Brush arbor gospel meetings to be held in Jasper this week
by Melanie Patterson
May 10, 2012 | 2220 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Paul Gunter carries bamboo to place on the roof of the brush arbor he is building along with Wayne Moore, Jim Banks and Carl Gunter. Photo by: Melanie Patterson
Paul Gunter carries bamboo to place on the roof of the brush arbor he is building along with Wayne Moore, Jim Banks and Carl Gunter. Photo by: Melanie Patterson
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Wednesday afternoon, four men were building a structure in Jasper that many people have never seen, and others haven’t seen in many, many years.

Paul Gunter, Carl Gunter, Jim Banks and Wayne Moore were, for the second time this week, constructing a brush arbor. They had completed it on Saturday, but a storm on Monday blew it to the ground.

The wood, brush and bamboo structure will be the site of brush arbor meetings this week, featuring preaching and music.

The non-denominational meetings will be held at 3205 Lakewood Drive Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m. each night.

The brush arbor is the idea of Paul Gunter, and is located on his property. This is the fifth time he has organized the event; he does it every three or four years.

Gunter is a member of Hunter’s Chapel Holy Church of Christ in Jasper and is in the gospel group, Ever Praising, which performs throughout the area.

But he has not always had his eyes on higher causes.

“What led me to build the first brush arbor was the memory of my mother,” Gunter said.

When he was younger, he was a country singer and had no interest in church.

“My mother used to tell me about going to brush arbor meetings,” he said.

After Gunter began going to church, he could not forget her stories. He never attended church with her, but he wanted to make the outdoor meetings come alive for himself and for hundreds of others.

“We’ve had people saved here that we couldn’t get into the church house,” he said from the site Wednesday.

Gunter expects up to 300 people to attend each night. There is plenty of parking space on his property, and there will be rides for those who have to park too far away to walk.

Homemade lemonade will be available.

There will also be portable toilets nearby.

The preachers come from various church denominations. They are: Charles Williams on Friday, Don Rouse on Saturday and Junior Garmon on Sunday. Those who attend need to bring lawn chairs.

To learn more or for directions, call Gunter at 275-4198.