Devoted to the Propagation and Defense of New Testament Christianity
May 1, 1958


To Whom It May Concern

"Since all efforts to save the unity of the First Street Church of Christ failed, we feel it our bounded duty to inform the brotherhood of the very serious damage done to the Cause of Christ here by Bro. Andrew M. Brown.

Brother Brown served as our minister here for almost five years, but when it was decided by the majority of the elders to change ministers, he refused to agree with us. From that time forth he beset himself to stir up dissension in the Church and elsewhere.

At the regular worship hour the following Sunday morning, instead of bringing a lesson from God's word, he entered the pulpit and used that time to plead his personal cause. Needless to say, his outrageous remarks were not conducive to meditation nor spiritual worship, but rather, an appeal to his hearer's emotions and sympathy. Later on the local radio he made similar pleas to the general public. Both of these please — pulpit and radio — were personal and disgraceful to the Cause of Christ in that he used time set aside for worship to plead his own cause and promote the splitting of the Church.

At the last service of the whole First Street congregation, Bro. Brown announced the first meeting of a new congregation which he said was in answer to his prayers. Thus he deserves the application of Paul's divine teaching in Romans 16:17."

This is for your information and guidance.

W. L. Watson, Chris Lawrence Elders, First Street Church of Christ Lawrenceburg, Tennessee

F. A. Anderson, Box 507, Needles, California: "We are anxious to have school teachers move here, (church members). Our congregation is very small and not financially able to hire a full time minister. The school here is taking application for teachers and plans to hire several. Salaries are higher than anywhere in the state. I will appreciate any help you can give through your paper."

Frank E. Roberts, 310 N. 2nd Avenue, Walla Walla, Washington: "The Northwest Singing Normal, a non-profit organization operated by Christian individuals interested in promoting good singing, announces that its 1958 session of classes will be conducted July 7-18, at Jennings Lodge, Oregon. The Normal operates for the purpose of helping people of all ages to learn to sing 'A capella' music, and training and developing song leaders and singing teachers. Choice L. Bryant, well-known both as an evangelist and as a singing teacher, is president of the Normal. The Normal operates independently of any other organization, being wholly supported by tuitions and private scholarship grants.

The teaching staff will be made up of qualified Christian teachers, and training will be offered in rudiments of music, sight singing, song leading, and voice culture. In addition, advanced work in harmony and composition will be available.

Jennings Lodge has fine housing, classroom, and recreational facilities, and is conveniently located just eight miles from Portland; yet the Lodge is situated in a forested, camp-like site.

Further information about the Normal may be obtained by writing to the Northwest Singing Normal, 310 N. 2nd Avenue, Walla Walla, Washington."

Reavis Petty, 1903 Parkway Drive, Columbia, Tennessee: "I recently moved to Columbia to work with the Mooresville Pike Congregation. The work here looks very encouraging. I moved here from the Front Street church in Poteau, Oklahoma, where I labored for the past four years. As yet, no one has been selected to succeed me there. The work in Poteau is on a very sound basis, with good elders. This church will be a tower of strength in Eastern Oklahoma. Any preacher interested may get in Contact with the elders there."

Robert Rogers, 1206 South Third St., Boonville, Indiana: "Bro. Alvin Holt recently concluded a good meeting here in Boonville. Five were baptized and two restored. Bro. Holt does a masterful job of preaching the truth and we ought to thank God for men like him. I still have some tracts on (1 Cor. 11:1-16). Single copies may be had free by writing me at the above address."

Stainless Steel Baptisteries One of the most troublesome problems in building a meeting house for those of the Church of Christ, or others who immerse, has been to construct a baptistry that will not leak, crack, rust, give cleaning difficulties or paint failures after a few years of use. Stainless steel is the answer to this in every way, it is rust proof, never needs painting, will never leak if properly constructed, (by a special welding process), and is as easy to clean as a modern bathtub. Stainless steel inserts can be made to fit baptistries now giving trouble, although welding might have to be done in place because door openings to present baptistry might not permit moving in a pre-built baptistry. An important advantage over copper or other long lasting softer metals is, that the steps, also of stainless, are welded in and trouble free.

Any congregation desiring information as regards cost or construction on these age-lasting baptistries can get the same from E. Ray Coates, 50 Stevenson Avenue, Indiana, Pa. A typical baptistry as designed by Coates, is four and a half feet wide, eight feet long, tlitee feet deep, with steps which have a twelve inch tread and are sixteen inches wide for easy access at each end. This size baptistry is large enough to immerse even the largest of people but economical in not being excessively large. However any size can be fabricated by Coates.