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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, February 13, 1918, Image 9

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lng" that has fortified the manse
against the ravages of the high cost
of living for a while. Other tokens
were also received. The Sunday night
before Christmas the choir very ably
rendered the beautiful oratorio-can
tata, "The Shepherd King," to a pack
ed house. On Sunday, January 27th,
the church went on the Honor Roll by
voting a very substantial increase in
the pastor's salary to take effoct im
mediately. While the members have
contributed liberally to all the war
causes the current church year will
close with a substantial increase in
gifts to all the Assembly causes. With
gratitude to God for His continued
favors upon our work, we face the
new year with much encouragement.
Cor.
Ulythevlllo: The church here is
rejoicing in being able to lift entire
ly the debt on the church building.
A year ago $1,000 was paid off, leav
ing $1,000. On January 10 a check
for $1,035 was sent to the Treasurer
of Arkansas College, entirely lifting
this indebtedness and leaving the
church free from debt. A special
note burning and dedication service
will be held April 7 in honor of this
event. It is hoped to be able to
make this a sort of church home
coming and celebration of the tenth
anniversary of the organization of the
church. This church was organized
in 1908 and the building provided
in 1910. In the meantime a manse
has been built costing about $2,700.
There remains a debt of $400 on
that $200. of which will also be paid
at this time, leaving just $200 to be
paid. Notwithstanding this burden
of debt and building, the gifts of the
church to benevolences has been
steadily increasing. The goal for the
present year was set at $400 in the
first E. M. C. for benevolences. At
a meeting of the session to concider
the goal for 1918-19 in response to
the Three Million Campaign to in
crease this 100 per cent, and to set
?$800 as the 'goal for our coming E.
M. C. in March. This is GO per cent,
more increase than is being asked for
the church as a whole
FLORIDA.
Madison: Rev. W. S. Patterson,
pastor. Sunday, February 3d, was a
happy day for the Presbyterians of
Madison, for at the morning service
that day the pastor publicly burned a
cancelled cburch debt note for
$1,659.12. For several years a debt
made for remodelling has been a
burden, but now, with the debt wiped
out, wo feel relieved and hope to do
better things in the future. The Sun
day-school has supplied itself with the
new song books published by our
Richmond Committee, "Life and Ser
vice Songs."
Barlow: Rev. and Mrs. L. B. Tate,
of our Korean Mission, have located
here for the remainder of the winter
on account of Mrs. Tate's delicate
health. We are glad to report that she
is much improved. Rev. Dr. I.
A. Bryan, of the Third church, Birm
ingham, Ala., began a series of meet
ings in our church on Tuesday even
ing, February 5th, from which fcreat
good is anticipated. Y.
Since the above was put in type
the following note has been received:
The meetings announced to be held
by Rev. Dr. Bryan, of Birmingham,
Ala.,' beginning February 5, have been
postponed until March on account of
illness.
KENTUCKY.
Ijouisvlllo: Rev. W. A. Hopkins
presented his resignation as pastor of
the James Lees Memorial church to.
Louisville Presbytery last week, that
he might accept a commission as
chaplain in the United States navy.
Shoulder Blade Mission: Any Sun
day-school which may have purchased
new curtains for separating class
rooms, kindly help us by sending
old ones to help in our mission to
separate several classes in one large
room. This will be much appreciated.
Please let me hear from you. Ad
dress Miss J. A. Walker, Juan, Ky.
(Breathitt County).
NORTH CAROLINA.
Davidson: Rev. John Little, of
Louisville, Ky., whose mission work
among the negroes in that city has
been characterized by such remark
ably fine results as to make him a
figure of note in the Southern Pres
byterian Church, lectured here last
week in Shearer Hall and showed a
number of slides illustrative of the
work he has been engaged in. He
came here in the interest of the Y.
M. C. A. movement that is undertak
ing to enroll 15,000 young men in
the study of the well-known book of
Dr. Weatherford on negro life in the
South, said to be the best discussion
of the subject in print and a book
used very generally as a text by teach
ers of classes in this department of
Home Missions.
Mr. Little was heard by a large
audience, who received with evident
interest and close attention the mes
sage that he brought. The pictures
constitute a special feature of the lec
ture.
Notice was given by Rev. Dr. Rich
ards on Sunday that beginning with
February 14 there would be a series
of services held in the Presbyterian
church to continue through Sunday,
the 24tli. The preaching will be done
by Rev. E. C. Bailey, of Edgefield,
S. C., a fellow-student of Dr. Rich
ards in their seminary days. There
are to be two services a day.
The biological department has re
cently moved to new and larger quar
ters. The laboratory is now in the
auditorium of the old Y. M. C. A.,
the Morrison Memorial Hall, last year
used as a Y. M. C. A. social centre.
SOUTH CAROLINA.
Columbia Seminary: At a meeting
of the student body of the seminary
Friday afternoon, it was unanimously
decided to adopt in full the sugges
tions of the United States food admin
istration with reference to the con
servation of food, and to seek strict
economy in other ways. This is a de
cided forward step on the part of the
students.
Rev. E. E. Gillespie, of York, who
has charge, in part, of the raising of
this Synod's share in Assembly's $3,
000,000 fund for benevolences, has
arrived in Columbia, and is occupying
offices provided for him on the
campus.
Greenville, Second Churoli: Thir
teen years ago, the first of February,
the present pastorate of this church
began, succeeding the faithful pas
torates of Rev. N. J. Holmes, Rev.
S. R. Preston, D. D., and Rev. G. G.
Mayes. During the last thirteen years
the people have built a modern
church and manse with up-to-dato ap
pointments and nearly paid for them.
The property is worth $45,000 for
church and Sunday-school purposes.
The house of worship is well located.
All the organizations of the church
have been maintained and others add
ed. During this period the church,
Sunday-school and other organizations
of the church have spent $91,065 in
the Lord's work for all purposes.
The Trustees have purchased and paid
for a new pipe organ for the main
auditorium and a piano for the Sun
day-school rooms. The Session has
received 553 members ? 384 by cer
tificate and 169 by profession. It now
has 9 elders, 11 deacons and 384
members. The Session purges the
roll from time to time. The strength
of a church does not primarily con
sist in its numbers, nor organization,
nor wealth, nor culture; but in its
spirituality that consecrates all these
things. It is not a mere money-gath
erer, nor place of entertainment, nor
hospital for sin-sick souls; nor busi
ness organization; nor social club,
nor charitable institution, nor move
ment for reform; but a spiritual in
stitution; spiritual in its head, its
methods and its ends. The true
church stands for the preservation
and publication of the truth by which
the Holy Spirit regenerates, convicts,
converts, sanctifies and saves men.
The Session has been strengthened
by the election of eight additional
ruling elders and the Deacons' Board
by the addition of eight deacons. The
Sabbath school has 447 officers, teach
ers and scholars and all the societies
have been active. The future of the
church is promising.
Cor.
CH AXGE OP ADDRESS.
Rev. Homer Head, from Effingham,
S. C.. to Cairo, Ga.
FOREIGN MISSIONS RECEIPTS.
For January, 1918, $66,303.05, an
increase of $20,001.45 over the same
month last year.
For ten months, ending January
31st, the receipts were $353,635.69,
an increase of $41,944.10 over the
same period of last year.
The amount needed for the year,
according to present estimates, is
$712,582.15. This means that dur
ing the months of February and
March is $358, 926. 4C. or a little more
than has been given in the past ten
months. Can it be done? Certainly
it can. The Church has the money.
It has the spirit of sacrificial conse
cration, if there could just be found
some one with the power to walce
every member of our churches to a
realization of the need of work, and
the glorious opportunity it presents
for serving the Master.
CLEARING THE SIDE-TRACK.
By Rev. W. H. Miley, D. D.
Before the government took over
the railroads thousands of cars of coal
were standing on the side-tracks in
stead of being moved over the main
lines and made to serve its purpose in
warming homes, running factories and
driving ships. The first aim of the
government was to remove from the
side-track this unused material and
put it Into active service. Herein lies
a moral for the Church. A large part
of the forces of the Church Is side
tracked. The non-resident members,
and those holding letters, may not be
entirely aloof from the Church, but
they are not on the main track, their
energies being largely lost to the for
ward movement of tho Christian
forces.
Feeling keenly this loss, the Com
mittee on Evangelism Is seeking,
through the Presbyterlal committees,
to inaugurate & campaign to locate
and put Into active service theso
forces. Many Presbyterlal chairmen,
pastors and sessions are entering
heartily upon this campaign. We give
here a few of the many testimonies
received. One of our most active pas
tors and chairmen, writes: "Now you
have struck something worth while.
Of my present membership, there are
thirty non-residents. T have written
to practically every pastor In regard
to them. Pleaso send me letters and
cards, that I may take up the matter
with the brethren of my Presbytery."
2. "My Presbytery has thirty-two
churches, into whose hands I will be
glad to place your plan and cardB If
you will equip me for the purpose,
adding personal note endorsing plan,
urging revision of church rolls and a
careful hunt for non-resident mem
bers. I am anxious to see the plan In
operation everywhere."
3. "I think the enclosed is a good
suggestion and should be productive
of good results. If you will send me
letters and cards, I will send one to
every pastor and session."
?4. "I am in hearty accord with your
plan to do something about the non
resident members, and wish to co
operate with you in my capacity as
Presbyterial chairman."
5. "At the regular meeting of our
Homo Mission Committee to-day, it
was decided to try out he plan you
have suggested to recover non-resi
dent members. Kindly send to me,
therefore, copies of letters and cards.
I will send the communications forth
in the Presbytery. Action was also
taken asking for a place on the pro
gram of spring Presbytery for a dis
cussion of the subject."
6. "I most heartily approve of the
plan which you are urging upon the
churches to advise the transfer of
membership where a party moves from
one community to another. If you
will send me letters and cards, I will
take pleasure in using the same."
7. A prominent attorney, clerk of
session of one of our leading churches,
writes: "I have just read your article
in the Christian Observer, 'Non-Resi
dent Members.' The reformation is
sadly needed. The task of writing let
ters in each case is an arduous one.
Please send me one hundred letters
and cards and I will remit the price
on receipt of bill."
8. "I want to show the churches of
this Presbytery just how they stand
in regard to this matter. As soon as
I get the cards from your office I will
send them with a letter to all our
churches. I want to see if we can't
greatly reduce the number of non
resident members by the meeting of
spring Presbytery."
It is the hope of the Department
of Evangelism that this brother's am
bition may be that of every Presby
tery, pastor and session. Hearty co
operation and team work in this cam
paign is absolutely necessary to its
success, and will mean much to multi
tudes of these Christians and to the
Church at large.
The Department of Evangelism will
furnish letters for the use of commit
tees at ten cents per dozen, or seventy
five cents per one hundred.
Cards for the use of sessions are in
sets of three (taking the place of let
ters), and will be furnished at ten
cents per dozen sets, or seventy-five
cents per one hundred sets.
Write for what you need and save
labor and expense.
Atlanta, Ga.
PRESIDENT WFLSON OX SABBATH
OBSERVANCE.
The President has issued the fol
lowing order to- all military and naval
officers, and his courso meets with the
hearty approval of all true Christian
people:
"The President, Commander-in
Chief of the Army and Navy, follow
ing the reverent example of his pre
decessors. desires and enjoins the or
derly observance of the Sabbath by
the officers and men in the military
and naval service of the United States.
The importance for man and beast of
the prescribed weekly rest, the sacred
rights of Christian soldiers and sail
ors, a becoming deference to the best
sentiment of a Christian people, and
a due regard for the Divine Will de
mand that Sunday labor in the Army
and Navy be reduced to the measure
(Continued ?* par* IS.)

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