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Pastor Fired For Racial Policy MACON, Oa. (UPI)-A Baptist congregation fired its pastor and two of his assistants minister of music. ( All three have advocated an I "open door" policy in the Sunday for advocating opening i church. church services to Negroes. At! -My faith has almost been ! the same time, the church I shattered," said Oni, 25. But ht refused admittance to an vowed he would try again next African student who had been ( Sunday to attend services at converted to Christianity by i the church located on the Southern Baptist missionaries. ] Mercer campus. The church is "I have committed the i not university affiliated, unpardonable sin of a Southern I The church's board of dea- minister preaching integration | cons in July voted to dismiss church," he added. "There are many good people in the church who honestly believe they are right." in a Southern town," the Rev. Dr. Thomas J. Holmes said of his dismissal by vote of the congregation. Turned Away Students While the vote was being taken, deacons of the Tatnall Square Church turned away Sam Jerry Oni, a Nigerian who came to Baptist-oriented the three clergymen for admitting Negro college students at June 26 services. The students were part of an Upward Bound program, which gives exceptional low-income high school students college training during the summer. The general membership voted 259 to 1B9 Sunday to Mercer University here in 1963 | dismiss the three, according to despite "the situation" in the Jerry E. Rodgers, chairman of South. Oni, who was detained In a police car for about an hour. the deacons. "It has been a test of my faith in a sense, but it has also ! said the experience nearly ! been a strengthening of my shattered his faith. I faith," the Rev. Dr. Holmes Fired from the church staff said. "This has shown me the were Dr. Holmes, the Rev. | importance of preaching the i Douglas Johnson, the assistant truth, pastor, and Jack W. Jones, | "I don't want to belittle my Rummage Sale Items Sought Contributions of fall clothing, kitchen and household items, men's shoes, men's felt hats, children's clothing, curtains, books, jewelry, knick-knacks and bed clothing arc wanted by the Iredell County Association for Retarded Children for their rummage sale. October 13, 14, and 16 art the dates set for the sale to be held in the building on Broad Street next to the Nu-Way Shoe Shop. The store room will be open Wednesday and Thursday, September 28 and 29, and again on Wednesday, October 5, to receive rummage, between hours 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Any- 1 one with articles to be picked up should call Mrs. Louie Marett at 873-6613. To assist in sorting and display, please pin the size on each garment.

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  1. Statesville Record And Landmark,
  2. 26 Sep 1966, Mon,
  3. Page 3

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