1824

MINUTES OF THE

5TH MUDDY RIVER BAPTIST

ASSOCIATION

Began and held at the Middle Fork of Muddy River church, Franklin County, Illinois. Saturday before the 3rd Lord's Day in September 1824 and days following.

According to appointment, Elder Henderson delivered the introduction from Acts 15th chap. & 6th verse, "The apostles & elders" &.

The association then convened and being opened with prayer by Elder Carpenter proceeded to business.

1st. Chose Elder Carpenter, Moderator, and Elder Theophilus Sweet, Clerk.

2nd. Letters from the following churches were received and their messengers names enrolled.

3rd. A letter of correspondence from Little River Association was received but no messengers.

4th. A letter of correspondence from Illinois association was received by their messengers Elders Ray, Roundtree and William Thompson.

5th. received a petitionary letter from the Sangamon Association and agreed to answer them by Letter, and requested a copy of their Constitution, and that Elder Rondeau write that Letter.

6th. Appointed Elder Henderson to write a corresponding Letter to the Little River Association and that Elder Watkins write a corresponding Letter to the Illinois Association.

7th. On Motion, Elders Henderson and Harris and Richard Cantril, Lazarus Webb, and Chester Bethel, together with the Moderator and Clerk, were appointed a committee of arrangement to report on Monday Morning.

8th. Requested Elders Ray, Roundtree, Short, and Rondeau, to occupy the stand tomorrow, and meeting to commence at 10 o'clock A.M. After prayer by the Moderator, adjourned till Monday morning, 9 o'clock A.M.

Sunday worship was opened by Elder Short, from the 37th Psalm and 39th v., "But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord" &. Elder Ray from Genesis, 37th ch. and 3rd v., "Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children." Elder Roundtree from Jeremiah, 46th ch. and 11th v., "Go up into Gilead and take balm, &".

Monday met according to adjournment, and after prayer by the Moderator, proceeded to business.

9th. called for the committee's arrangement, which was read, received and they dismissed.

10th. Called for the corresponding letter to Little River Association, which was received, and Elders Rondeau, Henderson, Adam McCool and John Hamilton, were appointed corresponding messengers to bear the same.

11th. Called for the corresponding Letter to the Illinois Association, and on being informed that the time of holding their Association was changed, agreed to postpone the same until our next Association, and invite the present messengers to attend our next Association, and they say they will try to do so.

12th. The circcular Letter called for and ordered to be annexed to these minutes.

13th. No 13, went on to 14)

14th. appointed Elders Herron, Rondeau, Harris, and Sweet, a committee of finance, who report that they have received from the Churches, this year as their contributions $4.07 1-2 Specia and $17.00 St. Remaining in the Treasury $15.00 St. Paid Elders Herron and Sweet, $4 State paper each for their expenses to the Illinois Association, and one Dollar State paper to Elder Sweet, for paper. Paid Adam McCool $8 State paper for printing our last minutes. Remaining in the reeasury $15 State paper & $4.71 Specia.

15th. the next yearly meeting to be held at Big Creek meeting house commencing on Friday before the 3rd Sunday in July 1825, and Richard Cantril Elder & Elders Henderson, Herron and Adam McCool and Charles Lee to attend the same.

16th. The order still continued for the Secretary to call on the Treasury for one dollar to purchase a book wherein to record the proceedings of this Association.

17th. Requested Brother Oliver Morris to prepare the minutes of the Association for the Press, superintend the printing of the same, and have three hundred copies printed, reserve ten copies for each corresponding Association, on copy for the Secretary and distribute the residue among the Churches of this Association proportionally to their contributions, and that he call on the Treasury for money to pay the same.

18th. Our next Association to be holden at Hopewell meeting house, Wayne County; to commence on Saturday before the 3rd Sunday in September, 1825 at 10 o'clock A.M. Appointed Elder Stephen Stilley to preach the introduction, in case of failure, Elder C. Lee.

19th. This Association recommends to the several Churches in its bounds to observe the 4th day of July next as a day of fasting and prayer for the prosperity of zion. After prayer by the Moderator, adjourned to the time and place appointed.

Chester Carpenter, Moderator

Theophilus Sweet, Clerk

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1824

Note: Ordained ministers names are distinguished by O and Licensed preachers by L.

Time of meeting, Saturday before the........ CHURCHES MESSENGERS NAMES Baptized Rec. by Letter Dis. by Letter Restored Excluded Dead Total Contributions
2nd Sab. Big Creek Pope Co. Stephen Stilley, O, William Rondeau, O, Charles Shelby John Hamilton

1

2

2

 

1

1

40

$1.00

2nd Sab. E.F.M.River Franklin Co. Isaac Herron,O, R. Cantril, Wm. Ray          

1

22

1.50

2nd Sab. Bangston Fork Gallatin Co. Wilson Henderson, O, John Tanner, James Blackman

8

11

2

 

2

1

45

2.00

4th Sab. M.F.M.River Franklin Co. Theophilus Sweet, O, John Morris, L, Lazarus Webb    

11

 

3

1

37

3.00

3rd Sab. Bethels Creek Gallatin Co. George Burkhart, Chester Bethel William Bennet  

3

     

1

15

1.50

1st Sab. Ten Mile Creek Hamilton Co. Chester Carpenter,O, John Dale, Millon Carpenter, L

7

   

1

1

 

46

2.00

3rd Sab. Muddy Bridge Jefferson Co. Jos. Jordan, Jos. Dodds, Ol. Morris  

3

6

     

15

.50

3rd Sab. Hopewell Wayne Co. Tolliver Simpson, Alex Campbell, Jas. Taylor

21

4

7

     

38

.75

  Lick Creek White Co. Charles Lee, O, John Schoolcraft

11

7

2

3

   

50

1.00

1st Sab. Island Ripple Gallatin Co. Thomas Barlow, Adam McCool, L

1

1

1

   

2

15

1.50

2nd Sab. Elk Prairie Wayne Co. Archibald Harris, O, Laurence Stull, Hanson Dody  

4

6

 

2

1

25

1.50

1st Sab. Hargrave Prairie Wayne Co. Alex Jones, J. Taylor, J. Owen

1

3

1

 

1

 

10

1.50

1st Sab. N. F. Saline White Co. William Golson  

1

       

14

.50

4th Sab. Big Mt. Prairie Wayne Co. Wm. Watkins,O, Elsburg

2

5

5

 

1

 

26

.75

  Unity Randolph Co. Eli Short, O, Silas Cisles            

9

.50

    TOTAL

52

44

42

4

11

8

407

$19.50

 

CIRCULAR LETTER

Dearly Beloved,

Being once more favored by Divine Providence with an opportunity of meeting together, according to our annual appointment, to know the state of our Churches, and to learn the gracious dealings of the Lord with his children, we have great reason to be thankful to the God of all our mercies for his kindness and love towards us: And from what has occurred we find fresh matter, for again addressing you, in the most solemn manner by way of a circular.

By the information we receive from the various Churches which have sent us epistles, if ever there was occasion for the believer to be humble, thankful, watchful, and faithful, now is the time, the important period. Brethren, let us be humble whilst Zion in some parts is languishing, mourning, and lamenting his cold and barren state. Humility is a sweet grace, comfortable, to the saints, useful and ornamental to the Church, and glorifying to God. We are commanded to bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Let us remember the words of our dear Lord, "Learn of me for I am meek and lowly in heart." Humility will help us to stoop down, and take up our Cross, whatever it may be. The Christian must have his cross, and that constantly, and except we take up the cross, and follow our Lord's example, we cannot be his disciples. We are commanded to let our "light shine before men." Good examples will prove the sincerity of our precepts. " The tree is known by its fruit." Our dear Jesus being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, yet humbled himself to the Death of the Cross. The believer is the disciple of Christ; but if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. We should be much in prayer, that we might follow his example, and thus prove that we are his disciples.

Dear Brethren, we find that peace generally abounds in our Churches, gratitude becomes the Children of God. Let us be thankful that the God of peace is among us; and that the work of the Lord progresses midst all opposition, although hell, earth and antichrist oppose the church of God yet as many as were ordained to eternal Life, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and his glorious Gospel. Let us, dear brethren, amidst all our manifold fiery trials and temptations, sore troubles and difficulties, and our daily losses and crosses in this wilderness world, ever be thankful to our God for his unspeakable gift of that precious Jesus, who brought life and immortality to light through the everlasting Gospel, and who hath manifested himself in us who doth not unto the world. Let us be thankful for all the means of grace we enjoy, and be much in prayer for the influences of the Spirit of Christ, that we may live unto God, and walk in the Spirit. Let us pray for the outpouring of his Spirit upon his Churches, his ministering servants, and upon the hearts of poor sinners, and let us be thankful whenever we see or hear it displayed, in the conversion of sinners, or the comforting of Saints.

Dear Brethren, watchfulness becomes us, we are in an enemy's country, remember our Lord's words. "What I say unto you I say unto all, watch.: We should expecially watch unto prayer, watch against the world, against the flesh and the Devil, watch against all formality and hypocristy in religion, watch against all antichristian errors in principle or in practice, watch our conduct in the world, in the Church, in the family, in the neighborhood, at home and abroad, and watch over one another for good, being circumspect in all things, and provoking each other to love and good works; but above all, let the love of God rule in your hearts.

Lastly, dear breathren, let us continually pray that we may be enabled, at all times, to contend for the faith once delivered to the Saints, that we may be faithful to each other, faithful to our souls, and faithful unto God, remembering the reward of the inheritance, for we serve the Lord, Christ who hath said, "Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life."

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