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Full text of "Minutes of the twenty-sixth annual session of the Unity Baptist Association (Ala.) 1880"

ALABAMA BAPTIST HISTORICAL SOCIETY 



MINUTES 



OF THE 



TWENTY-SIXTH ANNUAL SESSION 





apmt jm& 




HELD WITH 



BETHESDA BAPTIST CHURCH, 



Autauga Co., Ala., October 2, 3 and 4, 1880. 



OFFICERS. 

J. Falkner Moderator Mountain Creek, Ala. 

H. E. Longcrier Clerk Randolph, Ala. 

K. Wells Treasurer Verbena, Ala. 



ATLANTA GA.: 

JAS. P. HARRISON & CO., PRINTERS AND PUBLISHERS. 

1880. 



MINUTES 



OF THE 



TWENTY-SIXTH ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THE 




HELD WITH 



BETHESDA BAPTIST CHURCH, 



Autauga Co., Ala., October 2, 3 and 4, 1880. 



OFFICEES. 

J. Falkner Moderator Mountain Creek, Ala. 

H. E. Xongcrier Clerk. Bandolph, Ala. 

K. Wells Treasurer Verbena, Ala. 



ATLANTA GA.: 

JAS. P. HARRISON & CO:, PRINTERS AND PUBLISHERS. 

1880. 
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ORDER OF BUSINESS. 

1. Introductory sermon. 

2. Recess. 

3. The Moderator calls the Association to order. 

4. Letters read. 

5. Organization. 

(i. Rules of Decorum read. 

7. Ministers, not Messengers, invited to sea 

8. Admission of new churches. 

9. Correspondents received and returned. 

10. Appoint Committees — 

(a.) On Preaching. 

(b.) Letters and Documents. 

(c.) Missions. 

(d.) Bible-Schools. 

(e.) Education. 

( f. ) Periodicals. 

(g.) Deceased Ministers. 

(h.) Aged and Infirm Ministers. 

( i.) Finance. 

( j.) Special. 

11. Miscellaneous. 

12. Adjourn. 

13. Re-assembie. 

14. Roll call. 

15. Previous Minutes read. 

16. Reports of Committees. 

17. Introductory sermon next session. 

18. Miscellaneous business. 

19. Treasurer's Report. 

20. Adjourn. 



MINUTES. 



Saturday, October 2, 1880. 

The Unity Baptist Association met in its twenty-sixth annual session 
with Bethesda Churcb. Autauga county, Ala. 

At 11 o'clock a. jr., Eler G. W. Mills preached the Introductory .ser- 
mon, from Hosea, 4:6 : " My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." 

After an intermission for dinner, the delegates assembled in thechurch 
building. By request of Elder A. Andrews, Moderator of last session, 
Elder J. Falkner called the body to cruder, and, after reading the 90th 
Psalm, and singing the hymn — " How can I sink with such a prop?" — 
offered prayer. 

Elder A. Andrews in (he chair, proceeded to business by appointing 
Eld's W.Wilkes, J. Falkner and bro. W.J. Zimmerman to read the letters 

Names of delegates enrolled as follows: 

Shadv Grove — A. Andrpws,*0. Moore, W. J. Zimmerman. 

Fellowship— V. T. Pierson, J. R. Hooks, W. R. Martin, L. E. Davis. 

Plantersville — G. W. Mills,* P. M. Moore, Wm. Moore. 

Harmony— W. R. Wright, J. L. Caffy, W. C. Adair, J. L. Golson, H. 
E. Wallace. 

Bethesda — J. Griffis, G. Sandford, George Smith, James Bates. 

Bethel — A. B. Lassiter. C. H. McBride. 

Big Springs— J. M. Apperson, W. Willis, W. W. Carter, W, J. Wright. 

Union— G. W. Cobern, R. Z. Hill. 

Liberty — F. A. Goolsby, J. A. Gunnels. 

Mountain Creek — J. Falkner* A. L. Blizard* H. Evans. 

Canaan — T. F. Thomasson. 

Friendship — G. P. Olive,* James Glenn. 

Verbena— K. Wells, J. T. Cook. 

Chestnut Creek— J. H. Ray,* P. C. Dennis, F. M. Connell, J. A. Strock, 
John Moore. 

Providence — Joseph Aired, John Easterling. 

Cane Creek — J. Gore, John Miller. 

Mount Zion— W. T. Mullens, J. T. Connell, H. C. Young, J. Vines, 
H. F. Mullens. 

Shiloh— C. C. BilJingsly * A. G. Patrick. 

Pilgrim's; Rest — W. A. Carter, John Carter, Perry Hester. 

Ebenezer — John Mitchell, Pink Wigington. 

Chestnut Hill— H. E. Longcrier* 

Pleasant Grove — R. Latham. 

Mulberry — James Rasberry. 

Proceeded to elect officers for the ensuing Associational year. Elder 
A. Andrews declined being re-elected Moderator. On motion of W. C. 
Adair, Elder J. Falkner was unanimously elected Moderator by accla- 
mation. After a few appropriate remarks, thanking the body for the 
confidence reposed in him, and declaring his intention of discharging his 
duties to the best of his ability, without respect to person, he took the 
Moderator's seat. 



; 'Ordamed Ministers, 



4 MINUTES. 

On motion of W. J. Zimmerman, H. E. Longcrier was re-elected Clerk' 

On motion of W. J. Zimmerman, the election of Treasurer was deferred 
indefinitely. 

Rules of Decorum read by Elder A. L. Blizard. Ministers not mes- 
sengers invited to seats. 

A call for petitionary letters was responded to by Verbena, a newly- 
constituted church, which was cordially received by the Moderator ex- 
tending the right-hand of fellowship to her messengers. 

On motion of W. J. Zimmerman, K. Wells, one of the messengers who 
had withdrawn from Chestnut Creek church to go into the organization 
of Verbena, was re-elected Treasurer. 

Correspondents received from sister Associations, as follows : 

Coosa River — Elder W. Wilkes. 

Mulberry — Z. W. Langston. 

Alabama — O. W. Sherrer. 

Returned correspondents, as follows : 

Alabama — Elder J. H. Ray. 

Mulberry— Elders G. W. Mills, A. L. Blizard. 

Coosa River — Elders J. Falkner, G. W. Mills, brother K. Wells. 

Baptist State Convention— Elders G. W. Mills, J. Falkner, A. L. 
Blizard, J. H. Ray, brethren G. W. Cobern, J. H. Burns. 

On motion, the following resolution, adopted last session, was adopted 
an a standing resolution : 

Resolved, That any member of this Association being in attendance at 
the Baptist State Convention, or any Association with whom we corre- 
spond, is hereby authorized to present himself as corresponding delegate 
from this Association. 

The following committees were appointed by the Moderator: 

On Preaching — W. J. Zimmerman, R. Latham, P. C. Dennis, and the 
pastor and deacons of Bethesda church. 

On Letters and Documents — L. E. Davis, P. M. Moore, G. W. Cobern. 

On Missions — A. Andrews — A. L. Blizard, C. C. Billingsly. To re- 
port next session. 

On Bible Schools— K Wells, L. V. Pierson, T. F. Thomasson. To 
report next session. 

On Education — W. C. Adair, P. C Dennis, J. R. Hooks. To report 
next session. 

On Periodicals — W. I. Mullens, J. L. Caftey, J. M. Apperson. 

On Deceased Ministers — G. P. Olive, J. A. Strock, A. G. Patrick. 

On Aged and Infirm Ministers — V. T. Pierson, J. Griffis, C' H.McBride. 
To report next session. 

On Finance — W. J. Zimmerman, T. F. Thomasson, W. A. Carter. 

On motion of A. L. Blizard, a special committee 01 five was appointed 
to re-district the churches of the Association. Committee — A. L. Blizard, 
A. Andrews, G. P. Olive, J. Rasberry, W. A. Carter. 

On motion of J. H. Ray, a special committee on State Missions was 
appointed, as follows: J. H. Ray, G. W. Mills, K. Wells. 

The Committee on Preaching reported as follows: Elder A. L. 
Blizard to preach to-night. Prayer-meeting to-morrow at 10 o'clock 
A. M., conducted by H. E. Longcrier. Preaching at 11 o'clock by Elder 
W. Wilkes; at 2 P. M. by Elder J. Falkner; Sunday night by Elder A. 
Andrews. 

On motion of W. J. Zimmerman, a public collection was ordered to be 
taken up for missions at the close of the 11 o'clock sermon. 

Adjourned, with singi«g and prayer by Elder W. Wilkes, to 9 o'clock 
A. M., Monday. 



MINUTES. 



Sabbath Morning, 10 o'clock. 

Prayer-meeting conducted by H. E. Longcrier. Prayer offered by A. 
G. Patrick, G. P. Olive, T. F.Thomasson. At 11 o'clock Eld. W. WilkeR 
preached from Ezekiel, 34:26; after which, $29.30 waa collected for 
missions. At 2 o'clock p. M., Elder J. Falkner preached from Eph , 2:8. 
At night, Elder A. Andrews preached from Heb., 10.23. Elder A. L. 
Blizard preached Saturday night from Gen.. 5:24 

The congregations were very large, orderly and attentive. We have 
reason to believe that much good was accomplished in the name of Jesus. 



Monday, 9 o'clock a. m. 

The Association was called to order by the Moderator. After reading 
the 2nd Psalm and singing the hymn — " I love thy kingdom, Lord," — 
prayer by Elder A. L. Blizard. 

Roll called and absentees marked Previous minutes read and adopt- 
ed. The regular order of business — the reports of letters and documents 
— read by L, E. Davis. 

LETTERS AND DOCUMENTS. 

We have carefully examined all papers submitted to us, and find that 
several of our churches report glorious revivals, and some interesting 
Bible schools. 

Shiloh church asks for assistance to erect a new church building. We 
recommend their request to your consideration. 

Several of the churches recommend that Elder A. L. Blizard be sent 
as our beneficiary to Howard College, and have sent up pledges to aid in 
sending him. We cheerfully recommend that an effort be made to raise 
funds to send him at once. 

Respectfully submitted. L. E. Davis, Chairman. 

ON MISSIONS. 

Elder G. W. Mills, chairman of the Committee on the report of Mis- 
sions, made his report, it being the regular order of business: 

The subject of missions is greatly on the increase among the Bantist 
denomination. This is evident through the great work now being done 
in both home and foreign fields. We have many efficient missionaries, 
both men and women, engaged in the great work, yet they are inade- 
quate to the demand. Others are anxious to go, hence tin great demand 
for means. Our Home Mission Board is now supplying many destitute 
places in our own sunny land, and sending the gospel (o the heathen on 
our western borders. These self-sacrificing missionaries must be sup- 
ported, or abandon the fields. Other bodies are " coming up to the help 
of the Lord against the mighty." Let us unite our efforts with theirs 
in this glorious work. The command of Christ and the wants of the 
perishing call upon us to lend a helping hand. Can we be disobedient 
to the command of our Savior ? or shall the " Macedonian cry " for help 
come to us in vain ? Can we not give our sympathies, our prayers and 
our money? Nay, brethren, let us be obedient; let us go forward. Our 
State Mission Board is doing a good work ; but as you have a special 
committee on State Missions, we will say nothing about their work. 
May the blessings of God attend our labors in the great work. 

Respectfully submitted. G. W. Mills, Chairman. 

Discussed by Elder J. Falkner, and adopted. 



MINUTES. 



BIBLE SCHOOLS. 



Elder A. L. Blizard, Chairman of the committee on Bible Schools, 
submitted the following report: 

Your committee are glad to know that the conviction is growing 
stronger and stronger that the Bible school has its foundation laid upon 
Bible authority ; that its work must be done upon Bible principles; and 
that its success depends upon Divine blessings. Let us not relax our 
efforts until there is a prosperous Bible school in every church and 
neighborhood, a Bible in the hands of every man, woman and child, 
and the gospel preached to every creature within our bounds. Let there 
be no lack of funds, no want of sympathy, no cessation of labor, until 
the voice of prayer and the songs of praise shall be heard every Sabbath' 
day throughout the Unity Association. Knowing that the prosperity of 
the churches depends in a great measure upon the interest manifested 
in the Bible sehools and prayer- meetings, your committee would most 
earnestly recommend that, in connection with the Bible schools, the 
churches would organize prayer-ineetings. Let us not read this report 
and lay it aside for " a more convenient season ; " but let u.s bestir our- 
selves during the ensuing year, and that an honest, faithful effort be 
made to organize and maintain a Bible school and prayer-meeting in 
every chuich and neighborhood in our Association. 

Respectfully submitted. A. L. Blizakd, Chairman. 

ON EDUCATION. 

Report on Education, furnished by W. C. Adair, chairman of the com- 
mittee, and read by Elder W. Wilkes, as follows : 

Education may be divided into general, collegiate and ministerial. All 
people should have a general education ; as many as may be so situated 
and capacitated as to avail themselves of it, should have a collegiate ed- 
ucation ; but ministerial education is what this report looks to, mainly. 
By this is meant that mental training which prepares one to think clear- 
ly and speak intelligibly, possessing a fund of knowledge with which to 
be furnished with matter of thought and utterance. We recommend 
Howard College as the best school for our young preachers to attend. 
We also recommend great prominence to be given to the support of any 
approved brother looking to his education for the ministry. We per- 
sonally commend brother A. L. Blizard to the patronage of the 
churches, and hope this Association will now take steps for his support 
at Howard College. 

Respectfully submitted. W. C. Adair, Chairman. 

Discussed by Elder W. Wilkes, and adopted. 

The following amounts were paid and pledges given for brother Blizard's 
support at Howard College : 

CASH. 

Amount in hands of Treasurer, $6.00; J. H. Ray, 7.50 ; O. Moore, 5.00 ; 
L. E. Davis, 5.00; W. W. Carter, 5.00; J. Falkner, 6.00; J. R. Ras- 
berry, 5.00; P. M. Moore, 5.00; John Mitchell, 2.50; Wm. Moore, 2.50; 
J. M. Apperson. 1.00; K. Wells, 1.00; J. L. Golson, 1.00; Miss Mary 
Apperson, 25c. Total, $52.75. 

TLEDGES. 

Fellowship church, $25.00; Ebenezer, 10.00; Harmony, 10.00; Chest- 
nut Creek, 10.00 ; G. W. Mills, 5.00 ; P. C. Dennis, 5.00 ; C. H. McBride, 
2.50; J. R. Hooks, 2.50; J. A. Gunnels, 2.50; A. B. Lassiter, 2.50; Geo. 



MINUTES. 7 

Smith, 1.00; J. T. Cook, 2.50; Green Sanford, 2.00 ; Dora Sauford, 1.00; 
W. J. Zimmerman, 2.00; Sister Wallace, 2.00; J. Griffis, 2.00; J. H. 
Wright, 1.00; J, A. Strock, 1.50; Miss Bettie Apperson, 25c Total, 
$90.25. 

ON PERIODICALS. 

W. I. Mullens, Chairman of the Committee on Periodicals, submitted 
the following report, which was adopted : 

We understand it to be the duty of this committee to recommend papers 
and periodicals to suit the wants of the Baptist denomination. We, 
therefore, recommend The Religious Herald, of Virginia, The Baptist, of 
Tennessee, and The Christian Index, of Georgia, (which has an Alabama 
department, edited by Samuel Henderson, D.D., of Alpine, Ala.) as being 
good, sound, and thoroughly Baptist; but we especially recommend our 
home paper, The Alabama Baptist. Through it, the brethren ail over the 
State can express their opinions on the vital interests of our denomina- 
tion ; through it we learn what the people are doing for the cause of 
Christ all over the State; in it we find good lessons for all. The sub- 
scription price is in reach of all, only $2.50 per annum. Send your 
names and subscriptions to Rev. John L. West, Selma, Ala. We also 
recommend the publications of the American Baptist Publication Soci- 
ety. We especially recommend Kind Words for our children and our 
Bible schools. It is devoted to the interest of the Southern Baptist 
Convention ; edited by Elder Samuel Boykin, Macon, Ga. 

Respectfully submitted. W. I. Mullens, Chairman. 

ON DECEASED MINISTERS. 

Elder G. P. Olive, Chairman of the Committee on Deceased Ministers, 
reported that God, through His mercies, had spared the lives of all the 
ministers of this Association — that none have been called home since our 
last session. 

ON AGED AND INFIRM MINISTERS. 

Elder G. W. Mills, Chairman of the Committee on Aged and Infirm 
Ministers, reported that there wer*e none within the bounds of our Asso- 
ciation but what were supplied with the necessaries of life. 

ON STATE MISSIONS. 

Elder J. H. Ray, Chairman of the special committe on State Missions, 
reported as' follows ; 

We have carefully examined the address sent out by the State Mission 
Board, and recommend that it be adopted by this Association. We also 
find that there are twenty-eight churches belonging to our Association, 
and recommend that we raise the amount asked for in said address, viz: 
$175.00. The proportionate part of each church is about as follows : 

Shady Grove $10 00 Mulberry..! 10 00 Verbena 10 00 

Mountain Creek.. 10 00 Fellowship 10 00 Chestnut Creek.. 10 00 

Ebenezer 10 00 Plantersville .... 6 00 Harmony 10 00 

Bethel 6 00 JBethesda 6 00 Big Springs 10 00 

Union 4 50 Liberty 4 50 Randolph 6 00 

Shiloh 6 00 Pilgrim's Rest... 6 00 Pleasant Grove.. 4 50 

Chestnut Hill 4 50 Canaan 4 50 Mount Zion 4 50 

Corinth 4 50 Providence 4 50 Cane Creek 4 50 

New Hope 4 50 Friendship 4 50 Clanton 5 00 

Respectfully submitted. J. H. Ray, Chairman. 



8 MINUTES. 

Discussed by Elders J. H. Kay, A. Andrews, C. C. Billingsly, and W. 
Wilkes. Adopted. 

Elder A. L. Blizard, Chairman of the committee to reorganize the As- 
sociation into districts, submitted their report, which was adopted, and 
observed by the Clerk in arranging the statistical table. 

On motion of Elder J. H. Ray, adjourned one hour for dinner. Prayer 
by Elder G. P. Olive. 

On re-assembling, the Moderator called the body to order. Prayer 
by Elder C. C. Billingsly. 

BENEFiCIARY HOWARD COLLEGE. 

Elder G. W. Millp, Chairman of the committee appointed last session 
to select some young minister as a beneficiary for Howard College, re- 
ported as follows: We made no selection, for the reason that we did not 
have sufficient encouragement to authorize an enterprise of that charac- 
ter, as there were only six dollars in the hands of the Treasurer, and no 
pledges could be obtained that would justify us in making a selection ; 
therefore we did nothing. 

Respectfully submitted. G. W. Mills, Chairman. 

RESOLUTIONS. 

The following resolutions were offered by Elder A. L. Blizard, and 
adopted, as an amendment to the resolution adopted last session as re- 
gards holding dis'rict meetings : 

Resolved, That the churches of this Association send to their respective 
district meetings the same number of delegates that they send to the As- 
sociation. 

Resolved, That the delegates now present from each district of the 
Association assemble themselves together and nominate the time and 
place for holding a meeting in their respective districts ; also, to appoint 
a minister to preach the introductory sermon at said meeting, and their 
reports to be published in the Minutes of the Association. 

Resolved. That, at their respective, district meetings, the delegates to 
nominate the time and place for holding meetings the next year, also 
the minister to preach the introductory sermon, and other matter that 
may be necessary to publish, and report the same to the next season of 
this body. 

DISTRICT MEETINGS. 

First District — Will be held with Harmony church, commencing Fri- 
day before th<» fifth Sabbath in January, 1881. Elder A. Andrews to 
preach the introductory sermon ; Elder G. W. Mills, alternate. 

Second District — To be held with Mountain Creek church, commenc- 
ing Friday before the fifth Sabbath in May, 1881. Elder G. P. Olive to 
preach the introductory sermon ; Elder J. H. Ray, alternate. 

Third District-r-To be held with Chestnut C^ek church, commencing 
Friday before the fifth Sabbath in October, 1880. Elder J. H. Ray to 
preach the introductory sermon ; Elder G. W. Mills, alternate. 

Fourth District — To be held with Shiloh church, commencing Friday 
before the fifth Sabbath in July, 1881. H. E. Longcrier to preach the 
introductory sermon ; Elder T. J. Elam, alternate. 



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EEPOKT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE. 
W. J. Zimmerman, Chairman of the Finance committee, reported as 
follows: 

Amount sent up by the churches — 

For Minutes $31 00 

" Associational Purposes 42 35 

" Slate Missions 25 15 

" Ministerial Education 6 00— $103 50 

Amount by Elder A. Andrews — 

For Indian Missions 10 00 

" Slate " 10 00 

" Foreign " 10 00 

" Ministerial Education 10 00— 40 00 

Amount by Eld. J. H. Ray, for State Missions 5 00 

*' " A. G. Patrick, from Shiloh, State Missions. 6 00 

" Collected on Sabbath for Missions 29 30 

" " Monday for Ministerial Education... 53 25 
" by Elder A. Andrews during the year to differ- 
ent objects 91 60 

Total . , $328 65 

Respectfully submitted. W. J. Zimmerman, Chairman. 

On motion of Elder A. L. Blizird, the Clerk will superintend the 
printing of 1,000 copies of these Minutes. 

On motion of K. Wells, $60 00 be paid over to the Clerk to pay for 
printing Minutes, and services; also, $5.00 contingent fee. 

On motion of Elder J. H. Ray, all unappropriated funds be sent to 
Elder T. M. Bailey, Corresponding Secretary of the State Mission Board, 
to be appropriated by him for the different objects mentioned in the ad- 
drees of the State Mission Board. 

On motion of Elder J. H. Ray, the Treasurer will take charge of the 
funds collected for the purpose of sending Elder A. L. Blizard to collesre, 
and for him to correspond at once with the President of Howard Col- 
lege, and make the best arrangements he can for brother Blizard to enter 
that college. 

The following resolution, offered by W. J. Zimmerman, was adopted: 

Resolved, That this Association affectionately recommend Elder A. L. 
Blizard to the churches in our bounds as our beneficiary in Howard Col- 
lege, and solicit each church to aid in his support. 

TREASURER'S REPORT. 
The Treasurer reported as follows: 
1880. dr. 

To amount in Treasury from last session.......... ......... $ 6 00 

" " sent up for Minutes and Associa'l purposes. ..$73 35 

" " " " Ministerial education 15 CO 

" " '« " State Missions 46 15 

" " " " Foreign " 10 00 

* " " " Indian " 10 CO 

" " collected on Sunday for Missions 29 30 

" " " Monday for Minist'l education... 53 25— $243 05 

1880. cr. 
By amount to Clerk for Minutes, services and con- 
tingent fee $ 65 00 

By amount in Treasury $178 05 

Respectfully submitted. K. Wells, Treasurer. 

2* 



10 



MINUTE8. 



The next session of the Association will be held with Mulberry church. 
H. E. Longcrier appointed to preach the Introductory sermon ; Elder 
J. H. Kay, alternate. 

The following resolution, offered by W. J. Zimmerman, was unani- 
mously adopted by a rising vote: 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Association are hereby tendered the 
brethren, sister* and friends in the community of Bethesda church for 
ihe kind reception given, and the generous hospitality extended to all du- 
ring our stay among them. 

Having gone through with the business of the Association, sang the 
hymn, " Blest be the tie that binds," gave each other the parting hand, 
united in prayer with Elder W. Wilkes, then adjourned, to meet with 
Mulberry church, Chilton county, Ala., six miles east of Maple^ville, 
S. R. & D. R. K., (Saturday before the hrst Sabbath in October, 1881. 

J. Faekxer, Moderator, . 
H. E. Longcrier, Clerk. 



NAMES AND ADDRESS OF MINISTERS OF THE ASSOCIA- 
TION. 



Name •. 



POST-OFF CE. 



. Andrews 

W. Mills 

C. Billingsley 
H. Ray, 

L. Blizard. . . . 

Falkner 

A. Mullens.. . . 

M. Vines 

. E. Longcrier 

Wooten 

J. Elam 

P. Olive 

Liot ntij/ttes 

N. Dobbs 

L. Long 

Thomassou . . . 

D. Kenney. . . 
M. Thaeker. . . 



Burnsville 

Planlersville. . . . 

Verbena 

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Mountain Creek. 

Clanton 

' lanton 

Randolph 

Cooper's Station. 

Randolph 

Verbena 



Clanton 

Verbena 

Mountain Creek. 
Collierville . . . . 
Clanton 



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TIMES AND PLACES OF MEETING AND OFFICERS OF THE 
ASSOCIATION FROM ITS ORIGIN TO TEE PRESENT. 



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Place of meet- 


Introductory 


Moderator. 


Clerk. 


Treasurer. 


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Sermon. 








1855 Shadv Grovo. : 


J. It. Sartor. . . 


B. L\ Smith.... 


J. N. Graddick.jJ. Nunn. 


1856 Plantersville... . 


A. C. Patillo ... 


B. K. Smith.... 


J. I. Lamar J. Nunn. 


1857 


Mulberry .. .. 


A. Andrews . . 


B. B. .-mith... 


J. I. Lnroar J. Nun". 


1858 


Kingston 


D. M . Lloyd . . . 






J. Nunn. 


1859 






I.W.Wilkes... 






I860 






[. W. Wilkes. . 


J. I. L? mar ... 


J. Nunn. 


1861 


t hestn ut Creek 


W. Wilkes 


I. W. Wiikes... 


J. I. Lam -r . .. 


L. B Parker. 


l?6i 




A. Andrews 


I. W. Wilkes... 


A. L. Haralson. 


L. B. Tarker. 


1863 












1864 Randolph. .. 










18G5 Plantersville.... 


A. Andrews 


A. Andrews. . . . 


W. R. Gaudy... 


L. B. Parker. 


1866 












1867 












1 868 












1869 


Bethel 


A. Andrews ... 
W.Lee 


A. Andrews 

A. Andrews — 


\V. C. Adair.... 
W.C. Adair ... 


L. B. Parker. 


1870 


Mt. Hebron 


L. K Parker. 


1871 


Mulberry. 


J. Allen 


A. Andrews 


W. C. Adair.. 


L. B. Parker. 


1872 


Chestnut Creek 


W.Lee 


A. Andrews . . 


J. L.Williams. 
H. E. Longcriei 


W. C. Adair. 


1873 


Big Springs .... 


J. A. Mullens. 


A. Andrews. . . . 


W. C Adair. 


1871 


Plantersville . .. 


G. W. Mills.... 


A. Andrews 


II. E. I.ongcrier 


K. Wells. 


1875 


Mt. Zion 




Wm. Lee 


H. E. Longcrier 


K.Wells. 


18T6 


Ebenezer 


J. A. Mullens .. 


Win. Lee 


H. E. Lonacriei 


K. Wells. 


1S77 


Harmony 


A. Andrews... 


Wm. Lee 


H. E. Longer er 


K. W'ells. 


1878 


(hestuut Creek 


F. M. Vines 


A. Andrews. .. 


II. E. Longcrier 


K. Wills. 


1870 


Fellowship. . . . 


A. L. Blizard .. 


A. Andrews. 


H . E. Longcrier 


K. Wells. 


1880 


Bethesda . . 


G. W. Mills.,... 


J. Falkner 


H. E. Longcrier 


K. Wells. 



No minutes are recorded in the assoeiatinnal book for the years 18C3, 1SC6. 1SC7 and 
1868. In 1864 no business was transacted, and no minutes printed. 

A Bequest.— If those who have them will send me Minutes from the origin of the 
Association to the year 1871. I will furnish the 1 alance and have them hound, the 
bound volume to be the property of the Association. Send to H. E. Longcrier, Ran- 
dolph, Ala. 



ARTICLES OF FAITH. 

1. We believe in one only living and true God— the Father, Son and 
Holy Ghost ; these three are one — I Corinthians viii:6 Deuteronomy 
vi:4. Mittuew xxiii :19. I[ Corinthians xiii:l4. I John v:7. 

2 We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments 
are the Word of God, and the only correct rule of faith and practice. 
II Peteri:l'l. II Timothy ih:16. 

3. We believe in the doctiine of election, and that God chose His 
people in Christ before the foundation of the World, through sancti- 
ficalion of the Spirit and belief of the truth. — I Peter i:2-5. Ephe- 
sians i ;4. II Thessalonians i: 13. 

4. We believe in the doctrine of original sin. — Romans iii.23; v:12; 
iii:10. 

5. We believe in man's inability to recover himself from the fallen 
state he is in by nature. Romans v:6. John vi.44. Ephesians ii.l 5. 
Phdlipians ii:13. 

6. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only 
by the imputed righteousness of Christ. — Romans v:l. Galalians 
ii:lG-20. 

7 We believe that the saints shall persevere in grace and never 
finally fall away. — Corinthians xii;9. Colossians iii:4. Romans viii: 
38 30. 

8. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances 
of the Church of Christ, and that true believers are the only proper 
subjects, and that immersion only is baptism. — Mathew iii:5, G, 13, 1G. 
Acts vii 37 38. Acts vii:38-39. 

9. We believe in the resurrection of the dead and a general judg- 
ment. Actsxvii:31. John v:2S 29. 

10. We believe that ihe joys of the righteous and the punishment of 
the wicked will be everlasting. Matthew xxv:G. 

11. We believe that no minister has a right to administer the ordi- 
nances except those who are called of God, and have been regularly 
baptized, approved by the church, and come under the imposition of 
hands by a Presbytery.— I Timothy v:22. Acts vi:16. 

12. We believe that none tut regularly baptized believers have a 
right to partake of the Lord's Supper.— -Acts ii:42-44. II Corinthi- 
ans vi:14. I Corinthians xi:23-29. 



RULES OF DECORUM. 

1, The Association shall be opened and closed with prayer. 
2 The officers of the Association shall be chosen by the suffrages 
of the members present. 

3. The Moderator shall be considered a judge of order, and shall 
have discretionary right to ca'l to order at any time. 

4. Any member not satisfied with his decision may appeal to the 
Association on the same day, but at no other time. 

5. But one member shall speak at a time, and he shall rise, and, 
obtaining permission, proceed ; such permission being signified by the 
Moderator naming ihe person, oi olhervvise. 

G. No person shall be interrupted while speaking, unless he depart 
from the subject ; and every motion made aud seconded, in order shall 
come under the consideration of the Association, and be decided, un- 
less withdrawn by him who made it. 

7. Eve ,- y case taken up by the Association shall be decided or with- 
drawn before another is offered. 

8. When a question has been introduced, and sufficient time al- 
lowed for debate, the Moderator shall take the voice of the Associa- 
tion upon the subject ; those in Ihe affirmative shall make it known by 
saying aye, and those in the negative, nay. If a division of the ques- 
tion is called for, the decision shall be made by the members rising 
from their seats. 

9. The appellation " brother " shall be used in the Association when 
one brother addresses another. 

10 Any member wishing to retire shall obtain permission from tho 
Moderator. 

1 1. The names of the delegates shall be called as often as the Asso- 
ciation shall direct. 

12. The Moderator shall be entitled to the same privileges of speak- 
ing as any other member, provided he appoints another to his seat ; but 
shall not vote, unless the Association be equally divided. He may 
also appoint committees necessary for transacting any business that 
may, from time to time, come before the Association. 

13. Any member violating these rules shall be reproved by the Mod- 
erator, but only on the day such violation occurs. 

14. These rules shall be read at the opening of every session of the 
Association, aod may be altered or amended whenever a majority of 
the members pjesent shall deem it necessary. 



CONSTITUTION. 

Article'1. This Association shall be known as " Tiie Unity Bap- 
tist Association," and shall be composed of delegates from such 
churches as constitute, or may hereafter unite with, this body. 

Aut. 2. The design of its labors shall be to promote the cause of 
Christ, and to encourage those objects supported by Baptists gener- 
ally. 

Art. 3. This Association shall hold its session annually, at such a 
time and place as it may appoint. 

Art. 4. The officers of this Association shall be a Moderator, a 
Clerk and a Treasurer — to be elected at each session— who shall per- 
form all the duties appertaining to such offices in similar bodies ; and 
in case of the absence of any officer, one pro tern, shall be appointed 
by the Association until an election is declared. 

Art. 5. A record of the proceedings of this Association shall be 
kept by the Clerk, and as soon as practicable after the close of each 
session, he shall superintend the printing of the Minutes thereof, and 
shall furnish each church with a suitable number of copies. 

Art. 6. Any church subscribing to our Abstract of Faith may be 
admitted into this Association by the consent of the members in ses- 
sion. 

Art. 7. Any church, orthodox in faith and practice, which has 
complied with this Constitution, may withdraw from this body by the 
consent of a majority of the members in session. 

Art. 8. This Association, in regular session, may dissolve its con- 
nection with any church which nitty differ with it in doctrine or prac- 
tice. 

Art. 9. Any church of his Association with thirty members or 
less shall be entitled to three delegates, and one additional delegate for 
every additional twenty-five members, or fractional part thereof. 

Art. 10. Ii shall be the duty of eaea church to forward a written 
communication to every session, specifying the names of its delegates 
and the state of the church. 

Art. 11. If a difficulty should arise in a church, which cannot, be 
settled thereby, the church shall call aid from two or more sister 
churches ; if the matter cannot then be adjusted, it shall be referred 
to the Association for advice. 

Art. 12. All queries must be acted upon by the churches in which 
they may originate ; and when they fail to be disposed of therein,, 
must be reported, by letter, to the Association : the decision thereof 
shall be considered an advisory answer. 

Art. 16. This Association shall have a fund supplied by the volun- 
tary contributions of the churches ; and all moneys thus contributed 
shall be transmitted and paid over to the Finance Committee, and 
said committee to pay over to the Treasurer. 

Art. 14. Any article of this Constitution may be altered or amended 
by a vote of two-thirds of the delegates present at any regular ses- 
sion. 




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