Leadership

Fire Cuts Sunday Services

Issue 12 and Volume 105.

Fire Cuts Sunday Services With the words of the Bible still ringing in their ears, a congregation of between 60 and 70 persons calmly filed out of the Clinton Methodist Church at Clinton, Conn., on November 9 when the preacher informed them the building was on fire. The dramatic situation developed during the regular Sunday morning worship service when visiting clergyman, the Rev. Barton Bovee, of New Haven, Superintendent of Methodist churches in that district, was in the pulpit. Mr. Bovee was reading the Scriptures preparatory to delivering his sermon when the fire broke out at 11 :20 A.M. in the basement furnace room. Thomas Howard, an usher, discovered smoke, investigated and then acted quickly. He moved into the choir loft behind the preacher and informed a member of the choir, who notified the minister. Mr. Bovee then announced to the congregation that the church was on fire and asked…

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