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The Christian Advocate (Newspaper) - September 25, 1930, Cincinnati, OhioProceedings Northwest Indiana conference the Rev. Claude Young for the eighth time the methodist episcopal churches of South Bend were hosts for the Northwest Indiana conference. The Homes of the generous laymen of that Beautiful City were opened to entertain the visiting pastors and their wives together with the laymen who came in the interest of the work of the Church. First Church was the Host of the conference. Or. Gilbert s. Cox and his staff put Forth every Effort to make the conference a Success and see that adequate accommodations were provided for Public sessions and committee meetings. Through the columns of the advocate those who attended the conference would express their appreciation for the generosity of All the churches of the City and the laymen who the seventy ninth session so pleasant. The meeting of the Chicago Northwest conference added to the inspiration and helpfulness of the occasion. A number of times during the week the conferences joined activities to their Mutual Benefit. Bishop Edgar Blake was the presiding officer for the Northwest Indiana and Bishop w. F. Mcdowell for the Chicago Northwest conference. This is Bishop Blakes second appearance As presiding officer and the eighth time that the Northwest Indiana conference has had the privilege of the spiritual uplift that comes with the presence of the senior Bishop William f. Mcdowell. On tuesday evening a joint reception was held in the Parlours of first Church. The informality of the meeting contributed greatly to the Freedom of Fellowship which characterized the gathering. The Hon. W. R. Hinkle mayor of South Bend received the conference in the name of the City and generously offered every available facility which would contribute to the enjoyment of the delegates. The Rev. Archibald Mcclure president of the Council of the United churches of South Bend brought greetings in the name of the thirty five protestant churches which make up that body. Or. John b. Campbell spoke for the Host Church. Fitting responses were Given by Bishops Mcdowell and Blake. The remainder of the evening was spent informally and the ladies of the Church served Light refreshments. One of the High Points in the session was reached on wednesday morning when the two conferences met for the holy communion with Bishop Mcdowell presiding. He was assisted by Bishop Blake and the District superintendents. At the close of the sender the Northwest Indiana conference adjourned to the Chapel for organization. All meetings after the organization were held in the Church auditorium. The afternoon addresses gave the ministers and citizens an Opportunity to hear Bishops Mcdowell and Blake. On wednesday Bishop Mcdowell spoke from the theme a Why was the Bible written a and on thursday a the use of the both addresses revealed the keen spiritual insight of the Bishop and were greatly appreciated by Large audiences which filled the Church auditorium and adjoining rooms. On Friday afternoon Bishop Blake spoke on a the Church and Modem life to the great help of an audience that filled the Church. It was Bishop Blakes desire to Lead the conference to new spiritual experiences. This was in evidence most helpfully in the morning devotions. On thursday morning the Bishop showed that the death and resurrection were a demonstration of Jesus supreme Victory Over the forces of evil hence the Victory of righteousness Over the kingdom of darkness that at the heart of the universe there is goodness which is powerful enough to win. Friday morning his address was equally helpful and on saturday when the candidates for full membership in the conference were received he inspired every preacher to new efforts when he pointed out some truths about a effective the Bishop reminded his listeners that effective preaching must be simple must have in it a Hunan touch and above All a note of authority that comes from experience. Laymen night. During the afternoon of thursday the laymen of the conference began to gather for the program of the laymen a association of which or. W. E. Carpenter is the president. Thursday evening an address by or. Branch Rickey owner of the cardinals a real contribution to the conference. The capacity of the Church was taxed to the limit by those who desired to hear him and none went away disappointed. Friday noon the ladies of Stull memorial Church assisted by the ladies of first Church served a delicious luncheon in the Parlours of the Church. This was sponsored by the laymen and a fitting program at which the Bishops spoke was directed by or. W. E. Carpenter. Women s programs. The anniversary of the woman a Home missionary society was held on thursday afternoon. The address of the afternoon was Given by Joelle c. Hie Bert m.d., of Hull Street medical Mission in Boston mass. The anniversary of the woman a foreign missionary society was held on Friday afternoon and mrs. E. F. Tweedie of India was the speaker. Both anniversaries a vital contribution to the life of these societies. The woman a association of which mrs. F. G. Howard is the president met on saturday morning. The regular business of that group was carried on and the reports of the committees and secretaries were heard. The officers for the coming year were elected. Education. Methodist institutions of education were represented in the conference by a variety of activities. The Monnett school for girls was represented by miss Mary Sager principal. Or. W. D. Schermer Hom of Garrett biblical Institute represented the theological schools. On thursday evening a banquet of the students and alumni of Garrett was held at the Joann Tea rooms. Or. Schermerhorm spoke in the interest of Garrett presenting the work of the school As it is now carried on giving something of the history of the faculty through personal reflections and opening the future program and needs of the school to those present. A committee was asked for which would co operate with president Eiselen in the future work for the school. The Rev. 0. P. Manker of Delphi was elected president of the organization for the coming year. On saturday evening the ladies of Trinity Church assisted by the ladies of first Church served a banquet for the Depauw alumni students and prospective students. Or. G. Bromley Oxnam president of Depauw and Dean Mccutcheon of the music school together with a choir from the University presented special features during the evenings program. Following the banquet the evening service was Given Over to Depauw. Dean Mccutcheon and the choir with prof. Thompson at the Organ gave a recital of sacred music. It was greatly appreciated by the audience which filled the Church to capacity. Or. Oxnam spoke after the recital from the theme a the new he pointed out three essentials in the new patriotism 1 that patriotism is a holy emotion and must be guided by the highest ethical ideals 2 that patriotism must be guided by the scientific method 3 and whether we like it or not we live in a world which is culturally and economically one. Fitting recognition of the life and services of or. E. S. Shumaker was by the conference when a special committee consisting of t. F. Williams a. S. Warriner and a. E. Monger presented a Resolution which was enthusiastically received. The Memoir of or. Shumaker for the conference minutes will be written by his Friend and College Roommate or. Ernest c. Wareing. Ministerial relations. The following men were received into full membership in the conference g. E. Hartz Lowell e. Morris Gordon c. Chapman Joyce j. Bailey and Franklin Mcdaniels. Those who were granted retired relation were the following c. B. Stanforth h. C. Riley and a. C. Northrop. W. W. Clouse was granted a years leave of absence because of ill health. These were received on trial and placed in studies of the first year Oliver k Black Harvey m. Davis Hugh f. Mcglasson Odus m. Mitchell and Remus Olson. Guy 0. Carpenter was transferred to the Indiana conference and Walter t. Wilson and f. A. Mcdaniels were transferred from the Indiana. Conference to the Northwest Indiana conference in studies of the third year. Only one minister had died during the year or. E. S. Shumaker. District boundaries. Considerable time was consumed and much debate followed the presentation of the commission on redistrict ing the conference. The commission recommended the continuance of the four districts but with such divisions As would make for greater efficiency in administration on the part of the superintendent. The report was amended to Divide the conference into three districts with the prime consideration entering in the balancing of the number of charges for administration. Plan no. 2, As outlined in the discipline for the support of superintendents was adopted. The commission on finance for the support of the superintendents later presented its report in which there were recommended 1 that the salary of the superintendent be fixed at $4.500 Cash plus House rent travel and Cost of administration not to exceed $2.000 2 that Paul l. Benedict of South Bend serve As the commissions Secretary treasurer having the task of disbursing the funds received for the superintendents claim 3 that the conference trustees become a committee of guarantors for such Money As should be borrowed when the funds fail and that at no time shall the treasurer borrow an amount to exceed $10.000 4 that a financial Secretary be elected by the District stewards to collect the funds in the respective districts. Church membership and Benevolence. The Reading of the statisticians report did not cast Sunshine upon the conference. It was revealed that there was a decrease of 147 in the number of members received there is a decrease of 1,749 in the total �mm0" be ship of the churches a decrease of 2,683 in the sunday schools and a decrease of 609 in the Epworth leagues. World service giving showed a decrease Over that of last year. The total giving on 1052september 25, 1030

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