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(Continued from page 0) of which Rev. Dr. J. S. Lyons is pas tor. Rev. S. L. Morris, l>. !>., our belo/ed and efficient Secretary of Home Mis sions, has had the degree of LL. D. conferred upon him by lCrskine Col lege, of Due West, S. C. This college is Dr. Morris' aln . mater, and it has made no mistake in conferring th's honor upon its worthy son. DKATH OP RKV. GEOIUJE W. BUTLER. A cablegram received from Rev. W. M. Thompson, of our North Brazil mission, brings the sad intelligence of tl\3 death of our veteran missionary, Rev. G. W. Butler, on May :50th. The cable contained only the words, "Dr. Butler asleep," and gave no particu lars as to the circumstances of his death. He was one of the great missionary heroes of our Church, and the story of his life, if it could be given, would be one of thrilling interest. Dr. Humphrey Butler, his son, lived with his father at Canhotinho, Brazil, and will carry on his father's work in the hospital until some one ran he sent out to supply his place. Mrs. Butler is now at her home in Golds boro, N. C. We are sure that the sympathies of our entire Church will go out to these friends in their be reavement. The Executive Committee of Foreign Missions feels that in Dr. Butler's death we have sustained an almost irreparable loss. S. H. Chester. FOREIGN MISSION RECEIPTS. The receipts for May were $35, 874.58. For the same month last year they were $25,(592.3. This is an increase of 510,182.45. For the two months of this year. which began April 1st, the receipts have been $114, 194.66, which i8> an increase of $74, 886.16. The present estimate of the cost of the work for this year is $825, 839.17. Add to this the debt at the beginning of the year of $216,657.19, making the whole amount needed for the year, without any increase in work, $1,042,496.36. In two months one-ninth of this amount has been given. THE LAYMEN'S ASSOCIATION OP CHEROKEE PRESBYTERY. In September, 1918, Cherokee Pres bytery appointed a committee of five laymen "to consult and advise with ? the Home Mission Committee as to any way they may find to assist the Home Mission evangelistic work in the Presbytery." This committee met and made the following recommendations: (a) That an association be formed to be known as the "Laymen's Asso ciation of Cherokee Presbytery," and that all male members of all ages in the congregations in the Presbyterv be requested and urged to become members of this association, and that such membership be not restricted to members of the church, but that all males be eligible who desire to co operate with and aid this association in its work. (b) This association should not be independent of nor antagonistic to the Presbytery in any sense, but should be ancillary thereto, and its work should be directed by the Presbytery. ? (c) That pastors of all the congre gations bring the matter before the people at once, and-1 request the dea eons to make a thorough canvass of nil eligibles, urging them to become members, and that all such member be requested to pay annually into a fund to be known as the "Laymen's Fund" such an amount as he shall feel able to pay, and the names and addresses of such members, together with the statement of amounts they shall agree to contribute, shall be fur nished to the treasurer, but failure to pay anything should not disqualify any one for membership. (d) That the Presbytery shall each year appoint a Central Committee of five laymen, and this committee shall annually elect a treasurer, who shall be custodian of all funds belonging to ibis association, and shall render to the Presbytery at each meeting in itemized statement of all receipts and disbursements, which shall include from each church the names and amounts contributed by all members, and that all disbursements of this fund shall be made by the concurrent order of the Central Committee and the Home Mission Committee, an?l subject to the approval of Presbytery. Object of This Association. ( 1 ) The glory of God and the mora effectual extension of the kingdom of Christ so far as may bo possible through and by means of the churches of this Presbytery. (2) The training and development of the talents and abilities of the lay men for workers and leaders in the great work of the Church, in its va rious departments of endeavor. (3) The utilization of the business ability of the laymen in solving the business and financial problems of the Church in order to relieve the min isters of the gospel of such cares, so far as is practicable. (4) To give opportunity, through occasional meetings of its members, for the Presbyterians of this section to get acquainted with one another, which is itself an object of great Im portance, as this social intercourse will go far toward encouraging and stimulating the zeal and enthusiasm of all. Also to afford opportunities for the exchange of ideas on all mat ters pertaining to the work of the Church, and for the membership to give expression to that desire and zeal for service by word and deed, which we are sure many are longing for, and will develop and afford opportu nity to tabulate the talents among our members, which, so far as Church work is concerned, are "hid In a nap kin," only lacking a stimulus to call them forth. Results Attained and Anticipated. (1) Cherokee Presbytery at its spring meeting unanimously approved the Laymen's Association and its or ganization, recommendations and ob jects, and the time and place was chosen for a get-together meeting. (2) This meeting was held In the First Presbyterian church, Rome, Ga., on May 23, 1919, where one hundred and fifty laymen from all parts of the Presbytery assembled, and after an in spiring program was carried out, con sisting of stirring addresses by repre sentative laymen, the organization was completed and the following officers elected for the ensuing year: Colonel John D. Taylor, of Summervllle, pres ident; Mr. B. T. Hughes, of Rom", first vice-president; Mr. George F. Montgomery, of Marietta, second vles presldent; Mr. J. E. Patten, of Lafay ette, treasurer, and Mr. C. E. McLin. of Rome, secretary. The following Is taken from the Rome paper: "The meeting was prob ably as substantial a gathering of bus iness men Interested in the spread of Church work and influence as ever gathered in the South. John D. Tay lor, of Summervllle, has been the leading spirit in the movement, nnd together with Mr. B. I. Hughes had been working quietly on the plan that culminated with such mganificent suc cess yesterday. The ladles of Rome spread a bountiful repast at midday at the Coosa Country Club that add ed greatly to the pleasure of the vis itors and to the charm of the occa sion. All departed deeply impressed with the great importance of the work they had pledged themselves to carry through, and thoroughly delighted with the courtesy extended them in Rome." (3) It is anticipated that this asso ciation working intelligently, and with harmony throughout the Presbytery, will equalize the financial pressure, and by a strict system of accounting for all funds, with the judicious han dling of the samo according to strict business methods, will no doubt stim ulate a more liberal spirit among the people. (4) It is anticipated that a substan tial fund can be accumulated and maintained, to be available whenever needed by the Ilome Mission Commit tee for the urgent needs of the Church, and thus relieving them and the min isters from the very emharras3<n? handicap of present conditions. (5) The Central Committee plans to have a key-man and committee in each church to secure as many mem bers as possible for the association. It is the opinion of many that if the above plan is earnestly and faithfully and prayerfully worked, that there will be a marked growth in the indi vidual, in the Church and Presbytery, and along all lines of Christian ef fort. 1XTER.CHITRCH WORLD MOVEMENT. Arrangements have been completed for the southern conference of the In ter-church World Movement of Nortn America, which is to be held in Bine Ridge, N. C., from June 24th to July 3d, according to announcement by R. D. Dodge, director of the conference. Leaders of national thought in re ligious, missionary and welfare endea vor have been assigned to present the message of the co-operative project, report the progress already made and lay the foundation for more thor ough-goin^t organization in the South. Classes in specialized phases of prac tical Christianity will be conducted hy experts trained in the various home and foreign fields. This conference and six similar onop in other parts of the conntry are large ly directed by the former personnel of the Missionary Education Move ment, which has given up to the In ter-church Movement all the facilities for the missionary training confer ences it conducted in past summers. The Laymen's Missionary in like fash Ion has turned over the service of li.3 forces, which will be employed to strengthen this and the six other meet ings this summer. Blue Ridge expects to receive dele gates from practically every souther a organization of any magnitude con nected with the missionary and wel fare work of the Protestant Churches. Besides th'ese regularly accredited rep resentatives, many other persons from the Southern States, particularly the Carollnas, Virginia, West Virginia. Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama, *ve making reservations for the full pe riod or part of the conference. W. E. Doughty, J. Campbell Whlta and Charles H. Pratt are leaders who will address the conference. Three authors of text books have been secured to lead classes In their own books: Dr. Charles A. Brooks, of New York, author of "Christian Americanization, a Task for the Churches"; David McConaughy, of New York, "Money the Acid Test," and Dr. W. D. Weatherford, the most thorough student of the negro ques tion in the South, "Negro Forces." Others who will conduct classes ire Dr. Herman H. Home, of New York University; Dr. E. M. Poteat, of Bog ton; Franklin D. Cogswell, of New York; Dr. H. P. Williams, of Nash ville, and Miss Grace Lindley, of New York; Miss Gertrude Hutton, of New York; Mrs. Luke Johnson, of New man, Ga.; Mrs. W. C. Wlnsborough, of St. Louis; Dr. B. C. Cronk, of Ne*v York; Dr. W. Taliaferro Thompson, of Knoxville, Tenn.; Mrs. E. C. Cronk, of New York; Miss Nathildo Vos3lor, of Richmond; Miss Sallie Dean, of Richmond; Mrs. B.'E. Copenhaven, of Marion, Ga., and Dr. Robert W. Pat tern, director of the Nation-wide Cam paign of the Episcopal Church. PROGRAM PRIZES AWARDED. Early last fall the Executive Com mittee of Christian Education and Ministerial Relief offered $50 in prizes, $20 to be given to the author of the best program submitted, $15 for the second, $1^ for the third and $5 lor the fourth. On account of the many interrup tions of the war, the influenza and the signing of the armistice, the decision has been put off from time to time. One hundred and twenty-six pro grams were submitted. These were carefully gone over by a committee composed of Miss Alice Eastwood, Mrs. W. M. Charlton and Mrs. J. Q. Pulton. Scores of the programs were found to be of highest excellence, and it was extremely difficult to reach a just decision. The work of those securing the prizes was marked with greater originality and suggeativeness. thin the others. It was decided to giva two first prizes and four fourth prizes. Miss Mary P. Wily, of Winston -Sa lem, N. C., submitted a playlet on "Ministerial Relief for Young People's Meetings." Miss Mamie McElwee, of Statesville, N. C., submitted a young people's program on "Christian Educa tion, the Student Loan Fund and Min isterial Relief." As it was impossih'e to decide between these two, a prize of $20 each was forwarded to them. The second prize was won by Mrs. J. P. Forsyth, of Caledonia, Mo., on a program, "Recruiting for the Minis try," to be used in the Woman's Aux iliary meetings. The third prize was won by Mrs. Robert S. Sanders, of ThomasviUc, Ga., on the program, "Christian Edu cation and the Student Loan Fund " to be used In children's meeting3. Two fourth prizes were won by Miss Eva Cavers, of California, Mo., one on the "Student Loan Fund'* and ihe other on "Schools and Colleges," pro gram for young women. Another prize of $5 was given to Miss Cecil Bowman, of Stuart Robin son College, Indian Botton, Ky., who presented "A Playlet for Ministerir.I Relief," and the other prize was givt-n to Mrs. G. H. Eversole, of Caledonia. Mo., for a program on "Schools and Colleges." Many of the other programs sub mitted are of the very highest rank and will be published from time to time. We can never fully express our debt of gratitude to these friends who have worked so faithfully and so success* fully for the advancement of this de partment of the Church's work. In a short wlflle another contest will be opened. We expect to offer the prizes for this in a little more definite way. Many?of those who entered the last contest tried to cover too large a fielJ and made the program too long. We have a fine assortment of leaf lets that will be mailed free of cost to any of the members of our Church who desire to enter the next contast. announcement of which will be made In the near future. For further Information addres3 Henry H. Sweets, secretary, 410 Ur ban Building, Louisville, Ky.