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Friday, 19 May 2017 13:18

This Sunday is a big day for Subligna residents. It's methodist church will hold its only service for the year.
Subligna Methodist Church, located off the Gore-Subligna Road, meets only once a year and this Sunday is the day.
"Each year, descendants of those buried in the cemetery gather for worship and to honor their ancestors.  Following the worship service, everyone heads across the street to the Subligna Community Building for a covered dish lunch," event organizer Mary Hamilton Williams said.
Starting at 11 a.m. former members of the Subligna Methodist Church and family members will gather at the church. The church is about 160 years old.
It was 41 years ago the church stopped meeting regularly.
Williams said it was her dad that convinced the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church to give the church back to the community provided that a Subligna Methodist Church Cemetery Association be established to maintain the cemetery and grounds and that it only be used for religious purposes. Her dad, Rev. Charles P. Hamilton, was voted in as the president of the board of directors and held that title until he died, Williams said.
After her father's death, Mrs. Williams kept the tradition alive. Although the Methodist association doesn't fund a fulltime preacher at Subligna, they allowed Mrs. Williams to act as a lay preacher.
Williams encourages anyone that wants to visit the church to come this Sunday. Bring a covered dish and join in the fun and fellowship.
 
CHURCH HISTORY
The Methodist Church at Subligna was organized in 1855.  Land was deeded to the Trustees of the church on the 21st of March, 1857, by Mr. O. F. Perry of Chattooga County, then living in Subligna.  The Trustees were Davis Hix, Senator William Hix, J. T. Hamilton, J. M. Watts, J. M. Bowman, Lloyd Rutherford and J. O. D. Hill. 
The first church was known as Mt. Zion Methodist Church, and the building stood behind the old parsonage site.  The second church was built on the hill behind the present building.  The current building was erected in 1956.
The Annual Homecoming is observed each year on the third Sunday in May at 11 am.
For many, many years, the only cemetery in Subligna was the church cemetery so anyone being buried in Subligna was buried there, Williams said.
The church is located across the road from Subligna Baptist Church off Gore-Subligna Road.
 
 


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