News & Notes
Otis Jordan, Titusville, Florida: "November 28th marks the end of one year of labor with the good congregation in Titusville, Florida. The work has had difficult times, but in general has been rewarding. There have been five baptisms, seven restorations, and twenty-two to place membership. Attendance has increased from 65 to 95 on Lord's day mornings and from 25 to 65 at other services. With difficult times facing us we are determined to do what God has instructed us to do."
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James C. Jones, 8121 Walmsley Blvd., Richmond, Va. 23235: "In order to correct certain misinformation which has been given out concerning the Lord's work in Stavenger, Norway, it is needful that the following be made known, The Lord's church is meeting regularly in Stavenger, with brother Olaf Reinholdtzen as the faithful and capable evangelist. In a recent report, brother Olaf stated that twelve visitors were present for a Lord's day service. Brother Reinholdtzen and his wife have been reconciled. The future for the work there is bright indeed. The West End church in Bowling Green, Ky., is presently the only church helping with Brother Reinholdtzen's support. Incidentally, I have just concluded 18 months work with the West End church, during which time nineteen were baptized and seventeen placed membership, and five were restored. I am presently working with the Hull Street Road church here in Richmond. I need to have contact with churches which will help me with my monthly support. Please write me at the above address. James Needham and Harold Byers of the Expressway church in Louisville, Kentucky, know the work here and know me. The church here is scheduled to have a meeting with Brother J. D. Tant, beginning November 14th and continuing through the 20th."
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Arnold Hardin, 2722 McCutcheon, Dallas, Texas: "We began with the Scyene Road brethren the first of August. Records have been set nearly every Sunday. A high of 160 reached for worship, an increase of 60. There are thirty-one new members, eleven of whom have been baptized, The church is at peace and working and each week brings reason for rejoicing."
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Ernest Albritton, Box 1466, Deland, Florida: "Tom Wheeler, who has preached for the Bend Street church for two years, has resigned to enter secular work and preach part-time. He now lives in Orlando, Florida. Jack Frost, Jr., is now doing the preaching. His address is: 225 High Street, Deland, Florida."
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T/Sgt. William Harrison, Jr., 606th A. C. and W.Sqd. , Box 1918, APO New York 90684, "I have recently been granted permission to minister to personnel of the church here at Haf Air Station, Germany. We have been meeting in our home till last Lord's day with another family. Our first public service on base was very encouraging with 18 present. Our place of worship will seat 26 and we hope to ask for a larger room soon. It costs no congregation anything for support since I am on active duty with the air force. Our goal in our three year tour is to have a permanent German congregation before we leave."
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Pete McPherson, Box 445, Bancroft, Ontario: "On May 2nd of this year my wife and our two children moved to this northern Ontario town, population 2200, to preach the gospel. Many contacts have been made in the area from people who have subscribed to a free Bible Correspondence Course, that was placed in the paper here by the church in Jordon, Ontario, Studies were held with these contacts by Connie Adams, Norman Midgette, and myself, June 26-July 6. Hubert Showalter of Parkersburg, West Va. , did the preaching. The meeting was well attended by the brethren from Jordon and elsewhere. Eight were baptized. Norman Midgette did the preaching in a meeting Oct. 27-Nov. 6. Eight more were baptized, bringing the total to 22 for the time we have been here. Interest was very good. Connie Adams of Akron, Ohio, will be with us in a meeting next June. I will be needing some extra support after the first of the year as the Jordon church which is supplying the bulk of my support cannot carry the heavy load they have been presently carrying. Why not plan to have fellowship in preaching the gospel to these Canadian souls?"
The Grand Avenue church, 3679 West Grand Ave., Chicago, Ill., will provide the setting for a public debate the first week in December, concerning the benevolent work of the church. The speakers will be Elvis Bozarth, preacher at Grand Ave., and William Mizell, preacher for the Humboldt Park church which meets at 3700 West Fullerton, Chicago. The Humboldt church was willing to provide the place for half the debate but their building will seat less than 75 and were unable to find another church in the area to provide space for them. Therefore, the Grand Avenue church agreed to provide the space for all the debate. Propositions for discussion are:
Monday And Tuesday, December 5-6, 1966
"It is scriptural for churches of Christ to contribute from their treasuries to relieve the physical necessities of those who are not Christians,"
AFFIRM: William Mizell; DENY: Elvis Bozarth
Thursday And Friday, December 8-9, 1966
"The building, maintaining, and supplying of orphan homes such as the Tennessee Orphans Home is without scriptural authority."
AFFIRM: Elvis Bozarth; DENY: William Mizell LA. Stauffer, preacher for the Berwyn, Ill., church, will moderate for Bozarth and Disney French, preacher for the Midwest church, Chicago, will moderate for Mizell, The Grand Ave. church will provide housing for out-of-town visitors who request it. Such requests should be made as far in advance as possible. Adequate space for tape recorders will be provided in the soundproof nursery for those who desire to tape."
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There will be a debate in Stanton, Texas (20 miles east of Midland on Highway 80) November 28-29, Dec. 1-2, between Glen R. Burt, Christian, and Mr. H. M. Glendening, Christadelphian. The propositions are:
Nov.28-29--"The Scriptures teach that the kingdom of Dan. 2:44 was established in A. D.30 on the first Pentecost after the resurrection of Jesus,"
AFFIRM: Glen Burt; DENY: H. M. Glendening Dec. 1-2--"The scriptures teach that the kingdom of Dan. 2:44 will be established at the second coming of Christ."
AFFIRM: H. M. Glendening; DENY: Glen R. Burt The debate will be conducted in the District Court Room, second floor, of the Court House in Stanton.
The Courthouse is located two blocks north of the red light on Highway 80.
There are several congregations in Nigeria that desperately need song books. If any congregation has good, used books and would be willing to send them, please get in touch with us immediately and I will give you the address to which to send them here. Leslie Diestelkamp, U. C.I. , P. O. Box 4064, Ibadan, Nigeria."
John W. Pittman, Box 103, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701: "This is a case where only a small amount of support would help to meet the expenses brought about by driving 17 miles to preach each Sunday. The only outside support I have is $50 per month and it helps pay for radio time. I am working with a small congregation out in the country near Huntsville, Ark. , Several young people are in attendance. This is a case worthy of help,"
BOWLING GREEN, MISSOURI NEEDS HELP NOW Jimmy Tuten, Jr.
In the early part of 1965 a brother in Christ from Clarksville, Missouri came by the Spring & Blaine building to discuss his dissatisfaction with liberal and modernistic trends in the church of our Lord at Louisiana, Missouri. Within a few days another brother from Hannibal, Missouri came by with an account of how he was being maligned and forced into isolation within the church at Hannibal and that such action was due to his convictions with reference to institutionalism. Since neither of these brethren know the other, they were put in contact with each other immediately. Shortly thereafter, brethren Kenneth Kirshey and Alton Jenkins, Sr., along with several others, established the church at Bowling Green, Missouri. This small, but faithful nucleus has a determination to establish the work after the New Testament order. In their stand for truth, they have suffered greatly from the efforts of liberal brethren in the area to destroy their influence. After meeting in the small, but modest store building for over a year, they have made great strides. Their number has grown to over 22 in regular attendance and their contribution runs $75.00 weekly. In spite of many obstacles, things have gone well for the cause of Christ in Bowling Green.
Albert Robinson now preaches for this group being supported by churches in Springfield, Butler, Hazelwood, Kirkwood, St. Louis and Bowling Green, Mo. Brother Robinson preached for the church in Clarksville, Missouri until he dared to speak out concerning present day issues. He was immediately released, not by Clarksville, but by the Overland and Southside churches in St. Louis, who were supporting him. He was not given his last week's salary, nor was the three month notice agreement honored by the church at Clarksville. This man's immediate need was assumed by "anti" churches who "do not believe in cooperation" and are "do nothingers."
During the period of time that brother Robinson has preached for the church at Bowling Green, he has been receiving inadequate support. This problem will become more serious after the first of the year. He needs immediately an additional $75.00 per month. Since one or two of the churches now helping with his support will have to cut back, efforts are being made to raise $150.00 per month support for brother Robinson by the first of the year. In 1967 the church at Bowling Green will assume an additional $50.00 of his need. Brethren, if you can help keep this man in the field, please contact Kenneth Kirshey, 5007 Wyaconda, Hannibal, Missouri, immediately. These brethren are working hard, making many sacrifices, and are deserving. Loyal brethren in the St. Louis area can recommend the efforts of these brethren.