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CHURCHES. In the discharge of a duty devolved upon me by the General Assembly (see Minutes of the General Assem bly, 1919. rages 54 and 55, paragraph 3, and Minutes of the General As sembly. 1916, pages 74 and 75), I hereby appoint the following persons as representatives of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, in the General Council of Reformed Churches Throughout the World Holding the Presbyterian System, to be held in Pittsburgh, Pa., In 1921. Synod of Alabama ? Principal. R. H. McCaslin. I). L?^ alternate, J. s Fos ter, D. D. Synod of Appalachia ? Principal, C. C. Carson, D. D.; alternate, J. N. Fisher (ruling elder). Synod of Arkansas ? Principal T L Green; alternate, C. H. H. Branch. D. Synod of Florida ? Principal L B Skinner (ruling elder); alternate. Jo seph Venable, D. D. Synod of Georgia ? Principal. E. L. Hill, D. D.; alternate, S. L. McCarty Synod of Kentucky?Principal, H. ? ?weets. D. D.; alternate, E C Ward (ruling elder). Synod of Louisiana ? Principal, T. ? Hunter, D. D.; alternate, G H Cornelson, D. D. _ Synod of Missouri ? Principal. W. . Elwang, D. D.; alternate, A A. Wallace, D. D. Synod of. Mississippi ? Principal, C W. Grafton. D. D. ; alternate, W. C. Wells, Jr. (ruling elder). Synod o? North Carolina ? Princi pal, A. A. McGeachy, D. D.; alternate J. M. Wells, D. D. Synod of Oklahoma ? Principal C C. Weaver, D. D.; alternate, A.' II Ferguson (ruling elder). Synod of South Carolina ? Princi pal, A. I), p. Gilmour, D. D.; alter nate, Alexander Martin, D. D. Synod of Tennessee ? Principal William Crowe, D. D.; alternate, C. S Ivie (ruling elder). Synod of Texas ? Principal, R. M Hall, D. D.; alternate, Bradford Har die (ruling elder). Synod of Virginia ? Principal. W. J. McMillan. D. D.; alternate, R. E. Ma gill (ruling elder). Synod of West Virginia? Principal. n ? x?* (rUling elder)J alternate, ?tJ- P. McGeachy. D. D. At large: Principal. Arthur G. Jones, D D ? dlrT"^6' M??re (rulinK el Principal, R. B. Glenn (ru,ing ) . alternate, Byron Clark. D. D. Principal, E. Thompson, D. D ? al ternate, E. C. Caldwell, D D Principal. R. p William, (ruling elder) ; alternate. E. E. Smith, D. D. Principal, D. H. Ogden, D. D ? al ternate, E. T. Wei ford, D. D. In preparing this list I have met with two embarrassments: First. The number of representa tives assigned to our Church has been reduced from thirty to twenty-one since the original appointments were made in 1916. .This made it neces sary to drop the names of nine rep resentatives at large, together with their alternates. Second. Some of the ^representa ives chosen because of their residence ? particular Synod* have changed heir realdence te other Synoda aince they were appointed in 1916. My con duction of my duty Ja that I am m ted to reappointment except in for88 ?f"CtUal vacancy- I have, there fore. followed the list exactly as it is contained in the Minutes of 1916. as far as possible, there being only one vacancy that caused by the death of Ruling Elder J. c. Calhoun, the al ternate from the Synod of Virginia. 1 have appointed Ruling Elder R. E. Magi 11, of the Synod of Virginia, to fill that vacancy; Mr. Magill having been one of the original representa tives at large, and his name occurring first on the list of those who had to bo left off. A. M. Fraser, Moderator. 1>R. WOOD'S CHINESE K\( VChO PE1)IA. This undertaking has been strongly endorsed by the China missions, by the faculty of Union Theological Sem inary at Richmond, as well as by the Synod of Virginia, but for various rea sons the matter has not been pressed. Now, however, the way is clear. Many persons realizing the urgent necessity for such a work in China at this time, have made contributions. All of these will be acknowledged. Some of those that are recent are hereby acknowl edged: Miss Ellen C. Blair, Rich mond, Va., $5; Mrs, L. L. Holliday. Rapidan, Va., $10; Mr. E. W. Mose ley, Bedford City, Va.. $10; Miss S. B. Coulson, Paterson, N. J., $10; Be thesda church, $35; Ginter Park church. $500. Total, $570. The whole amount received so far is not quite $3.000. * The undersigned, in the name of Dr. Woods and God's Church in China, thanks these contributors, Emmett W. McCorkle, For the Synod of Virginia. GREENBRIER. The Presbytery of Greenbrier met in regular spring session at Marlin ton, W. Va., on April 13, 1920, and was opened with a sermon by the Rev. J. E. Flow at the request of Colonel H. B. Moore, the retiring Moderator. Rev. W. \V. Pharr was elected Mod erator. DisiiiiMsed: Rev. D. M. Armentrout to the Presbytery of Coifcord, where he is called to mission work near Le noir, N. C.? Rev. V. P. Merrell to the Presbytery of Padueah, where he be comes the pastor of the Central Pres byterian church in Henderson, Ky.; Licentiate Walter E. Harrop, who graduates at Union Seminary this spring, to the Presbytery of Norfolk, where he has accepted a call. Received: Rev. E. E. Washburn from the Presbytery of Fayetteville and given evangelistic powers in the Caperton Home Mission field, with his address at Caperton, W. Va. Rev. John W. Rowe was received from ttye Presbytery of St. Louis, where he has had a most successful pastorate at St. Charles, Mo., and he was called to the church at Hinton, W. Va. ICeiH?rt.s: From all of the churches there came gratifying reports of pro gress; many souls were reported as converted and added to the church; a large n umbei; inci eased their pas tor's salary, and the gifts of the Pres bytery to the support of our schools and colleges, as well as to all the benevolent work of the Church, were unprecedented. Amendmenta: Presbytery voted no on the amendments sent down from the General Assembly, touching the proposed change in the basis of rep resentation to the General Assembly, and also on those touching the elec tion of elders and deacons to serve for a period of five years. Overture*: Presbytery adopted an overture asking this question, "Should not the original call for the pastoral services of a minister be presented directly to the Presbytery, by the com missioners from the churches appoint ed to prosecute the call, for the ac tion of Presbytery, and a copy of the call sent to the minister fer his in formation?" See paragraphs 106-109, Bk. Cli. Order. Another overture was adopted touching the appointment of a com mittee to investigate and increase the salaries of pastors and mission work era. Conferences: A conference inter esting an? profitable was held on the rural church, in which several inter esting speakers were heard. AIbo one was held on the Home Mission work of the Presbytery, which is in a pros perous condition, and the committee are planning to enlarge the work of the committee and to employ more men and open up new work in the coal fields and mountain work. Presbytery accepted the invitation of the. Muddy Creek field for the fall meeting, after which Presbytery ad journed to meet in adjourned session at Ronceverte on June 1. 1920, at 10 A. M., for thw-purpose of receiving of ministers. J. M. Sloan, S. C. Pro Tem. HARMONY . Harmony Presbytery met in stated session April 13th-14th, with the New Harmony church. Clarendon County. The opening sermon was preached by the retiring Moderator, Rev. W. R. Pritchett. Rov. E. B. Carr was elected Moderator. Rev. D. A. Miller, of the Presbytery of Florida, was received by letter. Rev. D. M. Douglass, president of Presbyterian College, was heard in be half of the college. The financial reports of the churches were very encouraging, and it ap peared from these reports that Pres bytery had nearly doubled the appor tionment fixed for it by the Synod. Besides this showing, several churches asked to increase the sala ries of their pastor, viz.: Manning increased its pastor's salary $500, making the amount $2,500; Sumter to $3,000, McDowell to $1,000, Lanes to $375, New Harmony to $650. Mayesville to $2,000. The Presbytery commended these churches for their action. The amendments proposed by tha Assembly touching the election of el ders and deacons for a limited term of office were answered in the nega tive, also that regarding the represen tation in the General Assembly. The other amendments in reference to ex amination of candidates for the min istry were approved. Candidate T. W. Law was licensed as a probationer for the ministry. The time for the next meeting was changed so as to permit Synod's meet ing to precede it, and Summerton was selected as the place. Overtures were sent to the Assem bly disapproving of our Church taking part in the Inter-Church World Move ment, and asking that, should the As sembly not accede to this, funds for the expenses of the Movement be raised independently of the regular causes for benevolences. The commissioners to the Assembly were chosen last fall. W. H. Workman, S. C. PIEDMONT. Piedmont Presbytery met at Lib erty, S. C., April 13, 1920. There were present eleven ministers and eighteen elders. The opening sermon was preached by the Rev. S. W. DuBose on "The Law of the Second Mile." The Rev. W. H. Hamilton was elect ed Moderator, and Elder W. C. Gilmer, Temporary Clerk. The action on the proyosed amend ments was as follows: On reception of candidates, election of elders and deacons for limited terms and basis of representation in the Assembly ap proved; on licensure and ordina tion, not approved. The Rev. H.v A. Knox, manager of the Progressive Campaign, reported the amount ap portioned to the Presbytery probably pledged, though reports from some of the churches had not been received. The Permanent Committee on Sys tematic Beneficence was instructed to make the apportionments for next year on such basis as to them may appear wise, and to report in the fall. The Executive Committee on Local Home Missions was authorized to make such appropriations as it deems wise to churches now receiving aid. and to make such enlargement of the work as may be expedient. Churches desiring to 'receive aid were directed to make application therefor at the spring meetings of the Presbytery. Pastors and Sunday school superin tendents were directed to make ef forts to get the Sunday schools to adopt a systematic plan of contribut ing to all the causes of the Church. The following overture to the As sembly was adopted: After the last sentence of paragraph 226, Rules of Discipline, add these words: "Since, in the act of ordination to the min istry, church membership passes from the particular church to the Presby tery, in the act of deposition from / the ministry, such membership is lontM Unless, however, the Presbytery forS mally imposes the sentence of ex-conifl munication, it should recommend thtfl deposed minister lor membership j3 some particular church; such recooS mendation to be always gubject to tiJ action of the session of said church.'B The fall meeting iB to be in th(l Fort Hill church, Clemson College, 0<s? tober 26, 1920, at 7:30 P. M. ^ Robert Adams, S. C. | CHEROKEE. The Presbytery of Cherokee met in Dalton, Ga? April 13. 1920. Th? opening sermon was preached by Ret. E, R. Leyburn, 1). D., at the request of the retiring Moderator. Rev. E. R. I,eyburn, D. D., was elected Moderator. ' Many new faces were to be seen in the Presbytery at this meeting. Cora missions reported the installation of Rev. E. R. Leyburn. D. D., as pastor of Rome First church. Rev. H. M. Bailey at Calhoun, and a commission was appointed to receive Rev. L. C. Vass and install him pastor of the Cartersvlle and Euharlee churches in May. Rev. H. C. White was received from the Presbytery of Monmouth and placed in charge of the Ringgold group. Rev. J. A. Trostle recently' began the work of Presbyterial evan gelist and superintendent of Sabbath schools. Foreign Missions: Wednesday even ing was devoted to the consideration of Foreign Missions, and a . stirring address was made by Rev. Charles Logan on mission work in Japan. Home Missions: Assembly, Synod ical and Presbyterial Home Missions received the usual consideration. The! Presbytery is now engaged in the larg est program it has ever undertaken in the work of missions within Its own 1 bounds. The Laymen's Association 1 has enabled the committee to employ an evangelist and singer and to equip them with tent and chairs for services in the unoccupied and weak places in the Presbytery. The activity and sup- | port ""of the laymen of this cause is one of the most encouraging features of this work. | Systematic Beneficence: The past year showed the largest gifts to all the causes in the history of the Pres bytery. Rev. J. A. Trostle was muile Presbyterial manager of the Progres sive Program for the coming year. The Presbytery overtured the Assem bly to continue its present plan of the yearly Every-Member Canvass, and to refuse to adopt any suggested plan of securing subscription to be nevolent causes covering a period of years. Fall Meeting: Euharlee, tia., Sep tember 28, 1920. F. K. Sims, S. C. CONCORD. Met in regular spring session at Newton, N. C., April 13th, at 7.30 P. M. The opening sermon was l>y Rev. J. M. Clark, D. D., the last Mod erator present. Rev. A. A. Mclean was elected Moderator. The statistical reporl shows that wo have had 1.108 additions during ti?e year, 679 on examination and 429 on certificate. Total communicants, !>, 252. The contributions for benevolent causes amounted to $181,14 4, an in crease of about 140 per cent, over last year. Quite a number of churches report ed substantial increase in pastor's sal aries. Nor were the Stated Clerk and Treasurer left out, the salary of ea-'h being increased to $150. Meetings in the interests of School* and Colleges and Home Missions wero held at which stirring addresses were made. The report on the narrative pro voked a lively and, we believe, a very profitable discussion. . Two overtures t<? the General As sembly were adopted unanimously and heartily: ( 1) Asking the Assembly to decline petitions to enter on a drive for $40,000,000, and instead thereof to urge the prosecution and finishing the present Progressive Program. (21 Asking the Assembly to enjoin i'8 permanent committees under no cir cumstances to undertake or reu#rf financial responsibilities except f"r causes or undertakings explicitly au thorized by the General Assembly. An overture to the .Synod askinB that Synod's committee on the Pi'0' gressive Program be authorized to s<' cure a financial agent fOT his whole time was unanimously declined. R^r. John L. Ray was received fron? the n'resbytery of Fayetteville, an''