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Fellowship Restored

By Donnie S. Barnes

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(Editor's comment: Donnie Barnes sent the following article with a note, saying, " E. Claude Gardner suggested I send this news release to you for publication. It is our hope this announcement will encourage others to work toward restoring fellowship in the Lord." The Firm Foundation concurs wholeheartedly, but cautions that fellowship is the result of right teaching and must not be the result of compromise. "If we walk in the light ... we have fellowship" (1 John 1:7).)

There is rejoicing in Myrtle Beach, S.C. "Rejoice with them that do rejoice." It is good and pleasant for brethren to dwell together in unity (Psa. 133:1).

On Thursday, Oct. 26, 1995, fellowship was restored between the Myrtle Beach Church of Christ and the Grand Strand Church of Christ. The matters that separated the two congregations have been scripturally resolved. A new chapter in the history of the Lord's church along the South Carolina coast is ready to be written. The two groups will remain separate congregations. They are eleven miles apart geographically, but are one heart and teaching.

The Myrtle Beach congregation meets at 38th Avenue North at 17 By-pass in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and is served by Donnie S. Barnes. The Grand Strand congregation will continue to meet in its new building at 2212 Glenns Bay Road in Surfside Beach, S.C. and is served by Tom Gilliam.

The prayers of many in both congregations have been for a restoration of fellowship. Now that it has come, we rejoice and give our Heavenly Father the praise, "For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all churches of the saints" (1 Cor. 14:33). The brethren in these two congregations plan to stand strong, truthful, faithful, and together in the cause of Christ. We are set for the defense of the gospel. "Love the brotherhood."

Published February 1996