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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, April 17, 1918, Image 9

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fact that there were some supplies,
and says of Rev. J. S. Wilson that he
was the next "minister." Two of the
oldest living members of the church,
one of whom is ninety years old and
was under his ministry, think that Mr.
Wilson was never installed pastor. If
that is so Newnan church has had only
four pastors In the ninety years: Rev.
J. Y. Alexander, twenty-one years; Dr.
James Stacy, forty-three years; Rev.
C. O'N. Martindale, six years, and my
self, now serving my twelfth year. So
it appears that Newnan has had only
four regularly Installed pastors. These
four have given her eighty-two years
of service, in round numbers.
Columbus: The First church has
made a fine showing on the three mil
lion dollar campaign. Although the
quota fixed by the Synod's committee
(59,000.00) was $2,500.00 above the
per capita proportion, yet the elders
and deacons. In joint meeting as
sembled, resolved unanimously that
the church could and would raise the
nine thousand dollars called for as
"our part." The subscriptions to date
aggregate $10,660.00. Dr. McElroy
says this One showing is due to the
splendid work of the thirty young men
who had charge of ihe canvass, and
to the large liberality of a few, and
the almost unanimous response of the
church. Cor.
Phoenix City: This small Home
Mission church Is located in Alabama,
but is a part of the Synod of Georgia.
It has recently been the pleasure and
the privilege of this congregation to
have with them Rev. M. McG. Shields,
the eurnest and eloquent superinten
dent of Synodical Missions In Geor
gia. The little faithful congregation
was greatly benefited by the forceful
and attractive manner in which Mr.
Shields presented the gospel truths.
W. B. Clemmons.
Don&lsonvllle: The recently pur
chased manse having been thorough
ly repaired and painted within and
without, has been taken possession of
by the pastor, Rev. J. W. Stokes, and
family. The ladies of the congrega
tion generously supplied the larder
with substantial things. The meeting
began immediately thereafter, with
Rev. M. McG. Shields as preacher, the
results of which are being manifested
even a month later at the first ser
vice after his departure. The first
Sabbath of April was Home Coming
Day, and in spite of a steady down
pour of rain one-half the membership
answered the roll call and witnessed
:he reception of five Sunday-school
pupils into full membership of the
church, among them the oldest child
of the manse. We are reporting to
Presbytery for the year just closed
eleven added on examination and nine
on certificate and a resident member
ship of sixty-seven, and a total con
tribution to all causes of over eleven
hundred dollars. The Sabbath school
has a complete and graded organiza
tion. The Ladies' Auxiliary will be
represented at the Presbyterlal at
Cuthbert, whilo the church will be
represented at the Deacons' Confer
ence and at Presbytery. * From this
church the word of the Lord is sound
ed forth throughout thiB county and
In neighboring counties by mission
school and by preaching. There is
much land yet to be possessed.
Commerce: On March 24th the
Commerce church building was dedi
cated. A few months ago the con
gregation paid off a debt of $3,000
that had been carried for several
years. The dedication services were
delightful and thoroughly enjoyed,
especially by those whose efTorts and
gifts had been given unsparingly to
ward the erection of their beautiful
house of worship. Rev. E. B. Fincher,
D. D., a former pastor of the church,
preaehed the wrmoD, and It *M a
groat sermon, and Rev. W. T. Mat
thews, the pastor, offered the dedi
cation prayer. The names of Ave per
sons who had been received by the
session that morning were announced.
This church has subscribed more than
its quota of the Assembly's $3,000,
000 drive for the benevolent causes.
Augusta: On March 24th a most
interesting service was held in this
church when a Keystone tablet was
presented to tlio church by its four
hundred "affiliate members" from
Pennsylvania. Under the leadership
of its pastor. Rev. Dr. J. R. Sevier,
this church has most earnestly work
ed for the welfare and comfort of
the soldiers, especially thoso who are
members of the Presbytery church,
who havo been in Camp Hancock, near
that city. Many of these men were
from Pennsylvania, and four hundred
of them had shown their appreciation
of the hospitality of the First church
by becoming "affiliate members."
Wishing to show their appreciation
further they have presented a tablet
to the church made in the form of a
keystone on which is this inscription:
"A stone of appreciation, Pennsyl
vania men, Twenty-eighth Division,
Camp Hancock, 1918."
Monroe: On Sunday was celebrated
our spring communion service with a
large congregation present. The paB
tor. Rev. C. S. Newman, D. D., an
nounced the names of four new mem
bers received since last communion.
Also the baptism of one adult and
two infants. At a recent congrega
tional meeting four deacons were
elected, Messrs. Herbert U. Mlllsaps,
John W. Collens, Herman M. McGuiro
and H. K. Lineback. The church has
Just completed a thorough Every
Member Canvass of the membership.
Missouri Synod: The reports of in
dividual churches are very slow com
ing In, but we have some good things
for which to look forward. Three of
the largest churches In the Synod have
uot yet reported. Sixty-nine churches
have reported to date. Of this sixty
nine, twenty-nine have reached or ex
ceeded their quotas. Several of those
not reaching quotas have missed them
only a small per cent. And the great
majority in this class have made the
best and most thorough canvass ever
conducted by them. Not quito half of
the churches have been heard from,
and since some of the largest churches
are among them, we are not willing to
concede that Missouri has failed en
tirely. Total pledged by the sixty
nine churches is $55,000.00.
R. S. Boyd,
Manager of Synod.
Khiinjus City, Central Church, of
which Dr. CliarleB R. Nisbet is pastor,
at a congregational meeting recently
held the following resolution was
adopted: That it is the sense of thiB
meeting that the church should movo
to a more convenient location in the
southern part of the city; and that
a committee be appointed to carry out
the details. All the details in con
nection with removal have been re
ferred to a committee of twenty gen
tlemen, of which Mr. Herman P. Har
bison is chairman and J. R. Moore*
head secretary.
This church was organized in 1857,
and in its history has had four church
homes, this proposed new location
making the fifth. Tho report for the
year ending March 31st is one of the
best this church has ever made, and
in this new location It is expected that
an even larger work will be done.
? Eastminnter church Is happy
over the wiping out of the last Install
ment of the church building debt of
$4,000t Th? mortgage wu preMnted
to the congregation and destroyed
Sunday, April 7th, and the doxology
was sung with unusual spirit. Thirty
one new members have been received
since our last communion, making
ninety-eight for the year. Our con
gregation had the best Every Member
Canvass we have ever had, although
we did not reach our quota. There
was a distinct gain In the number of
subscribers apd amounts subscribed.
The names of one hundred members,
resident and non-resident, have been
retired by the session in making their
annual report. Rev. P. W. Ilaver
kamp, who has been serving thiB
church as assistant pastor and minis
tering to a group of our members at
Mt. Washington, is now devoting all
his time to this new point. The Mt.
Washington members "will petition
Upper Missouri Presbytery for an or
ganization at its approaching session.
This work was begun just a year ago.
We give thanks to him "whose we
are and whom we serve."
Memphis: Five members have re
cently joined this church, two by let
ter and three on profession. Five have
also joined the U. S. A. branch of our
congregation, one on profession and
the other four by letter or on state
ment. On January 27th Dr. E. E. Par
rlsh was ordained and installed a
deacon. The board of deacons was
fully organized at the monthly meet
ing, April 1st. The New Year con
gregational reception to the pastor
and his wife was delayed for several
weeks by bad weather and sickness in
the congregation, but was largely at
tended the last Monday night in Feb
ruary. Several were present that
night for the first time In months or
years, who have attended services
right regularly Bince. Since the first
of the year the pastor, Dr. F. M. Haw
ley. has been giving the children a
Ave minutes talk every Sabbath Just
before the morning sermon. An In
creasing number of the little ones re
main for the preaching service.
Davidson: The college and town
has been highly privileged in hear
ing this week two of the very promi
nent ministers of the Southern Assem
bly, Rev. Dr. James I. Vance and Rev.
Dr. Thornton Whaling, president of
Columbia Theological Seminary. The
latter filled Dr. Richards' pulpit at
both services on Sunday and in the
afternoon spoke also before the stu
dents in Shearer Hall on the claims
of the gospel ministry to the young
men of the twentieth century, an un
usually strong and appealing address
that Dr. Whaling had delivered at
numbers of the universities and col
leges of the South. His sermons both
morning and evening alike were char
acterized by the force and power to
say brilliancy that marks much of Dr.
Whaling's pulpit work. His visit to
Davidson every spring Is always antici
pated with keen pleasure and es
pecially so by the students.
An open date, caused by the can
celling of one of his engagements to
speak elsewhere in the State, was
the cause of Davidson's having the
very great privilege of hearing Dr.
Vance. He spoke on "The Moral Aims
of the War," and was heard by a large
and highly appreciative audience. Dr.
Vance is speaking at a number of
points in this State Just now. It need
not be said that he Is making a pro
found impression In his restatement
and powerful emphasis on the why of
America's being in the great war, and
the lofty and high Ideals that are in
spiring this country to brave the dan
gers and hardships that must In
evitably follow are at once beautifully
and eloquently set forth by this dis
tinguished pulpit orator.
The announcement of the speakers
to* tha coming commeneexftent
sures success (or at least this part ot
that enlivening season. The bac
calaureate on Sunday morning will be
delivered by Rev. Charles F. Myers,
pastor of the First Presbyterian
church, Greensboro. The sermon at
night before the Y. M. C. A. will be
preached by Rev. Dr. A. D. P. Gll
mour, of Spartanburg. For a com
mencement orator to deliver the ad
dress before the Literary Societies, the
choice comes a little nearer home in
a sense and not so near in another.
Hon. Yates Webb, a congressman of
this district, whose reputation both at
home and In the national capital is
alike notable. Mr. Webb has spoken
repeatedly throughout his district, but
his reputation as a national figure in
the legislative halls of the nation and
as an orator of parts on whatever
platform he appears always insures
for him a large audience.
Westminster School, Rutherford
ton, N. C.: Owing to the fact that
a number of the students of the West
minster School have volunteered for
the Boys' Working Reserve of North
Carolina, pledging themselves to do
farm work during the summer vaca
tion, we have arranged to close a
week earlier this year. And that wo
may get in full time we shall have
school on our weekly holidays till the
end of the term. Commencement will
be from the 12th to the 14th of May.
One feature of the following program
which will be of interest to all the
friends of the school is that all the
visiting speakers aio alumni of West
Sunday, May 12th. 11 A. M. ? Com
mencement sermon by Rev. T. Green
lee Tate (class of 190C). Camp Jack
son, S. C.
Sunday, May 12th, S P. M. ? Y. M.
C. A., address by Mr. Robert Edwin
McClure (class of 191.1), Wilmington,
N. C.
Monday, May 13th. 10 A. M. ?
Exercises by senior class.
Monday, May 13th, 2 P. M. ? An
nual meeting of the Board of Trus
Monday, May 13th, S P. M. ? Inter
Society Debate.
Tuesday, May 14th, 10 A. M. ?
Orators' contest.
Tuesday, May 14th, 1 1 A. M. ? Com
mencement address by Mr. William C.
Cumming (class of 1914), Wilming
ton, N. C. This will he followed by
graduation exercises, awarding of
medals and honors, and meeting of
the Alumni Association.
All alumni and alumnae of the
school are cordially Invited to bo pres
ent on Tuesday. Those who see this
are asked to tell others and urge them
to como.
Columbia, First Church: The
deacons of this church have elected
Dr. C. Fred Williams chairman of the
board. Mr. J. M. Bateman was re
elected secretary and Mr. C. C. Wil
liams was elected treasurer. Mr. Wil
liams has filled this office most satis
factorily for many years. The deacons
decided to invest $2,000 in Liberty
Bonds, as part of a sinking fund with
which to pay off the debt on the
Tlmmonsville: On last Sunday our
pastor. Rev. J. P. Anderson, an
nounced the names of six new mem
bers, all heads of families. Our
church is having a substantial growth,
several young men having recently
come in'o the church. We have sent
eight of our boys Into the army to
serve their country "over there." Our
church has gone "over the top" in
pledge* for the three million dollar
campaign. Our allotted quota was
$865, and we have subscribed $1,750.
Tb* Lord has blessed his work her#
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