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in a rich measure, and as his servants
w? ascribe to him the glory.
Thornwell Memorial church con
sists of the officers, matrons and
teachers of the Thornwell Orphanage,
together with the orphanage children,
and a few members from the town
of Clinton. The church has been
without a pastor since the death of Its
pastor, Rev. W. P. Jacobs, D. D., Sep
tember 10, 1917. Since that date eight
members have been received on pro
fession of faith and thirteen by letter,
making a total of twenty-one addi
tions. During the same period twelve
tia.o been dismissed to other
churches, leaving a net gain of nine
members in the six months' period.
As the children of the Thornwell Or
phanage are gathered from many
States, it follows that when they leave
the orphanage, taking their church
membership into other congregations
they enrich the churches throughout
the South. Thornwell Memorial has
had the experience of receiving an
unusually large number of new mem
bers and dismissing an unusually
large number to other churches be
cause of its being an institutional
Columbia: . The .County .Sunday
School Convention met last Friday in
the First Baptist church and was a
most interesting and profitable occa
sion. There were three sessions. The
principal speakers were Miss Milwee
Davis, of Laurens, S. C., and R. D.
Webb, of Spartanburg, General Secre
tary of the State Sunday School Asso
ciation. Each of these speakers spoke
three times, one at each session, and
they were exceedingly interesting.
Any one at all interested In Sunday
school work should try to hear them.
The Sunday school Is the most Impor
tant branch of church work. It should
be called the Bible study department,
for the other term implies that chil
dren and not adults are engaged or
interested. Miss Davis makes much
of organization, and In the most Im
pressive and interesting manner and
by many illustrations on the Board,
set forth her theme. Mr. Webb was
not behind this earnest lady in his
comprehensive addresses. The next
State Sunday School Convention will
bo held at Greenwood, May 1, 2 and
3. Edwin Norton Andrews.
Memphis: Rev. Dr. Lumpkin read
a paper on James Healy Thornwell
before the Presbyterian Ministers' As
sociation this week that called forth
the expression of , a desire to have it
put in permanent form.
? West minster: The past year has
been one of accomplishments at West
minster. There were added to the
membership roll thirty-three new
names. Good progress was made in
debt reduction and in benevolence in
crease. In all about $11,590 was
paid out. The debt, about $22,000,
two years ago, is now well in hand,
and has been reduced to less than
$8,000. The pastor has spoken or
oreaclied 254 times, baptized 32 adults
and 9 infants, conducted 8 funerals,
married 16 couples, secured 5 sub
scriptions to church papers, distri
buted more than 2,000 tracts or re
ligious papers, secured about 4 8 read
ers of good books, held 6 evangelistic
meetings and made 865 visits.
? Chelsea, Avenue church has called
Rev. F. D. Daniel, of Pontotoc, Miss.
It Is expected he will accept the call.
It was unanimous and hearty.
? Idlewild: Dr. Crowe has returned
to his army A*ork at Camp Sevier for
a few wee^s.
Itn-.ca: This Is the financial report
of this church to the Presbytery of
Fort Worth for year ending March
31, 1918: For Foreign Missions,
$278; Assembly's Home Missions,
$154; Presbyterlal Home Missions,
$175; Education and Ministerial Re
lief, $265; Sunday-school extension,
$27; schools and colleges, $172; Bible
cause, $107; Orphans' Home, $348;
miscellaneous charity, $404; local ex
pense, $3,620; pastor's salary, $1,200.
collection was asked. The address
was educational and Inspirational and
our people were delighted with it.
Tyler, First Church: At the re
cent communion service twenty-nine
new names, received during the quar
ter, were announced, of these twenty
one were on profession of faith, and
one from the Baptist church. At the
same service there were eight adult
and one Infant baptisms. We have re
cently had a ?very helpful series of ser
vices conducted by Dr. Frank Hall
Wright, whose faithful presentation
of the gospel and fine singing were
both profitable to and greatly enjoyed
by large congregations.
TIME AND PLACE OF MEETINGS OF
Synod of OMircU.
Macon ? Rose Hill church. Columbus,
April 23, 7:30 P. M.
Synod of Kratucky.
Transylvania ? Pleasant Grove, April 23,
7:30 P. M.
Synod of Louisiana.
Louisiana ? Jackson, April 23, 8 P. M.
Synod of Mlaalaiitppl.
North Mississippi ? Clarksda^e, April 23,
t.oa n i.
Synod of North Carolina.
Albemarle ? Raleigh, April 23, 8 P. M..
Fayettevllle ? Lumbertoc, April 23.
Synod of Oklahoma.
Durant ? Hugo, April 24, 8 P. M.
SYNOD OF SNEDECAR MEMORIAL
Central ? Texarkana, Ark.-Tex., April 18,
7:30 P. M.
Synod of South Carolina.
Bethel ? Bowllngr Qreen, April 2S, 11
Piedmont ? Pendleton. April 23, 8 P. M.
Synod of Trxii.
Brazos ? Bay City, April 23, 7:30 P. M.
Synod of Vtrirtnla.
East Hanover ? Bl&ckstone, April 22, 8
West Hanover ? Charlottesville*. April
23. 8 P. M.
LET ITS HAVE THE ASSEMBLY.
By W. B. Morrison.
Southern Prosbyterlans of the
Southwest very much regret the
movement agitated in other portions
of the Church to omit the 1918 meet
ing of our General Assembly. This
regret arises, not from the fact that
we fear the Assembly will not meet,
for it seems to bo the unanimous
opinion of ecclesiastical lawyers that
the meeting cannot be legally omitted,
but because this agitation will do
crease interest in the Durant Assem
bly and result in a smaller attendance
Few of the objections raised by Dr.
Little or Professor Hogue have any
great weight when carefully examined.
It is argued that Durant is "almost
our jumping off place." and that It is
possibly unpatriotic to spend the
money necessary to carry the Assem
bly to that point. Let us answer that
the Assembly Is sent from time to
time to the distant parts of our Church
as a source of strength and encour
agement to those sections, and as an
evidence of the broad non-sectional
character of our great organization.
Who out here spoke of Newport News
as the "jumping off place" when the
Assembly met in that fdr northeastern
quarter of the Church?
Who knows what the meeting of the
Assembly at Durant may mean for
Presbyterlanism in the Southwest? I
think that the almost unhoped for suc
cess of the "$3,000,000 Drive" In Ok
lahoma Synod was due to the inspira
tion aroused by the expected coming
of the Assembly in May. And let me
say that no more patriotic people are
to be found in the United States than
our Oklahoma Presbyterians, whether
in gifts to Red Cross, Y. M. C. A., or
in purchase of Liberty Bonds. The
necessary expenditure of money in the
holding of the Assembly is not to bo
classed as an extravagance, and it is
very possible that it is a good finan
cial investment even in times of stress
like the pi#>sent crisis.
It has been suggested by some of
the gentlemen referred to above that
commissioners may meet with difficul
ties in making the trip. Such a con
tingency is most unlikely. True the
government is discouraging needless
travel, but it is hardly probable that
any such step as "commandeering the
roads" will be taken without giving
ample notice, if it ever proves neces
sary. Durant is situated on ono of
the great trunk lines between St.
Louis and the Southwest; a branch of
another great system gives us connec
tion with two other through lines fifty
miles east and west of Durant, respec
tively. Seventy-five miles north of this
city, or less than a hundred miles
south, connection can be made with
trains from Memphis and the East.
No Eastern commissioner need take
out extra life insurance or revise bis
last will and testament when he sots
out for the Assembly at Durant.
Again, the General Assembly of the
Southern Presbyterian Church is not
a large body. Its coming together
will not be felt or noticed on the many
different roads that will bring com
missioners to Durant. I feel that there
need be no fear that this gathering
will interfere with troop movements
anywhere ? even on the trunk line
passing through this little city. Trains
may be late, and connections not so
good as in normal times, but what of
that? If our fathers thought it suffi
ciently Important to hold the regular
annual sessions of the Assembly when
every section of the Southland was
being torn and ravaged by actual war
fare, shall we neglect this duty be
cause of a few slight Inconveniences?
Finally, let me say that the Durant
people will feel it an honor and a
pleasure to entertain the Assembly.
Some arrangements have already been
made, and considerable expense
already incurred by the Durant First
church, in anticipation of this event.
Would it not be unjust at this late
date to turn aside from the historic
custom of our Church and re'ject the
hospitality of Durant, twice profTered
to the Assembly, and accepted by it
with enthusiasm at Birmingham last
Let us cease this agitation. Let
every Presbytery elect commissioners
and instruct them to attend the As
sembly, and let the whole Church join
in the prayer that this fifty-eighth
coming together of its highest court
may prove to be the most earnest and
valuable session it has ever held.
ELECT ONLY TWO COMMISSIONERS
TO THE ASSEMBLY.
However, the Presbyteries may vote
on the question of the General As
sembly's meeting this year, there is
one thing that each Presbytery may
do independently of the others that
would greatly reduce railroad traffic
and expenses. "Every Presbytery, is
entitled to send one minister and ono
ruling elder for every four thousand
members," but this is not obligatory.
Let every Presbytery, then, elect only
two commissioners this year, thus re
ducing the Assembly, should it meet,
by nearly one hundred members. The
Assembly then should grant rebates
on the mileage assessments of those
Presbyteries, either for this year or
the next, proportionately to their re
duced representation. This, too,
would be a blessed relief, for this
year's assessment Is excessive and is
causing much complaint. Even should
the Assembly not grant these rebates,
the saving of nearly five thousand dol
lars should greatly reduce next year's
assessments. E. C. Murray.
Greensboro, N. C.
PRELIMINARY FOREIGN MISSION
By Rev. Egbert W. Smith, D. D.
The year just closed has broken all
Foreign Mission records in conversions
on the field, in the cost of the work,
and in the gifts of the people.
Additions On the Field.
The total number reported from all
our fields Is 5,972. This is 716 more
than the number reported last year,
notwithstanding the fact that last
year's number was 29 per cent greater
than the largest number ever before
Our communicants abroad now
number 41,337, with 26,202 students
in schools, and a Sunday-school mem
bership of 63,991.
As the financial facts are of special
interest to the Church at large at
the present moment, I am giving them
in full. To the Committee the year
has been one of unexampled difficulty
and anxiety. Though the total cost
of the work has gone beyond our
highest forecast and the deficit Is en
larged, yet we are grateful to God
for the splendid increase in the peo
ple's gifts, which, but for abnormal
conditions, would have enabled us to
pay for the year's work and nearly
wipe out the whole debt.
Cost of the Regular Work.
We began the year with an initial
appropriation of $520,370, to which
was added during the year $157,194,
making a total cost for the year's
regular work of $677,564, being $116.
7 00 more than the total cost of the
previous year's regular work, and
$136,162 more than the previous
year's total receipts for the regular
The unprecedented Increase in the
cost of the work last year Is due main
ly to war conditions, which seem likely
to continue and to raise the cost
Receipts for Regular Work
The year's receipts for tho regular
work, Including such legacies and
other funds as were so applied,
amounted to $620,331. This is $78,729
more than the previous year's similar
total, but lacks $57,234 of equalling
the immensely increased cost of the
year's regular work. This amount
added to the deficits of previous years
makes the total deficit on April 1.
It is our hope that this deficit will
be completely extinguished by April
1, 1919, as a result of the $3,000,000
campaign, to the financing of which
the Foreign Mission treasury con
Receipts for Specials.
For special objects outside the
regular budget, which are appro
priated for only as the money is re
ceived, there was received and appro
priated $49,957. This represents
mainly the erection of sorely needod
missionary residences, school build
ings. hospitals and other forms of
permanent advance work.
The total receipts for both regu'ur
work and specials, including legacies,
&c., amounted to $670,287, an In
crease of $83, 74^ over the previous
year's similar total.
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