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19I I  is. IP iml IIV 1# =: a, 11 I! 1t -,NNIAL EDITION (Times-News, ML Pulaski, nL) THURSDAY, JULY 13, 1961 ristian Church Was Organized in 1868 00rcjanizafion Meeting .Was Held NEW EDUCATION UNIT ADDED PAST YEAR Capps Hall, West Sade Square I'Iad 30 Charter ! Members When Church Was Formed PRESENT PASTOR Church of Christ, also call- Christian Church, was or- in the spring of 1868 as of the preaching and st D. D. Miller of Michigan, a meeting in the Old on the west side of known as Capps Hall. were several people in and country nearby, been members of the for a number of years, and for a church or- in Mount Pulaski. With several new access- confession and baptism, into a congrega- Paul Burdick began at once the agi- the proposition to erect included: J. E. DieM, L. C. Good- P- rich, M. R. Elder, J. R. Speck, L. building was corn- :M" Robinson, C. B. Dabney, S. E. and dedicated in 1869 or Fisher, G. H. Cline, D. A. Lind- Sting about $2,000. There W.H. Applegate, Gilbert say, charter members in this Jones, J. Newton Cloe, J. H. The first elders Wright, D. H. Lovejoy, G. H. Zink, i to serve the church were W. B. Morris, S. R. Reynolds, J. Sams and Samuel Turley. Wayne Staley, Carrol Langston, years of service the Robert Wilkes, Richard Hurley, and worship al- John M. Webb, Paul P. Burdick. but Aug. 15, 1887, !! !| was re-organized with and has continued a Steady growth since. The lurch building being inade- to the congregation's to erect g in 1906-07, the ministry of D. A. Lind- old building was moved the new structure was costing about $9,500.00. church house was dedi- 14, 1907 by L. L. after the old church a Bible School was Which, through years of and encourage- continued to grow. need for expanding the of the church has been for several years and 13, 1958, ground was the new addition. This is another milestone listory of the congrega- Downing and Miss turned the first of dirt; Harry Downing Scroggin turned the of dirt, and Sidney Downing, and Rev. the third shovel service was a memor- the life of the church. started Nov. 14, the building was used time on Jan. 10, 1960. on the building corn- Were the following: Eu- chairman; 3ohn Cullen, Dale Boyd, committee was corn- Henry Stolz and Sidney ; Merle Key, ham and Paul Burdick. Pment and decorating was co.chairmaned Merle Key and with Mrs. Lee Mc- Mrs. Elmer Durchholz, With them. addition which is ap- 34'x54', provides ov- for the auditorium comfortably seat up to In the basement are rest rooms, stor- and the heating plant. office has also been the minister on the f the Church Board Diez, Sidney Lee, Virgil Wilham, Don Billington. Stolz, Sidney Lee McCain, Merle Kautz, Dale Boyd, John Scroggin, Tom Havener, Larry Ball, Harold Fellows. Thelma Downing,: and June Boyd. serving the church, THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH... : . ._g cue unrest that was being felt in America in the early 1800's brou:'ht 2bout one of the fastest -ring religious movements the world has ever known. This novemen= was kuowr as t:, Restoration Movement. In the beginning it was unorganized mud spont:,eous, inding followers among every group of religious >eople of that day. Final] t.ais movement began to be spearheaded by two men who were father a  I son. Thoma: Campbell and his son, Alexander Campbell, were members of the Settlers branch of the Presbytnx.ian Church, and they, along with an others, realt=ed that the C?::u-ch had departed from the pattern set in the New Testament. Thei  life wa. then devoted to restoring the Church to what the Clam.oh was in the days of t' ; ADostles. The Mount Pulaski Chrisv,a,, 3nn-ch cane into being as an indirect result of the westward ::ovement of t:. ", 2estorat[on movement, and to this day this church is dedicated to the same rtnciples: those of restoring the Church to what she was in the doys of the A:.ostioa. The,e a-e two slogans that have come out of the Restoration movement, both of *a:.:ich contain r mch truth and winsomness. "Where the Scriptures speak, we spek," is the first of these slogans, and states very clearly the position we take cncernlng tile teachings el" the Word of God. "In essentials unity, in opinions ]Ibert/, and in all taints charit3"," is the second sloe, an. This indicates the de=ocratic nature of the C:urlstian Church. It is not our aim to "reform" nor to " retest" but merely to "restore." Another slogan we have is: "Not the only Cltiau, but Christians only." In this we try to express to all other people our feelag on *helr religious convlctions. The Mount Pulaski Christian Church is evangelical in nature because we believe that men a-e lost until hey come into a saving relationship with Jesus Chris. We also firmly believe in Go:el preaching, beck.use we believe that the Gospel is God's poer unto salvation to everyone that believeth. We have no creed but Christ, for in Him, and Him only, do we believe. Our church go,zernment is autocratic In that nist is the head of the Church. 0tu " yule of faith and practlce is the New Testament, and by it eer person is Judc, ed , and God is the Judge. e believe that the future of the Mount Pulaski C.hristian Church is in the .hands of God, and as long as there is a need for Christ's Church on earh, His Church will stand and Jrooaim to all the Gspel of salvation. The life of any com.unity is raised or lo;;ered according to the Spiritual conviotlon of the people of Sod. Therefore, we believe nat the ]:eople of God must show forth to he world he Ist-centered llfe, and to tha end we hold forth the Word of llfe that is aolc to save the souls of men. Mount Pulaski Christian Church