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The Gospel Messenger — Offering #25

Notes from our Correspondents.

—We regret to learn of the serious illness of sister Larkins, wife of Bro. S. O. Larkins, of Herington, Kans.  Brethren Zollers and Hope administered the anointing in the name of the Lord, and we hope the Lord may restore her again, if such be his will.

—Bro. J. A. Vermillion, of the Sleeper church, Mo., writes: "As Bro. Samuel Carch[sic] has left here for parts unknown, any information enabling me to ascertain his whereabouts, will be gladly received by the writer, or Eld. J. L. Jordan, Sleeper, Laclede Co., Mo."

—Bro. J. T. Harnish, of Dorrance, Kans., sends us the following Sunday-school report: "Our school was organized March 18.  During April our average attendance was fifty-nine.  The average number of verses committed to memory each Sunday is 255.  May God bless the work!"

—Sister Diana Miller, of Bates Co., Mo., writes: "Our love-feast at Crescent Hill was held May 5.  We had a very pleasant meeting, and our joy was increased by seeing two souls turn to the Lord.  One brother was elected to the ministry, and we hope he may labor to be faithful in his calling!"

—Bro. Harvey M. Barkdoll, of Warrenville, Ill., says: "To-day, May 13, two more precious souls were added to the Naperville church.  They were baptized in the town of Batavia, and a very large crowd of people gathered to visit the scene.  We hope many long and lasting impressions were made there."

—Bro. Samuel Edgecomb, of the Cherokee church, Cherokee Co., Kans., writes: "This church is in love and union.  We number about eighty members, with seven ministers.  Feeling the need of more ministerial help in the southern part of this church, we decided to hold a choice for a speaker in that part of the church, which resulted in the unanimous choice of A. B. Lichtenwalter."

—"Come and Journey with Us" is the thought embodied in a short article by sister Rachel Weimer.  She invites all to journey with the children of God, so that they might obtain eternal happiness beyond.  "The lily-white robe is ready for all those who are worthy to walk the golden streets.  O, the glorious meeting beyond!  That we might all meet around that great white throne, to part no more forever!"

—Sister Elizabeth Gable, of the Middle Creek church, Mahaska Co., Iowa, writes: "Last Sabbath, May 6, we met on the banks of South Skunk river to witness the baptismal scene of a promising young man.  We feel anxious for his dear companion who is not quite willing to sacrifice and forsake all for Christ's sake.  We received three dear members this spring by letter. The little band of brethren and sisters here is in peace and union, and asks the prayers of God's people that they be faithful."

—Bro. S. B. Katherman, Secretary of the Brethren's Aid Society, of the North-eastern District of Kansas, wishes to state that at the last meeting of the Society it was decided "to include only Nebraska and Kansas as territory in which to insure property.  Only members of the church can insure.  The Society, since its organization of about three years ago, has had a very prosperous career.  All inquiries in regard to the Society will be cheerfully answered by the writer."

—Sister Martha Hiltz, of Woodbury, Baltimore Co., Md., says: "Bro. S. H. Utz, of Frederick Co., Md., came to hold a week's meeting for us.  Bro. John Utz, of Beaver Dam, assisted in delivering the gospel of Jesus Christ.  We are glad to say that three came out on the Lord's side.  Deep and lasting impressions were made.  The brethren and sisters were strengthened and built up in that most holy faith once delivered to the saints.  If we only had a preacher among us who would preach the true gospel every Sabbath to us, a great many more would be added to our little band.  Oh, who will come and gather the sheaves for the Lord ere it be too late?"

—Sister Kate R. Price, of Harleysville, Pa., writes: "A sister, in a late number of the Messenger, thinks that a woman can have much power over an unbelieving husband by her Christian life, and may, possibly, win him to Christ.  That is very true; but I would like to see that power exerted in regard to overcoming the evil habit of using tobacco.  A brother in the Messenger has made the estimate that over $50,000 is spent in the church each year for tobacco.  What a record!  How will we stand in the Day of Judgment!  Just think of it, brethren and sisters, what an amount of good might be done with all that money!  Oh, for a pentecostal outpouring upon our hearts, that we might know the perfect will of God, that we might cleanse ourselves from all filthiness, and present our bodies and our all to God, as a living sacrifice, `holy and acceptable in the sight of God'!"

—Sister Mary C. Wrightsman has a few kind words of advice to the sisters:" With many it is probably a question as to how we can best work for Jesus and let our lights shine.  Though we can not be ministers, still we need not be discouraged.  We can work for Jesus in our quiet homes, by asking his help and blessing in the morning, to help us during the day.  "Ask and ye shall receive."  John 16: 24.  We can work for Christ by trying to be kind to all.  We should be especially gentle to the old people, and love the church and God's people by obeying all of Christ's commandments, as the Scriptures teach.  We should keep our own selves under control, which is a great and hard work.  These things we can do, sisters, with Jesus to help us, and by keeping on trying, thus we will let our light shine, and be working for the One whom we love above all, Jesus, `In due season we shall reap if we faint not.'  Gal. 6: 9."

—A home is wanted for two boys, aged ten and eleven years respectively,—the sons of Bro. Ephraim Parker, of Malta, De Kalb Co., Ill.  Being bereft of his companion, and in straitened circumstances, he would like if some one would take the boys, raise them on a farm, and keep them until of age.  Those interested will please address Bro. Parker as above.

—A few thoughts on the responsibility of the minister are sent us by Bro. L. J. Kedding.  He says: "How often, in calling brethren to the ministry, does the lot fall on a man who is poor!  Brethren and sisters, we should always remember the burden which we place on the shoulders of our ministers, and assist them as Paul has commanded: `Bear ye one another's burdens.'  Let usbe more liberal with our means, and see to it that our ministers are not hampered in their work for the lack of means.  God will hold us responsible for the use we make of the blessings which he has showered upon us.  Let us use all for his cause, and he will not withhold the reward."

—Bro. T. D. Van Buren, of Wilcox, Clark Co., Wis., says: "I am located at this place, ten miles north-east of Neillsville.  There are no members here except wife and I.  I am holding meetings every Sunday with good prospects of establishing the Truth here.  There are several near the kingdom, and itis causing no small stir among the people.  I expect Bro. Baker, of Maple Grove church, Chippewa county, to be with us soon.   I think that good can be done here as well as in other places.  What the people want is light, not darkness, as they get enough of that from their popular preachers.  I do not know whether there are any more members in this county or not.  I think this is the first preaching by the Brethren in Clark county as also on Black River.  Brethren, traveling in this part of the State, are invited to stop with us.  If ministering brethren will let me know previous to coming here, I will have a place for them to preach."

—A few thoughts on temperance are sent us by Bro. C. Charers.  He says: "There is beauty in temperance.  In truth, temperance is an ally of Christianity.  It chastens the feelings, invigorates the mind and displays the perfection of the soul.  Temperance is the best guardian and the safest support of old age, the tutelar goddess of health, and the universal medicine of life.  Temperance keeps the senses clear and unembarrassed.  It is the greatest strengthener and clearer of reason and best prepares it for religion.  Temperance is the sister of prudence and the handmaid of devotion.  Few are the sins that do not grow out of intemperance in some form.  Intemperance means excess.  All beyond what is necessary, is evil.  When the true principles of temperance are established in early life and made the controlling power, they insure health, freedom from pain, complete respect, ability, honor, virtue, nay, usefulness and happiness, — all for which true people live, or hope for, it this life.

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