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Thursday, March 20, 2008

METHODISTS CELEBRATE HOLY THURSDAY

Vintage postcard of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Glendale, California. Given to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Gary Fredburg 2007.

Rev. John Wesley, the founder of Christian Methodism, once said"
“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”

Today, this is a great quotation to consider, as the United Methodist Church community in the San Fernando Valley celebrates Maudi Thursday, the commemoration of the Last Supper of Jesus.
Early Methodists in California called their denomination the Methodist Episcopal Church. (AME stands for African Methodist Episcopal). Those religious pioneers were prominent in civic affairs, government and education. Methodists in the San Fernando Valley were among those instrumental in the founding of the University of Southern California. Early Methodist preachers in Southern California often rode to hold services across vast distances. They got the nickname "circuit riders."
Methodists are famous for their pock-luck dinners. Thus the old joke. "Do you know how God knows when a Methodist arrives in Heaven? She or he is the one with the covered dish."

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