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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 9

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Synod of Missouri: It is hoped that
the churches of this Synod will begin
at once and remit at least quarterly
to the various benevolent treasurers
of the Church. Monthly is better, If
funds justify the checks. Unless ses
sions have good reasons to follow a
set of percentages made for their own
benevolences, tho following percen
tages may be followed: Sixty-four per
ccnt. of all benevolences to five As
sembly causes. These in turn to be
distributed as the Assembly has au
thorized (see minutes 1918, page 49).
Thirty-six per cent, of all benevolent
money to local and Synodical causes
(not including miscell/neous benevo
lcnces and Congregational Home Mis
sions), as follows: Fifty-three per
cent, to Synodical Home Missions (Dr.
Gordon, treasurer); 37 per cent,
schools and colleges, and orphanage*,
10 per cent. The 53 per cent, to
schools and colleges should be dis
tributed as follows: Westminster, 26
per cent.; Synodical Female College,
45% per cent.; Kentucky Theological
Seminary, 13 *4 per cent.; and School
of the Ozarks, 15 per cent. Each
church treasurer is requested to maka
a duplicate copy of these percentages
and remit at .'east quarterly, following
them as close as is practicable. In
the end, when, gifts to miscella
neous benevolences and Congrega
tional Home Missions are added to the
total benevolent gifts of each church,
the percentages will. In all probabil
ity, stand 60 per cent, to five Assem
bly causes, and 40 per cent, to local
and Synodical causes, as the Assembly
has suggested through its Systemat<c,
Beneficence Committee.
Robert S. Boyd,
Manager Synod of Missouri.
Napton: On the fourth Sunday in
May there were ordained and Installed
in Memorial church of Napton the fol
lowing officers: PJlders, O. J. Watts
and Phillips M. Smith; deacons, S. H.
Stewart, J. M. Berritt and Hugh Wil
son. We have here a beautiful house
of worship, built of stone, nicely fur.
nislied, well lighted, and heated with
a furnace. This church is located In
a neighborhood thickly settled with a
splendid people, and one of the rich
est farming sections of Missouri. Eight
on profession of faith have been re
ceived into this church in the last few
T. H Newark.
Flora Macdonald College held its
commencement exercises May 18th
21st. Rev. W. E. Hill, D. D., of Fay
ettevllle, preached the commencement
sermon, and Rev. E. L. Siler, of Max
ton, preached the sermon before the
Y. W. C. A. The commencement ad
dress was delivered by Rev. E. C. Mur
ray, D. D., of St. Paul's. The college
has good prospect of completing its
effort to raise $100,000 before the
end of the year, thus enabling it to
secure a gift of $50,000 offered by a
friend conditioned upon the college
raising double that amount.
St- Paul's: Rev. E. C. Murray, D.
D., was Installed pastor Sunday after
noon, May 25th. Dr. G. E. Moore
house preached the sermon, Rev. J. K.
Hall presided and charged the pas
tor, and Elder Dr. Thomas Stamps
gave a very effective charge to the
people. The next Sunday Rev. C. E.
Parker, a Methodist missionary reared
in this neighborhood, told a thrilling
story of the miraculous work of graca
among the Telugus of India. That
evening about forty of our young peo
ple acted the Four-Square Pageant
prepared by the pastor's wife, exhibit
ing the work of our church In its
four great departments, which "vas
very instructive and inspiring. The
offering for the Korean mission
amounted to about $60. A supple
mentary canvass of the congregation
for the Flora Macdonald endowment
completes a subscription list of $4,
273. Last Sunday afternoon fifteen
teams of young men from the three
congregations took a thorough census
of the town and mill villages, and the
pastors are now tabulating the results
and following up the canvass.
Pineville Church Homo-Coming:
This was the greatest day for the
Pineville Presbyterian church. For
the first time since its organization
in December, 1875, by the late Rev.
Robert HItt Chapman, D. D., and th?i
late Elder James B. Rankin, both
then of Charlotte, had any radical
changes been made in the building.
But under the leadership of Rev.
Georgo F. Robertson, pastor, the in
terior of the old building was so thor
oughly overhauled and beautified that
it is like a new church. May 4lh had
been set for a home-coming. The day
was all we could ask for glory and
beauty. All the former pastors had
been invited, but owing to distances
and previous engagements none of
them could come. This laid the work
of the day on the pastor's shoulders
But with his youthful vigor and broa-l
shoulders he bore the burden, preach
ing at 11 A. M. to an overflowing
congregation on Bible Home-Comings,
physical and spiritual, and to as at
tentive a congregation as ever listened
to a sermon in Pineville. This was
followed by one of the best picnic
dinners anybody ever ate. Though the
crowd was large, the dinner was am
ple with enough over to feed as many
more. The pastor preached at 3 P.
M. on Heaven, and at night Rev. C.
H. Little, of Sharon church, gave us
a fine sermon on Eph, 3:17, "That
Christ may dwell in your hearts by
The visitors, old members and
others were in numbers from Char
lotte, Gastonia, Rock Hill, S. C., and
other places far and near.' Several
choirs, Steel Creek, Amity, Sharon,
etc., contributed singers who came
armed with that unsurpassed and un
surpassable American tune book from
which old familiar anthems and hymns
were sung with keenest relish. Some
of these the pastor had not sung since
he led the choir at Davidson College
during his senior year 1877-78, and
he used the same book he had fhen.
The crowd said the singing was fine.
One old anthem, "The Earth Is the
Lord's," sung at the morning service,
was repeated by request at the after
noon meeting.
This was a day of delight. Old
friends separated for more than a
score of years met and rejoiced to
gether. Many were missing, of course,
whom we'll not meet again until we
come to "the General Assembly and
Church of the firstborn." Perhaps
there was many an upward look with
a longing for the better things of the
morrow. Who knows? Perhaps there
were high resolves born in many a
heart to attempt greater things for
God ere He call us away. God grant
Westminster: This church has in
creased its pastor's salary $600, and
has requested the pastor (providing
the means) to attend the world's con
ference on Christian fundamentals
meeting in Philadelphia, May 2f?th to
June 1st.
McNalry Connty: Rev. Charles N.
Ralston and Rev. J. B. Butler repre
sent our Home Mission? Committee in
what has tlffe reputation of being the
poorest county in the State. I have
just returned from a three days' visit
to that field. Eight miles of very
bad, rough, washed and hilly roads
brought us to Purdy, the forsaken
county seat, where Mr. Ralston has
lived for five years or more and where
ho has, against multiplied obstacles,
maintained the Purdy School, with its
Bible course as a chief attraction.
In spite of much rain, about a hun
dred children and adults had gathered
in the old abandoned brick college
building, and gave good attention to
the word preached. Mr. and Mrs. Ral
ston livo in a two-room shell of %
house that he assisted in building. It
has an ample porch and yard, and is
made by its consecrated in-dwellers
an attractive place. Their Christian
hospitality is abundant and delightful.
From Purdy we went next day over
eight other worse miles of roads to
Bethel Springs, a town of 4 00 people,
when Rev. and Mrs. J. B. Butler re
ceived us with every attention. A
bountiful dinner refreshed us, and we
spent profitable hours talking over the
work. The membership of the church
is only thirteen resident ones, but
congregations of sixty to seventy at
tend the prayer meeting alternating
between our church and the Metho
dist, and ninety to one hundred attend
Mr. Butler's evening and morning ser
vices two Sabbaths a month. Poca
hontas, Saulsbury, Middleton and
other small groups twenty-five to
thirty miles away have also been visit
ed by Mr. Butler.
In spite of threatening skies, Mr.
Ralston, Mr. Butler and I started out
after supper to Rose Hill in the woods
four and one-half miles from Bethel
Springs, where a large crowd was ex
pected. Only fourteen, however,
braved the rain, but we had some
songs and a Scripture lesson, and
talked over the new church proposed
for Rose Hill, to cost $2,500, and
sorely needed. We were meeting in
the school-house; the rain fell in tor
rents; one buggy was upset and
smashed in the darkness of the woods.
When a lull came we set out for
Mr. Butler's home, and got there in
time for shelter against the next
shower, but Mr. and Mrs. Ralston set
out over those fearful eight miles of
mud and water and gullies and hills
for Purdy, hoping to reach home by
midnight. An hour later the torrents
fell. In the morning acres and acres
were covered with water and roads
were impassable. But we had kept
our appointments, and the people
learned to depend upon a Presbyte
rian's word.
That's Home Missions. Four years
ago there was not a Presbyterian at
Rose Hill; now the church of ten or
ganized by Mr. Ralston in a school
house has grown to thirty-three mem
bers, and plans a house of worship.
Purdy tells about the same story.
"Men heed thee, love thee, praise thee
The Master praises ? what are men?"
Gormanla: This church has just
passed through a gracious period of
refreshing, when Dr. D. K. Walthall,
of Waynesboro, Va., came to us for a
series of services lasting ten days.
Dr. Walthall's messages were simple,
instructive and soul Inspiring. He
does not hesitate to preach hell, but
in strong contrast to the awfulness of
eternal punishment he pictures the
love of God, and he literally loves
men into the kingdom. Too much
cannot be said in praise of the mem
bers of this church for their palslon
for souls as manifested in their un
tiring efforts to reach men by per
sonal work, and many of the results
of the meeting can be traced to the
personal work done by the Christians.
Not the least of the blessings accru
ing from the meeting is the quicken
ing of God's people as a result of the
stirring messages that Dr. Walthall
brought. The visible results of the
meeting were twenty-four professions
of faith, sixteen of whom have al
ready been received into the member
ship of the church. Some of those
who made a profession will join the
Methodist church, while the rest will
unite with the Presbyterian church at
a later date. The members of the
church expressed their appreciation of
Dr. Walthall's efforts by presenting
him with quite a substantial purse on
the last night of the meeting. This
little church of eighty-three members
made quite a creditable financial re
port to the spring meeting of Presby
tery. Under the $3,000,000 drive the
church was asked for $U6l for be
nevolences and actually raised $896.
The total amount of money raised
during the year amounted to $2,840.
The members of the church are to be
commended for their liberality.
F. J. Brooke, Jr., Pastor.
Tliomas: This little church of thir
ty-six members has just closed a most
successful year. Twelve members
wore added on profession of faith dur
ing the year and two by letter. The
people have been faithful in worship
ping God with their substance, as is
evidenced by the fact that $198 was
raised for benevolences and $1,273 for
all causes.
F. J. Brooke, Jr., Pastor.
Taylor: At a congregational meet
ing held May 4th the Mexican Pres
byterian church of Taylor elected an
additional deacon and authorized the
session to borrow $400 from the As
sembly's Committee of Home Missions
with which to enable it to complete
the balance needed for the building
of a chapel. Beginning with the month
of May, Rev. R. Avila takes charge ot
the Taylor church, as well as the
Waco Mexican church. He was with
the Taylor church the third and fourth
Sundays of May. Another branch Sun
day school was organized in connec
tion with this church on Sunday, the
2f?th. It now has seven Sunday
schools. This church added to its
membership twenty-three new mem
bers during the month of "May.
W. S. S.
Rev. T. M. Stribling from Cedai*
town to Jefferson, Ga.
Rev. .T. W. Marshall from Camden
to Mount Holly, Ark.
Rev. Dr. P. F. Price from Nanking,
China, to care China Mail S. S. Co.,
San Francisco, Cal., until July 16th,
then to Lexington, Va.
Rev. Eugene Bell frpm Kwangju,
Korea, to R. 7, Shelbyville, Ky.
Rev. S. I. Woodbrldge, D. D., is now
at Augusta, Mich., where he is await
ing the return of his two sons from
Europe before sailing for China.
Rev. Dr. P. Frank Price, of our
mission at Nanking, China, expects to
reach this country about the middla
of July. His address after that time
will be Lexington, Va.
Rev. Donald W. Richardson, of our
mission at Chinkiang, China, has been
elected to succeed Rev. Dr. J. Lelgn
ton Stuart in the department of New
Testament In the Theological Sem
inary at Nanking. Dr. Stuart has ac
cepted the call made him a short time
ago to become president of Peking
Rev. aiul Mrs. George W. Taylor,
Jr., sailed from New York on June
7th for their new home and work in
Pernamhuco, Brazil. Mr. Taylor grad
uated at Union Theological Seminary.
Richmond, a year ago. Since that
time he has been the assistant pastor
of the First church of Atlanta, Ga.,
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