The Barnwell Baptist Association, by Clara Johnston Hitt, 236 pages, published 1914
The Barnwell Baptist Association 1896-1905
THE FORTY-FIRST SESSION-1896.
This session convened with the Elko church on Thursday before the fourth Lord's Day in October, 1896.
The preaching of the Introductory Sermon was deferred until night when it was delivered by Rev. C. C. Brown from Heb. 13:8.
The former officers were reelected.
Messengers were present from the Santee, Orangeburg and Aiken Associations, the State, Home and Foreign Mission Boards, Baptist Courier, Orphanage, Furman University, Greenville Female College, Cooper-Limestone and Aged Ministers' Relief Board.
Chairman C. P. Ervin reported for the Committee on Home Missions that the work had been interrupted in Cuba on account of the war with Spain. Bro. Robt. Sanders gave some interesting statistics as to the work accomplished. A collection of $5.46 was taken for the work.
Chairman Wm. Haynsworth for the Committee on State Missions reported the labors of the missionaries as blessed by God. He also reported a heavy debt on the Board necessitating the raising of from $4,000 to $5,000 in the next month. The committee expressed belief in the wisdom of Dr. Bailey's action. The State Convention had put two missionaries into the field among the Negroes and intended putting another. After Brethren T. M. Bailey and Williams had spoken to the report a collection of $2.54 was taken.
Rev. A. Buist reported for the Committee on Orphanage that the Orphanage was prospering under the efficient management of Bro. Vass. He reported ninety five children in the Orphanage, money scarce but no debt, and a fondness on the part of the children for Barnwell syrup. Bro. Vass gave an interesting account of the condition of the Orphanage and its needs. A collection was taken amounting to $22.01 and five barrels of syrup.
Chairman W. T. Walker reported for the Committee on Bible and Colportage the importance of this work for teaching Baptist doctrines. The committee commended Bro. Britton and recommended that he be paid $100 for his services. Bro. Britton made a statement in regard to Colportage Work and Bro. Brown followed with a profitable address.
Chairman J. H. E. Milhous for the Committee obi Union Meetings recommended as the only change that the ministers be urged to attend these meetings. After considerable discussion the report was adopted.
Chairman W. G. Britton reported for the Committee on Foreign Missions. He said that the expense of the work did not exceed eight per cent, ninety two per cent going direct to the mission fields. On account of the tremendously hard times and the apparent lack of interest on the part of the brethren the Board was fearfully in debt.
The minutes contain a letter from our missionary in China, W. W. Lawton.
Chairman J. C. Hair for the Committee on Education said that we had been diverted from our duty towards our own colleges "by the delusion of higher education by the State." Furman University ought to be made as good as the best. We ought to raise our endowment to $125,000. Coeducation at the University makes it possible for women to get the higher education hitherto impossible here. Our unfortunate experience in the past having made us skeptical of Ministerial Education we are neglecting a glorious opportunity. From a society formed in Charleston in about 1755 to aid in the preparation of suitable men for the ministry grew both Mercer and Furman.
Bro. R. N. Pratt spoke in regard to Furman University and Greenville Female College. Bro. J. R. Mack, President of Cooper-Limestone, spoke on the advantages of that Institute. Bro. McCall spoke for the Orangeburg Baptist Institute. Bro. Huggins made some remarks on Ministerial Education. Brethren Huggins and Haynsworth ably presented the interests of Furman University. Bro. Lide also spoke. Some pledges towards the endowment were made.
Bro. G. N. Askew for the Committee on Beneficiaries recommended giving to Bro. J. W. H. Dyches, a member of Double Pond church, now at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at Louisville, $100. The Executive Committee was instructed to raise that amount to aid him. The collection on Sunday of $14.35 and the amount on hand for Ministerial Education was also given to him.
Chairman D. M. Johnston for the Committee on Sunday Schools reported the work as progressing but as being borne by a few members and not by the churches as it should be.
Chairman T. P. Lide for the Committee on Temperance said, We most earnestly urge upon our churches to avoid taking any compromising position in regard to strong drink. We commend a loving but firm faithful discipline towards the seller of strong drink and the drunkard. Bro. Huggins and Bro. Williams spoke on the subject. The following resolution was accepted as an amendment to the report : "Resolved, That we recommend that the churches do urge upon their membership total abstinence as to the use of intoxicating liquors as a beverage; and that we as delegates do hereby pledge ourselves to abstain from the use of intoxicating liquors for a period of twelve months."
Bro. W. T. Walker reported on Bible and Colportage work. Bro. Britton as Colporter reported as having sold $100 worth more books this year than last notwithstanding the hardness of the times. He had sold 1,884 volumes for $326.81; preached 117 sermons; made 3,247 visits; traveled 7,346 miles.
The Executive Committee was instructed to pay $100 to Bro. Britton and to pay it quarterly, if practicable.
In reference to a communication received from the Willow Swamp church of the Orangeburg Association, it was resolved that this Association does not recognize the right to exercise any jurisdiction in matters pertaining exclusively to individual churches.
Bro. Keys presented the claims of The Baptist Courier.
Bro. Brown spoke for the Aged Ministers' Relief Fund.
Bro. Askew read an historical sketch of Double Pond church. It appears in the minutes of this meeting.
The Committee on Program for Union Meetings was instructed to furnish churches with the programs one month ahead of meeting.
A deficit in Bro. Lawton's salary was referred to the Finance Committee.
Chairman S. G. Matthews reported for the Committee on Digest of Letters that nine churches were unrepresented and nine churches reported no Sunday Schools.
Bro. C. P. Ervin reported for the Executive Committee. He said that during the past three or four years of financial stress the mission boards had felt the pressure first of all. We need, said he, personal religion and a right training in Christian duty. We recommend the teaching of true Gospel principles of Christian benevolence and the adoption of a system of collections by which every member of every church may be reached. We recommend the payment of the claims of Bro. Lawton and of our Colporter prior to all other claims.
The Executive Committee for the ensuing year was composed of Brethren C. P. Ervin, D. M. Johnston, A. P. Manville, and B. F. Peeples with the Moderator, Clerk and Treasurer of the Association.
The contributions this year were more than $1,520. This was in excess of last year.
The report on Woman's Work was prepared by Bro. Williams and published in the minutes without being presented to the Association.
Bro. Haynsworth preached the Missionary Sermon and Bro. Lide preached in the town hall.
The next meeting was appointed to meet at Fairmount, the Introductory Sermon to be preached by Rev. A. Buist and the Missionary Sermon by Rev. C. P. Ervin.
THE FORTY-SECOND SESSION-1897.
This session of the Barnwell Baptist Association met with the Fairmount church.
The Introductory Sermon was preached by Bro. Britton from Judges 3:20.
The vote for each officer was cast separately. The former officers were reelected.
The State, Home and Foreign Mission Boards, The Baptist Courier, Furman University, Greenville Female College, Cooper-Limestone Institute, Aiken Association, and Southern Baptist Sunday School Board were represented.
Bro. V. I. Masters presented the claims of The Baptist Courier.
Kline church was received into the body.
Chairman Wm. Haynsworth reported for the Committee on Education. He said that it is better to remain uneducated than to be educated away from God. He called attention to each of our institutions of learning and to the admission of women to Furman. He thought it a mistake to turn away from the Seminary at Louisville to some Northern Seminary.
Bro. R. N. Pratt presented the claims of our colleges.
The Aged Ministers' Relief Fund was discussed by Bro. Haynsworth, who urged the necessity for efforts in that direction. Bro. Masters made a plea for the retention in the ministry of men of age and ripe experience. After prayer a collection of $17.28 was taken for the beneficiaries of this fund.
Chairman J. D. Huggins for the Committee on State Missions said : The purpose of State Missions is to see the Gospel as we believe it preached in every community in South Carolina. To do this there had to be a systematized plan for reaching destitute places. Destitution may be temporal, intellectual, or spiritual. These places may be in villages, towns, cities or country; in new settlements or in old; in places of prosperity or poverty; among the cultured or uncultured. State Missions has already blessed many places. A collection of $4.81 was taken.
Chairman T. P. Lide reported for the Committee on Home Missions as follows: The destitution is so great in the home field that the Board must have one hundred thousand dollars. During the past year the Board has employed 372 missionaries; baptized 4,709; constituted 139 churches; built fifty seven houses of worship and organized 313 Sunday Schools.
The work in Cuba has been hindered by the war with Spain. In Texas 1,500 Baptist churches have no house of worship. In Missouri there are 2,000,000 people who are not Christians. In Tennessee there are 132 towns without any Baptist church. The destitution in Louisiana is great. The Board expended last year $109,747.54. Of this South Carolina gave $4,989.76.
Brethren Haynsworth, Masters and Huggins spoke. Thirty two subscribers to the Home Field were obtained.
Bro. A. Buist reported for the Committee on Colportage that more books had been sold this year than last. He thought Baptists should give our Colporter a liberal support by both prayers and patronage. Bro. Britton gave an interesting account of his work. Bro. F. N. K. Bailey spoke on the importance of Colportage Work. An appropriation of $125 was made to Bro. Britton as Colporter.
Bro. A. P. Manville for the Committee on Sunday Schools said that the Sunday Schools had not reached their fullest efficiency but some progress had been made during the past year. He thought the churches should overlook the work of the school as a department of the church, each church bearing the expenses and electing the superintendent of its school. Parents should supervise the preparation of the lesson and provide a weekly contribution for their children. We sadly need efficient and consecrated teachers. Superintendents and teachers should bear in mind that there are but two objects in Christian work: to lead sinnners to Christ, and to train Christians to become better Christians. Bro. Manville was absent and his excellent paper was read by Bro. Lide, who called attention to the advantages of using the periodicals of the Southern Baptist Convention. Brethren McMillan, Britton, Bailey and Huggins spoke.
Bro. W. D. McMillan said for the Committee on Foreign Missions that the burdensome debt of the Foreign Mission Board had been removed by a strenuous effort. Let us, said he, increase our contributions so that this shall not occur again. Brethren Haynsworth and Huggins spoke on the subject and Bro. Lide obtained a number of subscribers for the Foreign Mission Journal.
The secretaries of the mission boards were requested to send receipts for moneys to the churches and duplicate receipts to Treasurer J. A. Jenkins, Kline, S. C. The Treasurer was authorized to refund if necessary the postage required for such duplicates sent him.
Bro. Britton read the history of the Philadelphia church. It appears in the minutes.
Bro. Bailey was permitted to present the South Carolina Coeducational Institute of Williston.
Chairman J. D. Huggins reported for the Committee on Temperance. He said: Let us think and act as becomes a Christian body. Let us consider the large sales of liquor from State dispensaries. Let us consider the present confusion in the liquor traffic. We must totally abstain from intoxicating liquors as a beverage. He made an appeal for church action in reference. to drinking intoxicants as a beverage. Brethren Britton and Bailey spoke on the influence of woman in favor of temperance. A half hour was devoted to the discussion of Temperance.
Bro. W. G. Britton for the Committee on Orphanage reported 104 children in the institution to be cared for. He called attention to the great amount of money necessary to purchase provisions and clothing for such a large family. Pledges were made for eight barrels of syrup.
Chairman R. H. Harley reported for the Committee on Beneficiaries. He recommended the continued support of Bro. J. W. H. Dyches at the Theological Seminary but of no other applicants on account of the state of finances. There was a motion to adopt Bro. Strong as a beneficiary and appropriate $55 for his support. This motion and the report of the committee was referred to the Executive Committee with power to act. The Committee agreed to send Bro. Strong to Furman University giving him $50 and his travelling expenses. The President of the University was to be requested to send monthly reports of his progress to Bro. T. P. Lide, chairman of this committee. Two collections were to be taken on Sunday: one for Bro. Strong and one for missions.
Chairman T. P. Lide reported for the Executive Committee the removal of Rev. C. P. Ervin, the faithful, efficient, and scholarly chairman of the Executive Committee, to another field of labor. The committee had elected T. P. Lide to fill the vacancy caused by his removal.
During the year the churches had contributed to benevolent objects $1,466.06, six churches not being reported. The increase over last year, though small, was gratifying. We believe, said the committee, that our churches are waking up to the necessity of persistent effort and systematic collections. We recommend that, at the next meeting of the churches, each church divide its membership among the deacons who shall request every member to designate what they will give to each object. We note with gratification an increased interest in the meetings of our unions. We commend the services of our Colporter and recommend the same salary ($125) for another year.
The Executive Committee for next year: T. P. Lide, D. M. Johnston, G. W. Boylston, B. F. Peeples with the officers of the Association. All matters requiring attention were ordered to be attended to by the Executive Committee.
Bro. Britton's and Bro. Lawton's salaries were voted to take precedence in unappropriated funds.
Bro. J. C. McMillan reported for the Committee on Digest of Letters that eight churches had sent no report and eight had no Sunday School.
The Clerk was instructed to send the minutes to the churches by mail and draw on the Treasurer for the amount to pay postage.
On Sunday Bro. McMillan preached in the church and Bro. Lide in the grove.
The next meeting was appointed to meet in Barnwell, the Introductory Sermon to be preached by Rev. A. P. Turner and the Missionary Sermon by Rev. J. D. Huggins.
THE FORTY-THIRD SESSION-1898.
The forty third session of the Association met with the Barnwell church in 1898 as appointed.
The Introductory Sermon was preached by Bro. E. . E. Bomar.
The officers of the previous year were again elected.
Messengers were received from the State, Home and Foreign Mission Boards, The Baptist Courier, The South Carolina Baptist, Connie Maxwell Orphanage, Furman University, Greenville Female College, Cooper-Limestone Institute, Aged Ministers' Relief Board, Orangeburg Association, the Barnwell Baptist Sunday School Convention.
Brethren Masters and Pittman presented the claims of their papers, The Baptist Courier and The South Carolina Baptist.
Colston Branch church was received into the body.
Bro. Britton was allowed opportunity to exhibit Bibles and other religious literature. Bro. Manville urged the body to patronize our Colporter.
Chairman J. D. Huggins for the Committee on Bible and Colportage said : Our Colporter has sold this year 2,787 volumes, one third of which has been Bibles. He has traveled 150 miles and made about seventy five calls per week. The man who brings good. literature to our doors at low prices and puts out of business the book agents whose one desire is to make money, is by no means the least of our Lord's servants, but one to be esteemed for his work's sake. The Association and the State Board supplement his meager earnings with a salary of $225. It ought to be more. After this report Bro. Britton spoke on his work.
Chairman W. D. McMillan for the Committee on Orphanage said that there is no greater mission for South Carolina Baptists than the liberal support of the Orphanage. The first child was received May 22, 1893. In 1898 there are 112 children in the Orphanage. The Terrell Smith home, built during the past associational year by a contribution of $2,600 from one of our own citizens, affords a comfortable home for forty of the larger boys. Bro. C. C. Brown spoke by invitation and Bro. Vass gave a full statement of the condition of the Orphanage. Eight barrels of syrup were pledged and a collection of $8.70 was taken.
Chairman T. P. Lide for the Executive Committee reported gratification at the increased interest in union meetings. The committee recommended a continuation of the payment of Bro. Lawton and of Bro. Britton prior to other claims. At the recommendation of the committee, the State Mission Board gave $50 to assist Philadelphia church in the support of her pastor. The committee recommended the same amount for another year. During the month of May the committee secured the services of Dr. A. P. Montague to lecture at five different places in the county on Education. These lectures were largely attended. The committee recommended that the endowment of Furman University, the Current Expense Fund of Furman University, and the Aged Ministers' Relief Fund be made objects of benevolence by our churches. The committee had paid $50 towards the support of Bro. Julian Strong at the University, as instructed. His deportment had been exemplary and his progress fair. A like appropriation for him for another year was recommended.
The Executive Committee was unchanged.
Bro. G. N. Askew for the Committee on Education said, "We as Baptists need stirring up along all lines of educational activity." The Association recommended the churches to observe Furman day on thesecond Sunday in November and take collections on that day for the endowment.
Brethren J. E. Sanders, J. D. Huggins, R. W. Sanders and V. I. Masters spoke on Education and Bro. F. N. K. Bailey spoke in regard to the Coeducational Institute at Edgefield.
Bro. C. M. Edenfield for the Committee on Digest of Church Letters found about half of the churches endued with the missionary spirit. Money is scarce, said he, but we should not commence reducing our expenses at the house of the Lord.
The order of business was suspended while Brother Brown spoke with emotion in reference to a memorial service in honor of Bro. John G. Williams. Resolutions offered by Brother Huggins in regard to raising funds for a monument were adopted. They contain these words: "The memory of one so good and so great and of so pure and exalted a life ought to be perpetuated." A committee was appointed to raise funds for a suitable monument. Another committee was appointed to ask the Savannah River Association to unite in this labor of love. Brother Rice paid a deserved tribute to the memory of the deceased brother. Brother Britton also spoke on the subject.
Bro. W. A. B. Newsom for the Committee on Aged Ministers' Relief called to mind the needs of the old preachers and asked that this as other funds be apportioned among the churches. Bro. C. C. Brown spoke with much feeling in regard to aiding the worn out preachers and widows of deceased ministers.
Brethren Julian Strong and J. A. Hunter were commended to the State Board of Ministerial Education by the Committee on Beneficiaries.
Bro. W. G. Britton for the Committee on State Missions said we were lacking in enthusiasm for State Missions. He called attention to the scope of the work and urged the Association, which had been asked for $500, to do her part in sending Dr. Bailey to the Convention out of debt. Brethren Brown, Huggins, Haynsworth, Pinson and T. M. Bailey made interesting addresses and a collection of $13.49 was taken. All monies left in the Treasurer's hands after disbursements were voted to State Missions.
Chairman J. D. Huggins for the Committee on Foreign Missions made an interesting report in which he told of the marriage of Brother Lawton, our missionary to China. Brethren Haynsworth and Brown made addresses. Brother Lide spoke in regard to the Foreign Mission Journal and took subscriptions for it.
Brother Haynsworth for the Committee on Home Missions made a summary of the work and urged the people to take the Home Field. Bro. R. W. Sanders spoke, and a collection of $2.15 was taken.
Bro. W. A. B. Newsom for the Committee on Sunday Schools lamented that some of the churches were still without Sunday Schools. He called attention to the difficulty of securing competent teachers, especially male teachers.
Chairman A. P. Turner for the Committee on Woman's Work reported ten societies in the Barnwell Association. These societies contributed $193.24 of the $971.48 contributed by the churches Est year.
Brethren Huggins and Haynsworth were appointed a committee to suggest a plan to remedy the want of correctness in the financial reports of the churches as printed in the minutes.
The Treasurer reported as collected from all sources $1,460.53.
Rev. R. W. Sanders preached on Saturday night. The Missionary Sermon on Sunday was preached by Brother Huggins.
The next Association was appointed to be held at St. John's the Introductory Sermon to be preached by Bro. A. P. Turner and the Missionary Sermon by Bro. W. E. Johnson.
THE FORTY-FOURTH SESSION-1899.
This session of the Association was held as appointed at St. John's church, beginning on Thursday before the fourth Sunday in October, 1899. The Introductory Sermon was preached by Rev. A. P. Turner.
The former officers were reelected.
The pastor of St. John's, Brother Peeples, made an address of welcome to which Brother Mayfield responded.
Brother Britton spoke in reference to Bibles and books he was offering as Colporter.
Brethren Pittman and Masters presented the claims of their respective papers. Brother Lide spoke for the Home Mission Journal.
Chairman W. E. Johnson for the Committee on Education quoted from the report of the Superintendent of Education showing the amount spent on colleges and the amount spent on the common schools, expressed himself against appropriations for State colleges and urged our people to stand by our own colleges.
This report elicited a lively discussion participated in by Brethren Masters, Haynsworth, Mayfield, F. N. K. Bailey, Talbert, Peeples, and Patterson.
Chairman S. G. Mayfield for the Committee on State Missions called attention to the danger to our people from the Mormon missionaries. He also spoke of the great work being done by our Colporter.
Dr. T. M. Bailey gave a brief account of the results accomplished by the State Board. A collection of $6.81 was taken.
Bro. J. J. Brown reported for the Committee on Orphanage. He said that there were five matrons, three teachers and 116 children in the Orphanage, this Association having seven children there costing $420, and having contributed only $150. Contributions must increase to keep pace with the expansion. The committee also called attention to the recent death of the great and good Dr. Maxwell, the founder of Connie Maxwell Orphanage. Thirteen barrels of syrup and $6.55 were contributed to the Orphanage.
Bro. G. N. Askew for the Committee on Foreign Missions said that the watchword of the hour is "The world for Jesus." Let us meet the duty of the hour for Jesus' sake.
Chairman T. P. Lide reported for the Executive Committee. He said, We mourn the death of one of our truest and most faithful members, Dr. B. F. Peeples. He died suddenly on the night of September. 3, 1899. He was always prompt and faithful in his attendance on the meetings of the Association and of this committee. Lovely in spirit, gentle in manner, and loyal to duty, he is sadly missed.
The same arrangement as last year for union meetings and for our Colporter was recommended. The State Board gave $50 each to Philadelphia and Colston Branch churches. This was again asked for next year. The giving of $85 toward the support of Bro. Julian Strong, whose deportment at the University has been exemplary and whose progress had been satisfactory, was recommended.
Bro. W. C. Matthews was made a member of the Executive Committee to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Dr. Peeples.
Bro. Wm. Haynsworth for the Committee on Temperance recommended that our ministers talk and preach against the use of intoxicating drinks and our members abstain from the use of intoxicating liquors as a beverage.
Bro. W. D. McMillan for the Committee on Woman's Work called attention to the lamentable fact that only eleven churches in our Association had Women's Mission Societies.
Bro. T. P. Lide for the Committee on Bible and Colportage Work recommended the prayers and sympathy of our people for our Colporter as well as their patronage.
Brother Britton as Colporter reported 2,519 books sold for $492.44, an increase of $146.60 over. Last year's sales.
Chairman J. C. McMillan for the Committee on Aged Ministers' Relief recommended the setting apart of one Sunday in December for the collection of funds to help those in need of assistance, and the investigation of each case so that no help be given where relatives are able and willing to provide needful assistance.
Chairman T. P. Lide for the Committee on Beneficiaries recommended that Bro. H. C. Brabham of Great Salkehatchie church be adopted as beneficiary of this Association at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and that $50 be appropriated for his support, this to include $30 which Great Salkehatchie church had promised to give.
Bro. W. G. Britton for the Committee on Obituaries reported the deaths of R. B. Porter, Dr. B. F. Peeples, Bro. Carson Cook, Dr. W. B. Rice, Bro. J. S. Grimes,
Sister Mary E. Harley, and Bro. A. F. Free.
Bro. D. M. Johnston for the Committee on Digest of
Letters reported about half the churches alive to missionary interest, four churches having given nothing
for missions and others very little. The churches gave least that had no Woman's Missionary Society.
Rev. A. Buist for the Committee on Home Missions summed up the work of the Board and showed the need of more generous contributions. "It is not," said he, "poverty but the lack of a willing mind."
Bro. W. T. Walker for the Committee on Union Meetings noted improvement in attendance and in interest in the meetings.
The Treasurer reported $1,944.99 collected during the year.
The Executive Committee was authorized to make such changes as may be wise and necessary in the apportionment of contributions from the churches to the various objects. Also to see the payment of $50 pledged to the Seminary fund and to see after all other unfinished business.
The next meeting was appointed to meet at Bamberg, the Introductory Sermon to be preached by Bro. T. H. Edwards and the Missionary Sermon by Bro. Wm. Haynsworth.
THE FORTY-FIFTH SESSION-1900.
This session convened with Bamberg church on Thursday before the fourth Sunday in October, 1900.
The Introductory Sermon was preached by Rev. T. H. Edwards.
The former officers were again elected.
Brother Johnson welcomed the body to Bamberg and Brother Burts responded.
Bro. T. M. Lide for the Committee on Home Missions reported that all the states with one exception showed an increase in cash contributions over those of last year.
Bro. R. W. Sanders spoke on Home Mission work. Brethren Vass, Gardner and Burts also spoke.
There being no report on the Aged Ministers' Relief Fund, Brother Burts offered the following resolution :
"Resolved, That the Board of Aged Ministers' Relief Fund deserves and should receive the sympathy and material aid of the Baptists of the State."
Brethren Vass, Burts, Gardner and Johnson spoke and a collection of $9.01 was taken.
Bro. W. D. McMillan gave notice that at the next session of the Association he would move to amend the Constitution so as to read, "This Association shall be known as the Baptist' Association of Barnwell and Bamberg counties." This change in name was not made.
The Standing Rules were amended so that hereafter the letters from the churches would be referred to the Committee on Digest of Letters before reading.
Chairman W. T. Walker for the Committee on Orphanage made an interesting report. Supt. A. T. Jamison then made an address in regard to the institution. A number of pledges in provisions and money were made and a cash collection of $28.13 was taken.
Bro. W. E. Johnson reported for the Committee on Woman's Work that not quite one third of the churches had societies. Mrs. J. J. Brown, Vice President of Woman's Work, wrote asking the pastors to organize a society in each church. Brother Montague, President of Furman University, spoke eloquently on the subject.
A welcome was extended to Prof. Bailey, of the South Carolina Coeducational Institute, and to Prof. Gaines, of the Welsh Neck High School. They presented their respective schools.
President Montague, of Furman University, made an impressive address. Pledges to the amount of $230 were made towards the erection of a dormitory building for the students of Furman and a collection of $7.06 was taken.
Chairman Wm. Haynsworth for the Committee on Foreign Missions said that last year the Southern Baptist Convention enlarged the work twenty five per cent, as asked for and received $140,000. This year we have been asked for $200,000. He called attention to the various fields.
A letter from our Missionary to China, Bro. W. W. Lawton, was read. Brethren Burts and Lide made impressive speeches. The hymn, "Come Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove," was sung. Brother Vass led in prayer for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the conversion of the world. It was decided to ask the Foreign Mission Board to arrange for Brother Lawton to return to America for one year, he having spent six years in China, this Association to contribute as hitherto for his support.
Bro. W. S. Minis for the Committee on Union Meetings recommended no change although little interest had been shown in the meetings.
Chairman W. D. McMillan for the Committee on Sunday Schools scored parents, pastors and churches for apathy when it comes to the work of the Sunday Schools and declared that there is an abundant harvest in this field for those who will reap.
Bro. W. G. Britton reported great need to prosecute Bible and Colportage Work to combat the work of the Mormons and Second Adventists. The Colporter sold this year 2,732 books for $469.27. Lack of suitable equipment, said he, is a great hindrance to the work.
Chairman G. N. Askew for the Committee on State Missions reported 7,470 persons baptized by our missionaries during the past fourteen years, 105 churches organized and 129 houses of worship built.
The churches of the State were asked to raise $15,000 for State Missions. Of this Barnwell Association was asked for $600. Last year Barnwell Association with thirty eight churches numbering 4,392 members, gave $341.09, an average of not quite eight cents per member. This year up to October 1, they have given $132.33, an average of three cents per member.
Brethren Askew, Crosland and Burts spoke. A collection of $4.50 was taken and the collection on Sunday was voted to State Missions. .
Brother W. S. Minis for the Committee on Digest of Letters reported eight churches in good condition, twenty five in fair and four not heard from. The churches which have no Woman's Mission Society give least for missions.
Chairman T. P. Lide for the Executive Committee recommended that a specified amount be apportioned each of the churches; this apportionment was given in the report, and a certain amount, which was specified in the report, be given each to State, Home, and Foreign Missions, Ministerial Education, Orphanage, Colportage, Aged Ministers' Relief Fund, Endowment of Furman University. The committee recommended the continuance at the same salary of the work of our efficient Colporter; the continuance of our same plan for union meetings, the asking of $50 each for Philadelphia, Colston Branch and Midway churches, the appropriation of $75 towards the support of Bro. Julian Strong at Furman University and $50 towards the support of Bro. H. C. Brabham at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, these amounts to include the amount of $60 expected from the Great Salkehatchie church. The committee also recommended that $40 be appropriated toward the support of Bro. S. P. Hair, this not to include any help that the Healing Springs church might give him.
The Executive Committee was unchanged. -
The Association by resolution endorsed the Colportage Work of Bro. W. G. Britton and asked the American Publication Society to furnish him with a colportage wagon.
The Committee on Obituaries announced the death April 10, 1900, of Rev. J. A. McNab.
There being no report on Temperance, Bro. Burts was requested to prepare one for the minutes.
A paper from Bro. C. C. Brown of the Aged Ministers' Relief Board was read and ordered printed in the minutes. It reports thirty three beneficiaries and receipts to the amount of $2,166.36. Of course this report is for the State.
Supt. Jamison of the Orphanage preached on Sunday night.
The Treasurer reported $2,340.53 collected during the year.
The Moderator congratulated the body on the work accomplished during the year, the contributions exceeding those made for several years past, and exhorted the brethren to a renewal of effort during the coming year.
The next meeting was appointed to meet at Mt. Calvary, the Introductory Sermon to be preached by Rev. T. P. Lide and the Missionary Sermon by Rev. C. E. Burts.
THE FORTY-SIXTH SESSION-1901.
This session of the Association was held with the Blackville church. This was the first time in the history of the body that the place of meeting had been changed from that appointed by the body in session. The Executive Committee made the change because of a case of scarlet fever near Mt. Calvary church.
The Introductory Sermon was preached by Rev. W. G. Britton.
The former officers were reelected.
Rev. W. D. McMillan reported for the Executive Committee that the place of meeting had been reluctantly changed under the advice of several physicians. The committee recommended the continuance of Bro. Britton as Colporter, and asked the State Board for $50 each for Philadelphia, Colston Branch, and Midway churches. The committee regretted that Brethren Strong and S. P. Hair had retired from the University on account of ill health, and recommended an appropriation from Brother Strong should his health permit his return. It also recommended that $75 be appropriated for the support of Bro. W. C. Baxley, who by hard struggle, had maintained himself at the Seminary for the past two years.
Rev. C. E. Burts was given the place on the Executive Committee held for several years by Rev. T. P. Lide, the latter having removed from the Association.
Bro. G. N. Askew reported for the Committee on State Missions that Barnwell Association had contributed up to October 1st only $142.87 of the $600 expected by the State Convention. After Bro. T. M. Bailey had spoken a collection of $21.36 was taken.
Brother Thomas, of The Baptist Courier, and Bro. Pittman, of The South Carolina Baptist, presented the interests of their papers.
Chairman W. D. McMillan for the Committee on Bible and Colportage earnestly recommended a continued aggressive work in this direction. Our young people, said he, require to be educated morally, spiritually and intellectually. The efforts of the pulpit could be largely supplemented by the perusal of religious books. We urge our pastors to see that our denominational papers and other religious literature be placed in the homes.
Colporter Britton reported a peculiarly hard year but nevertheless he had sold 405 more books and pamphlets than last year, for $25.25 more money, the number of books sold being 3,137 for $494.50. Brother Britton spoke of the need of religious literature in our homes.
There being no report on Aged Ministers' Relief, Brethren Thomas and T. M. Bailey spoke. The Association then endorsed the work and took a collection of ten dollars for it.
Chairman W. M. Jones for the Committee on Home Missions reported Christian joy at the steady progress of the past year. He recommended that the pastors give instruction in these matters and the brethren prayers and benevolence to the work. Bro. R. W. Sanders spoke and a collection of $5 was taken.
Bro. A. Buist .for the committee made an earnest plea for the continued support of the Orphanage. Liberal contributions of syrup were made by the churches.
Brother Mayfield for the Committee on Education still thought there should be established within our bounds a high school. He thought that too much money is spent on State colleges and not enough on public schools. Brethren Sanders and Burts spoke on Education.
There being no report on Temperance, Brother Boylston was requested to prepare one for publication in the minutes. Brethren Britton and Burts spoke on the subject.
Brother Boylston's report appears in the minutes. In this report he said that the sales of the dispensary from January 1, 1900, to November 30, 1900, amounted to $2,421,840.22 and that illicit sales would run the amount up to $3,000,000. This is believed to be less than under the barroom system; but is more than twice the amount spent for education. He stated that the sales in Barnwell and Bamberg counties probably reached $140,000, and said that it is commonly reported that members of Baptist churches are patrons of the dispensary. It is, said he, within the power of the 4,000 white Baptists within the bounds of this Association to suppress the sale of intoxicating liquors as a beverage. Let our pastors place before the people the cause of temperance. Let us as Christians promote temperance first of all by being total abstainers. Let us as citizens strive to secure such legislation as will be favorable to temperance and sobriety.
Bro. W. G. Britton declared for the Committee on Woman's Work that where there is no Woman's Mission Society in a church the spirit of missions is at a low ebb.
Brother Burts for the Committee on Foreign Missions made an interesting report. He closed this report by saying that the Baptists of Barnwell Association were doing little for the spread of the Gospel in foreign lands. Remarks were made by Brethren Britton and McMillan.
Chairman J. H. E. Milhous reported for the Committee on Sunday Schools that the Sunday School work needed to be revived, there being few live Sunday Schools in our Association. The pastors should give attention to this work. Brethren Askew, Mayfield and Britton made remarks.
The Committee on Union Meetings reported that these meetings were not producing results such as they are capable of. The committee thought there was lack of spiritual food in the way of good preaching.
After discussion by the brethren the Association empowered the Executive Committee to divide the Association into three unions.
Bro. W. L. Merritt reported for the Committee on Obituaries the death of two prominent members: L. L. Rice, of the Denmark church, and John T. O'Neal, of the Philadelphia church.
Bro. C. B. Free for the Committee on Digest of Letters reported the churches in good condition with an increase in membership and an increase in contributions owing to the Woman's Work. Seven churches sent up no letters.
The Association offered the next meeting to Mt. Calvary.
A resolution offered by Brother Ray provided that during our next meeting there should be one sermon a day and that the report on Foreign Missions take the place of the Missionary Sermon on Sunday. This was adopted.
Brother Burts preached the Missionary Sermon. The Treasurer reported contributions to the amount of $2,020.95.
The next meeting to be at Mt. Calvary, the Introductory Sermon to be preached by Rev. C. E. Burts and the Missionary Sermon by Rev. W. M. Jones.
THE FORTY-SEVENTH SESSION-1902.
This session met with the Mt. Calvary church. The introductory Sermon was preached by Rev. W. M. Jones.
Clerk W. D. McMillan announced the death of Moderator W. D. Rice, and requested Rev. C. E. Burts to occupy the chair temporarily.
Rev. A. Buist was elected Moderator, Rev. W. D. McMillan was reelected Clerk and Bro. J. A. Jenkins, Treasurer.
The pastors of all the churches were received and accorded the privileges of delegates.
Resolutions on the death of Rev. W. D. Rice were adopted. His character and work were commended to the churches and to the youth of our country. Touching eulogies were delivered by Brethren Mayfield, Sanders, Britton, Keys, Brown and Pittman. A blank page in the minutes was inscribed with his name. Dr. Rice had been Moderator of the Barnwell Association for fifteen years, ever since the death of Rev. J. F. Buist. The former like the latter was widely known and loved. He died December 2, 1901.
Bro. J. B. Black for the Committee on Aged Ministers' Relief reported that the churches were one by one incorporating this work among their fixed charities. Bro. C. C. Brown made an appeal in behalf of the fund and a collection of $16.75 was taken.
Chairman S. A. Hair for the Committee on Orphanage called attention to the nobility of this charity and advised the churches to set apart certain days all through the year for this work. Bro. Jamison gave an instructive account of the condition and prospects of the Orphanage. A collection of $20.65 was taken besides pledges of syrup.
Bro. C. E. Burts for the Committee on State Missions showed the increased needs on account of the development of mill villages and of changes in country districts, some churches becoming self sustaining, others once strong, being compelled to turn to the State Board for help. The Barnwell Association had only raised $205 of the $500 asked of them for this work. Dr. T. M. Bailey presented valuable statements in regard to the work. A collection of $17.35 was taken.
Bro. Jamison preached on Friday from John 1:5.
Bro. G. N. Askew for the Committee on Home Missions spoke of the importance of the mountain schools, the work west of the Mississippi River, the great cities of the Southern States, the foreign population and the work in Cuba. Brethren W. M. Jones and R. W. Sanders spoke and a collection of $4.06 was taken.
The Executive Committee reported that Bro. Baxley had to leave the Seminary on account of threatened nervous prostration, and asked that the Association pay $75 borrowed for Bro. Baxley as directed. The committee called attention to the failure of the churches to send to the Treasurer, for the information of the Executive Committee, quarterly statements of contributions to all purposes. This information would greatly aid in developing the churches in systematic giving. The committee recommended asking the State Mission Board to give $50 each to old Columbia and Colston Branch. It also recommended the continuance of Bro. Britton as Colporter.
The Executive Committee for the ensuing year: C. E. Burts, W. C. Matthews, G. W. Boylston, D. M. Johnston with the Moderator, Clerk and Treasurer.
Bro. Jones gave notice that at the next session he would move to amend the Constitution so as to increase the Executive Committee to nine members.
Resolutions were passed upon the death of Bro. A. Howard Patterson.
Bro. S. G. Mayfield for the Committee on Woman's Work reported that thirteen out of thirty eight churches had Woman's Mission Societies with a total membership of 253 out of a total female membership of 2,400. The total collections for the past year had been $499.08 for the various causes. The committee recommended the employment of an agent to more thoroughly organize this work. Brethren Burts, McMillan, Britton and Merritt spoke on the report.
Bro. J. D. Moore for the Committee on Education said that the denominational schools should be as good as any so that, unless for exceptional reasons, no Baptist could be justified in patronizing any other. He urged the patronage of our denominational schools and also the production of such legislation as would improve the public schools. Brethren Jones and Mayfield spoke in the interests of Furman University and Greenville Female College.
Bro. Lawson preached in the house on Saturday morning from Gen. 5:24, and Bro. Moore preached in the grove.
Bro. A. Buist reported for the Committee on Bible and Colportage Work that neither pastors nor the membership of our churches manifest the interest in the work that its usefulness demands. Its object is the diffusion of a literature which would elevate our people morally, educationally and religiously. It is absolutely necessary that the purest literature be introduced into our homes. Our Colporter deserves the "Well done" of the Association.
The Colporter reported that notwithstanding the hardness of the times he had sold 3,303 books for $573.90.
The Association resolved that the time had come when the Barnwell and Savannah River Associations should undertake the entire support of W. W. Lawton and wife on the foreign field. The Executive Committee was instructed to push the matter and messengers were sent to the Savannah River Association to ask cooperation.
On Sunday a large congregation greeted W. W. Lawton, our missionary from China, who gave an interesting and instructive address on the manners and customs of the Chinese and the encouragements and difficulties of the work.
Bro. W. M. Jones reported for the Committee on Foreign Missions. He said that Christ came into the world not for any particular people but for all. The heathen need salvation more than education or civilization. God has committed the duty of bringing the Gospel to the heathen, to the churches and to their individual members. We recommend that the pastors endeavor to lay this great duty on the hearts of the churches more earnestly during the coming year, that the pastors endeavor to increase the contributions and prayers for the work, and that Woman's Mission Societies be formed in every church.
The collection of the day amounted to $17.23.
The Committee on Order of Business was asked to arrange for one sermon each day at the next meeting.
The Moderator congratulated the body on the work accomplished and projected and urged greater efforts in every direction that conduced to the spread of the Gospel.
Chairman W. D. McMillan for the Committee on Temperance reported as follows : "So long as Christian communities demand the establishment of dispensaries and by their patronage render their maintenance possible; so long as Christian churches tolerate and foster in their bosoms those who indulge in intoxicants as a beverage, we can never hope for a successful issue and proper solution of the liquor problem. When judgment begins at the house of God and the church shall assume her rightful and divine position and authority, it shall be said, Behold the morning breaketh."
Bro. M. L. Lawson reported for the Committee on Sunday Schools. He said, Let not good literature in the Sunday School be exalted above the Bible. Do not forget that the Sunday School may be adapted to grown people. Guard against the impression that Sunday Schools are mainly for entertainment. The Sunday Schools cannot justify any neglect of Bible instruction, or Christian training at home. Great care should be exercised in the selection of teachers.
Bro. W. A. B. Newsoms reported for the Committee on Union Meetings a better attendance of preachers and delegates since the Association has been divided into three unions. It is a great help to have dinner on the grounds.
The Committee on Digest of Letters reported the churches in good condition: an increase in membership in thirteen churches, a decrease in eleven, with no change in six; an increase in contributions to missions in fourteen, a decrease in thirteen, with no financial report from three. Eight churches sent no letters. The churches had not been careful in filling out the blanks in the financial reports.
A letter on Young People's Work by Rev. Louis J. Bristow is printed in the minutes.
The Treasurer reported $1,965.33 collected.
The next meeting was appointed to be held at George's Creek, Rev. C. E. Burts to preach the Introductory, and Rev. W. M. Jones, the Missionary, Sermon.
THE FORTY-EIGHTH SESSION-1903.
This session of the Association was held with the church at George's Creek.
The Introductory Sermon was preached by Rev. M. L. Lawson from II Cor. 15:14.
Clerk W. D. McMillan announced that it became his painful duty to officially inform the body of the decease of its Moderator, Rev. A. Buist. He requested Rev. W. M. Jones to occupy the Moderator's chair temporarily.
Rev. G. N. Askew was elected Moderator. Clerk McMillan and Treasurer Jenkins were reelected.
The Constitution was amended so that the Executive Committee should consist of nine members including the three officers.
Chairman W. D. McMillan reported for the Executive Committee an effort to develop the churches in systematic giving by means of the distribution of small envelopes. Only seventeen churches had Woman's Missionary Societies. The committee had not been able to accomplish the resolution relative to the support of Bro. Lawton in China and recommended the appointment of a special committee to visit the next session of the Savannah River Association in order to secure their cooperation. The committee recommended that the State Mission Board be asked for $50 each for old Columbia and Colston Branch churches. It also recommended the appropriation. of $125 for compensation of Bro. Britton as Colporter.
The Executive Committee for the ensuing year was appointed as follows: G. W. Boylston, D. M. Johnston, J. C. McMillan, J. H. Fender, W. M. Jones and J. B. Hunter with the Moderator, Clerk and Treasurer of the Association.
Brethren Pittman and Masters were allowed to represent their papers, The South Carolina Baptist and The Baptist Courier.
The letters from the churches were read by Brethren Britton and Mixson.
The matter concerning the pay of the Colporter was referred to the Executive Committee for action with power to pay.
Rev. S. P. Hair for the Committee on State Missions reported little done for this work as yet and the State Convention at hand. After his comprehensive report,, Rev. V. I'Anson spoke and a collection of $14.23 was taken.
Rev. M. L. Lawson for the Committee on Home Missions said, "The secret to success in this allnimportant and absorbing work is to be endowed with power from on high. What is needed most is not plans and systems, so much as the indwelling of the Holy Spirit." Bro. Sanders then spoke on the subject.
Bro. S. G. Mayfield reported for the Committee on Sunday Schools that within this Association there were twenty nine schools with 1,090 pupils. The teachers were unfit for the work, and a radically wrong system of management prevailed. The committee recommended that church members be urged to attend Sunday School, that all children be enrolled and urged to study the lessons, that this Association arrange for normal work and that a special fund be provided to aid weak schools in purchasing literature. This report was referred to the Executive Committee.
Bro. Bailey was allowed to present his school at Edgefield.
A paper on Periodicals Was read by Brother Lawson and ordered printed in the minutes. Hereafter, we have a Committee on Periodicals. Brother Lawson's paper set forth the destructive influence of impure literature.
A blank page in the minutes was devoted to the memory of our Moderator, Rev. A. Buist, beloved as a pastor, as a teacher, as a county official and as a close personal friend to many; to Bro. John J. Johnston, of Long Branch, a close, lifelong friend of Bro. Buist's who preceded him to the better land just one week; to Bro. W. C. Mathews, a member of the Executive Committee of this Association; to Bro. I. G. Floyd Walker, a deacon of Healing Springs church, and to Bro. J. M. Woodward, deacon of Rosemary church. The Master truly called many up higher.
The Committee on Aged Ministers' Relief through Chairman W. T. Walker commended the work. The report was spoken on by Brethren R. W. Sanders, W. G. Britton, and G. N. Askew. A collection of $4.30 was taken.
Woman's Work was presented by Rev. W. D. McMillan for the committee in an eloquent paper which was followed by speeches by Brethren Britton and Sanders. The organization of Woman's Mission Societies was placed in the hands of the Executive Committee with instructions to appoint one lady organizer in each union division to visit churches and organize societies.
The Missionary Sermon was preached by Rev. J. D. Moore. A collection of $8 was taken.
The Committee on Beneficiaries through Chairman R. W. Sanders expressed itself as favoring the regularly organized Board of Ministerial Education.
Chairman W. M. Jones for the Committee on Education spoke hopefully of the outlook for better teachers and better schools. Dr. Poteat had been made president of Furman, and the endowment fund under the efficient financial agent, Rev. Joel I. Allen, was being successfully raised.
Rev. J. D. Moore for the Committee on Bible and Colportage recommended regular contributions for the work which merits a larger and more hearty support from our churches.
The Colporter reported having sold 3,344 volumes for $500.
Chairman J. R. McCormack for the Committee on Temperance said that this is no local question. The whole system of license endangers our county and threatens our peace and prosperity. The liquor traffic cannot be legalized without sin. We are in the business of manufacturing drunkards and slaughtering the victims of our own greed and sin. We are guilty before God who will condemn us for these Acts of our agents. Party prejudice must be cast aside. Minor questions must be tabled until this overshadowing curse shall have been outlawed.
Bro. G. E. Birt for the Committee on Digest of Letters reported increased interest in the work. Three churches failed to report. The churches were careless about making out reports.
The Committee on Union Meetings reported increased interest in these gatherings.
Rev. R. W. Sanders for the Committee on Foreign Missions rejoiced in the number of young men and young women who were willing to go to the foreign field.
A letter is printed in the minutes from Mr. and Mrs. Lawton remembering the year spent in America and asking continued interest and prayers.
Rev. G. N. Askew for the Committee on Orphanage reported a capacity for 160 children. The committee recommended Orphanage Notes. Syrup was pledged.
The next meeting to be at Rosemary, the Introductory Sermon by Rev. W. W. Glover, the Missionary Sermon by Rev. J. D. Moore.
THE FORTY-NINTH SESSION-1904.
The forty ninth session of the Barnwell Association met with the Rosemary church.
The Introductory Sermon was preached by Rev. W. W. Glover.
The former officers were reelected.
A new Standing Committee on the Religious State of the Churches was appointed. This is the fourteenth Standing Committee.
A letter from our missionary in China, Bro. W. W. Lawton, was read and published in the minutes.
Brother Masters represented The Baptist Courier.
Bro. S. R. Bass for the Committee on Education called attention to the increased desire among our people for educational advantages and the necessity of securing the $125,000 endowment for Furman University. President E. M. Poteat spoke on the continuity of Christianity and the relation of Christian colleges to this continuity. The financial agent of Furman University, Bro. Joel I. Allen, presented the claims of that institution. Bro. W. J. Langston spoke on Ministerial Education. A collection of $20.20 was taken. Bro. B. M. Foreman presented the claims of the Orangeburg Coeducational Institute.
Hickory Grove church was given a letter of dismission.
Bro. J. R. McCormack for the Committee on State Missions summarized the work. His report was encouraging. Bro. McMillan read this report and Dr. T. M. Bailey added some interesting facts. A collection of $31.36 was taken.
Bro. S. P. Hair reported for the Committee on Orphanage. He called attention to the many improvements and to the fact that corn had been raised almost enough to feed the stock and furnish meal. Several children had recently united with the Greenwood Baptist church. The committee recommended increased support of the Orphanage. Syrup was pledged by the churches.
Bro. R. W. Sanders reported for the Committee on Woman's Work twenty one societies in the Barnwell Association. These societies contributed last year $522.19. Brother Jones read this report. He and Dr. T. M. Bailey spoke on it.
There being no report on Sunday Schools Brethren McMillan, Pittman and Jones spoke on the subject.
A resolution of thanks was offered to "The Barnwell People" and the New Sentinel for gratuitous notices..
The Standing Rules were so amended as to give the Clerk annually $25 for his services.
Brother Jones made the report on Temperance (it does not appear in the minutes) and spoke. He was followed by Brethren Britton, McMillan, Sandifer and Chiles. A motion prevailed to appoint a committee to frame resolutions and present them to our legislators.
Bro. W. D. McMillan ter the Committee on Aged Ministers' Relief presented an interesting statement of the condition of the Board and lamented the small amounts given the old preachers. Brethren Chiles and F. N. K. Bailey spoke on the subject and a collection of $15.21 was taken.
Bro. R. M. Mixson for the Committee on Literature called attention to the need of food for the mind and of development of the soul through the study of the Word of God.
The Colporter reported having sold $575 worth of books during the year. The advisability of employing Brother Britton as Colporter for his whole time was discussed and left in the hands of the Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee through Chairman McMillan reported an increase in apportionment of twenty five per cent, to meet the increased demands. The cooperation of the churches was asked in avoiding the mistakes in apportionment of this year. The committee as instructed had held two missionary meetings in each union meeting division. Mt. Calvary and Joyce Branch; Hunter's Chapel and St. John's; Bethel and Olar were the places chosen for these meetings, which had been well received and entertained. The churches had willingly met the expenses of the speakers, amounting to $21.95, leaving a balance in hand of $2.85. The committee emphasized the importance of establishing. a Woman's Mission Society in each church, and made the same recommendations as last year with respect to old Columbia church and the Colporter. The Executive Committee was unchanged except that J. D. Moore was given the place of J. B. Hunter.
Chairman R. N. Wilson for the Committee on Digest of Letters reported a general increase in membership.
Bro. W. T. Walker for the Committee on Union Meetings reported increased interest though many churches still neglect to send representation.
Rev. J. D. Moore said for the Committee on Home Missions that in order to solve the problems farthest from us we must work out those closest to us. We must, he said, urge forward the cause of Christ among the Negroes of the South. Brother Jones and Brother Galphin spoke. Brother Jones led the Association in a prayer of thanksgiving to God for the blessings of the year.
Bro. J. R. Chiles reported on Sunday morning for the Committee on Foreign Missions. He emphasized the fact that God ought to have the first and the best.
Bro. J. D. Moore preached from John 6 :9.
A collection, which had been voted to the Colporter's salary, of $19.48 was taken up. Also another collection of $13.83 to help build Corinth church.
The Treasurer reported collections to the amount of $2,941.90.
The next meeting was appointed to go to Friendship, Rev. S. P. Hair to preach the Introductory, and Rev. W. M. Jones, the Missionary, Sermon.
THE FIFTIETH SESSION-1905.
The fiftieth session of the Association met at Friendship on Thursday before the fifth Sunday in October, 1905.
The Introductory Sermon was preached by Bro. S. P. Hair from II Cor. 8:5.
In the absence of the former Moderator the Clerk called the roll of the churches and enrolled the delegates.
Bro. R. M. Mixson was elected Moderator with the former Clerk and Treasurer.
Brother Jones had given notice at the last session of a proposed change in the Constitution. The change was made giving active pastors of churches in this Association and the chairmen of Standing Committees the position of delegates exofficio.
Bro. W. D. McMillan reported on Bible and Colportage Work. He emphasized the need of the work and recommended that Brother Britton be paid $175.
The Colporter reported selling 3,114 books for $638.59.
Bro. R. W. Sanders for the Committee on Foreign Missions said, "Jesus himself was the first and foremost of all the New Testament missionaries." Then came Peter and Paul. Since those days a stream of missionary interest has coursed its way through the world. A letter was read from Bro. Lawton, our missionary in China, telling of the settlement in Cheng Chow. There was a general discussion of Foreign Mission work and Brethren Jones and Billings made earnest appeals for greater contributions.
No report on Home Missions being presented Bro. Jones spoke on the importance of increasing our efforts along this line. Bro. Huggins addressed the Association on Home Missions. A number of subscriptions to the Home Field were taken.
Bro. W. M. Jones preached the Missionary Sermon. Sunday's collection was divided between Home and Foreign Missions.
Chairman G. W. Boylston for the Committee on Orphanage reported a good yield on the Maxwell farm, about 180 children in the institution, and only four associations: Abbeville, Edgefield, Pickens and Saluda, as having met in full their apportionments for the year. Bro. Jamison addressed the body in reference to the Orphanage. Contributions of syrup were pledged.
After the report on Furman University, which does not appear in the minutes, Bro. Joel I. Allen spoke and pledges were made for the current support of that institution. Bro. Woodward spoke for Ministerial Education. A collection of $3.46 was taken.
Bro. W. G. Britton for the Committee on State Missions said that State Missions is the foundation of all mission work. He called attention to the scope and success of the work during the past year. The Barnwell Association had been apportioned $700 by the State Mission Board. Brethren Masters and Huggins spoke and a collection of $20.41 was taken.
Bro. J. M. Hair for the Committee on Aged Ministers' Relief, said that some one must keep this work before the people lest they forget. Bro. C. C. Brown spoke and a collection of $23.85 was taken.
There being no report on Periodicals and Literature, Brethren Masters and Hair were requested to present The Baptist Press and The Baptist Courier.
A resolution was passed that no collection should hereafter be taken except upon the consent of two thirds of the members present.
There being no report on Temperance, Brethren Brown, Jones and Billings spoke.
Bro. S. P. Hair for the Committee on Woman's Work explained the State organization and said that each association has a superintendent to keep in close touch with the local societies. Mrs. A. E. Sojourner, our Superintendent, had taken hold with a determination to succeed. We had at this time, twenty six societies in thirty six churches. He recommended the hearty support of the pastors to the women and their Superintendent in this work. A rising vote of thanks was given Sister Sojourner for her indefatigable and successful labors in W. M. U. work in our Association.
The date of meeting of the next session was left to the discretion of the Executive Committee.
Chairman W. D. McMillan for the Executive Committee reported the request from the State Convention to fix the date of meeting a week later. The committee recommended the continuance of a preaching station at old Columbia and of Bro. Britton as Colporter. The committee also recommended an increased apportionment of the churches in view of the increased basis of our work. The Executive Committee for the ensuing year was made to consist of Geo. Boylston, C. M. Billings, D. M. Johnston, C. C. Elzey, W. M. Jones, C. M. Edenfield with the Moderator, Clerk and Treasurer.
Bro. R. M. Mixson for the Committee on Sunday Schools reported a lack of appreciation for the importance of Sunday School work on the part of the churches. He suggested a Sunday School missionary to visit every community within the bounds of the Association. A resolution was passed instructing the Executive Committee to consider after consulting and cooperating with the Barnwell Baptist Sunday School Convention, the advisability of employing a Sunday School field agent and paying him a reasonable salary. Bro. Benson, Sunday School Field Agent from Augusta, Ga., was asked to speak on Sunday School Work.
Bro. B. F. Drummond for the Committee on Digest. of Letters reported a general forward march.
The Treasurer reported $2,863.58 collected during the year.
The next meeting was appointed to meet at Denmark, Rev. C. M. Billings to preach the Introductory, and
Rev. W. M. Jones, the Missionary, Sermon.
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