Saturday, August 15, 2015

Faith, Hope, and Love at Red River, New Mexico

 "Faith, Hope, and Love - That's what this center was built on." One woman active in Red River's Community House said this at the anniversary celebration.

We spent a week in cool Red River, New Mexico and arrived just in time to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Community House. How exciting! We learned that people from our hometown of Wichita Falls, TX. were instrumental in starting Red River's Community House.

Five people met. Two were from Enid, Okla., one was from Oklahoma City, and two were from Wichita Falls, TX. These five began a program to attract new tourists to the beautiful mountain hideaway. The flooring for the initial log cabin was made out of wood from the J.C. Penney store in Wichita Falls, after it burned. The first meeting, held on August 9, 1940 was a worship service.

Families were bound together by love of family, love of their country, love of God, and love of their adopted town, Red River. The log cabin was enlarged or improved nine times in the last seventy-five years. People flocked to the singings, the classes, and the church services. As a writer, I found it interesting that their first project was a book review. Sunday school visitors grew, often having their classes outside. These students now bring their kids and grandkids to enjoy the Community House activities.

Red River Community House today
Today, the building houses daily events that appeal to tourists and home folk alike, A banner is run across the front to let everyone know what's happening there that day. Though staff is hired to run the place, it's volunteers that make it possible to continue. Many volunteer for jobs including moving tables and chairs to create a ballroom into church seating. Volunteers teach lots of activities from boat building to quilting to Sunday school classes. Some pass around offering plates. Others clean up the kitchen. Without the hundreds of volunteers, the place could not keep going.

Young & old (me) alike learn new line dances
I line danced there on Saturday night. We went to church services there on Sunday morning. Then, Sunday night was a country music sing-along. After seventy-five years, the community center's purposes are still family fun, worshipping God, and learning more about the area.

We camped in Roadrunner RV Park





We took our RV and had a wonderful vacation in the Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexico. How neat to be a part of something begun so long ago that fosters things I believe in. I pray Red River's Community House continues for seventy-five more years.



For information on the activities at the Community House, go to: http://www.redrivercommunityhouse.org/activities/


Who of you out there have gone to the Community House in Red River, New Mexico? Did you feel the faith, hope, and love of the area?

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