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SABBATH CONSERVATION ?
NOVEMBER 20TH. I have tried by every means at my command to convey to you pas tors, sessions and Sunday school su perintendents and your churches and schools the call of the Assembly for a great Rally Day on November 20th in the interest of the Christian Sab bath. If I have failed to reach you, it is simply through lack of proper address. Will you not then hear this eleventh-hour appeal not to break the circle of united effort as we approach God's throne of grace at the time appointed by the Assembly. Let every church join heartily and rev erently in this Church-wide effort to study this great issue in the light of modern conditions and rally to the support of the approved agency of the Assembly for the prosecution of the work of Sabbath conservation. Let your offering to the Lord's Day Alliance be a generous one. It will be economically and wisely used in full keeping with the spirit of our Church. I. Cochrane Hunt, Southern Secretary, the Lord's Day Alliance of the U. S. SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY. (Continued from page 3) member of the session, was a com missioner from East Hanover PreB bytery to the General Assembly that met in Huntsville, Ala., in May, 1871. While attending the sessions of the Assembly he met Dr. Petrie and a firm friendship was established. Be fore leaving the Assembly he had Dt. Petrie promise that if circumstances ever permitted that he would visit him in his home in Petersburg. The opportunity came later in September of that year. Dr. Petrie was induced to remain over Sunday and fill the pulpit of the Second church. It was not strange when, some months later, the congregation assembled to extend a call, that the unanimous choice should be the young minister they had heard with such pleasure and profit some six months before. Dr. Petrie accepted the call and was in stalled November 10, 1872. That was over forty-nine years ago. When we look at Dr. Petrie to-day, we are of the opinion that he must have been quite young when he began his min istry with this church. There is an other reflection, viz., young preach ers and others should learn a lesson and be careful as to how they deport themselves when attending the ses sions of the General Assembly. The Sunday following the installa tion of Dr. Petrie, Messrs. David Cal lender and Robert D. Mcllwaine were ordained and installed ruling elders and Captain John R. Patterson, Cap tain Hugh R. Smith and Mr. James B. Marshall were ordained as dea cons. The session was later enlarged (January 27, 1878) by the ordination of Mr. J. Wesley Friend and Captain John R. Patterson, and on the same day Messrs. William E. Beasley, A. Campbell Pryor and J. Gray McCand lish were ordained deacons. Dr. Petrie's ministry in Petersburg from the very beginning extended be yond the bounds of his own congre gation. At the request of people from other congregations and denom inations, he preached frequently in the afternoon, giving to the city at large the privilege of his ministry. And it is not strange that after the lapce of more than forty years the writer meets some one every little while who tells him that many years ago he went to the Second Presbyte rian church, where he heard Dr. Petrie preach a series of sermons on "Jacob's Sons" and "The Prophets of Israel." It was a rare privilege, and a rare testimony to a preacher a power, when people can tell you af ter forty years the subject of his ser mons. It was a blessed ministry. In any estimate, mention should be made of the baptism of forty-seven infants, three of whom are among the promi nent ministers in our Church to-day, while two others are ruling elders in the home church. The ministers are: Rev. Francis Tappey, D. D., baptized April 13, 1873; Rev. William Henry Tappey Squires, D. D., baptized Octo ber 17, 1875, and Rev. Frank Au gustus Brown, one of our honored foreign missionaries, baptized August 5, 1877. It should be remembered that the first two of these are grand sons of Mr. William H. Tappey, one of the charter members of the church, while the third is a great-nephew. The baptismal font of the church, the gift of Dr. W. H. T. Squires and his mother, is a memorial to Mr. and Mrs. William H. Tappey. It should also be stated that the late Rev. William Frost Bishop, D. D., entered Union Theological Semi nary a candidate for the ministry during Dr. Petrie's pastorate. He was baptized by Dr. W. V. Wilson, May 29, 1853; received into the church by Dr. Miller on December 4, 1867. Dr. Petrie's ministry closed on March 4, 1878. Since that time he has been pastor of the city of Char lottesville, -where for forty-three years he has been preaching with great ability and power. It is with profound pleasure and gratitude that he is with the church for the seven tieth anniversary, speaking on "The Seventieth Milestone: An Interpre ter." Rev. Samuel Knox Winn, D. P., the Fifth Pastor. 1879 ? 1901. Following the resignation of Dr. Petrie, a call was extended Rev. Sam uel Knox Winn, pastor of the Pres byterian church at Culpeper, Va. Dr. Winn was educated at Washington and Lee University and Union Theo logical Seminary, graduating from the latter Institution in 1877. He had thus been preaching only two years when he assumed the pastorate of the church. It was no small respon sibility for so young a man, but Dr. Winn had already given evidence of that broad scholarship that marked him as one of the most finished scholars of the Synod. He was In stalled in April, 1879, and thus be gan what proved to be the longest pastorate in the history of the church. It is impossible to give any de tailed survey of a ministry that spanned almost a quarter of a cen tury. The official body was increased by the following elders: John Henry Batte and Freeman W. Jones, or dained and installed on December 18, 1881; Benjamin Harrison, November 23, 1890; Charles A. Epes, October 14, 1894; Hugh R. Smith, Sr., Au gust 4, 1895. The following deacons were ordained and installed: Carter R. Bishop, Jr., June 1, 1879; C. L. Barksdale, George H. Brown, A. M. Hill. I. P- Hoag, A. O. Smith and F. A. Owens, on June 17, 1883; James D. Bowie and George William Jones on May 2, 1885. It is more difficult to sum up the spiritual results of such a ministry. Three hundred and thirty new mem bers were added to the church. But this is only a part of the story. There were other fruits than these. There were many significant days during these years. I wish to mention only one. It was June 26, 1898, when twelve young people were received into the church on profession of faith. Of this number William B. Mcll waine, Jr., and James Miller Smith are ministers of the gospel; Miss Ar chie Friend (Mrs. J. Woodrow Has sell) is a missionary to Japan; Miss Lucy A. Mcllwaine is leader of the music in the home church, while J. Nat Harrison is an honored elder. Of the present elders and deacons ? twenty-five ? ten united with the church during Dr. Winn's ministry. He resigned his pastorate in the fall of 1901, and is now living with his famly in Brooklyn, N. Y. Rev. William McClanahan White, I>. D., the Sixth Pastor. 1902 ? 1908. Rev. W. McC. White was called from the Old Stone church at Lewis burg, W. Va., and installed May 4, 1902. It was the beginning of a most happy and fruitful pastorate, noteworthy in at least three respects: First, in setting an entire congre gation at work, doing the things they had been so splendidly taught. The session was enlarged by the addition of C. L. Barksdale, James D. Bowie, W. I. Steere, George W. Jones, I. P. Hoag, W. D. Temple, G. D. Eanes, G W. Hawkins and J. D. Mann; while S. H. Hobbs, J. W. Thomas. W. V. Perkinson, F. F. Thweatt, S. I. Bragg, J. W. Friend, S. D. Rogers, Hugh R. Smith, Jr., George B. Town send, W. G. Andrews, Sr., T. B. Graves and John W. Mitchell were added to the diaconate. They were years of reaping. Three hundred and fifty-three new members were added to the church, and, happy to relate, a choice young man of the church, William B. Mcllwaine, Jr., great-grandson of Dr. Pryor, entered Union Theological Seminary, a can didate for the ministry. They were years of sowing, in that the Foreign Mission spirit, that had been planted years before, received a tremendous impetus, starting the church on its way to a place among the leading Foreign Mission churches of the Synod. And as "the light that shines farthest away shines bright est at home," the church came to feel its responsibility for the un churched within and around the city, resulting in strengthening work al ready in progress and opening up ad ditional points. The Old Street church, that had fallen on evil days, was extended a helping hand, result ing in the transferring of their mem bership to the Second Presbyterian church. There were forty-eight of these Old Street members, many of whom have taken a large and lead ing part In the work of the united church. Regular preaching points were established at "Gregory" and Rosewood," in Prince George Coun ty, and at Chester, in Chesterfield County. This large program was made possible by the help of students from Union Seminary. Dr. White re signed his charge on March 22, 1908, to accept a call to the First Presby terian church of Raleigh, N. C. Rev. David Hopkins Rolston, D. D., the Seventh Pastor. 1908?1911. Rev. D. H. Rolston was called from the Home Mission work of Lexington Presbytery and installed on June 14, 1908. He did not come a stranger to the congregation, as he had been associated during his Seminary days with Dr. White as student-helper, preaching regularly at Gregory, Rose wood and Old 8treet. It Is impossible to set forth in a few sentences this brief but brilliant pastorate. Ordained by Lexington Presbytery in 1907, he came to the church after one year In the actual ministry. However, his gifts both of nature and of grace were so manifest that he was marked already for a career of usefulness and honor. With eloquence rarely equalled, indomita ble energy and a consecration that was complete, it was evident to all who heard him that he would find a place among the foremost preachers of his Church. His three and one-half years in Petersburg abundantly justified this opinion. He at once took rank among the foremost preachers of his city, and his going away was looked upon as a loss to its larger life. With pulpit demands that might have taxed an older and more experi enced man, ho found time to do an amount of constructive work among the Bohemian population of the ad joining counties. He was largely in fluential in starting the Bohemian Presbyterian church, in Prince George County, and in an effort to overcome the rank agnostic propa ganda that was going on among these people, he had translated and distri buted a large number of tracts set ting forth the truth as it is in Christ Jesus. The following officers were or dained and installed: Elders, Rob ert M. Friend and A. M. Hill; dea cons, S. J. Allin, J. F. Crowder, J. N. Harrison and C. E. Ridenour, Sr. Mr. James Miller Smith, who had been baptized in infancy by Dr. Winn, and later received by him into the church, a graduate of the Virginia Polytech nic Institute, entered Union Theolog ical Seminary as a candidate, for the gospel ministry, graduating in 1912. Mr. Rolston resigned his charge in November, 1911, to accept a call to the First Presbyterian church of Charlotte, N. C. Rov. James Alexander McClure, D. D., the Eighth Pastor. 1912 Rev. James A. McClure, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Hender son, N. C., was called to succeed Dr. Rolston, and entered upon his min istry April 28, 1912. Reviewing the work of these last nine years, the organization of the Third Presbyte rian church, the building of the Sun day school annex, the increased gifts to benevolences, the support of four foreign missionaries, the addition of 607 members to the church, the words of the Master come to mind. "And herein is that saying true, 'One soweth, and another reapeth; other men labored and ye are entered into their labors.' " The pastor of to-day praises God for those men who went before him, for they were before him. They prepared the ground and sowed the seed. The church is celebrating her sev entieth anniversary. "The days of our years are three score years and ten." We trust under the blessing of God there may be many more, for this is a forward looking church. It counts not itself to have apprehend ed. It proposes a larger place and a larger program, ministering to the bodies and minds and souls of her people, but not for one moment for getting her supreme task of going into all the world and preaching the gospel to every creature. The mem bership is known as men and women who stand for the best things in the life of the city, socially, mentally, morally, spiritually, exemplifying these things in their daily lives, unit ing their efforts, their gifts and their prayers, that Christ may be known and loved and obeyed in all the world, and that His kingdom may come and His will be done In earth as it is in heaven.