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The Brethren Evangelist — Offering #102

Personal Mention.

Brother Grisso preached at North Liberty, Ohio, last Sabbath.

Brother W. A. Welty went to Mansfield, last Saturday on business.

Brother Darling spent Sabbath at Ankneytown, preaching the word.

From Sister Feller, we learn that four persons have recently been baptized at Mulvane, Kan.

Brother J. C. Mackey, of Meyersdale, Pa., reports two more baptisms in his Salisbury charge.

Sister Sterling reports four accessions by baptism at Masontown, Pa., during her visit at home.

Brother Brubaker, of Olathe, Kan., gives a report of his years' work, in this issue.  Twenty accessions.

Brother Wise, of Pittsburg, Pa., reports four accessions by baptism, and two ap­plicants for baptism.

The meeting at Milford, Ind., by broth­er Rench closed with nine more accessions than previously reported.

Brother Ross, our general agent, left for Indiana, last Friday.  We hope to hear of good results from his labors.

As we go to press, we have news that brother C. F. Yoder, is in the midst of a glorious revival meeting.  Report later.

Brother C. L. Eccard, of Gessler, O., wishes us to say that he is open for an engagement as pastor wherever his services may be needed.

Brother Humbert and wife, of Indiana, have moved to Ashland, Ohio.  Brother Humbert has entered school and expects to complete the course.

Brother J. D. McFaden is in the midst of a great revival at Preston, Neb., a new point for the brethren.  Twenty confes­sions up to date, Jan. 6.

Brother Keller gives a report of his year's work in this issue. He is now engaged in revival work at Fortis, Kansas. Four applicants for baptism so far.

Brother Miller, pastor of the Ashland City Church, began a series of revival services in the College Chapel, Sabbath morning, to continue for several weeks.

From the report of Sister Sterling, it would seem that she desires a conference with the Editor on plans for Missionary work.  Speak, sister.  Do not be afraid.  We shall be pleased to have you discuss the subject through the paper.

Brother C. Forneys[sic] of Brooklyn, Iowa, closed a successful revival with the follow­ing result : Thirteen baptized, three reclaimed, two yet to be baptized, making eighteen in all.  Brother Forney is now engaged in a meeting ten miles south of Brooklyn.

Special Mention.—The names of W. H. Wise, Pittsburg, Pa., and Roger Darling, Ashland, Ohio, are omit­ted, by mistake, from the Almanac.  For this we are sorry.  We aimed to get the list correct, and with all our care, a few errors occur.  The brethren whose names do not appear, will please pardon the error.

Brother Beaver, of Montandon, Pa., sends us a short clipping from a paper, containing the following:—Rev. John Harley, aged 84 years, died at this place to day.  He was from early manhood a preacher of the German Baptist or Breth­ren sect and filled the pulpit at Price's Meeting House, of North Coventry, Chester County, for several years.  He was bookkeeper for the Pottstown Iron Company for twenty years.

Brother Harley was a reader of the Evangelist until the last year, when his sight failed him, and he ordered the paper discontinued.  We should be pleased to have some one who is acquainted with his life, write a brief biography of Brother Harley, and accompany it with his photo.  Who is able for the task?

Rare as is true love, true friendship is still rarer.—Le Rochefoucault.

Church News.


In receiving the Evangelist, the first thing I look after is the church notes.  How it makes my heart throb with joy to hear of the glorious work being done in the harvest fields of the Brethren church for the Lord.  Oh, what rejoicing there must be in heaven, among the holy angels when so many are making way for the Celestial City!

Our little band at New Paris is zealous­ly and earnestly pulling for the haven of rest, with the Lord Jesus for captain, and Brother Menaugh at the helm, and our vessel heavily freighted with prayer, we may feel sure of anchoring many precious souls in the harbor of glory.

Our protracted effort commences Jan. 25. We earnestly solicit the brothers and sisters, who can, to come and help us in the work. We ask for your prayers also, for through them much may be done.

By relation, we had one dear soul to unite with us recently. We will say more later on. Your sister in the work.

Sinda Mayse, Sec.


I am home on a furlough. Last Sunday night I preached in our town pulpit.  After preaching I baptized four applicants.  They are all young and intelligent.  On Friday I start back to my duties east of the mountains.  As far as I have gone the work there is assuming proper shape for future development.  It is my inten­tion to consult the Mission Board in Johnstown concerning facilities for its progress.  I am sorry that Pennsylvania, and in part the entire brotherhood, is not better prepared for missions.  However I'm thank­ful it's no worse.  I'd like a long conver­sation with you about these matters, provided you'd talk, but a church paper is not the best place to relate the woes and difficulties of a missionary, especially without consent of the editor.  The loca­tion is too inconvenient, beside it encroaches upon the pleasure of the general reader, unless all are actively sympathiz­ing, no one prejudiced or given to pious criticism.  Do not think that I am suffer­ing for the necessities of life, and that I now stand a beggar at your door, or must have your esteem.  I am comfortable enough, being well fed, well clothed and well housed.  Thanks to thee, my mission friend.  But I'm obliged to attack the sins, defend the rights and provide for the needs of those among whom I labor.  When the necessary implements are want­ing the removal of obstructions is retarded.  Invention must then supply deficien­cies.  I shall hail with gladness the day in which our church will possess a mission thoroughly organized and sufficiently equipped.  For a city besieged holds out longer than one that is carried by storm.  My work is agreeable to me and I am reasonably satisfied with its progress.  Intensity of thought may often sigh, but is not an indication of discouragement.  Our houses are always well filled with appre­ciative audiences, even under adverse cir­cumstances.  The prospect grows bright­er each day.  Sometime it will be glorious.

Mary M. Sterling.


After quite a delay, I feel, impressed at this the opening of another year to report to you our last quarter's work.  We closed our labors at Beaver City, Neb., as pastor, Oct. 1.

Here we spent two years in the ministry the most pleasant of our life.  We were loathe to leave them, but on account of crop failures during the three years past, they could no longer support the work.

Here at Beaver City we have a body of members who are earnest, devoted Chris­tians.  If the church at Beaver City had the wealth of some of our eastern churches, there would be money in our District and National Mission treasuries to carry on the work.

They are at present without a pastor, have no preaching yet, are continuing their S. S. and K. C. work.  May the choicest of heaven's blessings rest upon the Beaver City church.

We reached Brown Co., Kan., in time to attend and enjoy our District Confer­ence which convened Oct. 17.  The work of this conference has already been reported.  My family visited in Holt Co., Mo., until Dec. 16, when we moved to Falls City, Neb.

On the evening or Nov. 15, I began a series of meetings at Adrian Mo., south of Kansas City, and continued until Dec. 8.  This meeting has already been report­ed by sister Anna Showalter.  This was the most discouraging meeting that I ever held.  Yet while there were no additions, we believe there was seed sown that will bring forth.

The church here at Adrian is not in a very prosperous condition neither spiritu­ally nor financially.  Spirituallity[sic] the town and community is at a very low ebb.  At present the brethren have no regular preaching.  In fact no religious service of any kind, partly due to their scattered condition.

We are now at Portis, Kansas, where we held a very successful meeting last winter resulting in thirty-three additions to the church.

We began this series of meetings on Christmas evening and at this writing have four applicants.  We are having a very interesting meeting.  The greatest obstacle here in our way, is our house is too small to accommodate those who desire to attend.  The Methodists are opposing us, as they are holding a protracted meeting which has been continued for about six weeks, but they are doing us no harm, "As we are all here."

We intend to begin a series of doctrinal sermons this evening consisting of ten sermons.

Here at Portis we have a membership of about sixty. This church is in a pros­perous condition spiritually, with an evergreen S. S. and K. C. Society.  They are earnest, devoted men and women,—some of God's noble "three hundred."  Elder D. O. Brumbaugh has charge of the church as elder, who does his loudest preaching in the community in which he lives by his godly life—daily walk and conduct—dur­ing this meeting the last child of nine has come to the church, making sixteen in all in his own family, counting sons-in-law and daughters-in-law.  Two of these are in the G. B. church.  Brother John Wal­ters is their pastor, and the church appre­ciates his labors here.  Pray for the success of this meeting.

J. R. Keller.


The church here is moving along slow­ly.  Since the last report in Evangelist, four have been baptized and two applica­tions for baptism.  One of the sisters baptized and the two yet to be baptized are blind naturally, but spiritually they are not.  They are well educated, and are very much devoted to Bible study.  This is week of prayer by the Christian Endeavor, and our society is alive and at work.  God bless the young people's so­ciety here and everywhere.

H. Wise.


The Middlebranch Brethren Sunday-school held their annual election of offi­cers, Sunday, Dec. 29, 1895, which re­sulted as follows :

Superintendent—W. H. Wise.

Assistant—Ella Roush.

Secretary—Oscar Smith.

Treasurer—Henry Gibson.

Organist—Lettie Cocklin.

Chorister—Emmit Gibson.

The members of the Sunday-school also presented their superintendent, W. H. Wise, with a very fine Teacher's Bible.  Mr. Wise in response made a very appro­priate speech, thanking the school for their kindness and good will.  The future of this school is full of promises.

By a member of the school.


Our revival at Brooklyn closed Dec. 22, with the evening service.  It lasted four weeks.  During these meetings nineteen made the good confession, thirteen of whom were received by baptism, three were reclaimed, making our actual addi­tion to the church in number, sixteen to date.  Two more remain to be baptized.  The other one who came forward united with the M. E. church where his wife holds her membership.  The church was much revived.  The meeting closed with a full house and good interest.

We had expected Sister Flora, of Dal­las Center, Iowa, to assist us, but on account of her other engagements she could not be with us.  And it remained for the pastor to conduct the services alone.  And yet not alone, for God was with us, and the members nobly assisted in the good work.  Brethren, pray for the Lord's cause at Brooklyn.

This evening I commence a revival ten miles south of town to continue for an in-definite time. This is where brother H. H. Connel lives.  There are twelve mem­bers living at this place.  I preach here regularly every two weeks at 3 P. M., preaching three times every Sunday, besides revival and other additional work, keeps me busy.  Brethren, pray for me.

Jan. 6, '96.                                                                                                               C. Forney.


As we who are trying to follow our Master like to hear from the church at other places, will send report of our meet­ing which Brother Beer held one week at this place.  The weather became very inclement, and the series closed, yet we had a good meeting.  Four were baptized.  And we also held a communion meeting by which we were all very much benefited.  The church is very much encouraged.

Estella Feller.

Mulvane, Kan., Dec. 29, '95.


Our series of meetings are over.  We have nine more to report.  Three of the nine were baptized at the same time the others previously reported, were.  Five of the other six by baptism and one by relation.  Our cause is still advancing along every line.  Our Junior C. E. So­ciety is surprising the community.  Our church is nearly half full of children on Sunday afternoons.

While at the church on Christmas eve, we were remembered with a splendid donation by the brethren and other friends.  When we came home our table was piled high with good things, but Santa Claus had fled.  Thanks, thanks, brethren.

G. W. Rench.


On New Year's eve the K. C. gave a musical and literary entertainment at Enon.  The crowd in attendance was very attentive and appreciative.  The little ones did very nicely.  The Junior is do­ing nicely under the management of Mrs. Eli Hoover.  Yesterday was stormy and as a result, we had quite a small attendance; smaller than any since our revival meetings.  It is only transitory, however, and we hope soon to have some more good weather.  Too much praise cannot be given our young people for their attendance at the various meetings.  Our prayer meetings have been well attended.  The winter season is very hard on a country church, but by effort we can make our service prof­itable.  In the evening services we have been expounding the Gospel of John.  The people want the truth, I find, and the deeper we delve into the secrets of Jesus' profound life, the more like his become our lives.  Truth should be feared by none, for the promise is that, "The truth shall make you free."

The work in Waterloo moves nicely in its limited sphere.  The prayer meet­ings on Saturday evenings are well attended.  Waterloo is calling loudly for the Brethren church there.  No more auspi­cious opening now exists to the writer's knowledge than Waterloo.  Brethren, pray for us here.

J. L. Gillen.


It may seem rather late to report for last Conference year, but I have only been waiting for the tardy members to send in their annual dues.

During the year there were two honor­ary members admitted to regular membership, one new member received, and one withdrawal.  The new constitutions were printed and a copy sent to each member.

The following members have paid their annual dues of twenty-five cents:

J. M. Fox—Peru, Ind.

G. A. Copp—Fishers Hill, Va.

Dr. A. Pearson—Ludlow Falls, O.

S. Kiehl—Dayton, Ohio. (Four years.)

A. S. Mennaugh—Goshen, Ind.

J. R. Kellar—Beaver City, Neb.

C. F. Yoder—Warsaw, Ind.

David Augustine—South Bend, Ind. (Two years.)

Peter Pontius—Racy, Mich.

R. K. Binkley—Huntington, Ind.

R. R. Teeter—Rossville, Ind.

W. H. Miller—Rossville, Ind.

W. C. Perry—N. Manchester, Ind.

G. W. Rench—Milford, Ind.

J. H. Palmer—Huntington, Ind.

W. W. Summers—N. Manchester, Ind.

D. A. Hopkins—Twelve Mile, Ind.

L. E. N. Grossnickle—Mapleville,Md. (Two years.)

S. J. Harrison—Lathrop, Cal.

H. R. Hollis—Aurelia, Iowa.

A. R. Bemenderfer—Dunlaps, Ind.

J. A. Miller, Ashland, Ohio.

Z. T. Livengood—Lanark, Ill.

There are yet twenty-seven members who have not sent their dues.  This may seem a trivial matter to some of them, but it is necessary to the existence of the of the association.  The consti­tution provides for the dropping of the names of these members who refuse to pay their dues or assessments.

These should have been paid last August.  So those who have not paid are very earnestly requested to send twenty-five cents to the Secretary at once so that he may be spared the pains of sending each a personal letter.

R. R. Teeter, Sec.

Rossville, Ind.


As it has been some time since my last report, I take pencil in hand this beauti­ful morning to give a short report of my past year's work.  I arrived home yester­day after an absence of five weeks.  Found family well, for which we praise God. Up to the new year we have taken in twenty-two members.  Four of them came from the G. B's.  Eighteen were baptized.

We drove with horse and buggy 280 miles per month, to fill our regular ap­pointments with two congregations and two out posts.  Cedar Junction, Johnson Co., Kans., one of the out posts with not one member one year ago.  And we now have an organized church with eight faithful members, for which we praise God, and take courage to work in his vinyard for a penny a day to bring souls to Christ and have them saved.  We began September 1, '95, with our revival work, and up to New Year's passed through four revival meetings, and have two more pending.

We leave our home Saturday, the 11, for Moriden the first meeting.  Second will be at Easton, all in Kansas.  Breth­ren, pray for the cause in Kansas, and for your humble servant, by which, through God's help we may bring many souls to Christ during the new year we have entered.  As I am employed for three Lord's Days in each month for the present year, I yet have the fourth Sunday to myself.

Arthur Brubaker.


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