (Springfield IL.)
Ritchey (Jr.) and Virginia Anderson
Ralph and Virginia Minard ( St. Charles, IL.)
Lou Jackson (Louisville, KY.)
Gale Renner (Batavia IL.)
Jay P. and Aileen Weber (Batavia IL.)
Gale E. Renner (Batavia IL.)
James and Elsa Knott (Tucson AR.)
Scott Queen, State Farm Insurance Co. (Batavia IL.)
Gale Renner (Batavia IL.)
Fredrica Weber (West Hollywood CA.)
Charles David Smith
Harold Kelly
Patricia Kelly
Bruce and Joyce Richey
Karyl J. George ( Hayward CA.)
Sharon D. Zamp ( Saint Charles, IL.)
Gale E. Renner ( Batavia IL.)
Jerry D. and Peg Burgett ( Beardstown, IL.)
Boyd's Creek Methodist Church
Rhonda Thomerson (Columbia, Ky.)
Lanny Whitlow
Bruce and Joyce Richey
Robert L. Knott (Bellevue NE.)
Dannie R. Daniels (Louisville KY.)
Bob and Donna Rich
Gale E. Renner (Batavia IL.)
Siloam Baptist Church
Temple Hill Baptist Church
Martha and Stephen Jones
Geraldine Dennison
Lou Jackson (Louisville KY.)
Ada Christy
Wandaline McCoy
Debbie Powell
Bro. Dale and Liz Copas
Dover Baptist Church (Etoile)
James and Olene Richey
Howard Perkins
Mike Hudspeth
Bro. Timothy and Michelle Shirley
Bro. Billy and Mable Moran
Elizabeth Bruner ( Louisville KY.)
Maxene Underwood
Eugene R. Hack (Louisville KY.)
Gerald Dean and Patricia Taylor
Col.Carroll and Ann Bewley (Tallahassee FL.)
Danny Simmons
William Earl and Nell Bowles
Virginia Houchens
Rollin and Shirley Bacon
Bethal Methodist Church (Hwy 90 Glasgow)
Gary Bewley
Gina Lyon
Joey Crews
Other contributions to Morrison Park since Dec, 2014,
Barren River Rod and Gun Club
Carl and Mary Lou Jackson (numerous donations)
Al Sharber (Louisville , KY.)
Joseph and Beverly Smallwood (Salem IN.)
Eugene R. Hack (Louisville KY.)
Steven and Katherine Jackson (Nashville TN.)
Thomas and Kathy Hassee (Norwalk OH.)
Cheryl L. Goddard (Louisville KY.)
Kristy Brawand (Clarksville IN.)
Golden Oldies (Temple Hill KY.)
Maxene Underwood
Marshall and Mary Wagoner
and many who gave at the Easter Sunrise service.
Also, Ricky Spillman for special help and donation concerning dozer work at the Park.
Tony Clemmons , labor, and various materials, (electrical Work)
Lowe's, (discount on many items during the electrical work.)
Buck Riddle, (carpentry work at the park)
Bob and Edie Bell ( providing and caring for the beautiful flowers on the grounds.)
Matt Mutter, Roger Gentry and The Barren County Correctional Center Work Program, for mowing the park.
So many others have given to Morrison Park, and contributed in many ways over the past few years. These earlier donations allowed us to accomplish so many previous projects. We want to say "Thank You ' again.to everyone that has helped in every way. God Bless You All, and please never stop helping us , and praying for the success of the Park. Love to All, Gary Bewley
Send your contribution to
Gary Bewley
Morrison Park Camp-Meeting Association Inc.
2731 Tompkinsville Rd.
Glasgow, Kentucky 42141

Monday, March 28, 2016

Bro. Dale Copas preached the Easter Sunrise Service at Morrison Park

    Bro. Dale Copas preached the Easter Sunrise sermon at Morrison Park Sunday morning. Bro. Copas gave a most memorable message about the risen Savior and His saving grace. I have not heard any minister proclaim God's word with any greater power and spiritualness, than that which I witnessed Sunday morning.The Lord was truly with us and I think all were blessed. Three hundred dollars was given by those in attendance Easter morning, for the rebuilding of the tabernacle. Bro. Dillard and Mary Rigsby gave $100.00, Bro. Copas took no money, and gave all his offerings to the Park. Everyone in attendance I think gave something. God bless Bro. Copas and each one who came and gave. What a blessed morning we had. Praise the Lord! Gary Bewley

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Good Friday at Morrison Park.

Morrison Park had a good Friday, with a lot of great helpers. Ricky Spillman provided gravel for our driveway, and a wonderful group of young college students from Chicago Il. came and worked all evening cleaning an illegal dump site that exist at rear of the park. These young peole completely filled a dumpster. It is incrediable to conceive how some people could be so disrespectful and unconcerned that they would throw mountains of trash on someone elses property, but even m...ore incrediable is to know, that a group of students would spend their spring break, to come to our county, to help clean us up. Peggy Nims worked with these students, and John Stephens brought us a county dumpster and arranged their coming.

 Thanks to everyone for their help, but especially for these young students who worked in our area all month doing tremendous work. God Bless You All, Gary Bewley