Four Mile Presbyterian Church
6078 Tuscarawas Road
Ohioville Borough, Beaver County, Pennsylvania 15009


Part II

The Story Of The Four Mile Church Communion Table Cloth

The Story Of The Four Mile Church Communion Table Cloth

In his Gettysburg address during the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln said, "The world will little note nor long remember what we say here but it will never forget what they did here." When he finished speaking, the audience was silent! But there was a thunderous applause for the previous speaker who had spoken over an hour.

The truth was that the people at Gettysburg were so moved by what Lincoln had to say, that they remained silent; not a person moved, not a sound was heard. Lincoln's Gettysburg address has been recited at Memorial Day Services, Fourth of July Celebrations, Patriotic Observances, and at any special occasion when the thoughts of Americans turn to one of the most horrible wars our country has ever fought. It stands with "Flanders Field," which is identified with the first World War and other great writings of our Nation's history.

We are in debt to the past! How tragic it will be if we forget this fact! Those of us who are older and many who are younger are emotionally moved when we hear the band play, "The Star Spangled Banner;" a famous chorus sing, "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;" or worshipers on a Sabbath morning, stand and sing "America." There is one fear which many of us have and that is that our children growing up today will not be taught to appreciate our Nation's past.

The same thing is true of our church! So much of what we have today has been given to us by those early settlers who had a dream, a vision of a church, which was organized on the first Sabbath of July 1812.

Among the historic treasures we cherish is a Communion Cloth which was made by Mrs. Mary (Polly) McGaffick who raised the flax, using the fiber of the plant to spin the thread which was used to make the Communion Table Cloth. It is amazing how many great, great, etc. grandchildren there are (and have been) members of Four Mile Church who are descendants of Polly McGaffick.

Mrs. Elizabeth Carnes had taken care of the cloth for many years. In the early part of my ministry, she gave the cloth to the church explaining to me that Mrs. Polly McGaffick was her great, great grandmother.

The lineage of Mrs. Polly McGaffick can be found in the back of this book.


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