Fifth-Sabbath meetings start in Tennessee

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.--On the fifth Sabbath of January, 72 Sabbath-keepers from three states, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee, met here for a day of worship and fellowship. The meeting was sponsored by the 19-member Abib Fellowship, which meets weekly in Benton, Ky.

The "fifth Sabbath" refers to the fifth Sabbath of each month on the Gregorian calendar that has five Saturdays, which in 1999 includes January, May, July and October.

After a welcome by David Carroll, the congregation was led in a song service by Priscilla Hawkins of Harrisburg, Ill. Johnny Richardson of Big Clifty, Ky., led the prayer of thanksgiving and intercession. David Fitzwater of Cadiz, Ky., gave the message emphasizing love for God, love for neighbor and following Christ in service and fellowship.

Bill Myer of Benton closed the meeting and asked God's blessing on a bountiful meal.

Fifth-Sabbath meetings in the three-state area started in January 1998 through the efforts of Mid-Tennessee congregations (all near Nashville) led by Paul Bell, Bill Allen and O.B. Denton.

"The meetings were a great success in 1998 and are attracting more independent fellowship groups each fifth Sabbath," said Margaret Hawkins of Harrisburg, Ill. "These meetings are not meant to discuss doctrine but to worship and fellowship and to celebrate the truths we hold in common in the gospel."

The next meeting will be sponsored by the Bethel Church of God, Nashville, Tenn. Contact Mr. Allen at 306 Harpeth View., Kingston Springs, Tenn. 37082, or (615) 952-5256, for more information.

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