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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, June 11, 1919, Image 12

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of which Rev. Dr. J. S. Lyons is pas
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
(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
(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
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.
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.
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
Many of the other programs sub
mitted are of the very highest rank
and will be published from time to
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
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.

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