Providence Church History Ride

To benefit Dilan Sumner

On Saturday, June 4, 2005 Chatham County area riders gathered at the Pitt Stop in Pittsboro to attend the Providence Church's benefit poker run for Dilan Sumner. Dilan is a four year old boy who has been battling leukemia for the past two years.

Herman "Preacher" Brannen and his wife Annie did a fantastic job planning and leading this ride. At the start, riders not only received a poker run sheet, but also were provided with a detailed map of the route and a information sheet describing the stops that we would be making. All four stops were to historic churches in Chatham County.

The weather was perfect and the route Preacher planned was beautiful. The ride could not have been better! We were welcomed in by all of the ministers of the churches and were provided a delicious meal at the last stop. Many door prizes were awarded at the end as well as prizes for best and worst hand. A 50/50 was awarded but most of the prizes were donated back to the cause to help our little buddy Dilan Sumner. Thanks goes to all who attended and made this event a big success.

Stops on the Run:

Martha's Chapel Christian Church: Established in 1803 when Thomas Jefferson was still president, the church has been in operation since then. The church was originally formed by the minister James O'Kelly.

Rocky River Baptist Church: This church was started in 1756 as a log cabin church for the Scotch-Irish settlers who lived along the Rocky River.

Rives Chapel Baptist Church: The present congregation was constituted in 1832 with 60 members. However, the "newer" building was constructed in 1921.

Providence Methodist Episcopal Church: Established in the mid 1870s with 20 members. On September 11, 1887, two acres of land were purchased for $8.00 from J.W. and Fannie Andrews for the construction of the current building. It is currently run by Herman "Preacher" Brannen. Please contact Preacher for information on the church or to donate to Dilan Sumner's deserving family: 919-742-4799

Next event near Chatham County:

June 17-19, 2005: Vietnam Vets 21st Anniversary Party at the Old Mill in Sanford See:

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