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The Primitive Christian — Offering #107

WORK FOR DISTRICT MEETINGS.

As the time for holding District Meetings is here, the query in the minds of many, no doubt, is, what shall be done there, and what kind of queries shall be sent up?  We think the opinion is almost universel [sic] that as little as possible should go to these meetings that must pass through them to Annual Meeting.  There is no necessity for any thing going to A. M. this year unless it be such measures as will enable that body to do its work in a more efficient way and in a more acceptable manner to the general brotherhood.  By carefully examining the minutes for the last decade it will be seen that the queries taken up through our District Meetings have been largely mere repetitions of former ones, differently worded or to be differently applied, and that all the queries acted upon by the church since its organization up to the present, now published in a volume making almost 500 pages, if properly sifted and arrayed, could be put in a small manual of not over fifty pages, perhaps less.  Why this continued repetition?  This is what has been burdening our Annual Meeting from year to year until the work has become so great that it cannot be attended to in an ordinary session.  This trouble might all be saved if our District Meetings would become careful and positively refuse anything to pass up to the A. M. that can be settled just as well at home by the District, or such queries as have already been acted upon, unless it be for appeal or amendment, in which case it should be so stated.  In this way conflicting decissions [sic] would be avoided, and thus give more character and strength to the work done at these meetings.

That A. M. has lost some of its influence in the estimation of the brotherhood, cannot be denied and to regain that influence should be the work and wishes of the church.  To do this, there must be a change in our present way of holding it.  The manner of deciding queries that has lately been adopted, by allowing the popular vote of those present is a burlesque on the idea of order, as it is a violation of all rules as it does not in any way give expression to the views of the general brotherhood.  All decissions [sic] made in this way may be simply the expression of the views of the surrounding churches in which the meeting is held.  To avoid this unfair way of deciding queries and restore that confidence in the decisions made, nothing will answer but a return to our old system of sending delegates from the individual churches.  Let each church have the privilege of sending two delegates to A. M , and let these delegates, in connection with those sent from District Meetings form the official body for doing the business at A. M.  While all members present should have the privilege of discussion none should be allowed to vote but this official body.  In this way every individual church in the brotherhood could have expression at A. M.  It is the only way that confidence can be restored and the sooner it is done the better it will be for the peace and unity of the church.  This is work worthy of the consideration of our District Meetings, and it would be well to have it considered by every one that will yet be held prior to our approaching A. M.

The plea that individual churches get expression at A. M. through delegates is a mistake, as every one must see by giving the subject a little thought, and as this is what is needed to give satisfaction, why not do it?  The plan is reasonable, it is right, it is in harmony with the spirit of Christianity and commends itself to all, and we hope that it will be, at least part of the work of our coming District Meetings.

H. B. B. [Henry Boyer Brumbaugh]


A historical account of the Church founded in Moravia and Bohemia, by the followers of John Huss, four hundred and twenty four years ago, will be given in The Moravian, published at Bethlehem, Pa.  It will be written by Bishop Edward de Schmeinitz who is said to have carefully investigated all the evidences extant, and will publish much that has never appeared in the English language before.


EDITORIAL NOTES.


Brother Balsbaugh writes a letter to Elder John Knisley which will appear next week.


Mr. Hillier, our foreman in our office, was called to Berlin, Pa., on account of the illness of his wife.  She is reported very ill.

Elder Jacob Berkey was drowned March 5, in the Texas river.  So says brother Calvert in a letter which has just now reached us.


Our brother, Dr. Brumbaugh, of this place is quite ill at present.  His condition has been rather critical, but at present he bids fair to recover.


Brother B. L. Gordon says he is glad to see brother S. B. Furry's articles on the wine question.  I am persuaded that we ought to use nothing but the unfermented wine at the communion.  I think we ought to be awake on this subject.


Brother Andrew Metzger says he expects to move, in a few weeks, into the neighborhood of Rossville, Ind.  He says the Howard county church is, at present, in good standing with a good worker at the head. Health here is good.  "I wish you success in your work."


We have just received a letter from brother Eddie Bryant of Beatrice, Nebraska, containing some copy which will appear next week.  He states that he has had dipththeria in his family but all are about well again.  He also says that father-in-law VanDyke has been poorly but is much better now.


Brother George A. Shroyer, of North Star, Michigan, says the Primitive comes to him regularly and gives him much encouragement in his isolated home.  "The church here is in love and union as far as I know, and still maintains the true principles of the church.  We are having very pleasant weather at this writing, March 5th."


J. D. Holsopple, of the Oakland church, Dark county, [sic] Ohio, says brother Jesse Stutsman has been preaching for them and that the brethren and sisters are much revived.  We had five additions by baptism. Send me a few sample copies of your paper and I will try and get you a few subscribers.

The papers will be sent.  Hope you will be successful.


Brother J. G. Boyer [sic - Royer], of the Monticello church, Indiana, says:

"At our church meeting on the 11th, brethren J. A. Weaver, your active agent in our church, and Franklin Fisher, superintendent of our Sunday School, were called to the ministry.  We feel that the church made a judicious choice in calling these brethren, and hope they will prove very useful in the up-building of the church in this community."


CORRESPONDENCE.


From Indiana.

Dear Brethren:

Brother Isaac Cripe commenced a meeting at our upper church the 1st of March, and with our home ministers continued one week.  The interest was good.  No additions to the church, but the members were encouraged and good impressions were made on sinners.  On the 9th, we had a church meeting.  J. W. Metzgar and Michael Flory were elected delegates to District Meeting.  Our church sends one query there.

In bonds of love.

John E. Metzger.


From Clinton County, Indiana.

Dear Primitive:

We, the members of the Bachelor's Run Church, Carroll county, Indiana, held our quarterly church meeting the 2d of this month.  About the only business before the meeting, was making arrangements to build a new meeting house at what we call our upper house.  Decided to build a brick house.

The church here is in union as far as I know.  Bro. Geo. W. Gripe expects to com­mence a series of meetings about the last of this month.  May God bless his labors

Fraternally,                                                                                                                  B. L. G.


From Hagerstown, Indiana.

Dear Primitive:

We had our regular coun­cil meeting on last Saturday.  Everything passed off pleasantly, made another effort to raise funds for the St. Louis meeting house, Brethren let us now form a determination, that we will build a church house in St. Louis, and it will be accomplished.  We have the means at our command, we have the power to bring our wills into subjection to assist in so noble a work as that.  We also had a report from our soliciting committee, for the contemplated Orphan's home, and expect to have the whole congregation canvassed.  Prospects are good.

March 13. Lewis W. Teeter.


Sad Accident.

Brother John Brubaker, son of brother Peter and sister Delilah J. Brubaker was killed from the kick of a mule.  He and his broth­er were in the stable harnessing a pair of mules and as John walked behind the one he was harnessing it kicked him with both feet.  One foot struck him about the lower part of the breast bone, and the other on his side.  He died in a few minutes afterward.  On Monday we gathered at the South Beatrice church to pay the last respect due our young brother.  About one year ago this boy with two others of the family, made the good confession.  He was a good boy, and an exemplary Christian.  What a consolation to the parents!  The family bear the affliction with marked resignation.  We tried to comfort, warn, and exhort the congregation from these words.  "Be ye faithful unto death, and I will give you a crown of life."  Rev. 2 : 10.                                                                     A. Vandyke.


From Redding, Iowa.

Dear Primitive:

On the 25th of last month brother Lewis Kob came and preached for us.  He did not have large congregations on account of bad weather.  He preached three sermons and would have remained longer had the weather been favorable.  He expects to go to Hatfield, Mo., and preach for the brethren and friends as soon as he can make arrangements.  We feel that brother Kob did us much good.  We hope he will come again.  Some of the people said he preached the doctrine they believed.  No doubt if the brethren would come and preach often our membership would increase.  There are five in this locality that take the P C.

In the one hope,

J. E. Sale.


From Beaver Creek, Maryland.

Dear Primitive:

Bro E. D. Kindig [sic] of Virginia, has been with us for two weeks, and his labors were earnest and much appreciated.  During his stay with us he preached three funeral Sermons.  Death is doing its steady work in our midst, especially amongst the aged. Since the 1st. of January in our own vicinity, twelve of our oldest citizens died, aged from seventy to ninety years.  In the number are several of our oldest members of the church.  Namely sister Nancy Bear, Susan Cross, Bro. Jacob Grossnickle, and others.  Surely it is appointed unto man once to die.

Fraternally,

March 13. D. F. Stouffer.


From Indian Creek, Iowa.

Dear Primitive:

In the way of church news which should always be good, we believe we can send such from this part of the Master's vineyard.  The church met in regular quarterly council March 4th, had much business to transact which was disposed of as becom­eth Christians.  The members all seem to be alive to the work.  One dear young brother received by letter, on the 5th we organized our Sabbath school.  Health good.  Weather rather disagreeable.  We desire the sincere prayers of Gods dear children, that we may grow stronger.

Fraternally,

March 7th. Lizzie Higgs.


From the Wooster Church, Ohio.

Dear Primitive:

I shall try to give you a few items of news from this part of the brotherhood.  This church was separated from the Chipaway Church [sic] in December, 1877.  It or­ganized by electing Morgan Workman from the Loudonville church as presiding elder.  Brethren C. Hoover and D. M. Irvin were ministers in the second degree at that time, and George Hestand, deacon.  In May, 1878, Brother Workman resigned the oversight of the church and brother Hoover was advanced to the eldership and is our househeeper at present.  Since the organization of the church two deacons have been elected, forty-eight have been received by baptism, and seventeen by letter.  Thirty have moved out, and ten have been called away by death.  Our quar­terly council held on the 25th of February, passed off pleasantly for which we truly feely [sic] thankful.  We have decided to hold our love-feast at brother George Hestand's on the 6th day of June, of which further notice will be given.                                          Isaac Steel.


Mill Creek Church, Adams County, Illinois.

Dear Primitive:

Our quarterly church council was held March 4.  Elders Daniel Vaniman and Henry Strickler, being present.  Brother Vaniman is the elder of this church.  He lives in Macoupen county. [sic]  Glad to state we had a pleasant meeting; nothing of unpleasantness to dispose of.  The members generally are in love and union with one another.  This is no more than should be.

As a rule we contribute quarterly for church and missionary purposes.  We also contributed ten or eleven dollars towards building a meeting house in the city of St. Louis.  We also agreed to extend an invitation to Bro. D. B. Gibson to hold a series of meeting at his ear­liest convenience.  Hope he may be able to comply with our request soon.                                                                      S. S. Hummer.

Liberty, Ill., March 7, 1882.


From Sugar Creek, Indiana.

Dear Brethren:

We had a good meeting which commenced on the 4th of this month and closed on the 12th, conducted by brother Geo. Cripe.  We were all encouraged and felt the necessity of living better lives.  We had large congregations, notwithstanding the bad weather and dark nights.

Fraternally,

R. B. Bollinger.


To the Brotherhood.

We the undersigned church, Montgomery Co., Kansas, met in council and in considering the wants and prosperity of the church at this place, having no house to worship in, as the school-houses are closed religious ser­vices, and not being able to build ourselves it was unanimously agreed to make an appeal to the churches to assist us by liberal free-will offerings to assist us in building a house where we can meet with our children and one another to worship God.  The elders will please lay the matter before their churches and we are satisfied that God will bless a work so good.

Brethren, think of us poor members without a house for worship.  We appointed three brethren as a building committee, also ap­pointed our Elder Sidney Hodgen to receve [sic] all donations and help us in the work.  All donations to be sent to Sidney Hodgden, Gales­burg, Neosha Co., Kansas.  All donations to will be acknowledged in P. C. and B. at W.

Signed in behalf of the church.

Wm. Merkey.

Sidney Hodgden.

Abram Enfield.

Samuel Havens.


From Nickerson, Reno Co., Kansas.

Dear Primitive:

Permit me space to say to friends in the East that through the tender mercies of God I arrived at home Feb. 25th, after an absence of over a month spent visiting friends and relatives in Pennsylvania and Ohio.  The weather was very changeable.  It rained much and roads were bad.  During our stay we tried to preach thirteen sermons.  Audiences generally good, and a good inter­est manifested.  Love and friendship was shown us everywhere, and it was with reluc­tance we parted with friends so kind.  We received a number of substantial proofs of the love and regard of those among whom we labored, for which we thank the kind donors and pray God to bless them abund­antly.

On account of high water I was delayed three days on my way home, the railroad track having washed out at several places, but after a good deal of anxiety, I reached my destination just in time for our quarterly council at which important business was dis­posed of.  Eld. Stout of Iowa was present to assist.  One fallen member was restored and two received by letter.  A choice was held for a minister and a deacon.  The lot for ministry fell on brother Isaac Gingrich, and for deacon on brother Isaac Emmert.  The church then unanimously called to advance Bro. L. E. Fahrney to the second degree of the minister, and brother Jacob W. Beer to the eldership.  The advancement and installation were attended to in the afternoon amid a deep solemnity of feeling.  May God bless and strengthen our little band of laborers here for the important duties and responsibilities laid upon us.  We desire the prayers of God's faithful children everywhere that we may be faithful and true to God and one another.  Fraternally,

March 3rd..                                                                                                           Jac. W. Beer.


From Cedar Co , Iowa.

Dear Primitive:

The 25th ult. I paid the brethren at Lost Nation, this State, a short visit and had three meetings.  Weather and roads bad, and attendance small.  Some of the members feel the need of more meetings.  Had the roads and weather been more favorable I should have labored with them longer.  They are in love and union.  What a blessing!  We spent a short time with Eld Isaac Barto and his kind family.  They leave for Montgomery county on the 7th.  We are sor­ry to lose such an efficient elder in eastern Iowa, yet our loss will be their gain in the southern district.  Our best wishes go with him.  We have Spring like weather.  I hope next A. M. will take some steps to regulate our church literature.

In brotherly love.

March 5th.                                                                                                               John Zuck.


Notices.

district meetings.

The meeting of the Second District of Vir­ginia will be held on the 13th and 14th of April, 1882, at the new meeting house on Hoxbill, Page Co. Those who come on the Shenandoah Valley R. R. from the north get tickets to Luray. Those coming from the south get tickets to Marksville. Arrange­ments will be made to enable brethren to stop off between the two places, about half a mile from the place of meeting. Conveyance for those unable to walk that distance.

Jacob Miller.

The District Meeting for Nebraska will be held in the Bethel congregation April 14th and 15th. The several churches are reques­ted to bring or send, if possible, their quota to said meeting for defraying expenses of del­egates to A. M. If necessary, J. J. Hoover, an elder, can be addressed at Carlton, Thayer Co., Nebraska.

Levi Hoffert.

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