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q Page 8 - MALAKOFF NEWS - Apr. 15, 1976 Attend the Church \\; \\; \\;. of your choice .... 91 Church Of ,Christ, Early in 1967 six dedi- cated Christian men gather- ed in the home of Brother and Sister L.A. Mallory in Trinidad, Texas, to discuss plans for making an offer for an abandoned Missionary Baptist church building in- ciuding four small class rooms and solid white oak furniture in an auditorium capable of seating about seventy-five people. The six men who gathered to discuss plans for s'congregation in Trinidad for the first time in the history of this small East Texas town were Brother Bill Flowers, now deceased; Brother "Doc" Keesec, now retired but a continuing Brother Oscar Brantley Preacher pillar of the church; Brother L.A. Mallory, now living outside of Athens; Brother Pete McKee, deceased before the first service of the new congretation; Brother Joe Phillips, retired and living in Bonham, Texas; and Bro- ther John Spencer, regular song director from the begin- ning and pillar of the congre- gation. An offer was agreed upon and submitted to the holders of the building. Ater several weeks of negotiations the building was aquired. The first service was held by the Church of Christ of Trinidad on June 3, 1967. According to the best memory of the local citizens no worship service had ever been held in Trinidad by the Church of Christ prior to that date. A Gospel Meeting had been conducted near the com- munity several years before, but no congregation ever met for regular worship services until June, 1967. Brother L.C. Bankhead, now an Elder of the College Hill congregation in Corsi- cana, served as the first rgular preacher of the con- gregation during the sum- mer of 1967. Brother Cecil Allen preached in the first Gospel Meeting conducted by the congregation in July of that year, courtesy of the Brethren of the Bassett, Texas, Church of Christ. Brother John Willis, a full time employee of a major oil company in Dallas and former part-time preacher for the Mabank Church of Christ, assumed regular part-time duties with the congregation in _September, 1967. He remained with the congregation except for several leaves of absence through December, 1974. Brother John Spencer, band director and music teacher at Trinidad has served as Song Director for the congrega- tion from the beginning. Brother Bill Flowers acted as Treasurer of the congrega- tion until the time of his retirement and move to Bonham, Texas. The congregation's mem- bership has alternately risen and fallen during the nine years of the congregations life, largely due to transitory members several of which have been connected with the power, natural gas and fertilizer industries in and around Trinidad. Even so the work has not been unfruitful. Thirty-two bap- tisms and four restorations to duty are counted by the congregation dating from the beginning of the work. The gospel has been preach- ed to many through tracts, newspaper articles, personal contacts and correspondence O courses. Nor has gation been their obligation to sion fields. has maintained which a contribution has voted to this help was sent in requests for aid works as the Road School of Monroe, LouisianS, Monroy in and to the ty Bible Chair in Texas. The, moved forward als0 ning for the large lots have chased in an tion on Highway North side of have been modern church need for it arriveS. In January of 19 Willis resigned to for a full-time Paden of Ennis to work full-time 1975, and June 1975. AuguSt Oscar Brantley with the con August 1, there eight baptisms restored. The to the church has gradual increase. Sponsored By Our Local Merchants f I Citizen's State Bank Kirby's Suds &.Surls Cedar Lake Nursing Home Malakoff Insurance Agency Tanner Motor Co. ....... i , ,, ,,,,,,, [ ill i i i iii ii i First State Bank of Trinidad II II I II I I Phillip's Food Hardy's Rexall I I I Navarro Savings Association Malakoff Food Fare Phillip's Appliance Malakoff News ii II I I I[11 I