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1850-1855 - Organization of the church in 1850-1855. The church house was not completed until 1863. In the meantime
they held occasional services and organizational meetings without any specific regularity in various schoolhouses and occasionally in
homes. The Pleasant Grove, Spring Run and Louisa Center schoolhouses were used during those early years.
|November 16||At a called meeting November 16, 1850
at Columbus City, Iowa, a number of Christians met for the purpose of forming
themselves a church
Rev. Hiram Burnett was chosen Moderator
J. J.. Burgess was chosen clerk
We the undersigned having been baptized upon profession of faith in
Jesus Christ and believing that the early christians were united into churches....
J. J.. Burgess elected church Clerk
|December 7||Regular church and covenant meeting. Prayer by Elder Morey. Sister Thompson received by letter.|
|February 1, 1851||No meeting|
|March 1||No meeting|
|April 5||No meeting|
|May 3||Received Brother ....Carie and Sister Carie by letter and father. Carie by ????|
|May 31||No Meeting|
|July 5||Regular Church Meeting. Prayer by Brother Carie|
|August 2||Same as above|
|September 6||Regular Church Meeting. Prayer by Brother Carie|
|November 1||Regular meeting. Prayer by Elder Morey. On motion called Elder Morey one half the time provided the church raise for him $100.|
|December 12||Regular Meeting. Brother Carey dismissed by letter.|
|September 12, 1852||Regular Church Meeting. Elder W. R.. Woodruff,
Brother and Sister Whipple dismissed by letter
Sister Mary Whipple dismissed by letter
Elder W. R. Woodruff received by letter
Jemima Woodruff received by letter
Elder Morey's salary not being raised, he withdrew his offer.
On motion Rev. W. R.. Woodruff was chosen Pastor
On motion covenant meetings to be held on Saturday before the 2nd Sabbath of each month.
|September 10, 1853||Regular church meeting.
Preaching by pastor
Mary Bowman received by letter
Mariam Merrill received by letter
|October 8||Regular church meeting. Sermon by Pastor|
|November 13||Regular church meeting. Sermon by Pastor.
Elder W. B. Morey dismissed by letter
Sarah Morey dismissed by letter
|December 10||Regular Meeting. Preaching by Pastor|
|January 7, 1854||Regular Meeting, Preaching by Pastor|
|February 11||Regular Church meeting. Sermon by Pastor|
|March 13||Regular Church meeting.
Brother Scott dismissed by letter
Joseph Mathews received by letter
Hannah Mathews received by letter
Rachel Brown received by letter
|April 8||Regular Church Meeting. Preaching Covenant. Adjourned|
|May 13||Regular Church Meeting. Preaching Covenant. Adjourned|
|June 10||Regular Church Meeting. Preaching Covenant. Adjourned|
|July 8||Regular Church Meeting. Preaching Covenant. Adjourned
On motion Rev. W.R. Woodruff and H. Paxton were appointed delegates to the Des Moines Association through whom the church was received into that Association at its August session in 1854.
|August||Regular Church Meeting. Preaching Covenant. Adjourned|
|September||Regular Church Meeting. Preaching Covenant. Adjourned|
|October||Regular Church Meeting. Preaching Covenant. Adjourned
After sermon & covenant meeting...
Elijah Jennings was received by letter
Henry Jennings was received by letter
Benjamin Jennings was received by letter
Nancy A. Jennings was received by letter
Rachel Jennings was received by letter
Jane Jennings was received by letter
Eliza Malaby was received by letter
Lydia Jeffries was received by letter
|November 11||Regular Meeting Preaching & covenants
Nancy J Patton and
Elisabeth Patton requested admission by baptism and were baptized and received.
J.J. Burgiss Clk.
|December 9||Regular Meeting Preaching & covenants J. J. Burgiss, Clk|
|January 1855||Regular Meeting Preaching & covenants J. J. Burgiss, Clk
Sister Carson received by letter.
M.M. Carson elected clerk in place of J. J. Burgiss who had tendered his resignation. M. M. Carson, Clk
|February||Regular Meeting Preaching & covenants. Adjourned|
|March||Regular Meeting Preaching & covenants|
|April||Regular Meeting Preaching & covenants|
|May 1855||Regular Meeting Preaching & covenants
Sister Polly Drake Received by letter
Hannah M. Woodruff received on her own Statement. Adjourned. M.M. Carson, Clk
|June||Regular Meeting Preaching & covenants
Eleanor Cleaver Received by letter. M.M. Carson
|July||Regular Meeting Preaching & covenants
H. Jeffaries (sic) received by baptism
Rev. W.R. Woodruff, Benjamin Jennings, J. Brownson , M.M. Carson and Joseph Mathews were appointed delegates to the Association. Adjourned M. M. C. Clk
|August||Regular Meeting Preaching & covenants
Daniel A. Mathews received by letter
Jane Mathews received by letter
Matilda Warne received on her own statement. M. M. C. Clk.
|September||Regular Church meeting. Elder Roads of Northfield preached.... M. M. Carson, Clk.|
|October||Paster absent on account of sickness Conference adj.|
|November||Paster absent on account of sickness Conference adj.|
|December||Paster absent on account of sickness Conference adj.|