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November 1920 News and Notes

by Compiled by Larry Miles

100 YEARS AGO FROM W&W

     The editor has just closed an evangelistic meeting with the good church at Waterford, Ky. A door for the word was wonderfully opened and sixty-one were added from all sources to the congregation, most of them by primary obedience.

     Who cares to make the Honolulu mission a gift (needed and wanted) of twelve copies “Great Songs of the Church”? See paragraph on next page.

     Word has been received that Brother Ivie Campbell, editor Apostolic Messenger, Glasgow, Scotland, has gone to his eternal rest.

     Free-will offerings in the Highland Church, Louisville, for the month of September were $778. At least two-thirds of this amount was for work outside the local congregation; and there had been no harping about money.

     J, Scott Greer’s recent meeting at Nelsonville, Ky., reached 18 souls, baptized or restored to fellowship.

     “Brother Greer and I came to Bedford, Iowa, last Saturday. The weather and roads are ideal and meetings are well attended. Two confessions to date. I closed our sixth meeting at Sugar Creek (near Glencoe, Ky.), Oct. 3. Brother Greer was with me the last week of the meeting and aided much. Brother D. C. Janes was at Sugar Creek the first two services of the meeting. He preached two strong and helpful discourses, especially the one on Sunday morning. Brother Janes left Sugar Creek with many expressions of commendation, such as “That was a great message he gave us on ‘The Mission of the Church.’ ”—Η. N. Rutherford.

     “The Pacific Christian Academy, incorporated, Graton, Cal., with Brother O. W. Gardner, principal, is starting off very nicely this, the third year of its existence. About sixty are enrolled this term. Several more are expected soon. It is truly gratifying to see the interest being manifested in the school in this new field.”—Felix G. Owen.

     “Wife and I have got several brethren together here in West Cleveland. Most of them came from the Buechel congregation of Kentucky.”—S. R. Bond.

     Don Carlos Janes’ report of his stop-off at Gunter, Texas, though not written for publication, is interesting: “Gunter has a good church and a fine, little, plain school. Brother Ellmore, at eighty-two, keeps going and addresses chapel daily. A fine brother. He’s been an evangelist who went to the timber and did his work. Left the shoemaker’s bench under the spell of the parable of the talents, as he recognized himself as having one. Has led thousands to Christ; author of several books, contributor to various papers. We had a wide-open door at Gunter and I spoke eleven times. Wish you could see Brother and Sister Ellmore and their humble home filled with both godliness and contentment.”

     “The meeting with the Roselma Church, in Nebraska, turned out to the glory of God. Eleven young people, all about grown, received the word and were baptized. The elders set them to work immediately by arranging a regular Lord’s day night meeting, conducted by the young men. Roselma and Albion (sister churches) have learned that the secret of holding young men to the church is to give them something to do—Exercise, as well as food.”—E. L. Jorgenson.

     “Concerning the song book,” Brother Jorgenson adds: “Barring strikes and paper shortages (in the manufacturing business, one must always say that now-a-days)—barring the unexpected, I still hope to have the new song book ready by the year-end. Many are taking advantage of the advance price, 50c, by remitting now’. In the case of large churches and schools, a saving of perhaps $15 per hundred means often as high as $50 or $75 saved; and quite a number of them are saving it. While this price brings me less than cost for the books, it does provide a fund to meet the monthly bills for the plates.  “Great Songs of the Church” has been selected as the title—· because that is what the book contains; all the greatest. Do you like that title? If not, tell me why not, at once, and suggest a better; for the “die will be cast,” literally, this month—the brass stamping die! This title is not one of the names (about 125) that were submitted in answer to our call, so, if it is used, I get the prize myself! However, the person who answered first from each state will receive a free copy of the book.”

     Monroe, La., 605 Washington Street. “Dear Brethren: I am at this place with my family. Having hard time of it getting started, but we make the sacrifice of our comfort willingly if it is according to His will.”—A. Shanks.

     We feel that this Monroe mission work is entirely deserving of the fellowship of W. md W. readers. Brother Shanks is doing all he can to support himself and family. That is the spirit.

     From H. L. Olmstead, Gallatin, Tenn.: “I have preached a few nights each at some schoolhouses, and at one other point near Gallatin this fall with the following results: Union Hill Schoolhouse, 3 baptized and 1 restored; Westmoreland, 2 baptized and 1 restored; Walnut Grove Schoolhouse, 1 baptized; Cedar Grove Schoolhouse, 5 baptized and 1 restored. Baptized 1 at Gallatin last week. Nearly all these were persons of mature years. Two of them men past fifty years old.”

     From the school at Harper, Kansas: “Several new students coming in now. Enrollment is now more than two hundred and eighty.”

     W. J. Johnson writes from Amite, La.: “A K. Ramsey, one of the Lord’s faithful preachers, spent a few weeks with us in a series of meetings which was interrupted in various ways, but in which much good was accomplished. Two precious souls were Jed to Christ.”

     From the trustees of the church at Amite, La.: “During the last three years we have labored, prayed and sacrificed to erect a house in which God’s people can worship as He directs in His Word; but our funds have not sufficiently increased to complete the building desired. Our treasury is empty, our financial support has been tested, and we feel compelled to make another urgent appeal to the Christians elsewhere to help us finish the building. Our need is now. The amount is $1,000. Without it the building remains unfinished. Shall this condition be allowed to hinder us in our plea for primitive Christianity? We are persuaded better things of you, our brethren in Christ, fellow-partakers with us in the sufferings of this present evil world. Your contributions will prove that our confidence in you has not been misplaced.” Send funds to W. J. Johnson, Amite, La.”




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