Aside from the regular activities, sometimes there are guest speakers such as a dental hygienist or a doctor who has gone on a medical mission trip.
Some children attend Sunday worship, and the adult attendance has grown as well. Patty plays organ and piano. Elbie takes the kids to children's church during the 10 a.m. Sunday service.
"Elbie started with interim minister Dewayne Walls," Patty said. "We now have an ordained minister, Steven Runnion, who comes from Tornado."
She said a lot of prayer went into reviving the church and launching the growing youth group.
She said her husband truly loves the children.
"He goes out at night in his car or on his bike and checks on the kids," she said. "He listens and he cares. They can tell. Elbie lives for Thursday. It energizes him."
On a recent Thursday evening, it was apparent the children found the meeting inspirational and fun.
"I come here because I like to learn about Jesus and God," said Amelia Butrick, 8. "It's fun to be here."
She loves the Bible stories and games as well as the ice cream sundaes that are frequently offered.
Lilly Young, 9, said, "A lot of my friends go here. It's fun singing all those songs. Sometimes we get to tell about our weekend."
Sophia Smart, 7, said she believes that God made all the animals and the people in the world. She said the evening schedule includes singing, breaking into groups for Bible lessons and games, and then coming back together for the evening meal.
"I like the hot dogs," said Jerry Boggess, 8.
Emma Spaulding, 7, said she once thought of the church as just an old building.
"I was wrong," said Emma, who especially enjoys the music and games.
Plans are in the works for more activities during the summer such as Bible School.
"I just point the way and hope they follow," Elbie said of the children.
Elbie has a favorite spot high on a hill with a bird's-eye view of Cedar Grove. He goes there to pray for all of the residents of his hometown.
The church is on Williams Street in Cedar Grove. Regular service is 10 a.m. Sunday, and the youth group meets 6 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call Elbie Thurman at 304-595-3600 or 304-545-0940.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail. com or 304-348-1246.