Microphotographed by SAMFORD UNIVERSITY LIBRARY SAMJO'R'D TANTVT'RSlTy Birmingham, Alabama Tennessee River Missionary Baptist Association 1890 1891 1892 1893 1895 1897 1898 1899 1900 WITH ■ *iSk ! w.Ci ,). IX IvUlNTlLJTnElS OF T1IK FORTY-FIRST ANNUAL SESSION CF THE Tennessee River Baptist Association, HELD WITH JACKSON COUNTY, ALABAMA, t September 30th, October 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 1898 _ ■■^^»»>— . The next Session of the Association will be held with the Baptist Church, Harmony, Jackson County, Ala., com- mencing on Friday after the Fourth Sunday in Sept. 1899, at LI o'clock, a. m. , '«%^»»V< OFFICERS Preston Brown, Moderator, - - Jno. T. Richards, Clerk, - - - Milton Roach, Treasurer, - - Hollywood, Ala. - Pisgah, Ala. - Fackler, Ala. ■ " ***»»* Excutive Committee of Tennessee Riv*r Baplist Association P. Brown, Jno. T. Richawds, Milton Roach, J. A. Eaves, W. L Crawford, J. J. Cunningham, C. Howell, E. J. D. Kennedy, Milton Morris, and W\ B. Camprell. 'F=>IR.CDCZT=l-^.ls/L. FRIDAY, FIRST DAY. 11 a. m., Introductory by Rev. J. M. McCord, with J. A. Eaves, alternate. ORGANIZATION. 1. Reading Letters and Enrollment of Delegates. 2. Election of Officers. 3. Reception of New Churches. 4. Invite Correspondents and Visitors of same Faith to seats. 5., Appointment of Special Committees. 6. (1.) Religious Services. 7. (2.) Obituaries. 8. (3.) Finance. SATURDAY, SECOND DAY. 9. Appoint new Executive Board. 10. Appoint Standing Committees. 11. Select place for next meeting. 12. Select brother to preach Annual Sermon, and his alter- nate. Call for Reports of Standing Committees in their order as follows : 1. Associational Work. 2. State Mission. 3. Home Mission. 4. Foreign Mission. 5. Ministerial and Denominational Education. 6. "Woman's Work. 7. Sunday School Work. 8. Religious Literature. 9. Temperance. 10. Report of Executive Board. 11. Miscellaneous Business. 12. Resolutions. 13. Adjournment. I^TPROrDX-JO' . BEECH GROVE, September 30, 1898. The Tennessee River Baptist Association met this the 30th day of September, 1898, at 11 o'clock a. m., with the Beech Grove Baptist Church, in its Forty-first Annual Session. The intro- ductory services of the Association were opened by singing, "Jesus, Lover of My Soul." Brother W. L. Crawford, who was elected at the last annual session to preach the introductory sermon, being present, read from the 16th chapter of St. Matthew. At the conclusion of the reading the Association was led in prayer by Bro. Preston Brown. After prayer the congregation sang, "The Gates Will Open Wide." The brother selected as his text the 19th verse of the 16th chapter of Matthew : "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven ; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earili shall be loosed in heaven." The brother preached a model introductory sermon, full of profound thought and truth, practical throughout, permeated with a magnetism of manner peculiarly his own — a product of careful investigation, shorn of any glittering generalities, well timed and forcibly impressed by the speaker and enjoyed by all who heard it. At the conclusion of the sermon the congregation sung, "When I can read my title clear, to mansions in the skies.', PROCEEDINGS- afterxoox SESSION. 1st. After a few remarks by Brother Preston Brown, the Association, in the absence of the Moderator, J.J. Beeson, whom God had saw fit to remove from our midst, was called to order by Jno. T. Richards, Clerk. 2nd. On motion Brother Preston Brown was elected Moder- ator pro tern., whereupon the Moderator appointed W. L. Craw- ford and J. H. Varnell to read the church letters, when the fol- lowing churches responded by letter and delegates, or by letter : 1. Bridgeport — No letter or delegate. 2. Bethel — Newton Garner. 3. Beech Grove — Alexander Sisk, O. M. Watson, ST. J. Gattis, A. W. Pogue, W. D. Scott, B. F. Jacks. ___ mmm PROGRAM. FRIDAY, FIRST DAY. 11 a. m., Introductory by Rev. J. M. McCord, with J. A. Eaves, alternate. ORGANIZATION. 1. Reading Letters and Enrollment of Delegates." 2. Election of Officers. • 3. Reception of New Churches. 4. Invite Correspondents and Visitors of same Faith to seats. 5. Appointment of Special Committees. 6. (1.) Religious Services. 7. (2.) Obituaries. 8. (3.) Finance. SATURDAY, SECOND DAY. 9. Appoint new Executive Board. 10. Appoint Standing Committees. 11. Select place for next meeting. 12. Select brother to preach Annual Sermon, and his alter- nate. Call for Reports of Standing Committees in their order as follows : 1. Associational Work. 2. State Mission. 3. Home Mission. 4. Foreign Mission. 5. Ministerial and Denominational Education. 6. Woman's Work. 7. Sunday School Work. 8. Religious Literature. 9. Temperance. 10. Report of Executive Board. 11. Miscellaneous Business. 12. Resolutions. 13. Adjournment. . - ■ ■ - ' - inSTTpF^CDrDlLJOTCDIR^r. BEECH GROVE, September 30, 1898. The Tennessee River Baptist Association met this the 30th day of September, 1898, at 11 o'clock a. m., with the Beech Grove Baptist Church, in its Forty-first Annual Session. The intro- ductory services of the Association were opened by singing, "Jesus, Lover of My Soul." Brother W. L. Crawford, who was elected at the last annual session to preach the introductory sermon, being present, read from the 16th chspter of St. Matthew. At the conclusion of the reading the Association was led in prayer by Bro. Preston Brown. After prayer the congregation sang, "The Gates Will Open Wide." The brother selected as his text the 19th verse of the 16th chapter of Matthew : "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven ; and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earih shall be bound in heaven ; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earih shall be loosed in heaven." The brother preached a model introductory sermon, full of profound thought and truth, practical throughout, permeated with a magnetism of manner peculiarly his own — a product of careful investigation, shorn of any glit:ering generalities, well timed and forcibly impressed by the speaker and enjoyed by all who heard it. At. the conclusion of the sermon the congregation sung, "When I can read my title clear, to mansions in the skies.*. PROCEEDINGS AFTERNOON SESSION. 1st. After a few remarks by Brother Preston Brown, the Association, in the absence of the Moderator, J. J. Beeson, whom God had saw fit to remove from our midst, was called to order by Jno. T. Richards, Clerk. 2nd. On motion Brother Preston Brown was elected Moder- ator pro tern., whereupon the Moderator appointed W. L. Craw- ford and J. H. Varnell to read the church letters, when the fol- lowing churches responded by letter and delegates, or by letter : 1. Bridgeport — No letter or delegate. 2. Bethel — Newton Garner. 3. Beech Grove — Alexander Sisk, O. M. Watson, N. J. Gattis, A. W. Pogue, W. D. Scott, B. F. Jacks. _ MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE KIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 4. Centennial— D. A. Carlisle, S. B. Gambel, W. M. Chan- dler. 5. Cbnter Point — F. McClendon, Thomas Barbee. 6. Cave Spring — Isaac Mathews. 7. Freedom— Samuel Butler, W. T. Trice, Home Rich, Willie Hall, Thomas Hall. 8. Friendship — Milton Roach. 9. Gurley — F. R. Beeson. 10. Goose Pond— Wm. Myers, F. J. Mills. 11. Harmony— W. B. Campbell, James Proctor, C. M. Higgin- botham. 12. Hollywood — Thomas Furgerson. 13. Larkinsville— E. P. Co wart, A. W. Woosley. 14. Mt. Nebo— J. J. Cunningham, W. Howell, J. T. Tavlor. 16. Mt. Zion — Milton Morris, Irving Weatherly. 16. Mt. Pisgah— W. D. Rorex, B. M. Bradford. 17. Mt. Moriah— T. K. Stephens, J. T. Bray, G. M. Siler. 18. Mt. Ararat— J. A. Berry, W. E. Glover. 19. Mt. Tabor— J. H. Fuller. 20. Mountain (jlrore— J. Stewart. 21. McCoy's Grove — Represented by letter. 22. New Hope — G. M. Rorex, J. F. Terry. 23. Pleasant View — Not represented. 24. Scottsboro— Represented by letter. 25. Ship of Zion — Not represented. 26. Trenton— W. A. Webb. MINISTERIAL DELEGATES PRESENT. P. Brown, D. S. Collins, R. M. Higginbotham, M, Hill, R. Howell, Crawford Howell, J. M. McCord, W. L. Crawford, J. A. Eaves, Jno. T. Richards, J. H. Varneil. Total number of dele- gates preseit, 57. ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR THE ENSUING YEAR. MODERATOR. CLERK AND TREASURER. , 3rd. Brother Samuel Butler nominated Brother P. Brown for Moderator, Jno. T. Richards for Clerk, Milton Roach for Treasurer, and moved that they be elected by acclamation, which was unanimously adopted. After a few well-timed remarks by the Moderator he called for petitionary letters. None received. MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 4th. Invitation was then made to corresponding messengers and visiting brethren of the same faith and order to seats with tho Association, when Brother Uorton. from Mt. Carmel Associa- tion, and W. E. Baker, from the Duck River Association, and J. W. Sandlin, State Evangelist, were recognized by the Moderator extending the hand of fellowship. 5th. The Moderator then announced the following special committees, viz. : Religious Services — Rev. C. Howell and Deacons of Beech Grove Church. Obituaries — Isaac Mathews and J. T. Bray. Finance — D. S. Collins and J. A. Berry. The Committee on Religious Services announced that Rev. R. Howell would preach at this church tonight, Rev. M. Hill at Cerder tonight and Rev. J. M. McCord tomorrow at 11 o'clock a. m. at this church. 6th. On motion the Association adjourned fill o'clock to- morrow morning, with prayer by Rev. R. Howell. SECOND DAY, SATURDAY, OCT. 1, 1898. MORNING SESSION. 7th. The Association met according to adjournment. The congregation sang, ''Amazing Grace How Sweet the Sound," led by D. S. Collins, prayer bv M. Hill. The Moderator then called the Association to order promptly at 9 o'clock a. m. 8th. On motion the Moderator was instructed to invite vis- iting brethren to seats with us, giving him this authority at any time during the session without further motion. Brother N. Gar- ner, from Bethel church, was recognized as a member of the body. 9th. On motion of Brother J. M. McCord the Moderator was requested to appoint a committee on ministerial institute work. Whereupon he appointed J. M. McCord and W. C. Crawford, to report at-the sitting of this body. 10th. On motion a special memorial service in honor of Rev. J. J. Beeson, deceased, was appointed for 11 o'clock tomorrow. On motion Brothers P. Brown and W. L. Crawford were selected to conduct the services. 11th. Brother J. M. McCord moved that the announcement made by the committee on religious services that there would be preaching today at 11 o'clock be withdrawn. Motion lost. 6 MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 12th. Preamble and resolutions were read by the Moderator in honor of Brother J. J. Beeson. deceased. A motion was of- fered that preamble and resolutions be spread upon the minutes, and a copy of the same be delivered the bereaved family of our departed brother. Motion adopted. 13th. The Moderator requested the Clerk to call the names of the delegates then enrolled and correct the same, 57 being present. The Moderator then appointed standing committees: Associational Mission — J. H. Roach, J. F. McCarrel, Alvey Bryant. State Missions — J. M. McCord, F. It. Beeson. Home Mission— W. L. Crawford, P. Brown. Foreign Missions — R. Howell, John Roach. Dei >minational and Ministerial Education — W. H. Varnell, J.M.M Cord. Tei perance — Milton Roach, J. B. Campbell. Sum ay School. — J no. T. Richards, C. T. Roach. Woman's Work — J. A. Eaves, .7. J. Cunningham. Reli< ious Literature — A. Sisk, Crawford Howell. Orphanage— W. B. Campbell, Pleas Coffey. 14th. The matter of choosing place and time of next meet- ing was next taken up. Mt. Ararat and Harmony having made application for it by letter were placed in nomination. The re- sult of the vote was : Harmony, 32 ; Ararat, 16. A motion was offered and adopted that this Asssociation meet with Harmony church on Friday after the fourth Sunday of next September, 1899. 15th. On motion Brother J. M. McCord was selected to preach the introductory sermon at next meeting, with J. A. Eaves alternate. 16th. The Moderator then proceeded to call for reports from the standing committees : Report on Associational Mission being ready was read by W., L. Crawford, chairman ; discussed by W. L. Crawford, D. S. Col- lins, J. M. McCord, J. H. Fuller, R. Howell. On motion was adopted. REPORT ON ASSOCIATIONAL MISSIONS. Your committee beg leave to report that we find considera- ble destitutiou in the # bounds of the Tennessee River Association. Brethren, by all means we ought to have preaching done in those destitute places. Your executive committee has had preaching MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. done on Sand Mountain by Brother G. W. Morris, in Maynard's Cove by J. R. Lamb, in Boxes Cove by D. S. Collins. We have collected $27.27, expended $19.50, balance on hand $7.77. The committee has met regularly with the fifth Sunday -meeting and have done the best we could under the circumstances. We are very anxious .to enlist the whole Association in this work this year. We have had only a part of the churches of the Associa- tion engaged in this work. Now let us so adjust this matter so that all the churches can take a part of this work. W. L. Crawford. M. Hill. Report on Home Mission being ready was read by Milton Roach, chairman ; discussed by Brethren J. W. Sandlin, J. H. Varnell. Pending the discussion adjournment -was had for preaching. The congregation sang, "There Is a Fountain Filled With Blood." Brother J. M. McCord, who was appointed to preach, read from the 17th chapter of St. John — t*»xt, 21-22-23 verses of the chapter read. The subject under di»cu.«sion was forcibly impressed by the brother and fully enjoyed by all. Re- cess for ten minutes. 17th. The Association was called together by singing. Called to order by the Moderator. The subject of missions being still before the Association was further discussed by Brethren J. M. McCord, Samuel Butler, W. L. Crawford, F. R. Beeson. There being no reports ready on State and Foreign Mission, the whole mission work being under consideration was discussed in connec- tion witu Home Mission. 18th. On motion the report on Home Mission was adopted. REPORT ON HOME MISSION. Your committee on Home Mission would say that the work assigned our Home Mission Board is second to none in import- ance, from the fact that it is the base of supplies for all other operations, as many of the strong churches were at first sustained or aided by the Home Mission Board. Churches in Washington, Richmond, Atlanta, Mobile, New Orleans, Nashville and many others were once the recipients of help from home mission — but .contributing now thousands of dollars to the various enterprises of our denomination. We learn that, in fourteen states, two ter- ritories and in Cuba 372 Southern Baptisjt missionaries are at work. Last year they baptized 4,709 persons, organized 139 new churches, and built 186 houses of worship, the churches of the 4 8 MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE UIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. Southern Baptist Convention contributing $78,274 35. The work in Cuba, owing to the war, has doubtless been much retarded this year. Diaz and other prominent workers have been driven from the land. There are, however, other agencies at work — a school work in which there are now 200 pupils, most of whom have been led to the Savior, the Bible being taught in the schools; the hos- pital at Havana being another agency for good, fifty per cent, of its inmates being led to Christ. The work of home missionaries is to supply religious destitution in our own land wherever it exists, on the western and northwestern frontier, among the In-^ dians and the negroes, and our own race. In our own state there are three missionaries at work, sustained by the Home Board. Brethren, in our contributions and prayers let us remember Home Mission. M. Roach, ) B. Howell, V Committee. Pleas Coffey, ) 19th. On motion the churches within the bounds of this Association were requested to take up a collection for State Mis- sions in the month of November and forward the same to W. C. Bledsoe. The Moderator then called for the report on Ministerial Education. Report read by J. M. McCord, chairman. The report was discussed by J. M. McCord in connection with Denomina- tional Education and adopted. REPORT ON MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. The demand for an educated ministry was never greater than now. While this state of things exist it is gratifying to know that the sentiment in favor of higher education for preachers is growing among the masses. The Lord trains the heart, but it is left to man to train the mind. A cultured mind santilied by the grace of God makes the preacher a power for good. During the session of 1897-8 there were thirty-two young men in Howard College studying for the ministry. Seventeen of that number re- ceived help from the Board of Ministerial Education. This board is very careful in seeing that the young men who apply to it for aid are worthy. We recommend that worthy young men in this Association entering the ministry be encour- aged to take a course in Howard College. Second — We also recommend that each church in the Association ' take a collection for the Board of Ministerial Education. Send all inone.N for this board to Rev. W. A. Hobson, president, East Lake, Ala., or to Dr. C. C. Jones, treasurer, East Lake, Ala. J. M. McCord, Chairman. MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE BIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. The report on Orphans' Home being ready was read by the chairman. Your committee on Orphans' Home snbmit the fol- lowing report : That we have one located at Evergreen, under the control of a Board of Trustees appointed by the Alabama Baptist State Con- vention, of which Brother John W. Stewart is the financial agent. To this Sister Woodson was the best contributor. Sister Woodson in November, 1890, made known to the Baptist State Convention her intention to give all her real estate for the main- • tenance of a Baptist orphans' home in Alabama. The home was temporarily located at Evergreen, Ala., January 16, 1893, and opened in a small rented house, to receive the children from any part of the state. In November, 1895, it had received twenty-two children. The trustees decided to locate a home permanently after duly advertising for bids for ? location. Evergreen was chosen and property purchased, consisting of eighty acres of land lying on Main 6treet, thirty of which is in cultivation, thirty in pasture and twenty in woodland. The buildings were a ten- room brick structure and three tenant houses. The purchase price was $5,000, which, with interest on the deferred payments, amounted to $400. This debt was promptly paid. The boys are taught to do all kinds of farm work. The girls do various kinds of house work that is needful in every home. All that are old enough attend the Agricultural School, where no tuition is charged. The matriculation and incidental fee amount to $5.00 to $8.00 per year for each pupil. All attend Sunday school and church. Fourteen of them have joined the church and are active workers in the service of the Master. The cur- rent expenses amount to about $6.00 per month for each child. Since the home was started there has been received 41 boys and 49 girls; out of the 41 boys two have gone by apprenticeship, 7 girls and 11 boys by adoption, 11 girls and 1 boy have passed away by death in answer to the call of their Master. They have at present 18 boys and 31 girls, that are from 20 counties as follows : Barbour, 3 ; Bibb, 2 ; Butler, 3 ; Chambers, 1 ; Conecuh, 3; Coviifgton, 8; Escambia, 11; Jefferson, 12: Lee, 6; Limestone, 1; Marengo, 4; Monroe, 4; Morgan, 3; Montgomery, 2; Pike, 2; Russell, 1; Talladega, 8; Tallapoosa, 2; Tuscaloosa, 9; Walker, 6. There has been more improvements made since the purchase of 1895. There is another building of brick, also a good water MCI 10 MINUTES OK THE TENNESSEE UIVEH BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. works for the use of the home. These improvements cost about $3,500, all of which has been paid except about $400. The home owes also about $4Q0 on current expenses, and Brother Stewart stated in a recent letter that money was greatly needed. We, your committee, earnestly recommend and request that a collec- tion be taken up for the benefit of the home at the present sitting of thi» Association, and that the same be forwarded to Rev. John W. Stewart, and also that the several churches composing the Tennessee Uiver Association take up a collection at their monthly meetings in December, 1898, for the benefit of the home and the children of our brethren and sisters who are there depending on us for help. Brethren, the Lord has said it is more blessed to give than receive. Therefore, let us do our duty and come up to the cry for help. Respectfully submitted, B. M. Bradford. Eugene Thomas. The report was discussed by Brethren J. W. bandlin and J. M. McCord and adopted. • 20th. On motion the Association adjourned at 4 p. m. until 9 o'clock tomorrow, with prayer by Rev. W. I. Jacks, of North Liberty Association. THIRD DAY, SUNDAY, OCT. 2, 1898. MORNING SESSION. 21st. Association met according to adjournment and called to order by the Moderator. A short time was devoted to religious services, after which a motion was offered to rescind the motion to preach a memorial sermon in honor of J.J. Beeson today at 11 o'clock. Motion adopted. 22nd. On motion Brother Sandlin, State Evangelist, was selected to preach a missionary sermon at 11 o'clock in this church, and Brother J. M. McCord to preach a missionary sermon at the Methodist church at the same hour. Motion adopted. At this point the report on Sunday School work was called for, and read by Jno. T. Richards. REPORT ON SUNDAY SCHOOLS. Your committee on Sunday Schools submit the following : So much has been said and so many reports have been made to this Association in regard to the utility and importance of well conducted Sunday schools, that your committee have but little hope of accomplishing any good by any report they may submit MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE KIVEK BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 11 on this occasion. As compiled from the church letters to this meeting of the Association, it appears that of Ihe twenty-two churches making reports nine have Sunday schools, only two show the number of officers, teachers and pupils enrolled and the attendance of pupils, twelve churches not reporting at all to this meeting of the Association, and others reporting did not re- port fully on Sunday School work. Your committee would sug- gest to the church clerks ihat care be taken in the letters to give the statistics of Sunday School work in full. We would beg of you that ever)' brother and sister within the bounds of our Asso- ciation will take this all-important subject into prayerful consid- eration and endeavor by the help of God to organize Sunday Schools in every church within our Association. The work needs organization, and if we were thoroughly organized, with pastor and church united and harmoniously laboring in the cause, but a short time would pass before we would see every church in our bounds at work in the Sunday School. Brethren, let nothing interfere in the great work of Christ, and, your children will bless you, and as the church is the salt of the earth, the light of the world, we should afford them every opportunity within our power that they may the more successfully withstand the errors and temptations to which they will be exposed. Then, as wise servants, should we not, as far as possible, or- ganize Sunday Schools in every church, and supply them with the word of God and suitable religious literature, and thus arm them for the conflict before them? Brethren, we can do this if we will. If we do our whole duty on this subject we will not only have a conscience void of offense, but the satisfaction of doing good as we have opportunity. We advise to make it a special object of prayer that God may help us to do our duty. Second, that we advise every minister, and especially the pastors of the churches, to urge the Importance of the subject on their charges. Third, that we advise the churches all to work and co- operate with the ministers in this work. May God help us make all and every sacrifice of time and means for the accomplishment of this God honoring enterprise. Respectfully submitted, J no. T. Richards, ) „ m ... J. H. Fulleu, ! Committee. 23rd. The report was discussed by Brethren Jno. T. Rich- ards, J. H. Fuller, N. J. Gattis, W. L. Crawford, J. A. Eaves. Samuel Butler, A. Sisk, Milton Roach, and adopted. 12 MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE BIVEB BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. M The report on Ministers' Institute being ready was read by J. McCord, chairman. REPORT ON MINISTERS' INSTITUTE WORK. The importance of institute work among preachers cannot be overestimated when one thinks of the good that comes out of it. Special attention is given to this work in several of our South- ern states. At our last Stato Convention an institute board was appointed and located at Opelika, with Rev. G. S. Anderson as corresponding secretary. These institutes are held in different localities throughout the state, and generally continued one week. The church wherever they are held gives free entertainment. No tuition is charged. Brother Anderson delivers two lectures each day on Sermon Structure, and other subjects are discussed from day to day by the different members of the institute. The blessings that come to the preacher from these institutes are blessings that come to the churches. Those who have given special attention to this subject be- lieve it is the quickest way to evangelize our state. We would recommend that an institute be held in this Asso- ciation some time next winter, and as the board is dependent on the voluntary contributions of the churches for aid necessary to carry on its work we recommend that each church make a con- tribution for this work and forward it to Rev. G. S. Anderson, at Auburn, Ala. J. M. McCobo. W. L. Cbawfobd. 24th. The report was discussed by Brother J. M. McCord, and adopted. The report on Temperance being ready was read by E. J. D. Kennedy, chairman. • REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. Your committee on Temperance report as follows: Intem- perance is the immoderate or excessive use of or indulgence in anything, and we might say that in the general sense of the term is the chief cause of more evil than any other one thing, and more especially is this true in regard to the intemperate use of intoxicating liquors. The excessive use of intoxicating liquors, according to statistics, have blighted more human lives, and been the prime eause of the happiness of more homes to be wrecked, more wives to be left widows, more children to be made orphans, MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 13 and, in a word, the cause of more general misery throughout the world than anv other one thing. But we note with pleasure that there is a strong sentiment prevailing with the masses of the people pointing and leading from this relic of barbarity and paganism to a higher plane of ni- tel licence and civilization; and more especially do we find this spirit prevailing in the Baptist churches throughout the whole country. But still there is room for more and even greater im- provement all along the line. And, brethren, we urge and insist that it is a duty that we as Baptist people owe to our Master and to our fellow-creatures to do all we can to stamp this monster evil from existence, both by precept and example, and in a few years this great destroyer of human happiness and health will be relegated to the background* and the consequent results will be higher aims and purposes in life, more prosperity, better health, peace and happiness. E. J. D. Kennedy, ) M. H. Davis, V Committee. A. W. Pogue, ) 25th. The report was discussed by Brother W. L. Crawford. Pending the discussion the hour for preaching the missionary sermon having arrived, the body adjourned for ten minutes. As the church would not accommodate the large audience ser- vices were held in the grove, conducted by Brother J. W. Sand- lin. State Evangelist, as per appointment. After singing, the con- gregation was led in prayer by Brother J. W~. Sandlin. Singing by the congregation led bv D. S.Collins. Subject: "Robbing God." The brother selected as his text Malachi 3-8. : "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed Me. But we say, wherein have we robbed Thee in tithes and offerings?" The services of the hour were edifying, and the brother preached a good, practical sermon, urging the brethren of our churches in the bounds of our Association to work and contribute of our means for the promotion of our Master's service. At the close of the sermon a collection was taken up for mission work. Amount-collected, $40.00. Brethren, let us thank God and take courage, for there is a bright day coming. We need only a united effort along all lines, and victory will crown our labors. May the God of peace smile upon the labors of our beloved brotherhood. — Clerk. 26th. A motion was offered that the Association resume 14 MINITE8 OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER HAPTI8T ASSOCIATION. work of the body in the grove, whereupon the Moderator called the Association to order, appointing Brother J. A. Eaves as Mod- erator pro tem. 27. On motion of W. L. Crawford the Association resumed the work of the body in the church. After a few minutes of intermission the Asseciation was called to order by J. A. Eaves, Moderator pro tem. The subject of Temperance being still before the Associa- tion, was further discussed hy Brethren J. M. McCord, D. S. Col- lins, M. Hill, M. Roach. Samuel Butler, C. Howell, and after a few remarks by the Moderator was adopted. Report on Obituaries was called for and read by chairman of the committee. We, your committee on Obituaries, submit the following re- port : We find from the church letters twenty-two deaths reported since our last meeting, to- wit: Bethel — John Bryant, Arrena Bryant, Nancy Middleton, Mollie Keid. Cave Spring — Frankie Hicks. Friendship — I.O.Owens. Gurley — 1). H. Echols, Louisa Walker. Harmony — Alsey Atkins. Mt. Zion — Kale Ambrester. Mt. Pisgah — .1. J. Beei-on, Lucy Rorex, Lottie Carter. . Mountain Grove — Julia Manning, James Sisk. New Hope — J. H Williams, Martha Vinson. Freedom — Liza Robertson, Liza Prince, Warny Prince. Scottsboro — W. A. Coffey. "Blessed arc the dead which die in the Lord, yea, saith the Spirit, they cease from their labors and their works do follow them." While we mourn the loss of dear ones, and feel a deep sense of our loss, we should bow with becoming submission to Him who doeth all things after the counsel of his own will, knowing 'that all things work together for good to them that love the Lord." I. Mathews. J. T. Bray. 28th. On motion adopted. Preamble and resolution which was read by the Moderator (P. Brown)'iii honor of Brother J. J. Beeson, deceased : Whereas, since the last annual meeting of the Tennessee River Association it has pleased the Great Head of the Church to MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 15 take from our midst and the field of his toils and his sacrifices our beloved brother and co-worker, Rev. J. J. Beeson; and Whereas, We deem it a duty and a melancholy pleasure to give some expression of our high appreciation of his Christian character and his untiring zeal and great efficiency while he labored with us in the cause of our blessed Master; be it, there- fore, Resolved, That in all the departments of Christian and min- isters! work he was faithful, zealous, exemplarv and more than ordinarily successful ; that as a missionary, as a delegate, in our business meetings, in the Moderator's chair, or in whatever duty he was called upon to act, he was prompt and wholly reliable. He gave freely of his time and means for the upbuilding of the church and the furthering of the cause of religion and the eleva- tion of mankind. Broad and liberal in his views, a friend of education, he was a power for good ii the community, and his real worth was not fullv known till he was gone from among us. Resolved, That this Association in which he had toiled and sacrificed more than a quarter of a century will cherish his mem- ory and try to emulate his pious life, his deeds of love and Christian character. Resolved further, That all the churches of the Tennessee River Association are earnestly requested to hold a special memorial service some time during this Associational year in memory of our departed and now sainted brother, and after a memorial sermon by the pastor others may have an opportunity of expressing their love and admiration of our departed brother. Be it further Resolved, That this preamble and resolution be spread upon our minutes and a copy of the same be delivered the bereaved family of our departed brother. Respectfully submitted, P. Brown. 29th. On motion the Association adjourned until 8:30 a. m. tomorrow morning, with prayer by C. Howell. FOURTH DAY, MONDAY, OCT. 3, 1898. MORNING SESSIOV. 30th. The Association met according to adjournment and was called to order by the Moderator. Praver by D. 6. Collins. The Tlerk not being present, on motion Milton Roach was ap- pointed Clerk pro tern. W. L. Crawford, as chairman of the Ex- ecutive committee, read the report of the board work. 16 MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE KIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE'S REPORT. Your Executive committee would report that we have had our regular meetings in connection with the fifth Sunday meet- ings. At our first meeting we only had three members present. Since then we have only had two, myself and Brother Milton Roach. Now, brethren, for Christ's sake let us do better than that this Associational year, by each member of this board collecting all the funds he can and attending the m^tings of the board and helping to direct the affairs of our Association to the glory of God and the salvation of sinners by supplying our waste places with regular preaching. The past year we have supplied these places, collected $27.27 and paid out $19.50. Let us do much more than this during the year 1899. May God help us. Respectfully submitted, W. L. Craavfobd. 3lsi. The report was discussed by Brethren \V. L. Crawford, J. A. E?ves, M. Roach, D. S. Collins, J. J. Cunningham, Samuel Butler, C. Howell and A. Sisk, and adopted. The report on Finance was then called for, and read by the chairman. REPORT OF FINANCIAL COMMITTEE. We, your committee, find that the churches have contributed for printing minutes the following amounts, to- wit: Bethel, $1.20 Beech Grove, $1.10; Cave Spring, 95c; Center Point, 85c; Centen nial, $1.00; Freedom, $2.10; Friendship, $1.50; Gnrley, $1.50 Goose Pond, $1.20; Harmony, $1.15; Hollywood, $1.75; Larkins ville, $1.00; Mt. Nebo, $2 10; Mt. Zion, $1.30; Mt. Pisgah, $1 00 Mt. Moriah, $1.00; Mt. Ararat, $1.00; Mt. Tabor, 50c; Mountain Grove, $100; McCoy's Grove, 50c; New Hope, $1.00 ; Trenton, $1.05; Scott sboro, 80c. Total, $26 55. 32nd. On motion a special collection was taken up for min- utes and expenses and for clerk. Amount collected, $10.50. MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 17 REPORT OF THE TREASURER OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER ASSOCIATION. DR. To balance as shown by last report for Associational Mis- „ 8ion • $952 Received at Harmony Church fifth Sunday meeting for Associational Mission 1 lb Received at Friendship Church fifth Sunday meeting for Associational Mission 10 00 Received of Mt. Moriah Church for Associational Mission 86 Received of Larkinsvilie Church for Associational Mis- sion.. , . . 2 00 Received of treasurer Friendship Church for Missions 25 00 " " " * " " - ... 14 58 " " Mt. Nebo « »♦ « 3 (jq " Mt. Harmony " "Associational Mission 2 00 Received of Harmony Church for Orphans' Home 1 00 " Mt. Pisgah " V Foreign Mission 2 80 " Home " 2 80 " # Beech Grove ** " " - « 3 37 " " Sunday's collection at Association 10 00 Total • .$123 68 CR. Paid Bro. McCloud by order J. J. Beeson $1 50 " " Morris « " W. L. Crawford 3 00 " ■ Collins •« ¥-■-■■:■« g w " " " " " fl '.'^'. .'.'.'.'.'.'. 4 00 " " Lamb " " « 6 qq u " San (11 in for Missions, &c 64 18 Forwarded to W. C. Bledsoe 28 37 Total paid out $112~05 Leaving a balance of $11.63 for Associational Missions. Note.— If amounts paid Brother Sandlin directly by the dif- ferent churches were added, the above showing would be con- siderably increased. Respectfully submitted, M. Roach Treas. Tenn. River Ass'n. «MBH 18 MINI ES OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. MISCELLANEOUS. A col action was taken up for Rev. S. M. Hasting, of Larkins- ville. A: lount collected, $4 00. 33rd. On motion the Moderator appointed an Associational Executive committee to take into consideration any Associational work thai maybe referred . to them. The Moderator appointed P. Brown, Jno. T. Richards, W. L. Crawford, Milton Roach, J.J. Conning!): m, J. A. Eaves, C. Howell, E. J. D. Kennedy, Milton Morris, W B. Campbell. The M >derator appointed the following delegates to represent us in the b ate Convention and different Associations : State I onvention — Rev. J. M. McCord, Rev. W. L. Crawford Rev. J. A Eaves, Milton Roach. Mt. Cv niel Association — J. Berry, J. J. Cunningham. North liberty Association — Rev. J.M. McCord, F. R. Beeson. RESOLUTIONS. . On motion the following resolutions were adopted : 1st.. Resolved, That at subsequent sessions of this body all delegates leaving the Association before its adjournment, the names of su -h delegates shall be dropped from the roll and not appear in * minutes. 2nd. 1 solved, That all ordained ministers leaving- before adjournmei t their names shall be dropped from the ministerial roll. W. L. Crawford. 3rd. R<>solved, That the thanks of this body be tendered the Moderator and Clerk for efficiency in their labors during this session. 4th. I* ;solred, That our heartfelt thanks be tendered to this church am' community for their bounteous hospitality and kind- ness shown he delegates composing this body during our sitting with them. Milton Roach. There I stag nothing further to claim the attention of the Association, the Moderator addressed the brethren with parting words, at t ie close of which the following resolution was offered and d opted : Resolve i, That this Association do now adjourn to meet with Harmony cl urch Friday after the fourth Sunday in September, 1899. "How i irm a Foundation, Ye Saints of the Lord,"' was sung while the p rtiug hand was extended to the brethren, at the close of which pi iyer was offered by the Moderator, and the Associa- tion stood a journed. PRESTON BROWN, Moderator. JNO. T RICHARDS, Clerk. MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 19 ORIMINED MINISTERS AND THEIR POSTOFFICES. Brown, P., Hollywood, Alabama. Crawford, W. L., Tupelo, Alabama. Collins, D S., Cams, Alabama. Caves, Thomas, Fackler, Alabama. Eaves, J. A., Hollytree, Alabama. Hill, M., Scottsboro, Alabama. Howell, C, Francisco, Alabama. Sloan, L. W., Gurloy, Alabama. Morris, G. W., Kirb>'s Creek, Alabama. Starkey, C. T. Lamb, J. R., Nila, Alabama. Bain, G. W., Fabius, Alabama. Howell, R., Fackler, Alabama. Higginbotham, R. M.. Mud Creek, Alabama. Hastings, S. M., Larkinsville, Alabama. Irvin, L. B., Pisgah, Alabama. Roach, C. T., Pisgah, Alabama. Richards, Jno. T., Pisgah, Alabama. McCloud, James, Pisgah, Alabama. McCord, J. M., Gurley, Alabamp. Licentiate — N. D. Lamb, Nila, Alabama. 20 MINUTES OK THE TENNESSEE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. With grateful hearts we look back over the past, and now we turn our faces to the future. We need for each church and each member to realize that we are a part of God's life saving service. Yearn ago our fathers laid strong foundations, and we have en- tered into their labors. The great work of Christians is to win this lost world to Cod. Much h»s been accomplished, but we are not yet doing what we might do. May the spirit of the Lord come with saving power upon all of our work. We had, indeed, a very pleasant session, the spirit of love and harmony pervaded th« entire session, all our' interests were ably discussed, many impressive speeches made on the subjects presented by the reports of the various committees. This Association is fast coming to the front, and is destined in the near fnture to be one of the best associations in the state. • Throughout the bounds of our Association Set earnest prayer go up to (Jod that this year may be one in which His p< wer and presence may be graciously manifested on us and in i.s for His great work. P. BROWN, Moderator. JNO. T. RICHARDS, Clerk. STATISTICS OF THE TENNESSEE RIVEK BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 1898. CHURCH. COUNTY. Beech Grove Bridgeport Bethel Center Point Centennial Cave Spring Freedom Friendship 'Gurley Goose Pond Harmony Hollywood Larkmsville Mt. Nebo Mt. Zion Mt. Pisgah ■Mt. Moriah Mt. Ararat Mt. Tabor. Mountain Grove. McCov's (Jrove.... New Hope Pleasant View Scottsboro. Ship of Zion Trenton Jackson Co., Ala. u u Madison Co*, Jackson Co., Ala. Ala.. Franklin Co-, Jackson Co., Tenn Ala PASTOR. CLERK. CLERK'S POSTOFFICE. C Howell O M Watson K Howell W L Crawford R Howell R Howell J A Eaves. W L Crawford. J M McCord M Hill R Howell R M Higgirilxit.ham. R M Higghibotham. J A Eaves.. W L Crawford DS Collins W A Pigg . I A Caves.... D S Collins. G W Bain. ... R Howell _ 41 J=3J fi- ll 5 I W Campbell . G T Womack S P Vaughn W M Chandler Isaac M Sen tell.... Raymond Reid... W R Middleton.. . W T Roberts J L Walsh C M Hingginbotham E P Cowarf R C Hoi-ton C RFloweiv Jno T Richards.. A J Evetc W P Culver. J L Buckner J B Wilkinson ... H Blancet J F Terry Francisco, Ala. W W Howard Scottsboro, Kyles, Ala Scottsboro, Ala.. Coffey's Store, Ala. Estill Fork, * Fackler, m Gurlev, » Parks* Store, * Kyles, " Larkinsville, *» Bollytree, >* I laugher tv, *• Pisgah. * Xila, Liinroek, " Pa bius, * Iron Cap, Tenn.... Bloomington, Ala. "Increase. X LE Smith. Trenton, 103 109 57 58 35 132 127 108 14 47 40 12 83 57 148 56 28 23 11 68 35 32 ] 13831 123 1 5 4 2 2 Decrease 1 5 1 531 2| 3 38|29 a. 2 I . Z 4 104 98 50 58 1 87 14ft 1 123 2 121 18 1 50 49 19 105 1 56 3 131 78 36 33 2 56 13 2 82 1 34 61 1 18 1627 SUNDAY SCHOOLS. 3D £i u SB 10 i ft £ SUPERINTENDENT'S NAME AND POSTOFFICE ADDRESS. a 2 o a 8 6 1 s f s o - 90 m 25 192 J B Campbell, Fackler, Ala . W T Roberts, Gurley.' Ala.... tfeports Sunday School. J Cunningham, Holly tre?, Ala Jno T Richards, Pisgah, •» N D Lamb, Nila, * Reports Sunday School Reports Sunday School W W Howard Scottsboro, Yes Yes Yes Yes > a - 1 2 Yes Yes Yes Yea Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes corros Note.— I have gone over your letters several times to avoid mistakes, and give the report as I find it km -cspond with reports made last year, consequently a correct report cannot be given. The increase in me ..i ven in your letters to the Association. I find that several of the reports do not •that may increase or decrease the above flgnres7 Brelhren; do" JSTftafto ^Jm^'Z^X FiSESlES be $!^* £ttrk? OWWeP ' the ™ ^^ * * ■ om " irre ^ ,aiitiea FINANCIAL EXHIBIT OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION FOR YEAR 1898. ■ - MISSION'S. EDUCATION. e 9 a % a ■ a. 5 ■ I a a i HOME EXPENSES. TOTAL. CHURCHES. ■ CO S a S 1 « s s .5 < i ■ SO S '2 a i a a ■ '3 e 30 . u IMS _ a i| *i G> CI 6 |-§| x £ 5 £ VALUE OF PROPERTY. $ 8 82 $ 1 101 1 $16 50 *2J 92 16 40 ST. 40 1 00 21 92 92 47 85 23 588 29 1 20 46 90 8 20 22 15 124 60 39 95 47 91 1 86 24 05 27 76 6 00 50 29 60 198 00 31 05 $600 00 1 Hatha! " 120 85 1 00 95 2 10 1 50 1 50 1 20 1 00 1 75 1 00 2 10 1 30 1 00 1 ( 95 50 1 00 50 1 00 80 1 05 15 20 81 CO 660 00 65 | 800 i i $2 67 84 20 18 :S0 51 00 82 75 375 00 "'"1 6 17 25 00 5 81 ... $16 08 $ 500 400 1 50 $67 68 "$ 8 00 1 10 10 55 $ 4 28 8 50 $50 45 $58 97 5 80 30 50 6 45 18 00 44 40 81 25 Mt N'ebo 1 00 5 10 2 16 13 10 62 00 • 1 66 2 80 1 85 6 50 Mt. Pisgall 5 51 «5 . 26 280 86 16 40 8 06 850 00 21 45 26 00 5 00 1 00 M t Ta.hor zzz fczi? 85 Mountain Grove... McLov's Grove New Hope 3 50 26 00 117 9Z 50 00 14 45 12 00 36 00 16 95 1200 00 1 1 i i .} Total |51 !Kt| $52 08 SOS 15' $24 89 S3 00 $10 25 $80 78 $24 50 $26 66 $896 35 $148 1st $75 32 $1468 41 40 00 92710 00 Sunday Collection at Association.. Grand Total $1508 41 Note.— The amount f money raised during the year, as reported by the letters, appears to be: For missions, 9201.5 1, and for all other purposes, according to the reports ■ * your letters, 91,236.90. Total with Sunday collection at Association, 91,508.41, an increase of 9161.34. I And that there are some irregularities in so ie of the reports. Please, brethren, to be more careful about this matter. — Clerk.