Concordia Conference Minutes - 1868

These minutes were transcribed from the original church conference books by
Angela Cassidy.

County Coordinator's Notes: Abbreviations commonly used at this time include: Bro. for Brother.
C.C. for church clerk.

Church of Christ at Concord, Jan.25th 1868

After preaching by Bro. O. E. McKeown opened conference. Opened the door of the Church. Letters of dismission were granted to Sisters Hand and two Daughters and Bro. W. A. Mann and wife. On motion agreed to sell other denominations an interest in the House to raise money to pay for Building. There being no further business, dismissed in order.

                          W. C. Hendry, Church Clerk

Church of Christ at Concord, Feb. 22nd 1868

After Preaching by Bro. McKeown opened conference. Read proceedings of last meeting. A committee of three consisting of Alex Bowen, W. C. Hendry & P. A. McGriff to investigate the case of Brethren who have availed themselves of the benefits of the Bankrupt law and report at next conference. There being no further business dismissed in order.

                          W. C. Hendry, Church Clerk

Church of Christ at Concord, March 27th 1868

After Preaching by Bro. O. E. McKeown opened conference. Read proceedings of Last meeting. The committee on Bankruptcy asked for further time which was granted. Bro. Alex Bowen was elected Deacon and Bros. N. T. Scott, Alex Bowen and P. A. McGriff were elected Deligates to the union meeting to be held at Providence Church Friday before Sabbath in March. There being no further business dismissed in order.

                          W. C. Hendry, Church Clerk

Church of Christ at Concord, April 25th 1868

After Preaching by Bro. O. E. McKeown opened conference. Read Proceedings of the last meeting. The committee on Bankrupt made the following report.

“We your committee appointed to investigate the case of members of the Church availing themselves of the benefits of the “Bankrupt Law” and to report on the right or wrong of the same make the following report, viz: Having had under Serious consideration the subject which we consider a very delicate one, and indeed one requiring great caution on the part of those called upon to express an opinion concerning it, but not withstanding its delicacy, notwithstaqnding its readiness to flustrate, and disturbe the peace and harmony of the Church; we your committee feel it our bounden duty to express a full, and imprejudiced opinion.

We in the first place are not willing to denounce as dishonest, or refuse to fellowship with a member who may have taken the benefits of said act; inless we find that Such member was influenced by dishonest motives.

There are circumstances in our opinion in which a member may avail himself of the benefits of Said law, and not be chargable with crime or offence to the church; this however must be judged of by Surrounding circumstances.

Some of our members may have contracted debts in good Faith, with ample mean in hand to pay the Same promptly, but by means of some unavailable intervention, over which they had no control may have been so reduced as to be utterly unable to meet at present Said debts yet if undisturbed eventually pay the whole. In order therefore that Such debts be undisturbed and placed beyond the reach of merciless creditors, who would by means of the common Law, reduce them so low as to leave them not only unable to pay debts, but even unable to maintain themselves and families should be allowed (in our judgement) the privilege of availing themselves of the benefits of a law, that was first enacted especially for the benefit of Such persons.

But when it is found that a member has availed himself of the benefits of the Bankrupt law for the purpose of defrauding his creditors, we consider he has violated a moral obligation, and in our judgement is a Serious defaulter; and Should be treated as Such by the Church. Therefore since time alone can show us the intention of those who hae availed themselves of the benefits of Said laws, we earnestly request the Church to discontinue the proceedings of the case until sufficient time shall have elapsed to prove their intentions whether good or bad. Respectfully, A. Bowen, Chairman; P. A. McGriff; W. C. Hendry, Committee, April 25th 1888.”

Which was received and adopted. There being no further business dismissed in order.

                          W. C. Hendry, Church Clerk

Church of Christ at Concord, May 23rd 1868

After Preaching by Bro. O. E. McKeown opened conference. Bros A. Bowen, R. Daniels & I. A. Hall were elected delegates to the union meeting to be held at Mt. Elon Church on Sunday the 24th. Bro. Bowen was ordained Deacon of this Church

                          W. C. Hendry, Church Clerk

Church of Christ at Concord, June 27th 1868

After Preaching By Bro. O. E. McKeown opened conference. Read proceedings of last meeting. Letters of dismission were granted to Austin McGriff, Quash Hatcher, Peter Truluck and Rhody Mills colered members. Resolved that this Church obvserve Saturday the 25th of July as a day of fasting humileation and Prayer. There being no further business dismissed in order.

                          W. C. Hendry, Church Clerk

Church of Christ at Concord, Sept 26th 1868

After Preaching by Bro. C. D. Campbell opened conference. Opened the door of the Church for the reception of members. Bros. N. T. Scott & P. A. McGriff were elected deligates, Alex Bowen & I. A. Hall Alternates. The Church then went into an election for Pastor when Bro. C. D. Campbell was unanimously Elected indefinitely. There being no further business dismissed in order.

                          W. C. Hendry, Church Clerk

Church of Christ at Concord, Oct 24th 1868

After Preaching by Bro. C. D. Campbell opened conference. Opened the door of the church. Read proceedings of last meeting. On motion Bro. Hall the deacons to raise what they could by January for Sister McKeown. Bros. Jerdin Barber, I. A. Hall, P. A. McGriff, B. H. Joyner, and J. J. Shelfer were elected Deligates to the union meeting. Bro. Campbell accepted the call as Pastor of this Church. Made the following report which was received. The committee to Draft resolutions on the death of our deceased Pastor. There being no further business Dismissed in order.

                          W. C. Hendry, Church Clerk

Church of Christ at Concord, Dec 26th, 1868

After Preaching by Bro. C. D. Campbell opened conference. Conference dispensed with opening the door of the Church. On motion it was agreed that the members all be requested to attend next conference for the purpose of making some arrangement to pay for the Church. There being no further business dismissed in order.

                          W. C. Hendry, Church Clerk

 
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