R1101-2 Entertainment At The Meeting

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For some years past a few of the friends at Allegheny have attempted to entertain all the visitors at these anniversary meetings, but as our gatherings increase each year, and will probably be much larger this year, this will be no longer possible.

It is proposed this year to divide this honor of serving the Lord’s body, so as to give a larger number a share in the privilege, by dividing the visitors. One of the marks of female saintship in the early church was, “if she have washed the saints’ feet.” (1 Tim. 5:10.) Feet-washing being a necessity of that time, became a synonym of service and kindly hospitality. To illustrate this same principle of service and humility, our Lord used this same custom on the night of the Last Supper: and the entertainment of any of the household of faith, is really the fulfilment of our Lord’s injunction, “See that ye wash one another’s feet.” But none should be permitted to overdo themselves in this blessed service, nor to deprive themselves of the spiritual communion of the meetings: to this end all have been urged to make only very simple arrangements, that both visitors and entertainers may have their principal feast upon the spiritual meat. Come then, expecting a warm welcome to such plain things as we have ourselves.

Endeavor to reach Allegheny on Saturday afternoon or evening, April 13th, and come direct to our office, 151 Robinson Street, where some one will remain to meet you until 9 o’clock P.M.

Those who may arrive on Sunday morning, April 14th, should come direct to our Meeting Room, No. 101 Federal Street, Allegheny, where there will be meetings at 10 A.M., 2 P.M., Baptism service at 4.30 P.M., and the Anniversary services at 7.30 P.M. The hours for meetings on succeeding days will be arranged later.

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For the information of the friends, we announce, that we have arranged with restaurant-keepers here, so that all can have dinner and supper, near our hall, at 10 cents each,—no more than car-fare would cost you: the difference being made up by some of the friends here. Come to the morning meeting, therefore, with all your arrangements made to spend the entire day in spiritual communion.


— March, 1889 —