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December 15, 1915]
God's best messages come to men while the latter are engaged in the ordinary, every day activities of life. Good news frightens only when men are not thinking of it or have their hearts filled with contrary things. The advent of Christ was worthy of the greatest song ever heard on earth. | Presbyteries jj NEW ORLEANS PRESBYTERY. The Presbytery of New Orleans met in the Carrolltou church, New Orleans, on Tuesday evening, October 19, 1915. The opening sermon was Breached bv Rev. E. H.. Gregory. Eighteen ministers and eleven ruling elders were enrolled. Rev. F. C. Talmage was elected moderator and Rev. Nelson Blackburn temporary clerk. Much time was devoted to the consideration of the Presbytery's Home Mission interests. The present condition of many of the churches which have been liberal supporters of the work, due to the recent disastrous storm, present some serious problems. Rev. W. P. Chalmers was received from the Presbytery of Arkansas. He is in charge of the First church, Bogalusa. Authority was given to the Second German church to change its name to the Plalhnmo A von 11 a Praoh??o<-l>? ? v/??uw jl ivouj (.oiinii church, after January 1, 1916. A call from the Abbeville church for the pastoral services of Licentiate B. O. Wood was placed in Mr. Wood's hands and accepted. A commission was appointed to exaipine, ordain and install him on November 15th. A full evening's session was given to a Conference on Family Religion, opened with a sermon on that theme by Rev. Dr. U. D. Mooney. The Presbytery determined that any action at this juncture on certain communications received from JefTerson Presbytery, of the Northern Synod of Texas, would be discourteous, in vl onr r\t fVin tn of V* o + ?-? * * ??v??? v/1. buu niui cue maucia iii~ volved are all before the General Assembly of the Northern Church and by that Assembly referred to the Executive Commission, with power to act, our own Assembly also having been Invited to have a committee to confer with that Executive Commission. Evangelistic powers were given to all the ministerial workers under the direction of the Home Missions Committee In their respective fields or churches where there are no sessions, and that the same powers be given to the ministerial members of the Home Missions Committee, as directed by that Committee when needful. The Presbytery, after long and free discussion of the matter, most reluctantly but unanimously, directed its Home Missions Committee to make considerable curtailment In the work and obligations of the Home Mission field. In view of the expected decrease of resources. It also made urgent call upon the several fields to strive to reach a self-supporting basis. PRESBYTERY OF MISSISSIPPI met In Oldenburg, Franklin County, Mississippi, October 12, 1915, and was opened with a sermon by the retiring moderator, Rev. J. M. Williams, from text, 1 Tim. 3:16. Moderator: Rev. J. G. Johnson. Temporary Clerk: Rev. O. M. Anderson. Corresponding Member: Rev. H. H. Thompson, of Central Mississippi Presbytery. Communications: Rev. W. L. Mervln asked and obtained permission to labor outside the bounds of Presbytery till next spring meeting. Rev. M. B. Shaw, a veteran of the cross, tendered his resignation as THE PRESBYTERIj stated supply of Bethany church on account of age and ill health. Presbytery directed Dr. C. W. Grafton to write a letter expressing the sympathy and love of the brethren for this faithful and devoted laborer of many years. Rev. J. G. Johnson tendered to Presbytery his resignation as pastor of Fayette and Pine Ridge churches. The churches are cited to appear by their representatives at an adjourned meeting in Greenville during sessions of Synod and show reason, if any there be, why the resignation should not be accepted. Presbytcrial Sermon: Preached by Rev. B. C. Bell on "Presbyterian Government." Next Presbyterial sermon is to be preached by Rev. J. M. Williams on the work of the Holy Spirit. On Wednesday tender and impressive services were held in memory of the late Dr. J. J. Chisolm. Beautiful tributes were paid to the memory of this beloved brother. "The Country Church": An interesting Conference on the Country Church was held. Dr. C. W. Grafton gave the history of Union church, a country church now more than one hundred years old, still bearing fruit. He has been forty-two years pastor of Union and Bensalem churches, remote from towns and railroads. These churches have prepared scores of members for useful service in other churches. Able ministers have been nurtured there. One is preaching the gospel in Missouri; another in China. Other able addresses were delivered on the importance and the problems of the country church. Missions: Attention was given to missions?Home and Foreign. Resnenilvfi rhalrmftn nroannfn/1 Inofni/i tive and inspiring reports. Education: The chairman called attention to the commendable diligence of our candidates now prosecuting their studies in our university at Clarksville. Dr. M. E. Melvin made a strong and impressive talk on Synod's forward work, embracing Home Missions, evangelism and Sunday-schools. The Presbytery of Mississippi is in hearty accord with Synod's work. New Work and New Edifice: Rev. R. A. Boiling, who has been ordained little more than one year, gave an encouraging report of his work in Marion and Lawrence Counties. He nas compietea a nanciaome bouse of worship in the growing town of Columbia on Pearl River, the first Presbyterian church ever built in Marion County. Presbytery accepted the invitation to hold next spring meeting in the new church. Oldenburg was named by a German immigrant who came to Franklin County many years ago from Oldenburg in the old country. His descendants constitute important factors in the community. A son is an elder, a grandson is a student for the ministry at Clarksville. Rev. S. P. DuBols and his good wife have been laboring in this field for more than four years. The Franklin field has three new and beautiful houses of worship, Meadville, Eddiceton, Oldenburg. Two of these were built since Mr. DuBois came. The Oldenburg people deserve great credit for their-substantial and tas*y building. Hospitality Abounded: The long table under the shade of the trees .was laden with dinners that would do honor to any community. The Oldenburg work is hopeful. Intelligent, independent farmers with families of bright and promising children furnish the country pastor a hopeful field for all his consecrated energies. The brethren will not soon forget their delightful association of a VN OF THE SOUTH. ^Richmond/ As Exec TRUST I Guardia SAVINGS I Andintheadr V^OMPAN^^p is complete. We will dr; Ma,n and Serenth it with care ai BANKING w TRUSTS j 3% M REAL ma> ESTATE Une Ml few days with Brother DuBois and his excellent people. S. C. Caldwell. Stated Clerk. PRESBYTERY OF LOUISIANA met in Crowley, La., October 19th at 7:30 P. M. The opening sermon was preached by Rev. E. S. Brainard, the retiring moderator. Nine ministers and four ruling elders were present. Ppv T "M" TTnnfor Wfla ?V* ?w>, *. * aauuvoi ?T ao UUUDC11 UlUUL"* erator, and Rev. B. L. Price temporary clerk. Rev. U. B. Currie, Rev. J. F. McKenzie, Rev. C. F. Hoffman were received by letter, respectively, from New Orleans Presbytery, Central Texas Presbytery and Red River Presbytery. A petition from forty persons asking to be organized Into a church at the Standard Oil plant in North Baton Rouge was granted, and a commission was appointed to organize the church. A new church was reported organized at Oakdale by Rev. C. B. Tomb, who has evangelistic powers. Rev. B. L. Price assisted him. A call from the Lake Charles church was placed In the hands of Rev. J. F. McKenzle. The call was accepted, and a commission was appointed to install him. The Home Mission report revealed gratifying progress. A regrouping of several fields was made. Rev. C. F. Hoffman was given Lafayette Opelusas, Belvue. Rev. C. B. Tomb was placed in charge of Grace, North Baton Rouge, and Florida Street Mission. Zachary was placed under the care of Rev. E. S. Brainard. The Manchester church was dissolved. The Clinton church was given permission to employ Rev. U. B. Currie as stated supply for six iponths. A very helpful Institute on the Young People's Societies and Sundayschool Work was held on Wednesday afternoon. The doctrinal sermon was preached by Rev. B. L. Price; subject, "The Better Conservation of the Sabbath." Rev. U. B. Currie, president of SI11Iman Institute, made a most interesting and encouraging report on the school. D. F. Williams, Stated Clerk. i ? Getting the Most Oi LIFE ANNUITY BONDS 01 These Bonds Pay? 1. 5.<fo or 6% annually to the 2. 5% or 6% annually to the 13. 100% finally into the Endo 4. 5or 6% thereafter each ministers, and the needy v NO TAXES NO TROUBLE For further infom HEN 122 South Fc (837) 11 utor, Administrator in ninistration of all trusts our service iw your will free and administer ad economy. ONTHLY ON SAVINGS illion Dollars Capital ALABAMA. The Presbytery of Tusealoosa was in sesison in Central church, Sumter county, Ala., October 12-13th. There were present 11 ministers and 9 ruling elders. At the request of the retiring moderator the opening sermon was preached by Rev. W. H. Zeigler, Matt. 28:20, "Lo, I am with you alway." Rev. W. H. Zeigler was elected moderator. Rev. W. R. Carothers stated clerk pro tem (the stated clerk being absent), and ruling elder R. R. Elliott temporary clerk. Rev. E. D. McDougall, D. D., of the Presbytery of North Alabama, and Rev. J. S. Jennings, of Central Mississippi, were invited to act as corresponding members. A communication from the National Reform Association concerning "Mormonism," was read to the Presbytery, but no action taken thereon. Rev. Dr. McDougall was heard on the interest of the Alabama Presbyterian College for Men, of which he is president. His address was referred to the Committee on Schools and Colleges, who subsequently reported, speaking in complimentary terms of the institution under its present management and commending it to the patronage and liberality of our people. The following resolution was adopted: "It is the mind of the Presbytery of Tuscaloosa that our churches should not be opened to appeals for money from educational institutions outside our bounds, but all the offerings made by our people to the cause of education should be given to our own schools." Tiie pastoral relations of Rev. W. H. White with Cuba, Hadden and Oxford churches were dissolved. Licentiate H. C. Carmlchael, who was received as a candidate from Pee Dee Presbytery and licensed as a probationer last June, was ordained to the full work of the ministry. Rev. Joseph Sungtonsen was appointed to Breach the HovnHnnoi mon at the next stated meeting of Presbytery, upon such subject as he may select. In a special report the attention of our home mission churches is called to the importance of taking at least one or two collections a year for the tContinued on Page 141 it of Your Money ' MINISTERIAL RELIEF. i investor, according to age. veterans (provided by friends), wment Fund. i year to the aged and infirm ^iuows ana orpnans or our dead. NO EXPENSE NO UNCERTAINTY lation address RY H. SWEETS, Secretary, >urth Avenue, Louisville, Ky.