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The Gospel Messenger — Offering #108

Notes from our Correspondents.

"As cold water is to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country."


 

—Four souls united with the people of God in the Swan Creek church, Ohio, on Sunday, March 18, which caused rejoicing among the saints.

—We are informed that Bro. Elijah Horn, of Roseville, Muskingum Co., Ohio, is desir­ous of changing his location.  Churches, in need of ministerial help, are invited to cor­respond with him as above.

—Bro. Michael Claar commenced a series of meetings at the Altoona church, Pa., Feb. 18, continuing the meetings for several weeks.  One soul made the good confession and others are seriously impressed.

—Bro. John W. Chambers, of Arkins, Larimer Co., Colo., desires to know the where­abouts of Bro. J. H. Fishel, who lived in Rice Co., Kansas, in 1879.  Those who are able to supply the desired information will please address Bro. Chambers as above.

—Sister A. Cram, of Salem, Ill., writes: "Bro. George Cripe has been with us for some time, preaching and holding forth the Truth.  The immediate effect is an addition of twelve souls to the fold.  Oh, what joy when we can see our children and neighbors come to Christ!"

—Eld. Joel Roop, of New Windsor, Md., gives a short account of a visit to Bro. Quin­lan's Bible School at Baltimore, on March 4.  They had interesting meetings at 11 A. M., and 7: 30 P. M., and the desire of the little band at Baltimore is, that ministering breth­ren give them frequent calls.  Bro. Quinlan's address is 1315 Light Street, Baltimore, Md.

—Bro. A. S. Tyson, of Mansfield, Wright Co., Mo., writes: "The Brethren of the Mansfield church have just organized a Sunday-school, with A. S. Tyson, Superintendent, assisted by an able corps of officers.  We ex­pect to organize a prayer-meeting in the near future.  Brethren George Barnhart and Wm. Harvey, of Jasper county, came here last August and organized the Brethren into a congregation.  There are about forty mem­bers here, including three ministers and five deacons.  We are living in the mountainous region of South-western Missouri, and would welcome any of the members who feel like settling in our neighborhood."

—Bro. Silas Hoover, who has been living at Thornville, Ohio, for some years, writes us that he expects to change his location, having made arrangements to move to the Elk Lick church, Pa.  His address in the future will be Boyntown, Somerset Co., Pa.

—Bro. J. T. Ott, of Ilion, Kansas, writes of the advantages of Rawlins county, and also states that they have just finished the build­ing of a new school-house in that vicinity, which will give them excellent opportunities for holding meetings.  He greatly desires our ministering brethren to stop with them and hold some meetings.  He thinks the cause might be greatly built up, were a min­ister to move there.

—Bro. M. M. Bashor, of Brooks, Oregon, writes: "The members of the Salem church met in their regular council in the city of Salem on last Saturday, March 10.  We had a good turnout, and all business passed off in love and union.  At this meeting arrange­ments were made and the time set to hold a series of meetings, including a love-feast at Macleay, Marion Co., Oregon.  Love-feast June 22, and meetings to commence a few days previous to feast.  We make this announcement early, so that brethren from a distance may make a note of the time and ar­range to be with us."

—Bro. A. Hutchison, of Centre View, Mo., says: "Since my time is entirely given up to the cause of the Master, and I am away from home much of the time, our ministerial force here is insufficient to meet the many calls for preaching.  Bro. Witmore being afflicted, greatly interferes with his work in the ministry.  We would be very glad if we could get a good, faithful minister to locate among us.  If he wants a little farm, he can be supplied with good land at a fair price.  Particulars will be given by private corres­pondence.  We need a minister here about as much as they do on the frontier. We want a faithful brother to locate here, who does not calculate to travel but to remain at one place, most of the time, and work for the home church.  Let us hear from you, and come and see for yourselves."

—Bro. John W. Chambers writes from Arkins, Larimer Co., Colo., "I see in the Messenger that some do not like to take the paper on account of the appeals for help to spread the gospel.  I will say to such, Do you want to hear preaching?  If so, how are you going to hear it, unless a minister comes to you and preaches?  You surely do not want him to leave his dear family, one, two, or six months, and pay his own expenses to come to you to preach?  Just reverse the matter and see how you would like it.  Better reach down into your pocket and take the Lord's money and hand it out.  He does not ask you to take yours at all,—just his, and he can send out many more ministers than are sent out now.  God gives you everything in this life, and yet you withhold even the little that is required.  Just think of it for a mo­ment!  I say, Just try to give one-tenth and see how God will bless you; he will never leave nor forsake you, if you give freely."

—Bro. D. A. Chambers, of Arkins, Lari­mer Co., Colo., would like to have some of the Brethren to give him a remedy for "hemorrhoids," with which he has been af­flicted for some time.  Medical treatment, thus far, has not been able to reach the case.  Any one knowing of a remedy as desired, will please address as above.  Bro. Cham­bers is willing to remunerate any efforts leading to a complete cure.


CORRESPONDENCE.


Notes from Salem Church, Kans.

During the fall and winter four have been received by baptism.  At our quarterly council, Dec. 3, the Salem church selected Bro. Enoch Eby as its elder for one year.  Our quarterly council, March 10, passed off pleasantly.  We sent a query to District Meeting for a more active work in the home missionary cause.  Brethren L. E. Fahrney and P. J. Trostle are delegates to District Meeting. We will not be represented at An­nual Meeting.

Salem church has been called upon to mourn the loss of some of its members by death.  The ties of Christian fellowship have been broken, and we keenly feel the loss, but we look beyond the dark clouds and see the sunshine of God's love and the glo­rious resurrection, by the eye of faith.

D. A. Rowland.


From Baltimore, Md.

Our Brethren here have been conducting a Bible and singing class for a number of years, the outgrowth of a Sunday-school or­ganized in 1878, and discontinued in 1879.  Recently we thought it best to go to work again for other souls, having feasted ourselves for so long a time.

I have been especially interested during the past two years, in the favorable notices of Bro. Quinlan's mission work, published in the Messenger, and am thankful for the in­terest manifested in city work, particularly that directed to Baltimore; but there seems to be a false impression entertained on the part of some of the writers.  One does not think the convicts in the Maryland peniten­tiary fit subjects from which to form a nu­cleus of the church.  Another one earnestly hopes the Brethren may establish a founda­tion of the church in Baltimore.  This sounds strange to me, who have found a home in the church in Baltimore for ten years.

Brethren, again I express my hearty thanks for your earnest efforts towards the good work in this city, but when writing be careful to obtain correct statistics.

Baltimore has a population of over 460,000 souls.  Bro. Quinlan's mission school is lo­cated in the extreme southern section of the City.  Our membership, under control of the Meadow Branch church, is carrying on the good work at the north-west corner of the City,—about seven miles distant from each other.  Like many fields of labor, we are both suffering from a lack of active and sufficient workers.  Acts 16: 9.                                                                                                                Wm. H. Ashmore.

2220 Division St., Baltimore, Md.


From Pleasant View, Washington Co., Tenn.

We commenced meetings here March 17, and continued one week.  Six were added to the church by baptism and two reclaimed.  This makes thirty additions to this arm of the church during the present year, and a good prospect for more soon.  I have been laboring with the different congregations considerably, since last October, and have witnessed one hundred and eleven conver­sions in this time.  My prayer is that they may all hold out faithful, and be good soldiers of Jesus Christ.  The Brethren in Ten­nessee are working and doing some good this winter.  We hope they may do much for the Master, and keep the good work go­ing on.  We see accounts of many good meetings published in the Messenger.  This is cheering news to us. May it continue to be so!                               F. W. Dove.


From Elkins, Md.

March 17 we attended the council-meeting to be held about eight miles north of Oakland, at a place designated as Davis' Mills.  The meeting passed off quietly.  Bro. T. B. Digman was ordained to the full ministry.  May the Lord bless him abundantly, and en­dow him with wisdom from on high.  Bro. Solomon Bucklew, of Markleysburg, Pa., and Bro. Jeremiah Beeghly, of Accident, Md., officiated.  Bro. Solomon preached two very able sermons for us, to large and attentive audiences.

At the close of his sermon on Sunday an invitation was extended to any who wished to go with us, when quite an old gentleman came forward and expressed a desire to unite with God's people.

A few years ago there was but one member at this place.  By the earnest efforts of that one member, Bro. Digman was persuaded to come and preach near that place in a school-house.  He has many difficulties to contend with, from the fact that the people were pretty well established in the Methodist faith.  At the present time, if I am informed rightly, there are over sixty members.  They are lacking a church-house in which to worship, but have already made a move towards building one, and are pushing the work forward and expect to complete it as soon as possible.

The Brethren here are poor, financially, but rich in spirit.  Bro. Digman is solicited by the church to visit a few of the adjoining churches of the Brotherhood in behalf of this church-house, and we hope none will hesitate to give liberally.  The Lord loveth a cheerful giver.                                        I. O. Thompson.


From Mulberry Chapel, Mercer Co., Ohio.

The members here seem to be in harmony. Bro. S. W. Hoover, of Dayton, O., came to us to hold a series of meetings, but on account of muddy roads he closed the meeting on Sunday, Feb. 19, preaching five sermons in all.  He wielded the Sword of the Spirit with great power.  There were no accessions to the church, but we earnestly hope and pray that many precious souls may accept the offered terms of mercy.  Our little band is rather small, and we have our persecutions and disappointments, but by the grace of God we are determined to fight valiantly the battles of the Lord till we die.  We desire the prayers of the Brethren that we may hold out faithful.               C. V. Whallon.


From Glen Easton, W. Va.

The Ryerson Station congregation has but few members, and they live very much scat­tered, but seem steadfast in the faith.  Bro. Adam Wise is our elder.  Although in his eightieth year, he is an active worker for the Master.  We have preaching twice a month by Bro. Wise, assisted by Bro. Andrew Chambers, a minister in the first de­gree.

At one of our regular meetings Bro. Cham­bers preached a sermon from 1 Cor. 14: 3.  Eld. James Craig, a Mormon, being present, proceeded to pick a flaw in the discourse, and a lively time ensued, in which the elder was worsted.  To retrieve his fallen position, he left a challenge for a discussion with the Brethren, and, in the opinion of all present, outside of the Mormons, the elder was se­verely defeated.  Although Bro. Chambers is young in years, and only a little over a year in the ministry, Bro. Chambers has had two discussions, and each of his opponents were men advanced in years, and in the min­istry for a number of years.                                                                                           Anna R. Chambers.


From Markleysburg, Pa.

We met with the Brethren at the Inde­pendent school-house, March 3, and preached for them on Saturday evening.  On Sunday morning we met the Brethren at the Bethel church, Eld. J. H. Myers, of Markleysburg, also being present.  We had a very inter­esting meeting on Sunday evening.  In com­pany with Eld. J. H. Myers, we returned to the Independent school-house, where we held forth the Word of Truth and Life until Thursday, March 8, when Bro. M. took his leave for home, expecting to begin a meeting at the Asher Glade school-house on Satur­day night, March 10.  I remained and con­tinued preaching for the people at the Inde­pendent house until Thursday, March 15, when we closed our meeting with the best of interest.  Our congregation kept on increas­ing during the entire meeting.  The best of order prevailed.  It seemed that the people were anxious to learn the way to that goodly land.  As a result of our meetings five young sisters and four young brethren were buried in the emblematic grave.  We hope and pray these dear, young lambs may ever love the service of the Master.  One who had wandered away, returned to the fold, and many others are counting the cost.

Jasper Barnthouse.


A Few Brief Notes of Travel.

Nov. 5 I met with the Loudonville Breth­ren.  This arm of the church is located in Ashland and Holmes counties, O., and under the supervision of Eld. David Brubaker.  Father Morgan Workman, at the time of his death (which occurred about one year ago), was the senior elder.  Our first labor in this congregation was the preaching of a funeral discourse, — that of our young and respected brother, Lincoln Allenbaugh, who, but a few months prior to his death, responded to the cry, "Come and break to our famishing souls the Bread of Life," and had, accordingly located at Great Bend, Kan.  Bro. Allenbaugh joined the church of his choice at the early age of sixteen years, and though he had not reached his twenty-seventh year, had been promoted to the second degree of the min­istry.  In his untimely death the church lost a faithful, devoted servant.  The dear young sister, his most sadly bereft wife, is left alone with two helpless, fatherless children.  May he who is the widow's God, be their aid and comfort!

We labored with the dear brethren above named, during this series of meetings, about three weeks.  It is always pleasant for breth­ren to dwell together in unity but our labors on this occasion were the more enjoyable as they were the renewal of a pleasant associ­ation about a year previous.

From this place we went to the Owl Creek church, Knox Co., O.  We enjoyed a meet­ing with these kind brethren also about a year before.  Bro. Henry Keller has the oversight of this church.  This church mer­its the especial sympathy of the general Brotherhood.  The Leedyites had their origin here in 1858.  Their course made many a heart to ache on account of the trouble caused.  Scarcely had this wound healed, when another was inflicted by the Progress­ive element, but from the last the church seems to be rapidly recovering.  Seven, who went off in the late faction, have returned to the fold.

Ere we left this field of labor, our United Brethren friends kindly allowed us the priv­ilege of preaching four sermons in their house of worship, for which they have our thanks.

Jan. 12 we went back to our Loudonville Brethren, and remained with them about two weeks.  Two tender lambs came to the fold during this series of services.  May they be fed upon the sincere milk of the Word, and grow thereby!  Our next labor abroad was with the brethren of the Sandy church, located in Stark and Columbiana counties, O.  The oversight is maintained by Elders Lewis Glass and David Byers.  We began our labors here Feb. 19 and continued for two weeks.  One came to the church and one was reclaimed during these meetings.  May the Lord bless them.  We have labored consid­erably in this congregation; it was pleasant to meet again our kindred in Christ.

Dear Brethren, with whom we mingled and worshiped, allow us to exhort you to be steadfast, unmovable, etc. 1 Cor. 15: 38.                                                                              Edward Loomis.

New Philadelphia, Ohio.


From Beaver Creek Church, Va.

The home brethren having previously agreed to hold a series of meetings at Mon­tezuma, one of our regular places of preach­ing, the meeting began Sunday night, Feb. 26, and continued until Sunday night, March 11.  The preaching was done by Bro. Martin Miller and the writer, with the exception of one discourse delivered by Bro. Jacob Thomas, one of our elders, and three by Bro. J. B. Wrightsman, from an adjoining congre­gation,—all of which were instructive and highly appreciated.  Several of our brethren rendered valuable service.

The meetings were only held at night, and were largely attended, and the best of in­terest manifested.  This was the first meet­ing of the kind ever attended by many of the members.  All were highly pleased, greatly built up and much encouraged.

There were nine made willing by the Spir­it's influence to covenant with Christ in holy baptism.  The meetings closed with several more applicants, and others near the King­dom who seem to be seekers after truth.  May they yet be constrained to enter the fold before it shall be said."  The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and you are not saved."                                                                   J. W. Click.

March 15.


From the Solomon Creek Church, Ind.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, Bro. Murray, of North Manchester, Ind., came to hold a se­ries of meetings for us, in the Old Meeting-house.  At that time we began to have very inclement weather, and the roads became very bad.  There was a very small attend­ance at first, but whenever the condition of the weather and roads would permit, there was a larger attendance.

Bro. Murray labored under some disad­vantages on account of the weather, and oth­er circumstances, nevertheless he labored earnestly.  Three precious souls made the good confession.  Others are almost persuaded.                                                                                                                  L. A. Neff.

Syracuse, Ind.


Doctrine of the Brethren Defended.

I am getting out another edition of the above work, which will be ready about April 1.  Those who want it, can send to me at North Manchester, Ind., or to either of the offices of the Gospel Messenger, as I shall make arrangements with them to sell the book as heretofore.  If any wish to do so, they can arrange to get the book at the An­nual Meeting.  This will be quite convenient for those who come, or have a good oppor­tunity to send for it.

The work may also be ordered from the Book and Tract Committee.  I hope the Brethren generally will assist in selling this work, as its publication has necessitated con­siderable expense.  It is neither proper nor necessary for me to speak of its merits.  Price, $1.50 per copy.                              R. H. Miller.


Joyful News!

The Lexington church has just closed an excellent series of meetings.  Two dear sis­ters were received by baptism, and two persons reclaimed.  One was received by letter, making, in all, five souls added to the church.

Our church here had three days of prayer, preparatory to our meetings. Feb. 25 Bro. Isaac Frantz came to us, well armed for a battle.  He was supplied with Brethren's tracts, which will do much towards building up the cause of Christ, and at less expense than in any other possible way.  The time will come, and now is, when this work of sav­ing souls by preaching the gospel, must be done speedily.  We must preach to men in such a way as to arouse them to see their lost condition.  Supply them with good, doc­trinal tracts; this will meet the demands preaching cannot reach.  Bro. Isaac is aware of this, and faithfully laboring for the Book and Tract Work.  We are glad to know our church feels an interest for it.  This was es­pecially manifested by two sisters, who gave to the amount of $11.00.  May God bless and encourage the good work!

We think the outlook good for building up a live church here.  Brethren, will you help?  Popular religion is on the decline here.  Come, let us hold up the good old way!                               Allen Ockerman.

New Vienna, Ohio.


From Salem Church, Ohio.

Bro. Landon West commenced a meeting at the Arlington union house Jan. 31.  He preached nearly one week, closing with two additions.  He then commenced a meet­ing in our central house.  Feb. 18, Bro. Silas Gilbert preached for us four consecutive ev­enings, followed by Bro. West, who contin­ued until March 5, when five were baptized, all of whom were the heads of families, whose wives, with one exception, had been members for many years.  Well might the dear sisters say that this was the happiest meeting they ever had.  Yes, dear sisters, you were not alone.  The host of heaven and the church all joined in the choir of rejoicing.  May the blessings of God zest upon the dear children everywhere, and especially upon the dear brethren who have so faithfully labored for us in these meetings, and also upon the dear lambs of the flock that they may be the means of turning others to the rock of their salvation.  There is one more appli­cant for baptism.  Others are counting the cost, and I think will come ere long.                                                                                 John H. Brumbaugh.


History of the Organization of the First Congregation
of the Brethren Church in Chippewa County, Wis.

Oct. 16, at 2 P. M., the members compris­ing what is now called the Maple Grove con­gregation, met at the house of Bro. Henry Shock, for the purpose of being organized into a congregation, and to hold a love-feast.  Elders D. M. Miller, from Lanark, Ill., and S. H. Baker, of Menomonie, Wis., were pres­ent.

After devotional exercises, the members, numbering twenty, were instructed by Bro. Miller upon what conditions they could be organized, and what their duties, responsi­bilities and privileges would be.  They unan­imously expressed a desire to be organized, and agreed to be governed by the counsels of the Brotherhood.  They then chose Eld. S. H. Baker to preside over them as their eld­er.  They also chose Samuel Mitchell as Treasurer, and the writer, Clerk.  They adopted the single mode of feet-washing.  The congregation will be known as the Maple Grove, but there were no boundary lines des­ignated.

The exercises of the meeting, and the la­bors of the brethren closed with a commun­ion held the same evening, and at the same place.  Since then, Bro. Baker has moved among us; his wife and daughter are also members.  There have, of late, been several other additions by letter.

The extent of this field, and the labors de­volving upon Bro. Baker, might well be com­pared to a man standing in the center of a large forest, a hundred miles square, and of whom it is expected that he clear it all, and prepare it for a crop.  Who will come to help Bro. Baker?  Brethren, pray that the seed planted here may grow and thrive!                                                                                         Alman Mock.

Edson, Wis., March 12.

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