My Meeting At Belington

J. D. Conley
May 10, 2015

Normally I conduct a Gospel meeting in the Spring and then in the Fall of each year. This year, due to a scheduling conflict, it was necessary that I hold both meetings this Spring. This required me to be away the first week of April and the first week of May. In between we conducted our Spring meeting with brother Dan Jenkins and then I was away the next week to attend the Southeast Lectures in Karns, TN. So although I have done a lot of preaching the last month it has not been here. I extend my gratitude to you all for allowing me to be away for this period of time. All of my "over Sunday" preaching appointments are done for the year, getting all of them over with in one fell swoop.

My meeting at Belington last week went very well. The average attendance each night was around 60 - 65, our highest number being Sunday and Monday nights with 77 in attendance, there were 60 present the last night which was Thursday. On Wednesday night a brother responded to the invitation by making confession of fault.

The meeting was sort of a trip down memory lane in that Belington is only ten miles from Elkins where I was located with the Goff Street church for nearly eight years. Subsequently, there were several visitors who came over each night from Elkins. Some of them I had not seen since 1 moved here almost eleven years ago.

During the meeting I was privileged to stay in the home of Mike and Kim Phillips. Brother Mike, you will recall, held our Spring meeting last year. He and I made a dozen or more visits during the week, visiting the wayward to encourage them to return to their "first love"and "the Shepherd and Bishop of [their] souls" (Rev.2:4; 1 Pet.2:25). I also made two trips to the hospital in Clarksburg. The first trip I took with one of the elders, Dave Everson, and the second trip, with Mike, to visit a brother who needed lifting up. On Monday morning 1 spoke at the preachers/elders/men's meeting on the subject of True Worship. The preacher at Goff Street, Thomas Meade, also spoke as well as Mike. There were about 15 in attendance.

I really enjoyed the meeting, but how wonderful it was to pull in the driveway at 11:15 Thursday night knowing I was home! Thank you for allowing me to be away this past month. The words of Paul express my sentiments exactly, "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy" (Phi. 1:3-4).