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From: Jane Davis <>
Subject: Re: [BRE] Morrison's Cove, Bedford county, Pennsylvania
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2008 10:34:24 -0600
What is the date of this article and where was it printed? Was it found in the Gospel Visitor and is the author James Quinter? Dated possibly ca. 1881-2-3? Jane Davis
> From: > To: ; > Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2008 11:09:00 -0400> Subject: [BRE] Morrison's Cove, Bedford county, Pennsylvania> > OUR VISIT TO THE NEW ENTERPRISE AND DUNCANSVILLE CHURCHES.> > We were requested and urged to attend the council-meeting of the New Enterprise church in Morrison's Cove, on the 16th of August. This church has been considerably disturbed by the disturbing elements that are abroad among the churches of our Brotherhood. There are three large churches in the Cove, aggregating perhaps over one thousand members. These churches have been in a prosperous condition, and much peace and harmony prevailed among the members, who were much respected by their neighbors for their integrity and Christian character. The influence of the Brethren in the community was considerable and it was felt in the formation of the principles and habits of the people. All these churches have been somewhat disturbed by the cause to which allusion has already been made. This is unfortunate, as the discord that has been sown among the Brethren, will, it is to be feared, lessen in some degree their influence for good in the community.> > About a year ago, after the trouble in the churches in the Cove manifested itself, a council-meeting was held in each of the three churches, and the result of those meetings was such, that there was some hope entertained, that the trouble would be settled without any serious consequences. Things, however, did not settle down as quietly as it was hoped they would. A crisis came in each of the three churches, at which a separation of some from them seemed unavoidable, though painful. The crisis in the New Enterprise church did not come until the late council-meeting. Patience and forbearance were exercised, hoping that the dissatisfied members would become reconciled to the church. The other two churches met the crisis some time ago.> > Bro. J. A. Sell, Bro. S. Buckalew and myself, were called to assist the church in the business of the council. We were not called as a committee. The condition of things in the church was such that the case of the members who had become dissatisfied with the church, necessarily came up at an early stage of the meeting. And the conduct of the dissatisfied members afforded the church a basis on which to act in regard to their case. At the council preceding that lately held, R. Z. Replogle's case under one of its aspects was acted up on. And he, not being pleased with the manner in which it was disposed of, with feelings considerably agitated, gathered up his papers and left the council, some twenty or more of those that sympathized with him, going with him. As the council was about closing, they were asked to remain until it was closed with prayers, but they persisted in their course, apparently withdrawing from the church. R. Z. Replogle returned before the members were dispe!> rsed, and made an appointment for a meeting the next night in a school-house not far from the meeting-house. According, he and his friends met at the time and place appointed, and he was chosen a delegate to the Progressive Convention at Dayton, which took place a few days after the council.> > Such having been the state of things during the previous council, the church when it met on the 16th of August, passed a resolution to take a vote of the church, in order to ascertain who still maintain the position taken by those who withdrew from the former council-meeting in the manner in which they did, it being understood by all that such as persisted in the course alluded to, could not be held as members of the church. When the vote was taken, about one hundred and fifty voted. Of this number, twelve adhered to the objectionable course taken at the previous council-meeting, and by so doing separated themselves from the church. Some of those that withdrew at the previous council, abandoned the position that they then took, and voted to remain with the church, while others of that number did not vote, who will probably leave the church.> > And so, while the division in our Brotherhood in Morrison's Cove is to be regretted much, as it is a place where the Brethren have heretofore got along pleasantly and prosperously, the number that has been separated from the church is not large, and as the crisis in all the churches has now been met, it is hoped that things will assume a more quiet state, and that our brethren, and such as have been separated from them, will all work for peace. This should be done in all places where such troubles have occurred. The unpleasantness and grief immediately connected with such troubles are great, and all further provocations to increase the trouble should be diligently and carefully guarded against.> > We remained with the Brethren at New Enterprise, and had meeting at night after the council closed, and we had a pleasant waiting upon the Lord. We had previously made an engagement to spend the third Lord's day in August with the Brethren of the Duncansville church. And as the time between the meeting at New Enterprise and that at Duncansville was too short for us to return home, we yielded to a request of the Brethren of the Woodbury church, and called with them on our way to Duncansville, and preached for them on Friday night, Bro. Sell accompanying us. As the notice of this meeting was short, the congregation was not very large, but we had a solemn and pleasant meeting. On Saturday morning at a very early hour, Bro. J. B. Replogle took us to Curry Station, where we took the train for McKees, the station near which Bro. Sell lives. We arrived at his home about seven o'clock in the morning. The Lahmersville meeting-house, one of the meeting-houses in the Duncansville churc!> h, is close to Bro. Sell's: The meetings were here, one on Saturday night, and two on Sunday. On Sunday afternoon the Sabbath School met, and we attended it, and talked a little to the school. On Sunday morning in our discourse some of our remarks were made in reference to the death of a little son of Bro. Simon Sell. The little boy was two years old, the only son, and tenderly and warmly loved by brother and sister Sell. The affliction was sad to the bereaved parents, but it had its redeeming joys as all such afflictions have to believing hearts.> > Bro. J. A. Sell is the elder of the Duncansville church, and he is an active and faithful server of the Lord. He does a good deal of preaching from home as well as at home. He is assisted in the ministry by his two brothers, Brice and David, who are also zealous and useful laborers in the vineyard of the Lord. This church has felt the effects of the prevailing troubles in our fraternity, but not seriously, and it is hoped the worst is past. We had a very pleasant visit to the Duncansville church, and we returned home, feeling like thanking God and taking encouragement. Some parts of our labor during our journey were unpleasant, but not more so than might be expected under existing circumstances, and w e are happy in the prospect, we think we see, of the dawn of a brighter day upon our beloved, but afflicted Zion. We feel that humiliation, forgiveness, and forbearance before God are required of us all, and we pray and hope that the Spirit of God may help us to abound in these!> , and in all Christian feelings, to the glory of Ins name, and to the honor of the suffering cause of saving truth.> J. 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