The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 12, July 1908 - April, 1909 Page: 23
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Records of an Early Texas Baptist Church.
3 appointed Brethren A Bennett M P Mead John Parker Mes-
sengers to the association and in case of falier Bro S Bennett
AJouri d in Peace
John Parker Clk E A Boin Mod
The Church Met Saturday before the third Lords day in October
1853 And in order proced to Business
1 first Chose Brother Majors Mod pro
2 Apointed Brethren Reuben Brown and J kennedy a com-
mittee to Se John Davis and enquire of him if he has any objection
for the Church to liberate his Slave Brother qualy to exercise in
public if she thinks his gift proffitable
RULES OF DECORUM
1st Church meeting Shall be opened and Closed by Prayr
2d If there be not a Stated moderator, There Shall be one ap-
pointed by the Suffrage of the members Present, and it shall be
the duty of the moderator to keep the church in order attend fairly
to all questions before her and announce her decisions, Report any
member Immediately to the church, who will not Submit to order
when Called on. Any member may Call to order. the Moderator
Shall deside on Points of order, yet any member may appeal from
his Judgment to the Church, who Shall Settle the Point in dispute.
The moderator Shall not Vote, Except in case of a tie to give the
casting Vote. he has a right to give his Views on any subject by
calling on some member to Keep order.
3d Visiting brethren in union with us of our faith and order
who are in good order in their Churches, Shall be invited to Seats
with us in Council.
4th A door Shall be opened for, the Reception of members
when Ever it may be thought nessesary,
5th Refferences Shall be taken up and attendid to.
6th the door Shall be opened for matters of dealing when the
gospel order has been attended to, or any thing that is like to marr
the Peace of the Church, If there be nothing of that nature, Then
any other business necessary to be attended to
7th But one Person Shall Speek at a time, who Shall arise
from his Seat, and address the moderator in order and no one
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