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The Brethren Evengelist — Offering #106

Church News.



Our gleanings are sometimes over shadowed by the interposition of God's provi­dence, and while we are gathering sheaves for the Master, the Master is gathering sheaves for himself, and while with joy, we receive them into the church militant, it is with a bright hope we expect to meet them in the church triumphant.

The many readers of the Evangelist have, no doubt, seen the obituary of dear brother Henry Younce, who a few months ago went to Colorado in search of health.  When we arrived at Eaton, Ind., at our regular appointment, we were informed that the funeral service would take place Sunday, and sad when we thought we would never see our brother on earth again.  He was a deacon in the Maple Grove church.  He will be greatly missed, "for him to live was Christ, but to die is gain."   From Maple Grove we went home presumably to rest a few days, and attend meeting which our esteemed brother G. W. Rench was conducting.  Attended one night, and in the early morning, a message came calling us to Pleasant Hill, O., to preach the funeral of Sister Helmick, who was a faithful soldier of the cross, and it can be said of her that she went up through great tribulation.   She out rode the billows of trouble.  She sailed o'er the sea of tears and her frail bark was dashed against the rocks of disappointment, but above the roar of the storm, her voice could be heard praying for her children, that they might return from their wanderings and serve the Lord.  She took them by the hand in her last farewell; they vowed to carry out mother's desires.  Children, pay the vows.  At our last regular appointment at Pleasant Hill, two were baptized and confirmation service.  On Sunday night a large audience was present.

At our last meeting at College Corner, Ind., confirnmation [sic] of two, who were baptized at our last meeting, and one addition from the German Baptist. Large congregation, good interest, and a good meeting.  Some time ago I wrote a communication from Somerset, stating that I would have more to say by and by.  I am getting ready to say it.  Just wait a few days for the troubling of waters and the paraletic will be healed.  Brethren pray that God may bless our work.

Wm. W. Summers.

North Manchester, Ind.


We have just closed our revival meeting, resulting in the conversion of nine precious souls; of these three were baptized and six wait for the general weather of May or June.  Brother Shaver labored incessantly in our behalf.  A grand, enjoyable treat of Gospel food was given us at every service.  When Brother Shaver began war upon the enemy, he inquired the condition of the field.   We informed him that our territory was already completely conquered.  His simple Gospel, convincing preaching soon told that Bear Creek had something to do.   The first week resulting in two souls confessing Christ, an incident unusual in our revivals.  Brother Shaver is untiring perseverence in preaching, talking, and visiting those out of the church, and persuading them to accept Jesus, has met with good results.  He has brought to light many who are halting between two opinions.  We pray that the opinion of salvation will win.   We were loathe to part with Brother Shaver.  His selection by Brother Tombaugh was a wise one.   He has done us all much good and we all feel more wrapped up in that "liberty that makes us free."  He takes with us our prayers.

Trotwood, O.                                                                                                         Henry Murr.


To bring the churches of the Brotherhood into closer touch with the College and to afford to deserving young persons an opportunity to attend at least one term at a very small outlay of money, we have decided to make this unusually liberal offer.

Upon the recommendation of any congregation of the Brethren church, two students named by the congregation, will be admitted to any literary course for the spring term of twelve weeks, beginning April 1, 1896, on payment of $36.00 for each student.

This offer includes tuition for a full term of twelve weeks in the regular literary course, good boarding with an abundance of well prepared wholesome food at the Hall, a comfortably furnished room together with fuel and light, and in fact covers every item of necessary expense ex­cept for laundry.

As one purpose in making these extremely liberal terms is to secure new patronage which we hope afterward to retain, and this largely increase the permanent attendance the offer is limited to those who are recommended by a congregation of the Brethren church, and who have never been enrolled as students of the University, and is good only for the Spring Term of 1896, beginning April 1st.

to parents.

1. Have you a son or daughter who wants to go to school?  To have a child who manifests an inclination for intellect­ual pursuits in something of which you may well be proud.

2. Encourage such a child. Don't tell him to wait until the mortgage is lifted or until "times get better."  There is a time to sow.  There is a time to go to school.  That time is youth.

3. Don't imagine you are too poor to send him.  It is true that "a father's grave had better be left without a monument than his child without an education."

4. Don't keep your children out of school because you "can't spare them."  Give them a chance now, and they will rise up in after years to call your memory blessed because of the sacrifice you made for them.

5. What kind of a school should you select?   The one which will furnish the best intellectual and moral training and in which the influences thrown around your children tend to cultivate in them the spirit of loyalty to your own church.

J. M. Tombaugh, President.

Ashland, Ohio.


We, the Ashland University Finance Committee, do hereby give notice to all the churches of the entire brotherhood, that the Brethren church general, has accepted Ashland University as their property, and at the late National Conference at Ashland, Ohio, passed a unanimous resolution that the Church owes the indebtedness thereon, and that the same must be paid on or before April 1st, next, and committees were appointed there and then to apportion the balance of the indebtedness to the various churches of the brotherhood.  The apportionments have been made, with but few exceptions, notices have been sent to the churches through their pastors as far as possible, and to such churches as we have not been able to reach, we want to say that the following is a ntemoranllum of the apportionments:—


Ashland, $125 00; Buckeye City, 65 00; Miamasburg [sic], 50 00; Glenford, 135 00; Dayton, 25 00; Farmersville, 55 00; Homer, 150 00; Mount Zion, 50 00; North Liberty, 120 00; Silver Creek, 55 00; Winchester, 165 00; Ankenytown, 150 00; Bear Creek, 160 00 ; Fair View, 135 00; Bryan, 40 00; Dry Creek, 55 00; Fair Haven, 200 00; Louisville, 200 00; Middlebranch, 100 00; Pleasant Hill, 160 00; Troy, 50 00 ; West Independene [sic], 110 00; Gretna, 55 00; Williamstown, 150 00; Zion's Hill, 55 00; West Alexandria, 135 00; North Georgetown, 125 00; Bloomers, 25 00.


Highland Church, $50 00; Meyersdale, 300 00; Cowenshanock [sic], 30 00; Johnstown & Moxam [sic], 275 00; Jones Mills, 100 00; Mt. Zion, 30 00; Fredericksburg, 50 00; Stony Creek, 55 00; Conemaugh, 150 00; Pike, 55 00; Middle Run, 30 00; Ouiet Dell, 55 00; Mt. Union, 30 00; Altoona, 30 00; Brush Valley, 30 00; Oakland, 30 00; McVeytown, 30 00; Summit Mills, 100 00; Pittsburg, 100 00; Philadelphia, 175 00 Mt. Vernon, 30 00; New Enterprise, 105 00; Berlin, 175 00; Somerset, 55 00; Fair View, 55 00; Masontown, 125 00: Grove, 30 00; Bridgeport, 105 00; Little Valley, 30 00; McKees, 55 00; Glade Run, 30 00.


South Bend, $100 00; Elkhart, 52 50; Mt. Union, 35 00; Tiosa, 35 00; New Highland, 52 50; Claypool, 25 00; New Enterprise, 12 50; North Manchester, 100 00; Roanoke, 100 00; Eaton, 100 00; Warsaw, 35 00; Salem, 100 00; Mt. Pleasant, 100 00; Marion, ———; Mexico, 100 00; Twelve Mile, 12 50; Nappanee, 12 50; Auburn, 52 50; Fair View, 100 00; Pleasant View, 52 50; Dunlaps, 52 50; La Paz, 55 00; Burns Chapel, 35 00; Sidney, 25 00; Union Salem, 12 50; Clear Creek, 25 00; Zanesville, 100 00; Burn, 25 00; Oakville, 100 00; Edna Mills, 25 00; Flora, 35 00; Brighton, 100 00; Roann, 100 00; Milford, 100 00: Gravelton, 52 50.

Michigan, $200 00: Kanemorado, $700 00; Illiokota, $800 00; Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, $1000 00; California, 300 00.

In districts where there have been no committees appointed to collect these apportionments, the churches will please forward the same to us, and should any congregation fail in raising their amount without the aid of a solicitor, kindly write us, and we will provide you with some assistance.  It is highly important that these obligations are met promptly, on or about April 1, as the creditors of the University are brethren who positively must have their money and who have been exceedingly patient, and although some churches may of necessity be obliged to borrow their apportionment to relieve the burden of these few brethren who have so nobly stood by the institution in the time of its peril.  For the full and complete satisfaction of the churches in the various districts, we will hold the funds, subject to be returned, in the event other districts do not respond, but we believe that the churches are all united on this plan, and will work together, that the entire indebtedness may be wiped out, and that the institution may be put on a sound basis, and thereby establish itself, and restore confidence in general, that its patronage may be increased, and that we can build up such a school that may be an honor to the church.

Reports are coining in from various places already, expressing their readiness to meet their apportionments promptly.

Fraternally yours,

Ashland University Finance Com.

John Keim, Sec.

Church News.


We recently closed a successful revival meeting in this place. Eleven precious souls made the good confession, one remains yet to be baptized. At one time during our meeting there were five protracted meetings being held in this place; three of them closed without any conversions, one with three, and we closed with eleven. The church is built up and I am also encouraged from the fact that the church occupies a higher standard of spirituality than ever before since my acquaintance with it.

I am glad to know the church in general is growing rapidly. We close with one confession and a good interest; there are a number of others whom we think will come to the church in the near future. The Conemaugh congregation have concluded to stand alone the coming year, and have engaged the writer to serve them as pastor. So my pastoral work will be centered in this one congregation, and hope and pray for a successful year. My next effort in revival work will be at Fairview, one of my regular appointments. May God's richest blessings rest upon every effort for good and the conversion of souls.

Feb. 17, '96.                                                                                                       J. F. Koontz.


February 12, we buried sister May Syster from Bethany church, Kansas. Sister May joined church some twelve years ago, being baptized by brother Wm. Bauman. She has lived a consistent life and when death came he found her ready. My acquaintance with her dates from the dedication of the church over three years ago. After becoming pastor I soon found she was a member to be depended on, prompt and earnest in the discharge of her duties, a good wife, kind mother and cheerful neighbor. "Thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be empty."

For a few days Sister May was suffering from a severe cold. Ever looking on the bright side she thought it would soon get better, but having weak lungs to contend with, the disease took a deeper hold than was anticipated. On Saturday afternoon she took her bed, on Monday afternoon at three o'clock she was dead. Two doctors were with her all day Sunday and all during the night. But all their skill failed to keep off the last enemy.

At her request I anonted [sic] her according to the teaching of James, and told her the chances were against her and asked if she had any message for her church. She immediately responded: "Tell them to be more faithful to their God." I again prayed. She joined in the "Amen," and with a smile said: "Brother Mc. it is easy to die." The word easy is best appreciated by those of us who watched through the long hours with her and saw her body suffer.

She possessed her faculties up to nearly the last, probably within five minutes of her death. Just before she died she smiled at sweet promises of Jesus, and quietly followed in the Lord's Prayer. Then like a babe going to sleep she left earthly friends and joined those who have crossed the flood. Her funeral sermon was preached in Bethany church where she had so often knelt in prayer, and though the day was stormy and cold the building was not large enough to hold the people who sought to pay in this way the last sad token of respect and love. Brother E. L. Yoder, who married her a few short years ago took part in the service. She leaves a husband Blain Syster, a little girl just out of her second year. Brother and Sister Wallace, who were father and mother to her, sisters and brothers, with a great host of friends, who while they can not keep back the tear of sorrow, yet hope to meet again some sweet day in God's own time.

Seeing them cry around her bed, she said: "There is nothing to cry over." Appropriate are the following lines.

"No breaking hearts are there.

No keen and thrilling pain,

No wasted cheek where the frequent tear

Hath rolled and left its stain.

Then why should our tears run down.

And our hearts be sorely riven,

There's another gem in the Saviour's crown,

Another soul in heaven.

She hath learned the song they sing

Whom Jesus hath set free,

And the glorious walls of heaven shall ring

With her new born melody."

J. D. McFaden.


After two weeks of hard work, closed the meetings at Middle Run Brethren church, with eight accessions. Six by baptism and two restored, and three others that have not been baptized. We had a grand meeting, the church was much revived. We meet Friday, the 12th, in council to readjust the church book. There are many names on it, that cannot be accounted for, and also to try to arrange for the apportionment of the College debt, and will make an effort for subscribers for the Evangelist. Will begin our protracted effort in Masontown next week. Respectfully,

J. W. Fitzgerald.


At the close of our series of meetings, I will endeavor to make a short report of the work done here.  Perhaps some may think we are doing little good as we are so seldom heard from.  We had the pleasure of having brother J. M. Bowman of Glenford, O., to hold our meetings. He came filled with the Holy Spirit and power to preach the Gospel. The meeting continued three weeks which resulted in five conversions, and some are yet counting the cost. We feel much good has been accomplished an I pray the work may go on until more will turn from sin and accept the ways of the lord.
Feb. 17.                                                                                                                  Clara Neibel.


In response to a general invitation to Brethren ministers to call and preach for them, by sister Mary Rader of Marion, Ind, I announced that I would preach in the Marion church, Saturday and Sunday, January 11 and 12.

Upon my arrival there I found the Brethren had been without preaching for a long time, and left without any one to look after their spiritual welfare. This being a new organization, only about a year old, commenced by the Mission Board through J. M. Rittgers, and were less than 40 in number, having never been properly instructed in the faith and doctrine of the Brethren church, they did not know how to proceed in carrying on the work of the congregation in the absence of a pastor.

After Rittgers had mislead them to build an expensive brick meeting house, without first counting the cost or considering where the money was to come from, he forsook them and united with the New-light church.

They procured the money to erect the building from "The Indiana Mutual Building and Loan Association," at Indianapolis, Ind. They gave a mortgage on the property, and are to pay $20.54 monthly, until the debt is paid. One payment was made last August, and nothing paid since. Under these and other aggravating circumstances, not necessary to be named here, with no one at the helm to guide them, they had become discouraged and confused, the Sabbath school had disbanded, and only three or four of the class would meet in their weekly prayer meetings.

Another denomination who were anxious that our people should go under, so that they might step in and take possession, had already been there and viewed the premises and even asked our trustees to abandon the wreck and hand over the keys to them.

A more disheartened band of believers I had never visited. And though during the past year I have repeatedly refused to accept pastoral work, where I had been offered a fair compensation for my services, I so sympathized with this discouraged little band of babes in Christ, needing the sincere milk of the word, that they might grow thereby, that I offered my services as their pastor FREE OF CHARGE to them, and without the assurance of receiving any compensation from any other source. My offer was gladly accepted.

I at once wrote the Association at Indianapolis, to see what could be done in reference to the delinquent payments on the Church debt; an immediate reply said, that the papers were alreadv made out, and had it not been for my timely letter, they would been given to an attorney for foreclosure that day. This would have made $150 extra cost, had we undertaken to redeem the property. The Association promised to give us a few days time to see what we could do towards paying oft the delinquency. I also prevailed with them to drop the fines, $14.00 if we paid up promptly.

I went down into my pocket, and so did the rest of our poor brethren at Marion, even to the last penny we could command. Then we started out two or three of our sisters to canvass and beg money; and in just one month we have raised and paid off $126 leaving yet about $60 of the delinquency to be provided for, including a side-walk and street delinquent tax claim. We don't know yet how that will be provided for.

During this month I also held for them a two weeks' meeting, resulting in a general rally of our forces at Marion, and increasing our congregations from half a dozen to a full house, so that we had to provide a number of extra seats. Excellent order and good attention was given throughout the meetings. One lady was baptized, two young men who had gone astray, came back and renewed their vows to serve the Lord, and six applicants await baptism at a future meeting.

General confidence is being restored, and many more say that as soon as they see that our cause at Marion is perma­nent, they will join in with us and they are of the better classes. Indeed I know of no place in our state, where a strong hold for our people can be built up so easily as in the enterprising city of Marion, if we had the proper encouragement.

Marion is the county seat of Grant Co., a thriving city of 20,000 population, and rapidly growing. We have a good brick meeting house, attractive and neat, 36 by 50 feet in size. It is well located in the south part of the city, and the town is improving and building up all around it. A street car line running to Indianapolis, will pass along the street on which the church stands; this will enhance its value and be a great convenience. Persons along this electric line, miles away, can attend the church as well as if they lived in an adjoining block.

But as much as we desire the success of the Marion church, we CAN NOT succeed without help financially. We are making every effort and sacrifice possible, but will at last fail unless the brotherhood will come to our relief. THINK of it ministering brethren, you who have homes of your own, and are getting from five to seven hundred dollars a year for your services in well to do churches with which to support your families. THINK of what we are doing to save our sinking cause at Marion.

I have no home, and no money to support myself and family, except w hat I earn by hard and honest toil, during the time I can spare from my pastoral labors; yet I travel 90 miles and back, each month, preach three sermons each time, hold their revival meetings during the year, look after all the interests of this church, both spiritual and financial all without one cent of compensation.

I do this solely out of my deep interest for the success of our cause in this city. Will you remember us in your prayers? And what is still better, will you remember us to your congregations and help us financially? WILL YOU please, for Christ' sake help us to "hold the Fort at Marion?" If the cause is lost here now, the people will loose so much confidence in us that it will be useless to try it again here.

a proposition.

I offer the following proposition to our brotherhood. In addition to the sacrifice I have already made, and what I will have to make during the year, I will be one of one thousand brethren to give $1 during the next four weeks to pay off the church debt at Marion.  THIS, with the liberal offer of a friend Quaker in the city of Marion, will cancel the debt.  He proposes to donate us $100 for every $200 we raise outside of Marion to pay off the debt.  This can easily be done within the next four weeks and no one will feel any poorer for it.  Will we do this?

Pastors go to work at once, and send in the money to brother H. S. Sprinkle, Huntington, Ind.  He says we can put him down $10; one for him and nine for the poor that have no dollar to give.  No doubt but other good liberal souls will follow Brother Sprinkle's example, and on the principle that many hands make light work, it can be easily done.  "The Lord loveth a cheerful giver."

J. A. Ridenour.

Elkhart, Ind.


As it has been some time since we have sent in a report from our church, I will say that we are still alive to the cause and feel very much encouraged since brother J. A. Ridenour was here and held a two weeks' revival meeting for us.  We feel confident he will make us a good pastor.  May the spirit of God lead and guide him in every effort he makes to build up the cause here.  Brethern [sic] and sisters pray for us.

Mary Rader.


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