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We refer to these misapprehensions only from disaster an appropriation must be because of the evil that they from time to made which, upon the broad view of the time entail upon certain churches. The object of the “ trust committed to the General danger is that too often the officers of the Assembly," it seems improper to make. church thus misled plan the church, give If these misapprehensions did not exist, out contracts, and encumber themselves there would be few cases of disappointment with responsibilities from which they cannot and discouragement by the declining of apbe relieved without aid from the Board. At plications or the cutting down of the amount the very moment of their application they asked. are clearly committed to unnecessary expense, and it becomes a matter of life or This design was kindly furnished by the death with them to receive the full amount well-known architect Mr. J. C. Cady. The for which they apply. And occasionally building is 43 feet wide, and its extreme the Board feels that to save such a church length, including pulpit, recess and vesti
bule, is 55 feet. The seating capacity is not very plenty here, and if you can assist the from 250 to 300, and, considering its size
church I am sure you could not more wisely and beauty, the building is not expensive, invest the amount asked for. .
We are doing our utmost to raise all we can costing probably about $3000. If desired, the portion of the room between the porches taking will encourage us and elicit our most
on the field, and your assistance in our undercould be arranged as a prayer-meeting room heartfelt thanks. or parlor, 15 by 25. Elevations and work- Hoping for a favorable response at an early ing drawings can be furnished if desired.
date, I remain your brother in Christ,
EDWIN M. ELLIS. We publish the following letter, which accompanied the formal application of the Our readers will remember one or two church in question, because it portrays the stirring letters from the Rev. Lewis John. condition of a typical frontier church-a ston, of Pine Bluff, Ark. The church of new organization struggling bravely to hold which he is pastor was connected with the the ground in a community that bids fair Southern Assembly, but the Presbytery of soon to be an important centre of popula- Pine Bluff, within the bounds of which the tion.
church fell, has been constrained to turn GRANTSDALE, MONT., June 2, 1887.
over the work to our Board of Missions. PRESBYTERIAN BOARD OF CHURCH EREC
Dr. Allen writes : DEAR BRETHREN :—That you may the bet
The Southern Presbytery, in which he is, have ter determine the advisability of making the
turned over to us all their colored churches grant asked by the church in question, it may
(three) and two ministers, and have done so be well to add a little more to the answers of
very cordially and of their own volition. We the prescribed questions. Grantsdale is a
regard this as a very important field. Many young but growing town, with the excellent
of our colored members from the Atlantic water-power of a large and swiftly-flowing
states are moving to Arkansas. We have sent creek, upon which a grist-mill and a saw-mill
another minister to that field, and will send have been in operation for some time. A
two or three teachers in the fall. We hope to planing-mill has been commenced, but not yet
form a presbytery soon. finished.
This is preparatory to the following charThe Bitter Root Railroad, a branch of the acteristic letter from Mr. Johnston: Northern Pacific Railroad, has been surveyed
PINE BLUFF, ARK., July 2, 1887. to this town, and the work of grading is now in Rev. ERSKINE N. WHITE, D.D. progress, and the tie-makers are busy preparing DEAR SIR:-We are still at it. the ties.
" Stick to your aim; the mongrel's hold will slip, The town is certain to be, for a while at least,
But only crowbars loose the bull-dog's grip." a railroad terminus. The Union Pacific Railroad has also surveyed a line through the same
We are sticking to the church building, and now place, which promises a junction at this town.
have some prospect of succeeding.
If your We are the only organized church in the
Board of Church Erection Fund can't aid, can place, and our only place of meeting is a log you speak to some individuals who would like school-house half a mile out of town. This
to help one just in such a sad case as we are? school-house is too uncomfortable for school or
I send you a copy of the circular letter, and services of any kind during the winter, and
ope you will feel our interest to such an exmuch of the time at other seasons also, when
tent as to help us through. the wind blows hard, and many take cold in it.
Yours, Grantsdale is surrounded by an excellent
LEWIS JOHNSTON. farming district, and people are coming in and taking up the land.
We are glad that the movement to secure As a church our numbers are few, but our manses over the territory in which the Board friends are many, and are doing what they can of Church Erection works is meeting with to help us. Some give labor, others wheat, marked success.
This success is not wholly oats, hay, bacon, lumber, etc. One poor man confined to the erecting of parsonages with the subscribed a colt, worth perbaps $10. Cash is very limited means at their disposal. It oonsists also in calling the attention of the church enough to furnish good exercise for the pastor. It to the whole subject. There are marked ad- will not be a hard task for this people to make the vantages in the system that the Methodists
payments required. have been led to adopt of an official residence
Your personal letter is very kind of you, and I for their minister. Besides the fact that a
desire to assure you that no more serious inconmanse is a very welcome addition to tbe in
venience was caused by the delay than the paycome of a weak church's pastor, it saves remark on the style in which the minister is living if
ment of interest on the money for a couple of he is simply using the house his people have
months. As the delay was the result of a mistake provided for him. At the same time, it is well such as every one is liable to, we do not complain, to warn congregations from providing a house and we are very grateful for the loan. Thanks too that they themselves would not use. The only for the extension of time to correspond with the safe rule for a minister is to live as the average delay. I do not expect to be with this church of his people live, and this should be made
when the first payment is due, but am sure the possible for him.— The Christian Hour.
church will promptly meet its obligation.
J. V. MILLIGAN.
, KANSAS, July 7, 1887. receipt for the same, signed by all the trustees. TO TIE BOARD OF CHURCH ERECTION. We also desire to express our most sincere thanks DEAR BRETHREN:-Your kind favor, stating for this favor. Two years ago I paid $15 a month that the petition of the church had been granted, rent for a very poor house. We bought this prop- was received several days ago. I was rejoiced to erty, borrowing $1000 at ten per cent. The inter- get the news, and I learn the members and friends est on that I have paid until recently. Now, after of the church in question were greatly elated and a good deal of hard work on the part of all, sincerely grateful. If in the future they do not especially the ladies, and with the aid of your prove loyal to the Board that has helped them so Board, that interest will no longer be demanded, generously, a sharp reminder must be applied, if I and the church is able to say to its pastor, You are have to do it myself. May the Lord direct you in sure of a house in which to live, and that without your good work and all the churches hold up your rent. The property is good, Jot large, pleniy of hands. Accept a unanimous vote of thanks from choice fruit on it, and room for a garden large
ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOU
SAND DOLLARS. The General Assembly at Omaha, among other resolutions recommended by its Standing Committee upon Ministerial Relief, passed the following:
Resolved, 2. That while rejoicing in that whereunto we have already attained, this Assembly recognizes the need of yet more general etfort and more liber il contributions both in behalf of the Permanent Fund and for the
more generous support of this work in its appropriations for the current year; and emphasizes the recommendation of the last Assembly that “not less than one hundred and fifty thousand dollars be annually contributed to this sacred cause.”
The contributions last year from the churches and from individuals amounted to only $118,830. This was an advance upon previous years, but it was thirty thousand dollars less than the amount recommended by the Assembly at the beginning terial relief seemed too much like an appeal of the year, and again recommended in the for charity on behalf of themselves or their above resolution of the last Assembly. The
brethren. But the better day has come, or at friends of this cause who have wrought so
least it has dawned. Pastors and elders alike
now recognize in the Board of Relief an agency earnestly in its behalf during the past year
by which the church does something more than will, therefore, see the need of continuing
take care of the poor. It is one of the most imand even of enlarging their efforts if the portant agencies by which the church is disfull sum of $150,000 is to be secured during charging its duty to the ministry. the coming year.
Quoting from the sermon preached by Dr. Logan as the retiring moderator of the Synod
of Pennsylvania, and recently issued as a tract REPORT OF THE SECRETARY'S
by the Board of Publication, and also from the ADDRESS.
report of Dr. Pierson upon ministerial relief The following report of the secretary's
to the same synod, to show the prominent posiaddress before the last General Assembly is
tion now accorded to the work of the Board reprinted from the Omaha Republican of
throughout the church, Dr. Cattell spoke of the
effect of this forward movement upon their Monday, May 23, 1887:
treasury. “Our report laid before you to-day," Dr. Cattell commenced by referring to the said he, "shows that we have bad 562 families fact mentioned in the report of the committee upon our roll the past year, an increase over just read that this Board, out of all the agencies the year before of fifty-five families to be proof the church, was the first each year brought vided for; but the collections in the churches to the attention of the Assembly. He hoped and gifts from individuals sent to our treasury no one would conclude from this disposition of have enabled the Board to pay in full all the the subject so early in the session that the As- appropriations asked by the presbyterics, to sembly, like so many churches, wanted to get provide all needful comforts for the aged and “the old ministers" out of the way as speedily the invalids at the Ministers' House, and to as possible. “The fact is,” said he, “the breth- report to the Assembly a good working balance ren want this sacred cause placed first upon with which to begin the new year.” the docket so that they may come to its consid- He then spoke of the light and joy that this eration while they are still fresh and vigorous. report would bring those worn-out servants of They cannot bring themselves to attend to any the church who had wrought faithfully in their other business until they know what provision years of health and strength, many of them on has been made by the church during the past mission fields at home and abroad, and some year for the comfort of those worn out in its for more than half a century. Now, when service, and only when well assured for the their “only service is to stand and wait,” they coming year that in all the homes of their will rejoice and give thanks to know they are brethren, laid aside from their sacred work in not to be forgotten in the swift advance of the sickness and want, the barrel of meal shall not church militant upon new and widening fields waste nor the cruse of oil fail, can they with of contest and triumph. The past year proves an easy conscience go on to the consideration that the Presbyterian Church can carry on, of other matters upon the docket of the As- even with greater efficiency, its grand and glori. sembly."
ous missionary work, and at the same time Referring to the meeting of the last Assem- keep the wolf of hard and cruel want from the bly in Minneapolis, he said the interest in this humble homes of its worn-out veterans. Never sacred cause not only filled the Assembly it- have the contributions to the mission boards self, but overflowed into the elders' meeting, been so great as during this very year, when held every morning; and in many churches the contributions for ministerial relief have throughout the country during the past year exceeded those of any previous year. there had been a substantial advance in the Referring to the “good working balance” in right direction. The time was when pastors their treasury, which the Board had reported (if indeed the subject of ministerial relief was to the Assembly, Dr. Cattell spoke of their soever alluded to at all in their sermons) spoke licitude lest it should possibly induce some reof it in a timid, hesitating, apologetic tone, laxation of effort on behalf of this sacred very different from that in which they pre
He assured them this balance would sented the claims of the other boards. Minis- all be needed before the summer months were
over, even upon the present scale of appropri- be made the ground of appeals to God's people ations. “And are we never,” he asked, "to on behalf of the Board. But these appeals to make any advance upon this scale? Shall the our sympathies need to be carefully guarded, Presbyterian Church always be satisfied with lest they confuse the duty of the church to an average appropriation of less than $200 to
with its duty to Christ's ministers." each family upon the roll of its Board of Re- Enlarging upon this point the doctor said, lief?”
“Ministerial relief should be put clearly and He then referred at some length and with forcibly in its true light before the young and much feeling to the view of the Board of Re- the old ; and I urge you now (as I urged the lief-not so prevalent as formerly, but unhap- brethren at the Assembly last year at Minnepily still widely held—that regards it merely apolis and the year before at Cincinnati) to inas the agency by which the church distributes terest the children in the sacred work of this alms to the poor. As a necessary consequence Board, in the hope that they, as well as grown of this view, appeals on behalf of the treasury people, will be made to understand clearly what of the Board are made exclusively to that duty of the church the Board of Ministerial sympathy with the poor and needy which is Relief really represents. When you speak of natural to the heart of man, and which the the aged ministers let the children know, of religion of Christ quickens and elevates. Such course, that it is a beautiful trait in the young appeals undoubtedly have their place in stim- to respect the aged. You will do well to reulating the interest of God's people in the mind them of God's promises about this. When sacred work of this Board. It ought to be you speak of the ministers broken down in the known, and widely known, that there is hard midst of their years—whose pitiful cry comes and cruel want in many of the homes for which to the church in such letters as I have read to he was pleading—these darkened homes of you to-day-show the children how Christ-like scholarly men and of cultured, refined women, it is to send some comforts to these sick beds who have known happier days, the memory of
and these darkened homes. They will grow up which sharpens the agony with which, on sick all the better men and women for this teaching. beds or bending beneath the burden of years, But do not stop here. Tell them why these they look forward to the morrow which may ministers are poor; that in choosing the minbring with it no bread.
istry they deliberately turned away from all the Many sad letters came to him, written as professions and businesses in which they might though the pen trickled with tears and hearts' have made money. The ministry is a calling blood. Some of these he had printed, many which, so far from leading to wealth or even more and still sadder ones he had felt were too to competence, brings ordinarily and with the pitiful to be spread before the church even with closest economy only a bare living. There the writer's name withheld; and brethren who can of necessity be but little, if any, saving for thought themselves well informed on this mat- sickness or old age. It is therefore but the ter had told him that some of the statements paying of a just debt for the church, which has in these printed letters seemed to them almost availed herself of the services of these faithful incredible. “But," added he, “they were men at such inadequate salaries, to provide for faithfully transcribed from the tear-blotted them when they are sick and old, and for the pages. Read these letters, brethren, to your families left destitute by their death; and little people. The facts, painful and humiliating as children, as well as grown people, can be made they are, ought to be known. And if your to understand that while sympathy with the people wonderingly ask whether these sad let- poor is a good thing and ought to be cultivated, ters from the sick and aged servants of the it is not the right thing for a man, or for a church are not the morbid cry of those wasted church, to pay a just debt out of mere sympathy by disease or in the second childhood of old with a creditor because he is poor!” age, read to them the letters I have printed Dr. Cattell expressed himself as feeling deeply from pastors who write about the cases which upon this subject, and spoke of the natural have come under their own observation such shrinking of refined, cultured people from being as I read at the union meeting held in Chicago, regarded as objects of charity, as they too often an account of which you will find appended to were by those who thoughtlessly held the view our report this year to the Assembly. It should that the Board of Relief was only a “charitable be known that among the six hundred families institution.” He longed for the day when all upon our roll there are many such sad and upon the roll of the Board—those broken down pitiful cases, and properly guarded they should in their prime, the widows and orphans, and