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(.Continued from page 9) have splendid faculties, not because of munificent salaries paid, but be cause the men and women who serve them have the missionary spirit, the Spirit of Christ, and glory in suffering for llis name's sake. Dr. Edward Guerrant, of Winches ter, son of the late Dr. E. O. Guer rant, spoke on "The Effect of the llody on the Mind," especially as re lated to the diseases of the body. The conference was pleased to know that Dr. Guerrant had been elected to the Hoard of Mountain Inland Missions, the great work built up by his father. Rov. J. W. Tyler, 1). D., Suporm tendent of the Mountain Work of the General Assembly, gave us an address, and Rev. A. II. Doak, of Georgetown, delivered a gospel message. Rev. E. V. Tad lock, or Blackey, gave an address on the mountain work and explained the new plan for co operation and co-ordination of the work of the Assembly, the Synod and the Presbyteries. The children from the Highland School entertained a large audience with beautiful exer cises. The ability of these mountain children who have not had the ad vantages of training is not one whit less than that of the children of schools more highly favored. Mr. W. A. Saucier, of Heidelberg, where he is in charge of Ileechwood Seminary, the ward of the Christian Endeavor So cieties, gave an account of the work there. On Friday the women had the floor for the day, Mrs. H. L. Cockerliain presiding. Mrs. Cockerham had some well prepared charts indicating the manner of organization and the status of the work as compared with pre vious years. All of the Presbyterials in Kentucky reached a standard of excellence for the past year, which means that their gifts increased at least 20 per cent, over the preceding year and their membership 10 per cent. Fund for Water System. Mrs. Lhillnig, of San Antonio, Tex., who has been president of the Synod ical of Texas for fifteen years, talked about some of the needs of Highlands and laid the burden of providing it with a much-needed water system upon the conference and the Synod. Rev. J. C. Hanley thought it a good time to begin to get the burden oft of hearts and started the fund which soon reached close to three hundred dollars. Conferences for Young People. Miss Agnes Davidson, president of the Woman's Advisory Committee of the Auxiliary, spoke about different phases of the work, and conducted an open conference on the subject, in which many took part. One notable thing she told is that eleven of six teen Synods have held conferences for young people this year. Two pageants were thoroughly en joyed; Mrs. I. D, Best, secretary of the Young People's Work for this Sy nod. made the address of the evening. Her theme was, "Making Life Worth Living." The laymen. Saturday was given over especially to the work of the layman. Rev, W. H. Hopper, D. D., of Louisville, con ducted the conference, and a splendid address was given by Mr. H. R. Tur ner, of Campbellsville, Ky. Talks were made by a number of those pres ent. At night Rev. William T. McEl roy made a humorous address, which was well received. Each evening at 7 o'clock vesper services were held by Miss Mabel Hall. After this service a street meet ing was held at a popular corner by Rev. H. J. Scott, of Whitesburg. These meetings were very largely at tended and many people were blessed. Music. The musical program of the con ference was an outstanding feature and attracted much interest. Mr. Thomas P. Gordon led the song ser vice; Miss Virginia Tyler, of Lexing ton, presided at the piano; Rev. C. A. Ray and two sons, of Springfield, Ky., were helpful with song, cornet and saxophone; Miss Brownie Telford, of Richmond, Ky., brought her golden harp, and Mrs. H. R. Turner, her daughter. Miss Alice, and Miss Fan nie Heistand, of Campbellsville, con tributed to the delight of music lovers with their violins. Sunday. On Sunday the visiting delegates had charge of the Sabbath school, which was conducted by Mr. Thomas P. Gordon. Rev. J. W. Tyler, 1). D., and Rev. Joseph J. Venable, 1). D , preached at the morning service; the sermons were short, crisp and evan gelistic in nature, and deeply stirred the audience. R^v. W. T. McKlroy, of Louisville, preached at the evening hour an unusually strong evangelistic sermon, which was a fitting close to the great conference. Perhaps nothing moved the hearts of the people to better things more than the devotional exercises conduct ed each day by Dr. Venable, of Jack sonville, Pla. Jackson will not for get those who came to labor with us in love for inspiration and mutual help; the echoes of this conference will be heard in the most remote mis sion field of the mountains, and other parts of our Assembly. THK ASSEMBLIES TO THE PRES BYTERIES. The Stated Clerk of the Assembly has sent the following circular letter to the Presbyteries touching matters which specially require their atten tion: I would call your special attention to the following amendments to the Form of Government sent down by the last Assembly for the advice and con sent of the Presbyteries, and urge that you take positive action thereon and have your clerk notify me prompt ly: I. Substitute for paragraph 115, Book of Church Order, the following: If any particular church should pre fer, this preference being expressed by a majority vote in a regular congre gational meeting, ruling elders or deacons may be chosen for an active term of service of five years. Upon the expiration of this term of service they shall be eligible for re-election, and in the election of their successors their names may be considered to gether with the names of any other members of the church who are eligi ble for these offices. When a ruling elder or deacon whose term of service has expired, or who has been released from active service, is again elected to this office in the same or another church, he shall be installed after the above form, with the omission of or dination. (Minutes, p. 68.) II. The following amendment to paragraph 121, Book of Church Or der: After the phrase "other minister" insert "or ruling elder," making the sentence read, "After which the min ister presiding, or some other minister or ruling elder appointed for the pur pose, shall give a solemn charge to the pastor, and to the congregation, etc." Strike out the last three lines of paragraph 121, beginning, "If in the judgment of the Presbytery, etc." (MinuteB, p. 69.) III. The following as a substitute for Section IV, Chapter IV, Form of Government: Section IV. ? Of the Beacon. 46. ? I. The office of deacon is set forth in the Scriptures as ordinary and perpetual in the Church. The office is one of sympathy and service, after the example of the Lord Jesus; it ex presses also the communion of saints, especially in their helping one another in time of need. 47. ? II. It is the duty of the dea cons to minister to those who are in neeed, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress. It Is their duty also to develop the grace of liberality in the members of the church, to devise effective methods of collecting the gifts of the people, and to distribute these gifts among the objects to which they are contri buted. They shall have charge of the property of the congregation, both real and personal, and shall keep in proper repair the church edifice and other buildings belonging to the con gregation. tyi matters of special im portance affecting the property of the church, they cannot take final action without the consent of the congrega tion. In the discharge of their duties the deacons are under the general su pervision and authority of the Ses sion. In a church in which it is im possible for any reason to secure dea cons, the duties of the office shall de volve 011 the ruling elders. 4 8. ? HI. To the office of deacon, which is spiritual In nature, should be chosen men of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, broth erly spirit, warm sympathies and sound judgment. 4 9. ? IV. The deacons of a partic ular church shall be organized as a board, of which the pastor shall be an advisory member. The Board shall elect from its members a chairman, a clerk, and a treasurer, or treasurers, to whom shall be entrusted the contri butions of the congregation. It shall meet at least once a quarter, and whenever requested by the Session. A majority of the members shall con stitute a quorum. The Board shall keep a record of its proceedings, and of all funds and their distribution, and shall submit its minutes to the Session once every six months, and at other times upon re quest of the Session. It is desirable that the Session and the Board of Deacons meet in joint session once a quarter to confer 011 matters of common interest. 50. ? V. Deacons may properly be appointed by the higher courts to serve on committees, especially as treasurers, when such committees have to deal with raising and disburs ing funds. It is suitable also that they be appointed trustees of any funds held by any of the church courts. It may also be helpful for the church courts, when devising plans of church finance, to invite wise and consecrated deacons to their counsels. 51. ? VI. If a church is an incor porated body, trustees shall be elected by the congregation from the Board of Deacons in such number as the congregation may determine, or as the act of incorporation may require. Should there be no deacons, trustees shall be chosen from the Session or from communicants of the church. The trustees shall organize as a board and shall elect their own officers. It is their duty to hold the church prop erty for the congregation, to see that the titles are recorded and carefully preserved, and to discharge the ordi nary functions of trustees, subject to the instructions of the congregation. They shall submit an annual report to the congregation. 51. ? Via. The deacons may, with much advantage, hold conferences from time to time for the discussion of the interests committed to them. Such conferences may include churches representing areas of small er or larger extent. Any actions taken by these conferences shall have only an advisory character. 51. ? VIb. It is often expedient that the Session of a church should select and appoint godly women of the con gregation to assist the deacons in min istering to the sick, to widows, to or phans. to prisoners, and to others who may be in any distress or need. They may also aid the deacons in collecting and distributing the offerings of the people. (Minutes, pp. 118 and 189.) I would alSo direct your attention (o the following rule as to overtures adopted by the Assembly (page 70): "That it be a rule of the General Assembly that no oveuture will bo considered by the Assembly until it has first been presented to a Presby tery or Synod. If the overture Is ap proved by a Presbytery or Synod it will come before the Assembly as an overture from that Presbytery or Sy nod. If the overture is rejected by the Presbytery or Synod, it may then be presented to the Assembly, but the fact that it has been presented to a Presbytery or Synod must be clearly stated on the overture. "In the future all copies of over tures shall be sent to the Stated Clerk and to the Moderator by the 5th day of May, and the Stated Clerk shall have them printed in full and furnish each commissioner with a copy, and that the Assembly reserve the right to decline to consider any overture which does not come into the hands WHAT IS HOME WITHOUT A CHURCH PAPER? IT IS LACKING IN SOME THINGS IT OUGHT TO HAVE IT LACKS MUCH PLEASURE The Church Paper provides many interesting and entertaining articles for each member of the family. It will add much to the pleasure of Sunday in the home. IT LACKS MUCH INFORMATION The Church Paper furnishes information in regard to the thought and work of the Church at home and abroad, which cannot be se cured any where else. Every member of the Church ought to have all the information he can get about what the Church is doing in the world. 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