The bond developed between American soldiers serving in France during World War I lives on a century later in the Hut Bible Class.
A large group of Conwayites gathered for lunch on Sunday to celebrate the same common bond people develop when they worship together.
The official anniversary date was April 27, 2019.
Although the group uses Methodist literature, there are two Baptists and a Presbyterian among the group. Women are welcome to visit, but their names are not included among the members.
“I’m here every Sunday if that means anything to you,” said Charley Frye, who has been one of the most communicative members with 34 years of membership.
“We have a different speaker every Sunday. It’s just a great class… It’s just a great group of men,” Frye said, adding that the people who don’t attend the class are really missing out.
Charles Timbes is perhaps the oldest member of the class with around 37 years of regular attendance. Heritage is also important to the class whose members refer to uncles, cousins, grandfathers, great-uncles, and great-grandfathers who once attended the Hut class. Timbes’ father and stepfather were both members, and his father was a past president.
Timbes was president three times and treasurer for 20 years.
“I love the camaraderie the Hutte provides. In other words, I hardly ever miss a Sunday. We live at the beach six months a year and come back every Sunday…I don’t want to miss it.
“Our service in the hut is like a small church service,” he said, including scripture, prayer and special music each week.
The group has six teachers who take turns teaching.
“That makes it interesting,” Timbes said.
People who can’t make it to the 9:30 a.m. service on Sunday morning can still listen to the radio at 99.5. The broadcast of the service continues a 70-year tradition. In the past, Timbes said the service was broadcast live and at no cost to the Hut class. Today, the class records their service and provides it to the radio station for broadcast a week later at a cost of $150 per week. The group earns money for broadcasting and other projects through an annual barbecue.