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Description: Convention of the Christian Church at West Point
Newspaper published in: Tupelo, MS
Source: Lee County, MS Library
Page/Column: Page 2, Column 5
Convention of the Christian Church at West Point
Reported for the Journal.
The Christian Missionary Convention of Mississippi, which convened at West Point, on Thursday of last week, after and interesting session of several days, finished its labors on Monday. There were in attendance over 170 members, composed from all parts of the State. Elder Hale, of Jackson, was chosen President of the Convention, and Mr. Joseph Stevens, of Columbus, was appointed Secretary. Much interest and enthusiasm was manifested throughout the session, every delegate entering into the work with a cheerfulness and good will that was truly enjoyable. On Saturday evening $3,200 was raised for the church extension fund, and will be used partly for the erection of church buildings throughout the State. It was proposed to have the Christian College at Marietta, Miss., chartered and incorporated, and made an institution for the training of the young men for the ministry. Over $8,000 was raised to be expended in church work during the coming year. On Sunday a congregation which crowded the Christian Church to its utmost capacity, assembled to hear the sermon of Elder F. M. Rains, of Topeka, Kansas. The preacher took for his text a part of the 42nd verse of the 2nd chapter of Acts. “And they continued steadfastly in breaking bread and in prayers.” For an hour the congregation gave the most intense interest to the words of the preacher, eloquent in their force and engaging in the truth they brought forth. The congregation was carried away with the truths of Christianity which they listened to that day. So true to life was the picture that he painted of “Conscience,” that those who heard him will never forget the accuracy with which it was depicted. In fact, no one could but think that the sermon was just suited to them, and could but irresistingly follow the preacher to the end to the convincing conclusion that they must hold steadfastly to the truths pointed out in the Bible to be saved.
At the conclusion of the sermon, and before the congregation was dismissed, the farewell song was sung: “God be with you till we meet again.” It was rendered by the splendid choir of ladies and gentlemen, under the leadership of Mrs. Ivy, who presided at the organ, with such feeling and sweetness and pathos that was truly beautiful, as the delegates bade each other farewell, to meet again in convention next year at Utica, Miss.