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The Gospel Messenger — Offering #8

From Sandy Creek, Va.—Jan. 27.

The brethren of the Sandy Creek church commenced a meeting in the Centre meeting-house, at Clifton Mills, on the 10th of January.  The meeting was conducted by our home ministers the first week.  Bro. J. C. Johnson came to assist us on the 18th.  We continued the meetings until the 27th.  They were largely attended, and we had very good order. It has been several years since they have had a revival meeting at this place.  The influences of evil had become strong, which made the labors of the first part of the meeting hard, and the prospect for ingathering, poor.  The ice had become strong and thick, but after two weeks' hard labor, it began to give way, and the church got to work.  The people began to take much interest in the good cause, and the result of the meeting was eighteen precious souls, sixteen by baptism and two reclaimed.  And what made the meeting more pleasant to us, was that we could see some of our own children coming to the fold.  I do truly hope that the good Lord will he our helper, that we, the old Sandy Creek church, may be an example to the world, that many may see our good works.  I expect, if the Lord is willing, to go to George's Creek church, Fayette Co., Pa., to hold a series of meetings, commencing on Feb. 1.  We hope to have a good meeting.  May the Lord be our helper.

Solomon Bucklew.

From New Enterprise, Pa.—Jan. 15.

As I have not seen anything in print from our church for some time, I will try and write a few lines.  The church here is still laboring for the upbuilding of Zion.  So far as I know, peace and harmony prevail. — Although there have been no additions for some time, we believe there are some who are counting the cost.  Our prayer-meetings are very well attended, and very interesting as they should be, to the young members.  I believe every church should have a prayer-meeting, where it could be conducted in a God fearing way.  It will give all young members a chance to build themselves up in the great cause of Christ, and the evenings that they spend at the prayer-meeting, they are not spending their time sitting around the stores and shoe-shops, and indulging in idle gossiping, for which they will all have to give an account some day.  Dear brethren, let us awake out of this idleness, and put on the whole armor of God.  If there ever was a time to show our gospel light, it is just now; methinks, sometimes, with all praying and watching, the enemy of our souls is still ahead, when we compare ourselves with the gospel light and the light of the world.  Just look at the foolish fashions that some memhers are indulging in!  Why?  If God were to come now and judge by the outward appearance, how many of our members would be saved?  Remember, my dear young members, that there are two kingdoms mentioned in the Bible, the kingdom of the world and the kingdom of Christ.  Now, to which do you belong? "Be not deceived, God is not mocked; whatsoever a man sows, that shall he reap.  If ye sow to the flesh, ye shall of the flesh reap corruption; but if ye sow to the spirit, ye shall of the spirit reap life everlasting."  Let us take the Word of God for the man ofour council, and let the world go.

To the sisters I would say, read Cor. 11, and then, when you come before God in prayer, have your head covered with that spiritual covering, and lay that worldly covering aside, and God will not be ashamed of you.  He says,"Whosoever is ashamed of me and my word, of him will I be ashamed;" also, if it was right in the apostles' time to wear a spiritual covering, it is right to-day, and I believe that ministers are neglecting a duty by not preaching enough on this subject.  It is very seldom you hear any preaching on this subject, only on communion occasions, which occur only once or twice a year. Paul says, "All Scripture is given by inspiration, and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, etc.  Much might be said upon this subject, but let this suffice.  What I write I write in love, and to give a warning.  I would say, in conclusion, at our last church meeting the church decided to hold a series of meetings, commencing about the 15th or 20th of February.  Bro. John M. Mohler is expected.  We anticipate a good meeting.—We also have organized a Bible class in our church, which meets every Sunday evening, conducted by Eld. C. L. Buck and others, and so far, has been interesting. This winter we commenced reading with the first chapter of Acts.  We have preaching every Sunday, at different places, at 10 o'clock.  We have prayer meeting every Wednesday evening.  Our prayer meetings, in the winter, are held at the members' houses.  The typhoid fever, which prevailed in our neighborhood sometime ago, has now ceased, and the people are now about well again, for which we thank the Lord.      D. S. Replogle.

From Coon River Church, Iowa.

The brethren here, with the ministerial aid of Bro. Frank McCune, of Dallas Center, Ia., held a series of meetings in Panora, in the U. B. church.  Commenced Sunday evening, Jan. 25, and continued every evening, during the week, and on Sunday, Feb. 1, had meeting in the morning and in the afternoon children's meeting.  The meetings closed Sunday evening.  One dear brother was made willing to accept the plan of salvation, and was buried with Christian baptism.  From the appearance of many tearful eyes, and the undivided attention of the large congregation, we think there were some good, and we hope lasting impressions made on many.—We think there are many nearly ready to deny themselves of the pleasures of sin, and accept the plain truths of the Word of God, and the zealous and earnest appeals of Bro. Frank to accept God's word as the man of their council, and not pin their faith to any creed or preacher, but examine the plain word of God and do its commands.  The children's meeting was well attended, and good attention by the little folks.  Many parents, and younger persons also, enjoyed the tender counsels and commands of God to children, given by brother Frank, after which we went to the water-side, where brother M. Deardorff, for the first time, administered the sacred ordinance, and many were made to rejoice on account of the return of one more.  There are seven families of Brethren living in Panora.  The Brethren hold meetings regularly every two weeks in the U. B. church, in Panora, with good attendance and attention.  During our series of meetings for the past week, we have had pleasant weather and good sleighing, and the audience grew larger every evening.  The last evening all the standing room was occupied by gentlemen the full length of both aisles; yet, with all the crowd, there was perfect order and the best of attention.  Bro. McCune took a severe cold in coming here.  It settled on his lungs, and made it very hard for him to labor; therefore, he and the ministerial brethren thought best to bring our meetings to a close for the present.  We hope we may often and soon have more meetings, for there are many who ask us why we closed the meetings while there was such good interest.  May God help us all so to live daily that our conduct may preach louder than words.  May God ever watch over and keep the beloved Brotherhood in the plain, simple truths of the gospel, is our sincere prayer.      D. W. Diehl.

From Olympia, Wash. T'y.

By your permission, I propose to give, through your columns, a few lines for the benefit of so many readers that have not seen this country.  This city is at the head of Puget Sound; has 2,800 inhabitants, besidesa bout 175 Chinese.  I came to this town in March, 1884.—The summer here is the best I ever saw,—no wind storms.  Everything, except corn and melons, does well.  For fruit it cannot be excelled.  The winter is not cold, but there is much rain and fog.  The coldest here this winter was eight degrees below zero.  Everything, except potatoes, is left in the ground, and is safe.  The frost does not seem to get down to the ground.  Game, large deer, elk, black bears, ducks, geese, pheasants, grouse, quails, plenty of fish, all kinds, fresh and salt-water, timber, cedar, red and white, fir, oak, maple, and other kinds.  Lumber, rough, $9.00 per M.; dressed, $17.00, first clear; common labor, $2.00; schools good; churches, seven.  But I am sorry to say, there are no Brethren that I know of.  We are lonesome without them.  But the welcome visitor comes regularly and we can hear from the dear brethren and sisters.  Any question asked I will answer. Write to me.  Remember as at a Throne of Grace.      S. H. Wiesedepe.

Jan. 22.

In Memoriam.

Sister Huldah Coyle, whose death occurred Nov. 23, 1884, in the Sandy church, N. E. Ohio, was one of the sixty who, with her husband, Bro. John Coyle, united with the church in 1876, during and shortly after a aeries of meetings held by brethren Jesse Calvert and P. J. Brown, at the Freeburgh and Reading houses of worship.  She leaves a grief stricken husband, two children with their families, a large circle of relatives and a host of friends to mourn her departure.  They were endeared to her by her very amiable disposition and devoted Christian life and character, but they sorrow not like those that have no hope, for we trust her prayers and almsdeeds have gone up to heaven as a memorial before her to God.

J. A.Clement.


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