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Laymen and Their Work
LAYMEN'S ASSOCIATION SPHEAOlNCi. has been ? m daymen's Missionary Movement In connection with (he pro motion of iho r ? ,,I(> nl in of , . Laymen s Association ?an of organization for men by Pres byteries and groups. O'Uprn 28th a mass meeting was <reT*?rrr Ky- tor th? m<?< ,'U Fre"h??r. with over n l'T"'- 'r'IrGe sessions were StiES T\ af,cr,,oon and <?**" the lain "r an<1 d,nner served bv the ladles of the church, each man nav.ng for his own meal. There was much earnest interest shown, and The "ow/ng offl" Wa8 f?rmed wi,h toC 'owing ofticers: Messrs. II R T|1P Alexander Pbn,8Vi,,?' Ky" Alexander Denny, Richmond Ky uce^.^,r B. H. Davis. H.rrod,-' ourg Ky., secretary, and C. b Harri '? ?*??><?. Ky., treasurer. n Sunday, May 1st, in the First church Birmingham, (he newly l?d Laymen's Association of n,r mingham and vicinity held fw? ::zrra- a "en,?? n ?? ">??. with four out-of-town speakers racticaily every church was well ren s^rofth-" ramnafri a"d a Pr?ere?sive are Mel? T P'anned- The offlcen, Messie. h. A. McElroy. AOU Wnod ward Building, chairman; D M Car" ?North T-?V-si?h ' vice-chairman: C P t H : 0 "kT IT""' ? -"and Savings Bank, trea"ifrer-m Si "o"," mert'torl '"h Executlve Committee tt for lunch every Friday o?n?,r*L4th- *? ok?">??. ?. ? "?n "J"85 n,eetlng ot the men held . ,h '3S SS'P1" Pre?b.v'ery was , strong representative at ondance L??ch w?s e a l.p ?f ,ho ?kal?"? church and ? tweenVhe" f'/'" Mns<ml<: Temple be s,r each rn??n ?n<l eVenl"* ??? Pltte' ? m?n Pay'nB ,or his own elected : Son J'T'/r, "'"? *"? ?-? chalcnian^ Messrs "o'T m: ton?M?s!y 12th Und 13th' at Charles n, MJsb., opening with a Dutch tre.t ,e?'?e' ? 'he or the l2th ?ened by the ladies of the Wl Church, the third mass meeting of the Ml T ,Laym<>n'8 Association of North fln Presbytery was held w J "Z a"em"",M ?"? much Interest ' v. ,920? an?l is doing fine work supports a Presbyterial evangelist It dC0'0perate8 w,?? him in his work several ?8unndZed T "** ChUr?h and nine r ay 8Choo,s' and Plan ning for 8Gveral more ^ P n eampai^i in ^ ?n 8 s,muUaneous hy tery bv ***" ChUfCh ,n the p? u,ln,?rvy chairman, J. r ? ?. of Oxford, and other officers were 'or?Octoh" "**' meet,n* w?s ?et ? er ,n Clarksdale, Miss ^ay in tha Y*l ,5th' Was Lay?n?. Mi . . Jackson section of Central nneriT PresbyteTy- Th'ere was a ClchoTlr ?f ,he mPn nt lhe *?? C1X? bhe nrothGrhood in thelr ni J K Churchl Jackson. church ZZ bUnRa,?W Th* Antral mo . ' ?ck8on, united with the lav SS/VS e",,ro d,y Plrst pi 5 coming service in the Wl*t rhlr"!' 1 h WaB "Grv<,d l,y the church to out-of-town rtolowte^ A laymen's session was held in the bungalow in the afternoon and a Woman's Auxiliary meeting in the lecture room. Four laymen spoke at the evening service in the church. The following new officers were elected: Messrs. R. S. Dobyns/ of Jackson, chairman; Charles Long, of Reymond. Miss., secretary. On May 19th, in the First church. Greensboro, N. C., an evening Dutch treat banquet was served to over 100 church officers and pastors of all the churches of Cuilford County, followed by a program of speeches by laymen. A Laymen's Association for Guilford County was formed with Hon. A. M. Scales, of Greensboro, chairman; Messrs. Carter Dalton, of High Point, vice-chairman; T. O. Dupuy, secretary, and J. L. Hardin, treasurer, both of Greensboro. Captain F. L. Slaymaker, secretary of the Laymen's Missionary Move ment, was present and spoke at all of these meetings and assisted in form ing the new organizations. Committees are at work preparing for organizations in the Durham, N. C., district of Orange Presbytery. Al bemarle, Potomac, Winchester and Mobile Presbyteries. HOW TO HAVE A LARGR IURKF < I ASS. When you answer all these ques tions the rest will be easy: 1. Have you determined that you really want a large, efficient class? 2. Have you bound yourselves by solemn agreement that you will taavo such a class, no matter what difficul ties seem to be in the wavT 3. " Are you willing to pay the pricy of shoe leather, postage, printing, sten advertising and at least one whole evening a week to secure such a class? 4. Do you realize that there is no magic or miraculous way of getting together and keeping together such a clasi? And that only by organization, a goal, "pep," plan and work, this thing can be done? 5. Have you fifteen men who are willing to "take ofT their coats" and intensively try a plan which has never failed where it has really been worked? 6. Have you made up a list of all men on your church roll, officers and all, who are not in any way enrolled in your Bible school? Also a list of all men not members of your church whose household is looking to your church as their ohurch? Also a list of all other men in your community whom you feel that you have a right to ask to Join your class? ? Christian Index. f?R. SUNDAY AT CINCINNATI. The Presbytery of Cincinnati, at its recent meeting, placed on record its appreciation of the services rendered the cause of Christ, and the moral well being of our city, by the evan gelistic meetings conducted in our midst, for eight weeks by Rev. Wil liam A. Sunday, D. D., and his splen did corps of consecrated workers, on motion of Rev. Dr. William McKib bin. "His fearless but tender preach ing of the glad tidings of redemption. In the power of the Spirit of Christ, revived saints, brought back those who had fallen away, and gathered many from under the power of sin and de.~>thf to newness of life, faith In Christ and love of their fellowmen. His warm, genial personality, full of the Master Whom he proclaimed, his Ood-given tact, and spirit-fed love for his fellowmen. disarmed well-nigh all opposition. Protestants, Roman Cath olics and our Jewish fellow-citizens recognized the value of his work, not only religiously, but in the civic and social spheres, promoting good will among our citizens, and making it more easy for them to co-operate in every good work for social and civic uplift. He won almost at once, and retained until the lust, the confidence and sympathy of the public press; the Mayor and official staff of the city government; the police and the fire men; while delegations from every line of business and every type of so cial units came en masse to occupy reserved seats. The groat success our city has had in its Community Chest Campaign is largely to be traced back to this evangelistic meeting. Amid all these marks of public favor he never hesitated to declare the whole counsel of God, and to emphasize that true patriotism and true piety were inseparable, and that no slacker in either was fit for the kingdom of God. We thank God for havins: sent him to us. and hope that at the right time Ho will send him again." ? The Herald and Presbyter. LAYMKN TjKAI) T1IK LRADRRLESS. The church at Pittsburg, Kan., has b???n doing a unique work since the So.oville revival, which closed along about Easter. Rev. .T. H. O. Smith is the pastor and leader of the forces in this busy church. The unique thing is the great number of laymen enlist ed in gospel teamwork. These men caught a vision of service during the revival and decided they would like to hold meetings and Sunday services for the churches in nearby towns. Thirty men were banded together In groups of five and have been doing gospel team work, believing this to be one way to solve the problem of the pastorless church. \V. J. Hepport is the captain of the six teams. He is an electrician by trade, owns his own store, but gives much time to the direction of secur ing schedules and dates for the work. Each team is organized with a cap tain. sonc leader, speaker and per sonal workers. The wives of the men accompany them on many of the trips to help sing, play in the orchestra and do personal work among the women The Pittsburg church thinks so well of this work that it voted to use $1,000 this year to carry it on. The pastor encotirages his men and sup ports them in every way possible. The entire number are out each Sunday. Results. Tn eight weeks these teams have had about two hundred converts and ninety-eight reconsecrations. Such re sults have kept J. H. O. Smith in the baptistry most of the time. The lavmen. however, do some of the bap tizing, they have instituted the com munion service in each congregation where it had not been obrerved. or ganized Sunday schools, raised church debts, put on the Everv-Member Can vass, helped the widows and orphans, encouraged the hopelesg and cheered the faint-hearted. Revivals and Sunday services are being held at Midway. Appolis, Mul berry, Mineral. Crowoburg and Chero kee. Plans for the future Include Mlnden. Arkado. Arma and Red Fork. To bear these men tell of the vic tories won sounds like the stories of pioneers. In one of the meetings two men came on the Invitation song of the lasf night in the revival. These two brothers telegraphed their mother of their decision. This Christian woman lived in Illinois, and when she received the massage, prepared to take the first train to Pittsburg, and ar rived in time to ?ee her sons burled ?with thetr Lord in Christian baptism. These two men are now deacons in the church. Another man, converted in the Scoville meetings, S. D. Payne by name, a conductor on the Frisco, was known among the trainmen for his ability to swear. He is now a member of one of the gospel teams and is known for his ability to preach and win other men to the church. In one of the towns a preacher of one of the denominations started a revival. He was not getting along very well, so askod the assistance of one of the gospel teams. He found out that they could preach so well that he let them take charge of the meeting. Before the meeting was over the preacher was baptized and or dained by J. H. O. Smith. He is now preaching for our churches at Appolis and Nashville. What the Pittsburg gospel tpami are doing can be duplicated by scores of churches among us. There are very few churches that have a pastor that cannot train and send out from one to twenty-five men to answer the needs of our preacherless churches in this day of our preacher shortage. Some of our churches are already doing this type of work. It is hoped that by the first of September we shall have scores of teams all over the nation holding special services, reviving weak churches, baptizing converts and giving encouragement and vision to many needy fields. Let every church take this plan seriously and make it a part of their local evangelistic program. ? The Christian Evangelist. CHINESE OX THK PHONOGRAPH. How to pronounce Chinese is a dif ficult enough problem for Americans But the Chinese themselves are hav ing trouble in finding enough qualified Chinese teachers who can enunciate the symbols of the new Phonetic Script, now being taught by order of the Ministry of Education. So an en terprising book company has begun the manufacture of a set of phono graph records containing six double sided discs for twelve lessons. "We are greatly interested in the spread of the Phonetic Script in China," said Dt. W. I. Haven, Gen eral Secretary of the American Bible Society, "because it means an unpre cedented demand for Bibles ic that great country. Already the calls are more than we can respond to. The Phonetic Script will provide several millions of new readers for Bibles and other literature during the next five years." A CHANGED HOME AND WHAT DID IT. An Argentine lady who had bought a Spanish Bible was so much afraid of her husband that she read it every day in his absence, as he was an enemy of religion. One night, however, she had -omit ted to hide the book and her husband saw it on the table. Without saying anything, he began to read it, and then remarked to his wife that it appeared to be a good book; and every night, when he re turned home, he went on reading his wife's Bible. Shortly afterwards his wife suggest ed that they should go together to see her parents, to whom they had not spoken for about two years. They went, and asked forgiveness; and now both families are following the Lord. ?"The Bible In the World." Every moment of worry weakens the soul for its dally combat. ? Anna Robertson Brown.