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Parliamentary Law For Auxiliaries
By Mrs. Nareissa Tayloe Shuwhan. AUXILIARY M E KT INUS. A Regular .Meet ill g. At a regular meeting any action may be taken that is consistent with the purposes, and within the rules of the auxiliary except upon measures that are by rule set aside for certain meetings, business, inspirational or so cial. A session means one meeting or a series of meetings, as the continuity of a meeting constitutes one session. A Special or Called Meeting. At a special or called meeting no business can be legally transacted, ex cept that specified in the call, unless these or similar words appear in the call: "and for any other business that might be presented to the meeting." As soon as the meeting is called to order, the Chair should direct the Secretary to read the call issued for the meeting and then proceed with the order of business in accordance with the call. The Annual Meeting. Annual meetings differ from regu lar meetings and should be placed in the constitution with no provision for suspension. If it occurs on a legal holiday it may then" be legally sus pended. Annual reports of officer*, the Kxe cutive Board, Circles and Standing Committees, auditing of accounts, re vision or amended constitution and the election of officers are matter* usually limited to the annual meet ing. This is the most important bus iness meeting of the year, the ses sion should be devoted entirely to the. hearing of reports of the year's work, and the selecting of officers for t he coining year. An Adjourned Meeting. An adjourned meeting is a legal continuation of a forswer meeting, and any business that was in order at that meeting is in order at the adjourned meeting. The effect of Unfinished Business at an adjourned meeting is as follows: When assembly adjourns to a speci fied time, the unfinished business be comes a special order and should be taken up at the adjourned meeting im mediately after the reading of the min utes. An adjourned meeting must be held before the next regular meeting of the auxiliary or the business trans acted will not be legal. If a meeting at which officers are elected is adjourned until another day to complete the business of the an nual meeting, the out going officers continue in oflice, and preside at such an adjourned meeting. The election of officers cannot be completed at any other than an adjourned meeting of the annual meeting, ana must Tie held before the next regular meeting to make the election legal. During the year, vacancies occurring in oflice are usually filled by appoint ment of the president or the executive board. The by-laws of some organi zations give this appointing power to the president and others to the exe cutive board. without a witness, .lob, a Teman!te. not an Israelite, knows nothing of the prophetic revelations to the He brews. His is a religion learned from tire voices of earth, sky and sea; and from human experience, through th?? devout, obedient heart. Job was a man whose uprightness, goodness and fidelity to man were unquestioned, as was his reverence, obedience and gratitude to God. H<* was not free from errors of temper and infirmities of will, nor from some impatience, when his bitter cup had to be drunk, but his virtues were of an unusually high order, and his patience was far beyond the ordinary. In his f?re;it prosperity Ire was lead ing a kind of dream life, not deep and strong. The life of Job has not yet had the difficult and strenuous probation that brings assured faith, a faith rooted immovably in God. There is no dreaming when t lie soul meets with sore rebuffs, when the limbs fail on the steep hills of diffi cult duty. in long continued pros perity, immunity from pain, sorrow, loss, earnestness of heart is not called for, and the will, however good, is not braced to endurance. It is in the scheme of things or dained by God that His creatures shall enjoy. It is also in His scheme that trouble, sorrow, loss, mental and phy sical pain shall come when needed not as punishment, but for discipline. By these things the believer is made to think more deeply, to trust more fully. They bring a deeper humility, a finer tenderness of nature. Tlrls world and our discipline here, the trials ot men. the doctrine of the cross, the fellowship in the suf ferings of Christ, are not fitted to introduce us into a state in which the gratification of our desires" slial? be the main experience. They are fitted to educate the spiritual nature for the fulness of life. Immortality* becomes credible when it is seen as progress in that faith, that fidelity, (thnt unquenchable de votion to the glory of (Soil that marked the life even through suffer ing of the Divine Son <?f God in this world. The purpose of God is entirely good, but it will remain for the suf ferer himself to enter by the fiery way into full spiritual vigor. He will have the sustaining power, the pro tection. the grace of the Almighty in time of anguish and sore bewilder ment. Yet his faith must be vindi cated While the shadow of God's hand rests upon his life. TTe who is the author and finisher of faith alone could give to His storm-tossed child the grace to say. "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: blessed be the name of the Lord." "Though lie slay me. yet will I trust H*m." To God's child who has been thus tested, tried and upheld, there comes a sense of perfect security through the keeping power of his God. that enables him to know that under all circumstances, even in the valley of the shadow of death, that keeping power will still be bis, so that he may truly fear no evil. Job thought that his obedience constituted his in defeasible claim upon God; but faith is the only cliini that stands with God. and that in adverse circum stances. .lob is taught the power of the Creator to inspire, the right of the Creator to expect faith, whatever trials He may send or permit. "The glory of God is to have sons who can endure. Trial, sorrow, change, death, loss ? is anything dis astrous that God allows? Impossible. His eare of His creation is beyond our imagining. There are no disas ters in His universe save where the will of man divorced from faith would tear a way through His eternal law." Have we had questionings arise when we have seen loved ones whom we know to be God's children suffer day by day? "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" "What I (Continued on page 13.) Laymen and Their Work KIM) RIYEIt LAYMKX. The fifth annual convention o? the Laymen ot' lied ltiver Presbytery will he held in the Presbyterian Church of Monroe, La., Tuesday, January 2:'., 1 9 23. Preparations are being made for the best convention yet held. LAYMEN'S C(),\V EXTIOX. The eighth Biennial General Con vention of the Laymen's Missionary Movement of the Presbyterian Church in the United States will meet in six Regional centers as follows: Houston, Texas, February 13-14; Little Rock, Ark.. February 15-16; Jacksonville, Fla.. February 20-21; Charlotte, N. February 22-23; Richmond, Va., February 27-28; Huntington, W. Va., March 1-2, 1923. Five thousand six hundred and twenty-one registered delegates at tended the Regional Conventions in 1921. This so far exceeded the at tendance of any single convention that we leel the Regional plan is more than justified. W hy A Convent ion? Because every Church needs a world field. We want to study larger maps. Because every man needs a vision. 'He who has a task without a vision is a drudge." At all previous Con ventions scores have caught a real vision- -a vision abiding through the >ears. transforming men's thinking, giving, living. We believe that with (Sods help tlie approaching Conven tions shall be no exception. Resume. Our last Convention in the interest of Foreign Missions was eight years ago. Since then in 1917 we held our Convention solely and alone in the interest ol Assembly's i,fome Missions. In 1.919 we considered "The Whole Task of tlie Church." and in 1921 "Evangelism and the Progressive Pro gram." Purpose. It is fitting therefor., that after a lapse of eight years we meet to con sider anew "World Evangelization." "If there was ever a time when the ( hurch should emphasize evangelism it is the very moment when that prac tice ot a social gospel, which is a poor substitute for the shed blood, is in the ascendent." To an alarming degree, this is new true, both here and abroad. How Meet the Present Xeed? I his is a situation that requires courage and action. The one way out is to give the world what it needs. However unconscious of the truth the world may be the Lord Jesus Christ is the only hope or the world. Po litical parties and Peace Conferences have failed to bring peace to the world. Science and civilization have brought comforts and conveniences. Education and culture have brought intellectual occupations and delights, but deeper and jet deeper the world needs Christ now and what Christ alone can do for it. The Laymen's Part. "A need and the ability to meet that need constitute a claim." We Christian men recognize that the ( hurch was established to spread ( hristianity ; that it can accomplish this in the only way in which liviiiK things can ever succeed ? by living ac tion. 1 hcrefore let us give ourselves whole lieartedly to the task. By ac tion of the Permanent Committee on Men's Work, appointed by the last As sembly, the Laymen's Missionary Movement is now an integral part of the Men's Work of the Church, being the "Department of Inspiration." For this reason more than ever let us ad vance shoulder to shoulder, every lay man backing his pastor, his Church to the limit. This Situation (nils For a Construe tive Convention. We tan promise a constructive Con. vention. Vital questions affecting tile He and progress of our Church will be faced and seriously considered. We will hear from the Permanent Com mittee on Men's Work appointed bv ?ur Assembly. This Committee is now diligently considering nil phases ot ?'?*?> s activities ami will unquestion ably present a constructive and an ag gressive program that will call lor our best effort. Win" llath -Already Keen Wrought. We Will hear from our foreign I". 'Ids, from men who know what they know and know how to make it known. We will hear from our field n the Southland, and from men who have a t hrilling story to tell of how <5od is winning men by the old, old method of using ?ien and their testi mony. The South is leading our country today in aggressive evangel ism by laymen. The Program. The program will be strong. Al ready a sufficient number of speakers of spiritual vision and power have accepted our invitation to assure our program being not one whit behind our former Conventions. While we shall want carefully to review and consider the part we Presbyterians have assumed in Kiv,ng the Gospel to the world, and the progress we have made i? overtaking our world task l',ls wil1 no? the exclusion of the work in the homeland. Kvange 1 sm rightly occupies a central place ?' our -Progressive Program," and 'his Will by no means be overlooked Women's Parallel Conventions. We arc- glad to announce that the Women's Auxiliary will hold Parallel Conventions in every city at the same time for the women of our Church The same plan will be pursued as at our former Conventions. The women meet separately in the day sessions and both Conventions unite for the ev ening sessions. Mrs. W. C. Winns borough. the Superintendent of the Women's Auxiliary, will be in charge and is enthusiastically enlisting the cooperation and support of the women. Mrs. Winnsborough will spend several weeks this winter in Southern Texas and Mexico and will return in time to bring a full report ot her personal observation of our greatly enlarged and rapidly develop ing work in Mexico and also among I he Mexicans in Texas. Kailroad Kates Kegistrat ion. We are promised 25 per cent reduc tion in round trip railroad rates. This makes it possible for a large attend a nee. The Convention will be self-enter taining. as heretofore. The registra tion fee is I2.no. Circulars will be issued later in regard to railroad rates, hotel accommodations, etc These will be K|adly .nailed upon ap plication. Call to Prayer. Pray ye the Lord of the Harvest. ? hat from the Convention may result widespread conviction that now is the time for us as a Church to Tul fill our Lord's last command. Pray that there may be a determined effort on the Part of pastors and congreg.y,v.v,.? V> with gifts the wonderful offer ing of life on the part of; our young men and women in seminaries, col leges and schools. -phe ??e way of getting a thing done* is to get Him to do it. Therefore |*>, us SPt OIlr h to prayer.