J.H. Spencer Historical Society

Circular Letter

To the Members of the J.H. Spencer Historical Society
Volume VII, No. 4 - Winter 2017

Promoting and Preserving Our Kentucky Baptist History and Heritage

The 2018 J.H. Spencer Historical Society Spring meeting is rapidly approaching. The meeting will be held on Monday, April 30 at the Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort. The church is located at 1950 Leestown Rd. Frankfort, KY 40601. Steve Weaver will be speaking on "Not Likely to Become a Numerous Church, The Early Years of Buck Run Baptist Church" and Hershael York will be speaking on "Why Baptist History Is Important in the 21st Century." A flier is enclosed for the meeting. If your schedule and distance permits I hope you will be in attendance.

At our 2017 annual meeting there was interest expressed in publishing a volume of Nineteenth Century Kentucky Baptist Biographies. This book would contain biographies of noted pastors, professors, missionaries, and church members who labored in Kentucky in the nineteenth century. As this will be an expensive project, we are asking fifty Baptist churches to give $100 to sponsor this project. Each church that gives $100 to sponsor the project will have their name listed in the front and receive a copy of the book. In addition a half page history of each sponsoring church will be included in the back of the book. Bill Whittaker has again volunteered to serve as editor of this volume.

So far we have only had three churches pledge to give $100 to this project. We need 47 more if this project is to go forward. If your church is willing to help sponsor this important book, please let us know. Contact Bill Whittaker at BRWhitt@glasgow-kv.com or treasurer Ben Stratton at benstrattonky@gmail.com. If you support this project, we need to hear from you!

There are about 50 copies of Twentieth Century Kentucky Baptist Biographies, Volume 2 still available for purchase. In the past few months numerous Baptist associations across the state have purchased copies. The hardback book is 222 pages and includes 5 pages of pictures as well as an index. Over 200 biographies of Kentucky Baptists from the twentieth century are included in the book. We have lowered the price of the book to $20 plus postage. If you know of a church, association, library, or individual who would like to order a copy contact Bill Whittaker at BRWhitt@glasgow-kv.com.

A couple of Baptist History tours led by our members are scheduled for this year.

There are a couple of upcoming Baptist History Tour members of our society are holding we wanted to tell you about. First, Jeff Faggart and the Baptist History Preservation Society will be holding a men's Baptist History Tour through Georgia on May 7-11, 2018. The cost is $500 which includes admissions, transportation and lodging. Visit www.baptisthistorypreservation.info or contact Jeff Faggart at bhps@ctc.net for more information.

Second, Ted Alexander and the Baptist Heritage Revival Society will hold a Couples Baptist History Tour of New England on October 29 - November 2, 2108. The cost is $1,150 per couple which also includes admissions, transportation and lodging. Visit www.baptistheritagerevivalsociery.net/tours or contact Ted Alexander at NEEDREVIVAL@gmail.com for more information.

JHSHS member Bill Mulligan has information about an upcoming project of the Jackson Purchase Historical Society that could be of interest to many of our members. It is the Encyclopedia of the Jackson Purchase. This will be an online encyclopedia which hopes to include historical articles on Baptist churches and preachers in west Kentucky. If you would like to know more about this project you can contact Bill Mulligan at billmulligan@murray-ky.net

We are including two Baptist history tracts in this mail-out. They are:

Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site. Located in Monroe County, Kentucky, this 1804 log church meeting house is a Kentucky state park. The building was originally called the Mill Creek Baptist Church and John Mulkey was the first pastor. Mulkey would eventually follow Alexander Campbell's new reformation and become a Church of Christ. On the site is also an old cemetery where Daniel Boone's sister Hannah is buried. The church building is the oldest freestanding log meeting house in Kentucky and is a wonderful place to hold a worship service.

Who Should Be Baptized the Second Time? by Ross E. Dillon was originally written while pastoring the First Baptist Church of Winchester, Kentucky. Dillon also ministered at churches across the state such as First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Paris, etc. People often wonder about the term "rebaptism." Dillon's article is helpful as it shows the three reasons early twentieth century Kentucky Baptists felt a person should be baptized a second time.

Thank you again for your support and interest in Kentucky Baptist History.

Don Houston, President, arkansas803@yahoo.com
Bobby Sellers, Vice-President, bobsellers60@gmail.com
Ben Stratton, Secretary / Treasurer, benstrattonky@gmail.com

"I remember the days of old" Psalms 143:5

J.H. Spencer Baptist Historical Society Spring Meeting

Monday, April 30, 2018. 6:30pm

Held at the
Buck Run Baptist Church
1950 Leestown Rd Frankfort, KY 40601

"Why Baptist History Is Important In the 21st Century"
By Hershael York, Pastor of the Buck Run Baptist Church

"Not Likely to Become a Numerous Church,
the Early Years of Buck Run Baptist Church"
By Steve Weaver, Pastor of the Farmdale Baptist Church

Everyone is invited to attend.

"Remember the days of old" Deuteronomy 32:7

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