RAVENEL — The church is ageless yellow pine, with wood panels, cross sills and lumbered pews worked by hand more than a century ago. It echoes with the past.

Tonight, on Thanksgiving Eve, the Sauldam Baptist Church congregation goes back into the old sanctuary under the live oak, for a night of skits, readings, songs and worship that opens with recitations like Rudyard Kipling's "If"' and closes with timeless hymns like "How Great Thou Art." The eve service is a throwback to another time, a sort of harvest celebration that isn't much observed nowadays.

The church families in the farming community near Rantowles Creek have been doing it for nearly 30 years. Kin who have moved away come home for it. A lot of these families go back to antebellum days when the church was founded in 1841.

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