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Tennessee River Missionary
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Ivl I ]NT I_J T E3 S
FORTIETH ANNUAL SESSION
Tennessee River Baptist Association.
Mount Nebo Church
JACKSON COUNTY. ALABAMA,
October 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 1897.
J. J. Beeson, Moderator, - -
John T. Richa.rds, Clerk, - -
Milton Roach, Treasurer, - -
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FIRST DAY, FRIDAY, OCT. 1, 1897.
The introductory services of the Association were opened by
singing No. 40, Perennial, Songs, "All hail the power of Jesus
Brother W. L. Crawford, who was elected at the last annual
session to preach the introductory sermon, was present, but on
account of being sick was excused.
1st. On motion the Moderator, J. J. Beeson, was selected in
his stead, the alternate, W. L. White, not being present. The
brother read from the 20th chapter of Acts of the Apostles.
At the conclusion of the reading the Association was lead in
prayer by J. J. Beeson. After prayer the congregation sang No.
64, Perennial Songs, "There is a fountain filled with blood."
He selected as his text the 26th and 27th verses of the 20th
chapter of the Acts of the Apostles.
26. "Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am
pure from the blood of all men."
27. "For* I have not shunned to declare unto you all the
counsel of Go«f."
The brother took up the work of the Association and out-
lined and enlarged upon the responsibility of doing the Lord's
work. We regard it a model introductory discourse, full of
thought, suggestions and encouragement. At the conclusion of
the sermon the congregation sang No 107, Perennial songs, "Amaz-
ing grace how sweet the sound."
After a few remarks by Brother Preston Brown, the Associa-
tion was called to order by the Moderator, J. J. Beeson.
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2nd. On motion, the Association proceeded with the regu-
lar business of the body, the Moderator appointing Brothers
Robert But er and Thomas Davis to read the church letters. The
churches were th<m cailed in their regular order by the Moder-
ator. The following churches responded by letter and delegates
or by letter :
1. Bridgeport— No letter or delegate.
2. Beech Grove— J. R. Summerell, E. J. D. Kennedy, A. W.
Pouge, O. M. Watson and M. A. Davis„
3. Bethel— J. E. Mammon, L. T. Webb.
4. Centennial — W. M. Chandler, P. A. Carlisle.
5. Cave Spring — Isaac Mathews.
6. Centre Point — J. P. McClendon, Lifus Reaves, James
7. Freedom— W. T. Trice, Samuel Butler, P. P. Princo, Mon-
roe Vandever, W. W. Reid.
8. Friendship— Milton Roach, A. P. Womack, W. R.
9. Hollywood— J. F. McCarrell. G. P. Bonldin.
10. Harmony— J. J. St. Clair, W. B. Campbell, J. M. Proctor.
11. Gurley — J. Bcasou, delegate; no letter.
12. Goosepond— J. L. Walsh, W. Grayson.
13. Larkinsville— E. P. Co wart, Nelson Cowart.
14. Mt. Nebo— W. J. B. Padgett, Thomas Davis, E. Williams,
J. J. Cunningham.
15. Mt. Zion— D. I. Durham.
16. Mt. Tabor— J. £1. Fuller.
17. Mt. Pisgah— B. M. Bradford, Eugene Thomas, John
Yoonginer, John T. Richards.
18. Mt. Moriah— W. A. Casey, L. L. Sephens, Jaikson Ev-
ett, Joseph Humphreys.
19. Mountain Grove — Not represented.
20. Mt. Ararat— J. A. Berry.
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21. McCoy's Grove — better; no delegate.
22. New Hope— J. F. Bell.
23. Pleasant View — Not represented.
24. Seottsboro— C. B. Beard, Riley Garland.
25. Ship of Zion — Not represented.
26. Trenton— L. E. Smith. H. .\. Webb, W. A. Wi I bourn.
Ministerial Delegates Present. — P. Brown, J. J. Beeson,
W. L. Crawford, M. Hill. C. Howell, It. M. Higginbotham, L. B.
Irvin, II. Knight.
The letters show regularly appointed delegates to be 81 ;
ministerial delegates 20. Total 101 - 58 present.
From the letters it appears that there has b<-en an increase in
membership of 90. There are some irregularities that may in-
crease the above figures some, for I find that some of the clerks
have based their reports fr»m ihe figures of the year 1895 instead
or 1896, thereby doing injustice to the membership.
The amount of money raised during the year, as reported by
letters, appears to be : For missions, $186.86; and for all pur-
poses, $1150.21. Total, $1,337. There are some irregularities in
the reports, ami it is the opinion of your clerk that a much larger
sum has been raised for all purposes, for I find that some letters
make no report of any money — not even money for the printing
of the minutes. Brethren, please be more careful about this
matter, and give it your careful attention and gather up all mat-
ters of interest. CLERK.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR THE ENSUING YEAR.
MODERATOR, CLERK AND TREASURER.
3rd. On motion the Association proceeded to the election of
Moderator, Clerk and Treasurer. The Moderator appointed
Brothers John West, of the Duck River Association of Tennessee,
and J. G. Lowery, of the Birmingham Association of Alabama,
as tellers, to receive, count and declare the result of the ballot.
The tellers, after counting the ballots, reported that J. J. Beeson
was re-elected moderator, John T. Richards, clerk, and Milton
4th. The moderator called for petitionarv letters. A letter
was presented from McCoy's Grove, of Jackson County, Alabama,
asking to become a member of the Association.
5th. On motion the McCoy's Grove Church was received
into the Association.
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6th. On motion the moderator invited corresponding mes-
sengers and visiting brethren of the same faith and order to seats
with the Association. Brothers A. Sisk and John West, of the Duck
River Association, and J. G. Lowrey, of the Birmingham Associ-
ation, also Brothers C. L. Lovelady and M. Ducket, of the Col-
ored Paint Rock River Association, were recognized by the mod-
erator extending the hand of fellowship, inviting the brethren to
seats. Brother J. G. Lowrev, representative or the Howard Col-
lege, was, on motion, recognized by the Association as agent for
the Alabama Baptist. Beimg given an opportunity to address the
Association, he gave as a very interesting talk upon the subject
of Denominational and Ministerial Education, the Jndson Col-
lege, the State Board of Missions, the Alabama Baptist and our
Orphan's Home, which we hope will bring forth frnit.
APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES.
7th. Religions Services— W. J. B. Padgett, C. Howell, R.
Obituaries— W. T. Trice, J. A. Berry, J. F. McCarrell.
Finance — Milton Roach, E. J. D. Kennedy, J. P. McClendon.
APPOINTMENT OF STANDING COMMITTEES.
Associational Missions — W. L. Crawford, M. Hill, James
State Missions — G. P. Bouldin, J. F. McCarrell, George
Home Missions — Milton Roach, R. Howell, Pleas Coffey.
Foreign Missions — C. Howell, Robert Butler, J. A. Eaves.
Denominational Education — Nelson Cowart, Miles Morris,
Ministerial Education— J. M. McCord, W. W. Howard,
Temperance— E. J. D. Kennedy, M. H. Davis, A. W. Pogue.
Sunday-school Work— John T. Richards, J. H. Fuller, A. P.
Woman's Work.— Misses Bettie Beard, Maymie Larkin, Ella
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Religious Literature— C. T. Roach, James McCloud, Joseph
Orphanage— B. M. Bradford, L. B. Irvin, E. T. Thomas.
8th. The committee on religious services announced that
Brothers A. Sisk, of the Duck River Association, and R. M. Hig-
ginbotham would preach at this church tonight at 7 o'clock, and
Brother W. L. Crawford at this church tomorrow at 11
o'clock, a. m.
9th. On Motion the Association adjourned until 9 o'clock
tomorrow morning. The Association sang : "Praise God from
whom all blessings flow." Benediction by Brother J. G. Lowrey.
SECOND DAY, SATURDAY, OCT. 2, 1897.
The Association met according to adjournment. Called to
order by the moderator, who read the First Psalm. The congre-
gation sang : "There is a fountain filled with blood." Prayer by
Brother L. B. Irvin.
10th. The moderator requested the clerk to call the names of
the delegates and correct the same. Ministerial delegates were
Ordained Ministers Present. — P. Brown, J. J. Beeson, W.
L. Crawford, C Howell, M. Hill, R. M. Higginbotham, L. B.
Irvin, H. Knight.
In compliance with a request from Brother Eaves, pastor of
this (Mt. Nebo) Church, who was confined at home on account of
sickness, the Association suspended all business and offered
prayer for the brother and family. The Association was led in
prayer by Brother P. Brown, by request of Brother Eaves, after
which the Association resumed the regular order of business.
The following brethren were appointed to fill vacancies in stand-
ing committees, to report at this meeting :
State Missions— P. Brown, J. H. Fuller, Thoman Davis.
. Home Missions— R. C. Horton, W. P. Culver, L. B. Irvin.
Foreign Missions — W. L. Crawford, John Cunningham,
Denominational Education— G. Bouldin, John Younginer,
J. G. Lowrey.
11th. On motion the committees were granted the privilege
to retire at any time to prepare their reports. The matter of
chooing time and place of next meeting was next taken up.
12th. No church having applied for it, by letter or appli-
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cant but Beech Grove, a motion was made and carried that this
Association meet with Beech Grove Church on Friday after the
Fourth Sunday of next September, 1898.
13th. On motion Broiher W. L. Crawford was selected to
pieach the introductory sermon and J. J. Beeson, alternate, at the
next annual session of this Association.
14th. The moderator then proceeded to call for reports from
the standing committees. The report on Associalional Missions,
not being ready, was passed for the present. The moderator
called P. Brown to the chair ami retired with the Committee on
Associational Missions. The moderator called for ihe report on
Denominational Education. Report read bv G. Bouldin.
15. On motion the discussion of this subject was deferred
until the report on Ministerial Education was read, then dis-
cussed jointly. Report on Ministerial Education was read by the
clerk. The reports were ably discussed by J. G. Lowrey, P.
Brown, A. P. Womack.
16th. On motion the reports were adopted.
REPORT ON DENOMINATIONAL EDUCATION.
Your committee submit the following:
The importance of Christian and denominational education
can hardly be overestimated. The necessity of heart culture in
connection with the development of the mental faculties is ap-
parent to every one who has given thought to this great subject-
Not only is it important that we have religious training, bnt it is
also of vast importance that this training be in scrict accord with
the teachings of God's Word. We would, therefore, recommend
Howard College, located at East Lake, Ala., for our young men
and boys. In this school the Bible is one of the text books, with
Rev. W. A. Hobson as teacher. We also recommend the Judson
Institute for our young ladies and girls, located at Marion, Ala.
These schools are Baptist schools, and are worthy of and ought to
receive the patronage of our people.
G. P. BOULDIN,
J. D. YOUNGINER,
MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION.
REPORT ON MINISTERIAL EDUCATION.
Your committee submit the following:
We, as Baptists, believe in a call of God to the ministry, and
that the hearts of men are qualified by the Holy Ghost. But we
believe mental training to be a great help to the ministry in
its great work. As ministers, we need the very best help that
God has placed within our reach. Experience and observation
teach us that an educated ministry is the most efficient. We be-
lieve the churches to be an important factor in the work of edu-
cating the ministers. If Baptist churches would lay aside the
traditions and customs of men and return to the primitive land-
marks of the gospel, a long stride forward would be taken in the
direction of an educated ministry. A great many of our people
say if we assist our youug preachers in getting an education
they soon leave us for other fields. To this we say, the churches
•of the Tennessee River Association are not alive to the fact that
they need these very young men they have already assisted. If
our churches would throw oft* t.he mantle of covetousness and
support the active, toiling, sacrificing ministry that they now
have, these good and worthy brethren could far better prepare
themselves for this noble work.
C. T. ROACH,
L. B. IRVIN,
17th. On motion the Association adjourned for preaching
according to appointment, at 11 o'clock a. m. Congregation
called together by singing, "Amazing grace how sweet the
souud." Services conducted by W. L. Crawford; prayer by M.
Hill ; Scripture read, eleven verses of the 4th chapter of Romans ;
text, 4th verse of the 25fch chapter of the Book of Job: "How
then can man be justified with God ; or how can man be clean
that is born of woman." The sermon was well-timed and forcibly
impressed by the speaker and was well received by the delegates,
and was enjoyed fully by the large audience. At the conclusion
of the services the congregation was lead in singing by Brother
D. I. Durham and his four daughters, of Mt. Zion Church.
18th. After singing, the moderator called the Association to
order and proceeded to the regular business of the Association.
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19th. lleport on Woman's Work being ready was read by the
moderator; discussed by J. J. Beoson, J. G. Lowrey and P.
Brown, and on motion the report was adopted.
REPORT ON WOMAN'S WORK.
Your committee on Woman's Work submit the following:
We have done but little for the want of opportunity. We have
collected from Centre Point Church, for ministerial edu-
cation, $5.00. ^
MISS BETTIE BEARD. Chairman.
20th. The report on Associational Missions being ready was
read by the moderator; discussed by J. J. Beoson, J. G. Lowrey,
W. L. Crawford, M. Hill, R. M. Hi<rginbotham. On motion it
was adopted. •
REPORT ON ASSOCIATIONAL WORK.
Your committee on Associational W >rk submi' the follow-
ing: The committee appointed at the I nt Association to con-
sider the propriety of employing a missionary and col porter, met
at Kyles the latter part of May, and having the matter under con-
sideration, decided to ask each minister in the # Association, who
could, to select a place or two in destitution and preach monthly,
as to a church, and to report his labor to the Associational Board
of Missions, the board or committee promising to aid such
brethren as far as they could collect means. The following
brethren have reported to the board as follows: D. S. Collins,
on Cumberland Mountain, traveled seventy-five miles, preached
three sermons, made four religious visits; prospects good. T. M.
Caves, at McCoy's Grove, five trips, and labored in a suc-
cessful meeting of ten days, witnessed thirteen conversions and
preached regularly at Starkey school houto, where we had a good
meeting of days and witnessed eleven conversions, traveled 174
miles, received for services $9.50. G. W. Bain, at McCoy's Grove,
preached nine sermous and labored for ten days in protracted
meeting, baptized four, preached two sermons at Pleasant Hill, at
Sanders' school house, on Coon Creek, and three days at Stark-
ey 's ; traveled ninety miles : received for services . R. M. Hig-
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ginbotham, at McCutc hen's school house and Box Cove ten days,
and preached ten sermons ; witnessed several conversions ; prospect
good; received for services, $2.40. M. Hill, at Larkin's Landing
and Box Gove, thirteen days; traveled 114 miles; preached
eighteen sermons; prospects good; received $3.30. W. L. Craw-
ford reports sermons preached seventeen; traveled 100 miles; re-
ceived $3.81; regular station, Box Cove; also preached at other
We believe we can thus fill all the destitution in the bounds
of the Association, and respectfully ask each church to co-operate
with us and take one or two collections for the purpose of paying
in part the brethren preaching in destitution.
J. J. BEESON, Chairman.
2l8t. Motion made and carried that the moderator appoint a
committee of three to report on Orphan's Home. The modera-
tor appointed P. Brown, J. G. Lowrey, and Milton Roach.
The Committee on Religious Services announced that Broth-
er M. Hill would preach at Toney's School-house tonight; C.
Howell at Holly Grove Church ; J. G. Lowrey -t this (Mt Nebo)
Church tonight, and also tomorrow at 11 o'clock, a. m.
22nd. On motion, the Association adjourned until 9 o'clock
tomorrow morning. Benediction by Brother R. M. Htoginbotham.
THIRD DAY, SUNDAY, OCT. 3rd, 1897.
23rd. Association met according to adjournment. Called to
order by the moderator, who read the Third Psalm. After read-
ing, the congregation sang, "That Beautiful Land." Prayer by
R. M. Higginbotham.
24th. The report on temperance was first called for by the
moderator. The committee not being present, the moderator
called for the report on Sunday-schools. Report was read by the
clerk. This qnestion was discussed with deep interest by John
T. Richards, J. F. Fuller, R. M. Higginbotham, Thomas Davis,
A. P. Womack, W. L. Crawford. [God grant that the seeds sown
may bring a speedy harvest. Clerk.]
25th. On motion, report was adopted.
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REPORT ON SUNDAY-SCHOOL WORK.
26th. We, your committee submit the following:
Another Associational year's labor in Sunday-school Work
has ended. What we have done has gone on record. How we
have measured up to the requirements is known to Him who
seeth and understandeth all things. When we look back over
the year, we see many places where we might have done better
and more efficient work, but with the fleeting moments the op-
portunities are gone, and the next and only thing we can do is toy
amend in the future. While the work in the bounds of our As-
sociation has not reached that state of perfection which it ought.
yet we are profoundly grateful to the Father of us all for the ac-
complishment of so much on this line.
We are able to state that thd%ork is progressing and more are
coming to the work, and are taking hold of it with a degree of
earnestness of mind and consecration of heart that will crown
their labors with success. The work needs organization and if
we were .thoroughly organized, with pastor and church united
and harmoniously laboring in the cause, but few years would
pass before we would see every church in the bounds of our
Association at work in the Sunday-school. While progress has
been made in the work, and improvements are to be seen nearly
everywhere, yet we have fallen short of that degree of success
which under the blessing of God would have been ours, if we
could have had all the churches in the bounds of our Association
enlisted in this great work. -*
While we would not in any manner say or do a thing that
would impede other organizations of Sunday-school workers
in the good work in which they are engaged, but on the contra-
ry would lend them o 'r aid in all possible ways, yet we fee Insure
that as Baptists we could, if well organized, do the Sunday-
school work of our churches more efficiently and better than
through any other organization or; combination. Then let us
send the message, and all in the name of God for the plan, the
purpose and the power ftat we need for this work. Brethren,
will you not do it?
We are glad to note the continued improvement in our Sun-
day-school literature. The watchword of our Board, of the edi-
tors and others connected with the work, seems to be "onward
and upward," and so w M have they labored in this direction un-
til the literature now pu dished stands along side by side with
the very best publish t anywhere and by any church. We
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therefore recommend the literature of our publication societies ,
published, at Nashville, Tenn., and Philadelphia, Penn.
This is certainly the hour of the church's opportunity. The
bells are ringing out the Nineteenth Century and ringing in the
Twentieth. We must progress in our work — we must lengthen
our cords and strengthen our stakes. God will help us do it.
In the name of our blessed Savior, who blessed little children, we
ask you, brethren, to give your prayers and full co-operation in
this the best work of the church, next to the preached word.
Brethren, will you do it? Let nothing interfere in this great
work for Christ, for if the children be neglected, then the church
is neglected, for the children are the hope of the church when
we who are now working in its interest, shall be laid to rest.
May the blessing of God rest upon this field of labor, so that our
eons and daughters may be trained to take our places, left vacant
by the veterans who pass beyond the river.
JNO. T. RICHARDS.
JOS. S. SM ALLEY,
The report on Temperance was next called for, and read by
W. L. Crawford.
27th. On motion the report was received, and the discussion
of the subject was deferred until the afternoon service.
28th. On motion the Association adjourned for preaching,
according to appointment at 11 o'clock, a. m.
As the church would not accommodate the large audience,
services were held in the grove, conducted by Brother J. G. Low-
rey, Of the Birmingham Association. After singing, the congre-
gation was led in prayer by Brother J. J. Beeson. Brother Low-
rey then read the 60th chapter of Isaiah. After prayer by
Brother Lowrey, Brother D. J. Durham and daughters led the
congregation in singing, "We will sing hallelujah over there."
[There are many good things we could say about this singing,
but our space is limited. Clerk.] The brother selected as his
text the 18th, 19th and 20th verses of the 28th chapter of Mat-
thew. "And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, All power
is given unto me in heaven and in earths Go ye, therefore, and
teach all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe
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all things whatsoever I have commanded you : and, lo,I am with
you al way, even uiio the end of the world. Amen." The ser-
mon was a practic presentation of our duty as the children of
God, forcibly imp: essed by the speaker. It was well received
by the delegates, and was enjoyed fully by the large audience.
At the close oi the sermon, while Brother D. I. Durham and
daughters sang, "Just over the river," a collection was taken up
for State Missions : nd Orphanage. Amount collected, $19.02.
After a few i, inutes of intermission, the Association was
called together by waging. Called to order by the moderator.
29th. On moti n, the report on Temperance was taken up
re-read by W. L. C iwford. After reading, Brother Durham and
daughters sang, "Tt rn your glasses down, boys." Discussed by
M. Hill, P. Brown, W. L. Crawford and A. P. Womack. Report
adopted by rising ^ote.
REPORT ON TEMPERANCE.
Your committee on Temperance submit the following :
We behold with sorrow the havoc and ruin, misery and woe
that the use of intoxicating liquors has worked in the homes and
families in our county. It has brought ruin and shame upon
lives that otherwise might have been useful and brilliant, that
would have been loved and honored, but by the use of intoxi-
cating beverages they have made their lives disgraceful and
themselves hideous. "We rejoice in heart and praise the God of
our salvation that by His grace He has delivered the churches of
the Tennessee River Association almost entirely from this dread-
ful cur9e. We therefore recommend to the churches of this As-
sociation not to hold in their fellowship men who make, sell or
drink as a beverage this the greatest common enemy of mankind.
Let us continue to fight this our euemy out of our churches and
out of our county, if possible.
M. HILL, Chairman.
The moderator then called for the report of Obituaries. Re-
port read by W. T. Trice.
30th. On motion it was adopted.
REPORT ON OBITUARIES.
- We, your committee, submit the following:
Death has visited our land and country during the last year,
and quite a number of our brethren and sisters have passed
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away. The homes of some of our brethren have been made sad
on account of loved ones who have fallen victims to death, who
will be with us no more until we strike hands with them in
Heaven. The old, the- young, the rich, the poor must die. Be
ye ready for we know not the hoar nor day when death cometh.
We And from the church letters twenty-one deaths, reported as
Beech Grove, four ; names not given.
Centennial, two; names not given.
Cave Spring, one, Myra Rash.
Goose Pond, one ; name not given.
Hollywood, one ; name not given.
Mt. Tabor, one ; name not given.
Mt. Zion, four; names not given.
Mt. Nebo, one, B. B. Toney.
Mt. Pisgah, two, Cynthia Hill and Elisabeth Sanford.
Mt. Ararat, one, M. Isbell.
Scottsboro, one ; name not given.
Trenton, two ; names not given.
W. T. TRICE, Chaibman.
The moderator then called for the report on Foreign Mis-
sions. Report read by W. L. Crawford. Discussed by W. L.
Crawford, P. Brown and others.
31th. Report was adopted.
REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS.
We, your Committee on Foreign Missions, present the follow-
ing report :
Deak Brethren : — This subject is one that lies very near our
hearts ; first, because it is our Saviour's command to carry the
gospel of salvation to all the nations of the earth, and to every
creature of the nations (Matthew xxviii : 19, 20, Mark xvi :
15, 16). Thus Jesus, our Saviour, has commanded us to carry
this precious message of life and salvation to those who sit in
the regions of darkness and shadow of death, that their blinded
eyes may be opened and turned from darkness to light, and re-
ceive the forgiveness of their sins, and obtain an inheritance
with all those that are sanctified by the faith of Jesus Christ.
Now, brethren, if the world ever hears the full gospel, the com-
plete gospel, it must be given them by the Baptists. We that love
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Christ, let us prove it by keeping His commandments, and prove
the claim that we make to be his executive body in the world.
We can more fully establish this act by keeping this command-
ment Let us enter the year 1898 with renewed vigor and zeal
with regard to this important work for Christ. I thank God that
we have done what we have in this work in the past, but we
pray that God may help us to do much more in the future. Last
year, with a membership in the Association of 1,585, we collected
the sum of $1,334.22 for home uses, $303.77 for missions and edu-
cation. This is entirely too small an amount for this Associa-
tion, considering its wealth and resources. We only need to
contribute more of our means to this work. We are well organ-
ized. Our board, located at Richmond, Va., has done a noble
work under God with the means we have given them. We have
the men, willing, able and consecrated, and the fields are
white to the harvest— all ready. Oh, may God help us to rise up
and occupy them. Let our motto be the world for Christ. Our
Foreign Mission Board is in debt $13,532.79. Let us help to pay
this amount by giving at least one-tenth of what we make each
year, and by so doing wo will pay off all our debts and be able to
run our business without going in debt. This much, in our
opinion, is our solemn duty. We owe it to God and to His cause.
W. L. CRAWFORD, Chairman.
32nd. On motion the Association adjourned until 9 o'clock
FOURTH DAY, MONDAY, OCT. 4, 1897.
33rd. Association met according to adjournment. Called
to order by the moderator ; opening prayer by C. Howell. The
moderator called for the report on State Missions. Report read
by Thomad Davis. Discussed by Thomas Davis and P. Brown.
On motion it was adopted.
REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS.
We, your Committee on State Missions, submit the follow-
ing, taken from the State Mission Journal :
The State Board of Missions is the organ of the Baptists of
Alabama. First, in collecting and remitting contributions for
MINUTES OF THE TENNE8SEE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 17
foreign and home missions; second, in helping infant churches
in important points where otherwise Baptist churches could not
be established ; third, in prosecuting evangelistic work in the
State at large for the further evangelizing and enlisting of our
people in Christian work; fourth, in doing missionary and col-
portage work whore such is needed ; fifth, in caring for aged and
disabled ministers and their widows and orphans against want;
sixth, in seeking to foster a spirit of fellowship and co-operation
between churches in the Master's services, and bringing them to
contribute to each others upbuilding and mutual usefulness. It
will, therefore, be seen that the work of this board is far-reach-
ing and of the most vital importance. It calls for your money,
your heart and your prayers.
THOMAS DAVIS, Chairman.
34th. The moderator called for the report on Home Mis-
sions. The report not being ready, on motion the report of last
year was adopted, allowing the clerk to make such changes as he
REPORT ON HOME MISSIONS.
Your committee on Home Missions submit the following:
As we have had so little time we can not do the subject jus-
tice. It is reported by the fifty-second annual report of the Home
Missions of the Southern Baptist Convention of 1897, that the
hardest year ever experienced by the Home Mission Board has
passed into history. It began with a debt bf $8,000, and an obli-
gation to pay $5,700 on the house of worship purchased for the
First Church in New Orleans, makimg a total of $18,700 over and
above the support of our missionaries required to meet our finan-
cial needs for the year. The board found itself unable to reduce,
to any great extent, its appropriations of the previous year with-
out impairing the efficiency of its work. The great financial
pressure which embarrassed all our mission boards served to in-
crease the needs of our Home Mission field, and made numerous
and earnest the cries for help that came from nearly every quar-
ter. The board is prosecuting its work along the line of destitu-
tion in Southern States, the foreign population in cities, among the
Indians in the West, and the negroes in the South and in Cuba.
The work in destitute portions is principally in the cities and
frontiers in the West.
18 MINUTES OP THE TENNESSEE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION.
The board has been assisted by the woman's mission societies
of the South, who, under the leadership of the executive com-
mittee of the Woman's Missionary Union, did valuable service in
the generous contributions they made, and in the interest they
created in behalf of the work of the board. They have contrib-
uted, in boxes of food, clothing and cash, $29,931.31.
The work among foreign population is most important of all.
The Lord is shortening the distance to the foreign countries by
sending teeming millions to our country who must be Christian-
ized, or they will infidel ize us. Many Indians still remain on
the border of our territory who are not Christians.
The work under the plan of co-operation with state conven-
tions, both white and colored, the Home Mission Society and the
Home Mission Board is in operation in Alabama, South. Caroli-
na, North Carolina and Virginia. Fourteen missionaries are in
the joint employ of these boards: three in Alabama, three in
South Carolina, four in North Carolina and four in Virginia.
The expenses rest equally upon the boards.
The possibilities growing out of the relation which our
Home Board sustains to Cuba are sufficient to justify Southern
Baptists in making contributions to the board to send the Gospel
to the suffering people of that island.
If the intelligence of our churches should ask : How can we
most surely and most speedily accomplish the divine purpose of
subduing the earth to Messiah's reign? the answer would be:
We must evangelize America, and so imbue all our people with
the spirit of the Gospel, that "holiness to the Lord" would be
written upon every heart and brain and every earthly possession.
In the opinion of your committee there is no work of greater
magnitude before us than the work of calling into immediate ac-
tion the slumbering energies of the churches, and the prompt re-
alization^ their immeasurable power. No wise general is ever
neglectful of his base of supplies. This Association is therefore
urged to give its warmest moral support to the Home Board in
the prosecution of this important department of our work.
JNO. T. RICHARDS, Clerk.
34th. The moderator called for the report on Orphanage.
Report read by Milton Roach. Report discussed by Milton
Roach and others, and on motion, adopted.
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REPORT ON ORPHANAGE.
We, your committee, appointed to report the Orphanage, beg
leave to snbmit the following report :
That we have one located at Evergreen, under control of a
board of trustees, appointed by the Alabama Baptist State Con-
vention, of which the Rev. John W. Steward is the financial
agent. To this enterprise Sister Woodson was the best contribu-
tor, who at her death gives her entire estate, which amonnts to
several thousand dollars. But now these orphans are entirely
dependent upon personal donations. Because of the increase in
the number of children, it became necessary to enlarge their
home, for which there remains some indebtedness. Also, the
institution is" two months behind with its provision bill.
There are now thirty-eight or forty little children in this
home, not only provided with food and raiment, but who are be-
ing educated and trained for usefulness in life. We ask that the
churches within the bounds of our Association remember these
children in their contributions, and that the superintendents of
our various Sunday-schools take a collection at least once a
month, and forward the same directly to Rev. John W. Steward,
MILTON ROACH, Chairman.
35th. The report on Religious Literature was next called
and was read by Brother J. J. St. Clair. Discussed by Brothers
Milton Roach, P. Brown, W. J. B. Padgett, J. H. Fuller, and on
motion was adopted.
REPORT ON RELIGIOUS LITERATURE.
We, your committee on Religious Literature, submit the
1. We recommend the Sunday-school series of literature
published at Nashville, Tenn., by the Southern Baptist Conven-
tion, for the reason it is published by our denomination, the
Baptist, and that the profits arising from its publication are for
the use of the denomination.
2. We would recommend the Alabama Baptist as sound in
the faith, and deserving the patronage of our people, by keeping
its readers posted in the work of the Baptists and a persistent
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effort to raise the people to a higher standard of moral rectitude.
3. There are other good religious papers that we could re-
commend, such as the Baptist Standard and the Baptist and Re-
flector, published at Nashville, Tenn., but we think we should
give our own State organ the preference.
In preference to any and all literature, we would recom-
mend a diligent and persistent study of the Bible. All of which
we respectfully submit.
J. J. ST. CLAIR, Chairman.
Report on Finance was then called for, and was read by
REPORT OF FINANCIAL COMMITTEE.
We, your committee, find that the churches have contributed
for printing minutes the following amounts: Bridgeport ;
Bethel , $1.70; Beech Grove, $1.20; Centennial, 50?; Cave Spring,
75?; Centre Point, $1.15; Freedom, $1.13; Friendship, $1.65;
Gurley, $1.00; Goose Pond, 60?; Harmony, $1.50; Hollywood,
$1.05 ; Larkinsville, 75? ; Mt. Nebo, $1.50; Mt. Zion, $1.25; Mt.
Tabor, 35?; Mt. Pisgah, $1.50; Mt. Moriah, $1.50; Mountain
Grove, ; McCoy's Grove, 55?; Mt. Ararat, 55?; New Hope,
70?; Pleasant View, ; Scottsboro, $1.50; Ship of Zion, ;
Trenton, 50?. Your committee on finance would say that the
churches have contributed for printing the amounts set opposite
their names in the report. Total amount, $22.88.
MILTON ROACH, Chairman.
36th. On motion a special collection was taken up for min-
utes and expenses. Amount collected, $2.15.
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REPORT OF THE TREASURER OF THE TENNESSEE
Dec. 18, 1896, Received of Treasurer Friendship Church $2054
Apr. 9, 1897, « " " « « 61 00
Ma y 31, " * at 5th Sunday meeting at Bethei
for Associational Missions 4 go
Sept. 30, Received of Treasurer Friendship Church ". 18 46
Oct. 2. « * « Centre Point Church for
Home Missions 2 71
Oct 2. Received of Mt. Pisgah Church for Home and For-
eign Missions 3 gg
Oct. 2. Received of Mt. Pisgah Church for Associational
Oct. 2. Received of Mt. Nebo Church for Missions! ....... 7.66
Oct. 2. Received of Goose Pond Church by J. L. Walsh
for M issions ." go
Oct. 2. Received of Centre Point Church, by Miss ' Settle
Beard, for Ministerial Education 5.00
Oct. 2. Received of Harmony Church by W.B.Campbell
for Foreign Missions,, $2.50; Home Missions, $3.25:
Orphans' Home, $7.00. Total 12.75
Oct. 3. Sunday collection at Association 19/)2
• 4. Received of Larkinsville Church by Brother Covr-
art, for Associational Missions. 3.00
Total ■ $i59!o5
Dec. 18, 1896. Paid J. J. Beeson for Education of R. L.
Guinn $20 34
April 19th 1897. Paid W. C. Bledsoe, for Missions and
Ministerial Education 61.00
Oct 2. Paid J. G. Lowrey, for Orphans' Home. ... .. . 16.50
" 6. - W. C. Bledsoe 52.09
Total paid out ..$150.13
Leaving a balance of $9.52 for Associational Missions.
Respectfully submitted, MILTON ROACH,
Treasurer Tennessee River Association.
Brother Carrell stated that Ship of Zion Church requested
the Association to recommend or send some brother to come and
preach for them, or hold a meeting with the Church.
MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE SIVEB BAPTIST ASSOCIATION.
1. Motion made and carried that the ministerial delegates
present call a meeting during the session of this body and select
some one or two to go there and holda meeting with the Church.
Two queries were presented by Harmony Church as follows:
1. What part of our substance should we contribute to the
Lord's cause? 2. By whom should it be contributed?
2. On motion the questions were transferred to the fifth
Sunday meeting in October, to be held with the Centre Point
3. Motion made and carried that the moderator appoint an
associational executive committee of five to take into considera-
tion any associational work that may be referred to them. The
moderator appointed W. L. Crawford, C. Howell, G. P. Bouldin,
W. B. Campbell, Milton Roach.
4. On motion the moderator and clerk were added to the
5. The moderator appointed the following delegates to rep-
resent as in the State Convention and different associations:
Paint Bock River Association, (colored), Rev. P. Brown, Rev.
M. Hill, and Rev. W. L. Crawford.
Delegates to the Mt. Carmel Association, Rev. H. Knight, J.J.
St. Clair, Rev. W. L. Crawford, and Rev. R. Howell.
Delegates to the Duck River Asssociation, (Tennessee), E. J.
D. Kennedy, Rev. C. Howell, Rev. P. Brown, and J. J. Cunning-
Delegates to the Cherokee Association, Rev. L. B. Irvin, Rev.
C. T. Roach, Rev. James McCloud, and Rev. John T. Richards.
Delegate to the State Convention, J. J. St. Clair.
On motion the following resolutions were adopted :
Resolved, That the thanks of this body be tendered our mod-
erator and clerk for the faithful discharge of their duties.
Resolved, That we return our heartfelt thanks to this church
and surrounding community for their boundless hospitality in
entertaining the delegates and visitors during its present sitting.
Resolved, That we return our thanks to Rev. J. G. Lowrey, of
the Birmingham Association, for his valuable service rendered
during the sitting of this body.
Resolved, That this Association return thanks to Brother D.
I. Durham and his daughters for the delightful music they fur-
nished during the session of this body.
Brother Durham and his daughters sang "God be with you
MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER BAPTI8T ASSOCIATION.
till we meet again." There being nothing further to claim the
attention of the Association, the moderator addressed the breth-
ren with parting words, and thus introduced a del ightful confer-
ence and interchange of thought on different passages of Scrip-
ture which continued for some time, at the close of which the
following resolution wa6 offered and adopted :
Resolved, That this Association do now adjourn to meet
with Beech Grove church on Friday after the Fourth Sunday in
The old familiar hymn "How firm a foundation, ye saints of
the Lord," was sung while the parting hand was extended to
some who will never meet with us again, at the close of which
prayer was offered by P. Brown, and the Association stood ad-
J. J. BEESON, Moderator.
JNO. T. RICHARDS, Clerk.
ORDAINED MINISTERS AND THEIR POSTOFFICES.
Brown, P., Hollywood,
Crawford, W. L., Maynard's Cove,
Collins, D. 3., Kyle,
Howell, R., Fackler,
Isbell Jf* W., Li m rock,
Knight, H., Trenton,
McCloud, James, Pisgah,
Hastings, S. M., Lark insvi lie,
Rice, W. E.,
Starkey, C. T., Attalla,
Beeson, J. J., Pisgah,
Caves, Thomas, Fackler,
Howell. C, Francisco,
Irvin, L. B., Pisgah,
Mortis, 6, W., Kirbv's Creek,
Hill, M., Scottsboro,
Higginbotham. R. M., Mud Creek.
Roach, C. T., Pisgah,
Sloan, L. WY Gurley,
And now we turn our faces to the future. Great are the op-
portunities which lie out before us. Our God by His word and
providences commands us to go forward. With grateful hearts
for God's mercies and blessings in the past, let us all seeto it that
the next year shall be one in which the parting command of our
Savior will be carried out by us as never before. We need for
each church and each member to realize that we are a part of
God's life-saving service. The great work of Christians is to win
this lost world to God. Oh, that the spirit of the Lord may come
with saving power upon all of our work. We think the session
a very pleasant and profitable one. The spirit of love and har-
mony pervaded the entire session, and all our interests were ably
discussed. Our earnest prayer is that the blessings of God may
rest upon all the people in this grand old Baptist Association
24 MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION.
and that the next year may be a prosperous one— full of good
J. J. BEESON, Moderator.
JNO. T. RICHARDS, Clerk.
As we go to press the sad news comes to us of the sudden
death of our beloved pastor and moderatorof the Tennessee River
Baptist Association, John J. Beeson, at the residence of Brother
S. Thorp, near Centre Point, on Sunday morning, October 31,
1697. He was in attendance at the Fifth Sunday meeting at Cen-
tre Point church, and was to' preach at 11 o'clock Sunday morn-
ing. After breakfast he had taken the Bible, the book he loved
so well, to read and make some preparation for the morning ser-
vices, when all of a sudden, God in His infinite wisdom saw fit
to remove from earth to Heaven our beloved pastor and modera-
tor. Although it is so sad and seems almost more than we can
bear, yet we are comforted with the thought that He, who doeth
all things well, has taken our beloved brother to Himself and
that in a little whi' j, at the longest, and we shall join him with
all the loved ones w no have gone on before, where parting will be
no more. Inthedtathof Brother Beeson the Association has
lost one amongst its brightest ornaments and most efficient ser-
vants, the Misssionary Baptist Church one of the most popular
preachers in our county. He was an upright, honorable man, a
devout, consecrated Christian gentleman, and was universally es-
teemed for his many noble traits of character. His great attain-
ments, his broad horizon, his clear insight, his pure heart, his
elevated spirit, his calm judgment and his deep piety, fitted him
for the noblest service. We thank God for his life, his character,
his example, and for the memories of him which rest like a bene-
diction on all our hearts. He was alike great in goodness and
good in greatness. Strong in his convictions of truth, genial and
loving toward those who could not accept them, cheerful in spirit
in all conditions, a fountain of joy among all classes of people, a
wise pastor, an able preacher. We put upon record this tribute to
his memory in gratitude for the grace of God given to him for such
long and faithful service. We tender our sympathy and con-
dolence to the family of our beloved and honored brother.
JNO. T. RICH ARDS, Clerk.
STATISTICS OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 1897.
Bridgeport Jackson Co., Ala
G ui ley
Mt. Mori all
McCov's Grove. . .
Ship of Zion
Franklin Co., Tenn
Jackson Co- Ala
IJ Howell .
W L Crawford
K Howell. ...
J J Beeson
It Ho well .
J J Beeson .
•J A Eaves.
L B Irvin.
J J Beeson.
J J Beeson.
J W Lbell
G W Bain.
P. O. ADDRESS
OM Watson Francisco, Ala
M R Morris Kvles, Ala
W M Chandler Coffi-y's Store. Ala
Vaughn scottcboiv, '
Isaac M Sentell
W W Reid..
J B Campbell
J L Walsh
C M Higgiubotham
J F McCarrell
E P Cowart
R C Horton
C R. Flowers
L A Wheeler
John T Richards . .
L R Smith
W P Culver.
Coffey's Store, Ala.
Estill Fork, Ala...
Parks* Store, Ala.
Holly tree, Ala
Daugherty, Ala. . .
H P Rlancett
J F Terry
W W Howard
s S Purvear. . .
J W Smith
Scottsboro, Ala. : . .
-~ Increase. Decrease.
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Note:— If this exhibitdoes uot give a correct report of your Churches, brethren, your clerk is'noTin the fault. I have goi
give the report as I And it given in your letters. I find that several or the reports do not correspond with reports made last v
uot Iail to give a full and as accurate a record as can be obtained. ---t i.bkk.
s not i
AND POSTOFFICK ADDRESS
P L Sowell, Scottsboro, Ala .
I A P Womack, Fackler. Ala.
ttf. W T Roberts* Gurley, a la. . .
Reports Sunday-school .
L A Wheeler, Kosh, Ala
John T Richards, Pisgah, Ala
! N D Lamb, Nila, Ala
x £ e
tm HI m-£
over your letters several times to avoid mistakes,
ear, consequently a correct report cannot be jfiven.
FINANCIAL EXHIBIT OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 1897.
IlridRCport. ■• ••
1 leech Grove —
Center Point —
Cave Spring —
McCov's Grove —
Ship of Zion
V.'.'.".\ |70 46
24 20 3 80
3 25 2 50
29 76 103 43
j >.S c
a •- r*
52 50 10 00
_Tj^n«day Collection at Association.
Note. This is as fall and as accurate as can be obtained from the letters. 1 find that teveral of the church letters have failed to make an> ^report of any
monc^Tng paid onTfor any purpose. Even the money for minutes was kit oat of your letters. Brethren, please be more careful about this matter, and gtve ,,
your careful attention.— Clkrk.