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after the court adjourned. At the opening of the Presbytery he asked that all the services- held might, be made a part of his meeting, and that the brethren should be active in the homes where they were to be enter tained. The results were most happy. During the time the Presbytery was th-re ten persons were received into the church, and it. is believed that there are others to come. MARYLAND. Italtimore, Franklin Street. Church: This church reports a year of great prosperity and constantly increasing growth in membership, and in its gifts to the causes of the Assembly. Sixty seven new members were received and over twelve thousand dollars contri buted to benevolences, and in addi tion to this the church has raised a large sum for the improvement of the property, and the development of a modern Sunday school building, which is rendered possible by the church having acquired the large old resi dence on Cathedral Street just north of the manse, which can be admirably adopted to church purposes. Under l)r. II. E. Kirk's able ministry the con gregations have reached the capacity of the church building, and the need for larger facilities for all the activi ties of the congregation has been se riously felt and will now be supplied. T. B. G. NORTH CAROLINA. Yineland: On Wednesday evening, April 21, a commission of Wilmington l'resbytery met at this church and in stalled Rev. Andrew J. Howell its pas tor. This is the youngest church of the Presbytery, just organized last month with a promising future. Con tract for the new building has been let and the work will begin at once. The pastor, Mr. Howell, has been away from us only a year, serving that time as pastor of the church at Latta, S. since his return from war work. llolmont: This church sent up a good report to Presbytery. It. has con tributed to all causes 110,751 during the past year, averaging $50 per mem ber. Twenty-eight joined the church, eighteen by profession and ten by let ter, making 215 members on 4the church roll. The manse has been re paired and repainted. The salary of 'he pastor, Rev. J. T. Denby, was raised from $1,800 to $2,400. The Woman's Auxiliary has ? forty-two members and gave $791, thereby win ning the second place in Kings Moun tain Presbyterial. The Junior and Senior Christian Endeavor Societies are in a flourishing condition, and the attendance upon all the church ser vices is encouraging. Cor. Winston-Salem, First Church: Re Ports for the year just ended, 112 members received and $51,776 con tributed. Of this amount $35,429 was for benevolences. This church has re cently voted to secure an assistant to the pastor. Dr. D. Clay Lilly. SOUTH CAROLINA. Oakland Avenue: The salary of the pastor of this chtfrch, Rev. Alex ander Martin, has been increased from 52,400 to $3,000. The reports bf this congregation to the recent meeting of hethel Presbytery were most gratify ing. Purity: Rev. J. E. Purcell, pastor ?t this church, has h%d his salary in creased recently $600. York: This church, of which Dr. E. Gillespie Is pastor, has just closed one of the most fruitful years ln its history. There have been sev enty-flve additions, forty-four by let ter and thirtyone on profession of falith. All of the apportionments have been overpaid and the budget for benevolences for the ensuing year has been oversubscribed by nearly two thousand dollars. The pastor's salary has been increased from $2,400 to $3, 000. Bethesda: This congregation has recently increased the salary of Rev. F. H. Wardlaw, the pastor, $600. The work of this church was never in a more encouraging condition. Pc? l>e? Presbytery, at the last re port, was far in the lead of the other Presbyteries of the Synod of South ' Carolina in the Every-Member Can vass, having oversubscribed its quota by $7,154. For the year ending March 31, 1920, the Presbytery gave to be nevolence $45,205, an increase over the preceding year of $17,563. The following churches report increases in the pastors' salaries during the year: Beulah, $50; Blenheim, $300; Ben nettsvllle, $300; Clio, $100; Cheraw, $750; Chesterfield, $300; Darlington, $600; Dillon, $500; Dumbarton, $50; Effingham, $300; Fork, $140; Harts ville, $600; Hopewell, $300; Jeffer son, $400; Kentyre, $300; Kingston, $300; Latta, $600; Marion, $500; McBee, $300; Mullins, $240; Patrick, $89; Pee Dee, $100; Society Hill, $500; Tlmmonsville, $500. In addi tion, the Presbytery Increased the amounts paid the Home Mission work ers 25 per cent. * \ A. H. McArn, S. C. GaflTney: The Limestone church has Just completed a- splendid year's work. During the year ye had a net in crease in- our resident membership of nearly 30 per cent. The church pledged quite a good deal more than it was allotted for the benevolent causes, and paid considerably more than it pledged. For the year upon which we have entered the church has promised for benevolences nearly 20 per cent, more than its quota, and has increased its pastor's salary from $1,650 to $2,400. The following were added to our official staff during the year: Elders, J. N. King, T. M. Cald well. S. C. Stribling and W. C. Thom son; deacons, Gordon Westrope, Paul D. Mozzak, L. Lamar Wood, J. W. Boozer, F. W. Sossaman, C. A. Black well and Dr. C. E. Walker. Pastor. TENNESSEE. West Nashville church has many reasons to rejoice and thank God, for the year just closed has been a very prosperous and fruitful one. Fifty four members have been added to the church and eleven infants and forty adults baptized. The church debt re duced from $1,600 to $400. The gifts to the Assembly's causes have more than doubled. The church has given more than It has ever given since its organization twenty years ago. It has a very active Sunday school, Senior and Junior Christian Endeavor Socie ties, Brotherhood and Ladies' Auxil iary. The prospects of future growth are very bright. G. H. Turpin. Knoxville First church is rejoicing over the coming of their new pastor, Rev. Samuel McPheeters Glasgow. He is already putting into action some of the ideas of service gleaned from the splendid experience of his former charges, and thte First church will ere long blossom as the rose. The Brotherhood' of the First church has been organized. It is an* organization distinctively for men for the purpose of training and harness ing the man power of* the church. Mr. Glasgow will at each meeting teach the Sunday school lesson for the following Sunday. The officers are: President, Professor C. E. Wylie; Vice-President, Dr. Eben Alex ander; Secretary-Treasurer, Mr. Er nest Keller. The Women's Society re cently elected new officers and Circle chairmen, who are taking hold of the year's work with splendid zeal. The outlook for a year that will even sur pass the one just past, which was remarkable, is fine. President, Mrs. J. Ernest Briscoe; Vice-President, Mrs. H. M. Simmoruls; Secretary, Mrs. Clarence Carmichael; Treasurer, Mrs. J. P. Moffett. The communion service Sunday, April 11th, was the largest in the history of the church. Eight hundred persons partook of the Lord's Supper at this service. There were received on confession forty-seven, by letter nineteen, making a total of sixty-six. There were five infants and sixteen adults baptized. This remarkable ser vice is quite largely due to the splen did service tof the Sunday school teach ers and officers. Some two months ago the Sunday school set a goal of "twenty-five to accept Christ and unite with the church by April communion, and every member of the church in the Sunday school to attend the com munion service." Forty-four from the Sunday school accepted Christ and were received into the church. TEXAS. Mexican Work in the Advance Field. The work in the new field made most satisfactory progress. The chairman of the Synod's Committee of. Homo Missions speaks of this progress as "marvelous," and the chairman of the Hopie Missions Committee of Cen tral Texas Presbytery says of this work: "I don't know of any mission work in the South so successful and so full of even greater possibilitffes." These able and well posted men at the forefront of the missionary work of our Church in Texas must see something deserving these flattering commendations. They\t least are sat isfied with the advance made in such a short time in this new missionary effect among the Mexicans in Texas. Two churches were organized, Mart and "Bethel"; five elders and four deacons were ordained. There are twelve Sabbath schools in this new field. Members received on examina tion, 74; on certificate, from churches outside of this field, 36. Total, 110. The two evangelists travel an average of 1,600 miles a month.- There are 114 counties in this new or advance field. " There are four churches scat tered over this wide territory, a dozten preaching places to be visited, and 130,000 Mexicans to evangelize. The outlook for this year is even more promising. This is just a little cor ner in the great Home Mission field of our Church, but the Presbyterians are making good as "a missionary folk." Reynaldo Avila, ^ Walter S. Scott, Evangelists. Itasca: April 18, 1920, we ordained and installed two new elders, F. E. Thompson and Rufus Clark. They are both splepdid Christian men and will make earnest, consecrated workers in their new field of labor for the Mas ter's cause. Here is our financial report to Pres bytery for the year ending March 31, 1920: Foreign Missions, $550; As sembly's Home Missions, $306;. Sy nodical Home Missions, $50; ^resby terial Home Missions, $17o; Christian Endeavor and Ministerial Relief, $125; Sunday School and Publication, $60; Schools and Colleges, $8,994; Bible Cause, $12? Orphans' Home, $466; miscellaneous benevolences, $51; current expense, $550; pastor's salary, $1,500. Total benevolent con tributions, $10,786. For other pur poses, $2,050. Grand total for all ex penses, $12,838. Of this amount the Ladles' Society gave $1,157, an amount pro rata of $58; the Sunday school, $4.14. S. Addison McElroy. WEST VIRGINIA. Huntington, Second Church: About a year and a half ago Mr. W. E. Minter, president of the Minter Homes Corporation, gave us a very generous and handsome gift of a Sunday school building. This gift had such a good effect upcn the members of the Sun day school and church th$t we have outgrown our present quarters. ? We are so crowded for room that last Sunday we erected two tents on our church lawn in which we' accommo dated two good size classes of Junior boys. There is great enthusiasm in the Sunday school, and we are pray ing for God's continued blessing on this growing work. C. R. G. Huttonsville: God has greatly and graciously blessed us. The Presbyte rian-Church, U. S., and the Methodist Church, South, closed a revival meet ing Sunday, April 18, 1920. There were fifty-eight additions to the church and one hundred and fifty con secrations. Rev. J. McD. Lacy, D. D., the evangelist for the General Assem bly of the Presbyterian Church, U. S., did the preaching. We thank the Gen eral Assembly. We thank you, Mr. Lacy. Come to Tygarts Valley again. J. S. Coak, Pastor. SESSION AIi REPORT BLANKS. Report of Ad. Interim Committee on Revision of Sessional Blanks: Your committee appointed by the last Assembly to "revise and simplify the blanks for reports of sessions to Presbytery" submits the following re port: ? An extensive correspondence was carried on by the chairman with the members of the committee. Efforts were made to have a meeting of the committee, but failed. We recommend the following changes: 1. That the number of columns In the Statistical Blank for Home Mis sions be reduced from four to two, and that the names "Assembly Home Missions" and "Local Home Missions" be used. 2. That the column "Miscellaneous Benevolences" be taken out of the general heading, "Benevolent Funds Collected," and placed as the last col umn in the blank, and that the name be changed to "Miscellaneous Contri butions." 3. That in accordance with the ac tion of the last Assembly, the name "Schools and Colleges" be changed to "Educational Institutions." 4. That the heading of the Statisti cal Blank be simplified by omitting the words "Systematic Beneficence." 5. That the instructions^ to clerks for filling out the Statistical Blank be changed to correspond to the changes recommended above. 6. That the questions on the Statis tical, Sabbath School and Church So cieties Blanks be reduced and simpli fied. 7. That the Narrative Blank be changed to the form of a Question naire on Christian Life and Work, to consist of eighteen questions with sub divisions. 8. That the form of all these blanks be so changed that they can be used on the typewriter. This recommenda tion is made in rosponse to overtures to the Assembly in recent years. Respectfully submitted, J. D. Leslie, Chairman; R. E. Magill, W. G. Duncan, , C. R. Niabet, J. B, Hutton.