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with a knife. had PastorWhoWould Open Church To Negroes Is Fired MACON, Ga. (UP1)— A Baptist"" congregation fired its pastor and two of his assistants Sunday for advocating opening church services to Negroes. At the same time, the church refused admittance to an African student who had-been from Monday to Friday Inclusive. No answers will be re ceived after that time. Answers must be delivered In crson and none will be ac epted by mail or telephone. Employes of the Daily News and their families are Ineligible o participate In the contest. Note: Keep your stamped clipping and In case of error bring it back to the NEWS of ice. Otherwise, we will not be responsible for any mistakes. converted to Christianity by Southern Baptist missionaries. "I have committed the unpardonable sin of a Southern minister preaching integration foi a Southern town," the Rev. Dr. Thomas J. Holmes said of his' dismissal by vote of the congregation. Turned Away Student While the vote was being taken, deacons of the Tatnall Square Church turned away Sam Jerry Oni, a Niegerian who came to Baptist-oriented Mercer University here in 196.' despite "the situation" in the South. Oni, who was detained in a police car for about an" hour said the experience nearlj shaltcred his faith. Fired from the church stafi wpre Dr. Holmes, the Rev Douglas Johnson, the assistan 1 pastor, and Jack W. Jones minister 'of All' three "open door" policy in the church. "My faith has almost been shattered," said Oni, 25. But h music. have advocated an He is: Your name: vowed he would try again next Sunday to attend services at he church located on the Mercer campus. The church is not university affiliated. Held Vote The church's board • of deacons in July voted to dismiss Ihe three clergymen for admitting Negro college students at June 26 services. The students were part of an upward bound program, which gives excep Lional low-income high school students college training during the summer. The voted general 259 to 89 membership Sunday to dismiss the three, according to Jerry E. Rodgers, chairman of the deacons. "It has been a test of my faith in a sense, but it has also been a strengthening of my faith," the Rev. Dr. Holmes said. "This has shown me the importance of preaching the truth. "I don't want to belittle m church," he added. "There are many good people in the churcl who honestly believe they ar right."

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  1. Lebanon Daily News,
  2. 26 Sep 1966, Mon,
  3. Page 9

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