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The Gospel Messenger — Offering #105

CORRESPONDENCE.


"Write what thou seest, and send it unto the churches."

Church News solicited for this Department. If you have had a good meeting, send a report of it, so that others may rejoice with you.  In writing give name of church, county and State. Be brief! Notes of Travel should be as short as possible.  Land Advertisements are not solicited for this Department.  We have an advertising page, and, if necessary, will issue sup­plements.


From Mt. Carroll, Ill.

We have lately enjoyed a pleasant series of meetings.  Eld. D. E. Price came to our regular appointment, Jan. 13, and continued the meet­ings every evening and over the following Sun­day—ten meetings, in all.  The preaching, we trust, was much appreciated, and we humbly pray the Lord to bestow the blessing on the good seed sown, that it may yield an abundant increase.  Prior to these meetings, two precious souls, who had wandered from the fold, applied for admit­tance, and during the meetings the brother was received into fellowship; the sister could not be present on account of sickness in the family.  We pray the Lord to reward our dear brother.                                          J. J. Emmert.

Jan. 22.


From Nokesville, Va.

The Midland congregation decided, at their council-meeting, Dec. 7, to hold a series of meet­ings in the Valley meeting-house.  Our elder, Jacob Hedrick, commenced the meetings Jan. 11, and delivered eleven good sermons.  The mem­bers were much revived, and sinners invited to work for Jesus.  As an immediate result, six pre­cious souls were made willing to forsake sin and put on Christ by being baptized in the liquid stream.  Others were almost persuaded. We hope they will not put it off until it will be forever too late! Brethren, when you fail to get the person whom you expect, to hold your meetings, give the home ministers the proper encouragement, and the work will still go on profitably.

M. G. Early.


To the Elders of the Congregations of the Southern District of Indiana.

As the time of our District Meeting is approach­ing, it is proper that we prepare to meet the busi­ness to the best advantage in our reach.

It will be remembered that query No. 7 of Min­utes of our last District Meeting was deferred un­til the next Meeting, which will be held in the Four Mile congregation, on Wednesday, April 17, 1889 (see announcement in another column). Said query reads as follows:

We, the Nettle Creek church, petition District Meeting to ask the several churches of the Southern District of Indiana to pay to the Mission and Church Erection Fund for said District, an amount not less than twenty-five cents to each mem­ber.

Now, in order to meet this question squarely, let each elder get an expression from his congre­gation in reference to it, and instruct its delegates accordingly.

All should remember that our mission field is very large, extending over nearly half of the area of the State of Indiana.  We should do all that we are able to do.  A large amount of money can be expended to good advantage.                                                                                        Lewis W. Teeter, Sec'y.


Notes and Jottings on our Trip West.

Dec. 3rd, with wife and daughter, we boarded the train at New Carlisle, Ohio, for the Panhandle of Texas.  After being detained by a wrecked train, which delayed us at Indianapolis for thirteen hours, we passed along without inter­ruption until we arrived at Kiowa, Kansas, near the Indian Territory.  Dec. 6th, in company with our old friend, G. L. McDonaugh, and others, we left for Hartley, Texas, where we arrived Dec. 7.  We spent several days at this point, and found it to be a very nice country.  It is yet quite new, but should I live a few years longer, I expect to see much of this beautiful land cultivated.  Land is yet cheap,—rating at $2.00 and upward,—but I would advise all to go and see for themselves.  I am satisfied that, with the high altitude and very congenial atmosphere, it will be a very pleasant place to live, bath in winter and summer.  On Sunday, Dec. 9th, we had preaching in the depot at Hartly, and better attention I never had anywhere.  It was the second sermon ever preached in the county.

We left Hartley, Texas, Dec. 10th for Trinidad, Colo., where we left our party, and went on to Longmont, Colo., to D. Leedy's, my wife's brother, where we remained a few days.  We tried to preach on Sunday and attended social meeting in. the evening.  We had very pleasant, and hope, profitable meetings.  We also visited elder Feaster, who was seriously sick early in the fall, but is again ready to go forth and preach the Word to the world at large.  From here we went to Fort Worth, Texas, and then to Newton Kansas, where we made a short stop at the pleasant home of Bro. Levi Andes, who certainly has too much resting on him, being the only minister in the district, and only young in the work. As they so much desire help, I hope there may be a way opened whereby they can have it, for I certainly feel that the field is too large for one man to attend to.

We left Newton with joy and sorrow mingled together, and made a short stop at Lawrence, Kansas; also at Girard, Ill., where I have two sisters.  Our stay was short but pleasant.  I had the pleasure of attending one meeting at Pleasant Hill church, and arrived home safely on the even­ing of Dec. 31.  We had a very pleasant trip, and feel that thanks are due to the Lord for his providential care over us.

I remained at home until Jan. 9, when I board­ed the train for Camden, Carroll Co., Ind., where I arrived Jan. 10th, and where I am now penning these lines.  I commenced meetings on the even­ing of the 10th, and have only preached five sermons as yet.  Attention and order were good. The attendance, considering the scattered mem­bership and muddy roads, was excellent.  My health has not been good of late.  I had taken a cold when I left home, and my throat and lungs are somewhat affected, which makes it a little difficult to speak, yet, by the aid of the Lord, we will try and do the best we can, hoping that some good may be done.  Meetings are announced until after the 20th.  I would say to all who are engaged in telling the old story of the cross, that the amount of good we do is not always in the largest numbers that come to the church, but in working to have the power of the Gospel take hold of men and women, that they become fully converted to Christ.                                                    Henry Frantz.


From Mount Joy Church, Va.

Our church is prospering so far as additions are concerned.  Fourteen have been received by baptism during the past year, and two during the present; one by baptism, and the other by confession; the latter being a sick man.

Six of our number have died, and have gone to their long home, during the past year. Among these there were two aged sisters nearly one hun­dred years old, and one brother, aged eighty-six years, but even down to this great age, the good Lord was graciously near them, giving them a peaceful hour of departure.

Our much loved elder, Wm. J. Parsley, has been very feeble in body during the past year.  We pray earnestly for his speedy recovery, that he may enter upon his great mission.  "Truly the harvest is great but the laborers are few."  Our beloved brother, B. C. Moomaw, on account of bad health, does not get around much to preach for us, but he is not idle.  Two of our younger minister­ing brethren are attending school at Bridgewater to better qualify themselves for the ministry.  It therefore devolves upon your humble brother, the writer of this letter, to do most of the work at this place.  The work of the ministry here embraces a circuit of about one hundred miles, in­cluding about thirty calls and regular appoint­ments.  We are praying and hoping that a bright day is about to dawn upon the church at this place, and that many of those for whom the church is laboring, will be brought to know and to accept the Truth as it is in Christ and his Word, which is able to save to the uttermost all those who be­lieve it and practice its teachings.  Eld. Jonas Gra­bill is expected here, in the near future, to hold a series of meetings for as.  We humbly pray that the Master of the vineyard will give abundant success!

In our humble opinion the Messenger is de­cidedly the best religious paper we ever read, and by no means could we afford to do without it.  We heartily pray the Lord's blessings to attend it upon its great mission during the present year!                                                                               A. F. Pursley.


Notice.

By request I will say to the elders and those who may be delegates to the coming District Meeting of the Middle District of Indiana, that Bro. Levi Miller, living near Mexico, expects to make an offer at the coming District Meeting, and he desires you to consider the matter until then.  The offer will be like this: He intends to build a large and commodious house for the benefit of the poor of the Middle District of Indiana.  The house will be, if I mistake not, 36x50 feet, two stories high; with a well in the house, or close by it.  He expects to complete the house, and his daughter, sister Rebecca, will furnish one room.  The house will be built about half way between the Brethren's meeting-house and the town of Mexico, which is a pleasant and suitable location.  This house and sixteen acres of land he proposes to deed to the Middle District of Indiana as a gift to the poor, and he desires that it may be used as a blessing to the poor, and to the glory of God.  He has quite a good deal of the building material ready for use, but he will not commence building until he has the approval of the Brethren.  So you will come prepared to give him your opinion in regard to this enterprise.  If further infor­mation is desired, I suppose Bro. Miller will give whatever is necessary.                                                                  Jacob Fisher.


From the Somerset Church, Ind.

Our church here has had a time of rejoicing un­der the labors of our beloved brother, Isaac Bill­heimer, of Heath, Tippecanoe Co., Ind.  He came to us Jan. 12, and remained until the 24th, preach­ing every night, and also five sermons in the day-time, making, in all, eighteen sermons.  He hand-led the Word in a very impressive manner, forcing the Truth home to both saint and sinner.  The at­tendance at first was not so good, on account of bad weather, but gradually it increased until our large house was filled to its utmost seating ca­pacity with anxious listeners.  Eight souls were baptized, and three reclaimed.  Two more are to be baptized next Lord's Day, and many are almost persuaded.  Our prayer is that they will not put it off too long.

May those who have come out on the Lord's side ever prove faithful, and be a shining light to the world!

Jan. 25. W. L. Pulley.


From Purchase Line, Pa.

The Brethren of the Manor congregation con­cluded to hold a series of meetings.  Bro. Solomon Bucklew commenced meetings Jan. 5, and deliv­ered eighteen sermons.  He proclaimed the Word of God in its purity, causing the members to be edified and built up.  We were made glad to see one precious soul come from among the world's people.  Others were made to see their situation.  May the Lord, still plead for them, before it is too late!                                                                            J. W. Fyock.

Jan. 23.


From Hagerstown, Md.

Bro. I. F. Sanger came to us and preached his first sermon, Sunday morning, Jan. 6.  He continued two weeks, preaching, in all, eighteen sermons.  The very best of interest was manifested during the entire meetings.  The attendance was large.  On several occasions numbers could not find room.  We were sorry we could not accommodate all, but we thanked God for the blessed thought, that in our Father's house above there are many mansions, and abund­ant room for all.  The church has been greatly encouraged and strength­ened.  One dear sister was constrained to forsake sin, and was bap­tized.  May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with God's children everywhere, and may the good work go on!

W. S. Reichard.


To the Churches in North-Western Kansas and Colorado.

According to a decision of Dis­trict Meeting of 1888, the Quinter church, Gove Co., will be the place for the District Meeting of 1889.  The church decided to hold the meeting on Monday, April 15, at 8A.M.

We have also appointed a com­munion meeting to be held on Sat­urday, April 13, in connection with the District Meeting, so that the del­egates and all others can enjoy both meetings.  We extend a hearty invi­tation to all who may desire to be with us.  Those coming from the East, will take the morning west-bound train on the Union Pacific Railroad, arriving at Quinter at 10: 40 A. M.  Our church-house is less than half a mile from the depot.

By order of the church,

B. B. Whither.


For You !

Those who wish to better themselves financially, and assist in build­ing up the cause of Christ, should examine a scope of country in Au­gusta and Rockbridge counties, Va., lying between Waynesboro', Augusta Co., and Lexington, Rockbridge Co., and between the Baltimore & Ohio and Southern Virginia Railroads.  Some of this land is very good and well improved.  The price of land ranges from $10.00 to $65.00 per acre.

We have a good climate, good wa­ter and pure air.  Our home church, Mt. Vernon, Augusta Co., is about eight miles south-west of Waynesboro', and within one and a half miles of the Southern Virginia Railroad.  The New Concord church, Rockbridge Co., is within one mile of the Southern Virginia, and three miles of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.  The Mt. Vernon church has about eighty members, and the New Concord about twenty.  We also have a church in Amherst county, number­ing about one hundred ten members, and one in Nelson county, numbering about twenty members.  We need ministerial help, and want good work­ers in the vineyard of the Lord, who are sound in the faith.  Come over into Macedonia and help us!                                                                                    J. A. Cline.

Stuart's Draft, Va., Jan. 14.


From Camden Church, Jay Co., Ind.

Bro. Hutchison and I commenced meetings at what is known as the Linbark school-house, north of Dunkirk, Dec. 24, and continued until the Sunday following, when one precious soul made the good confession, and said she was tired of serving the adversary of souls, and wanted to join in with the people of God.  After services in the forenoon, we repaired to the water, where she was buried in baptism, henceforth to walk in newness of life.  We continued our meetings till Saturday night, Jan. 5, when we closed at that place, with good congregations, and the best of interest manifested.  We feel as­sured that some are counting the cost.  May they not put it off until it is too late!

On the Sunday following, we held our regular meeting at the church, when we had the pleasure of leading another dear young sister down into the liquid stream, to follow our Lord and Master in the ordinance of bap­tism.  She was willing to follow Christ not only in the ordinance of baptism, but in all the commands which he has left us to observe.  May God's grace be sufficient for her in every day and trial, and may we all so live, that when we are done with the cares of this life, we may have a home in heaven!

Moses Cruea.


Dedication of Mt. Zion Church, Washington County, Md.

Very near the spot where the old Mt. Zion church, or more commonly known as Fahrney's meeting-house, stood for about one hundred twenty-five years, with its marks of age and dilapidation, now stands a new and substantial brick house, 35x45 feet in size, with a seating capacity for three hundred fifty people.

The necessity of building a new house at this place, as an assurance for the continued protection and care of the grave-yard, immediately con­nected, has long been felt.  There was an inquiry in the minds of many, "Must the old house crumble down, and, with the yard, be forsaken, and the marks of the graves of our ances­tors be lost to the view of coming generations?"  This cannot and shall not be.

Now, with the new house, and the grave-yard enlarged, surrounded by a hedge-fence, and under the care and supervision of an incorporate body, we can, with great pleasure, say to those who are living in a far distant land, whose childhood memories cluster around the sacred old spot, where they followed, in solemn procession, the remains of departed friends, you can now rest assured that the grates of your friends are well taken care of, and that there are yet those living who delight to wor­ship God at the same old place, where they first entered into cove­nant relation with him.  The new house was dedicated, to the worship of God, Jan. 20.  Notwithstanding the very inclement weather, the house was filled to its utmost, and an appropriate sermon was preached by Bro. H. C. Early, of Virginia, fol­lowed with a few impressive remarks by Eld. Hoye, of the Disciple church.  May God help that not only the house be dedicated to his service, bat that it may be the means to lead his people to a fuller entire consecration to his service.

D. F. Stouffer.


From Neel, Dundy Co, Nebr.

We left Woodford county last Feb­ruary, and came to the above-named place, to live on our homestead.  We are now isolated from the church of the Brethren.  Wife and I are the only members that are in the coun­ty.  Bro. John Snowberger, of Holy­oke, has preached three sermons for us since we have been here.  We have a fine country, but miss our church privileges very much.  The Messenger makes its visit to us ev­ery week, in which we find many en­couraging lessons.

We would be glad if a minister would move in here.  I think there are good openings here for Mission work.  The society is as good as in any new country.  There has been preaching in our town for over a week, and it is still going on.  One of the speak­ers is a Quaker, or Friend.  This Quaker called on us the other even­ing.  He spiritualizes everything.  Quakers do not believe in water bap­tism, the communion, or any of the other ordinances.

Brethren, come and preach.  We are poor, but we will do the best for you we can.  We desire the prayers of the church in our behalf.                                                                              R. C. Short.

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