"Stevard's Book, M.E. Church Lyons",
November 12, 1851 - May 6, 1887 (Item 1)
Contains minutes of the quarterly meeting conferences which contain attendance, committee reports, and occasionally, resolutions and obituaries of members. While early minutes show three committees (Committee on Table Expenses, Committee on Missions, and Sunday School Committee) later reports list in addition, Church Extension and Freedman's Aid, Temperance, Church Records, Education, Parsonage and Furniture, Music, Conference Claimants, Tracts, and Visiting. In addition, there vas a Women's Home Missionary Society, a Ladies' Aid Society, a Women's Foreign Missionary Society and a Mission Band. Regular conference year end lists of contributions for benevolent purposes are also recorded.
Other items of note include: (April 5, 1856) a resolution by the Sunday School Interest calling for books and teachers, (March 7, 1857) a lengthy and detailed report on the history of the church [note: this is followed by a history of the church and records until December 31, 1859. Then come records of January and March 1859, the beginning of the history], (June l86l) Pastor D.D. Buck requested a leave of absence to serve as chaplain in the army, (August 21, 1875) a trustee resigned because he felt the board had violated the terms of a legacy, (December 23, 1876) the congregation invited the Presbyterian minister to preach for "Watch Night" and his congregation to attend, (May 1878) the pastor spent four weeks holding revival services, (October 2, 1882) a special speaker came and collected for the Freedman's Aid Society and a history of the formation and development of the
lyceum (Literary and Social Union), (October 5, 1883) three weeks of extra services led to no conversions, (February 4, 1887) revival work in the past three weeks Drought in 12 probationers.
, paginated, chronological (Item 2)
Contains minutes of class leader's meetings which include attendance, leader's class reports (mainly lists of contributions) - rarely - discussion of church business, probationers received into full membership, and the formation of new committees. Items of interest include (p. 94, l4th official meeting) a history of the church, (February 8, 1864) a suggestion to hold extra religious meetings beginning the next week, (November 18, l864) a criticism of the preacher, Following the minutes pp. 231-314 are blank, pp. 314 begins accounts for 1861-62.