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THE BOARD OF MINISTERIAL AID.

This Board had its origin in action taken by the General Association of the Congregational churches of Massachusetts in 1868, and was incorporated by an act of the Legislature in 1869.

Caleb H. Warner, 48 Brewster Street, Cambridge, is now its president; Arthur G. Stanwood, Esq., 701 Sears Building, Boston, is treasurer, to whom all contributions should be sent.

Rev. Edward B. Palmer, Rev. Morton Dexter, and Rev. Charles B. Rice are the executive committee.

Applications for aid should be sent to Rev. Edward B. Palmer, at Room 9, Congregational House. A small contribution is greatly needed annually from each church. Donations are also solicited from individuals. Should any one desire to leave a legacy in aid of the benevolent work of this Board, the following form of bequest will be sufficient:

I give and devise to the Board of Ministerial Aid, incorporated under the laws of Massachusetts, for the charitable uses and purposes of said Corporation,

No officer of this Board receives any compensation for his services. No other board, society, or organization in this Commonwealth contributes anything for the support of needy Congregational ministers. Our country gives large pensions to her needy soldiers. Why should uot our churches give something for “ the aid, support, and comfort of their aged, disabled, superannuated, or needy ministers,” and of - the widows and children of such ministers"?

[SEE THIRD PAGE OF COVER.]

OF THE

CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHES OF MASSACHUSETTS.

1897.

MINUTES

OF THE

NINETY-FIFTH ANNUAL MEETING,

WORCESTER, MAY 18-20,

WITH THE STATISTICS.

BOSTON:

CONGREGATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL AND PUBLISHING SOCIETY,

CONGREGATIONAL HOUSE.

LIL KARY;

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COMMITTEES OF THE ASSOCIATION, 1897–98.

Provisional committee. – Revs. G. Glenn Atkins and Charles H. Watson; Levi, J. Gunn and F. A. Rugg, all of Greenfield; Rev. Francis J. Marsh, Boston.

Publishing committee. - Rev. Henry A. Hazen, of Auburndale ; Rev. Francis J. Marsh, of Boston; Wm. A. Paine, of Boston; Rev. Ezra H. Byington, of Newton; Rev. Ellis Mendell, of Jamaica Plain.

Auditing committee. - H. N. Ackerman, of West Medford; Thomas Todd, of Concord ; Rev. Howard A. Bridgman, of Boston.

On Sunday observance. – Rev. Ezra H. Byington, of Newton; Rev. Frank L. Goodspeed, of Springfield; Rev. Albert H. Plumb, of Boston, Henry M. Moore, of Somerville; Rev. Reuen Thomas, of Brookline.

On gambling. — Arthur H. Wellman, of Malden; Gorman D. Gilman, of Newton; S. T. Field, of Shelburn Falls; Rev. Chas. H. Hamlin, of Easthampton; Rev. Chas. M. Southgate, of Auburndale; W. H. Emerson, of Cambridge; Rev. Edward M. Noyes, of Newton Centre; S. Homer Woodbridge, of Boston.

On temperance. Rev. Payson W. Lyman, of Fall River; Rev. Perley B. Davis, of Dorchester; Rev. Parris T. Farwell, of Wellesley Hills; Rev. F. Barrows Makepeace, of Springfield; Mrs. Mary H. Hunt, of Dorchester; Rev. Willis A. Hadley, of Lynn; Rev. Chas. L. Morgan, of Jamaica Plain.

On labor organizations. – James G. Buttrick, of Lowell; Rev. Charles E. Jefferson, of Chelsea; Rev. Reuen Thomas, of Brookline; Rev. Albert W. Hitchcock, of Newburyport; Rev. William H. Allbright, of Dorchester; Rev. Charles L. Morgan, of Jamaica Plain; Rev. Jesse H. Jones, of North Abington; Rev. Parris T. Farwell, of Wellesley Hills; John H. Colby, of Boston.

On the wider circulation of religious literature. Rev. F. Barrows Makepeace, of Springfield; Rev. William E. Barton, of Boston; Rev. Ellis Mendell, of Jamaica Plain.

Members of Executive Committee of Massachusetts Home Missionary Society. Rev. Geo. H. Johnson, of Lowell; Thomas Todd, of Concord.

On the nomination of candidates for the corporate membership of the American Board. Rev. Elijah Horr, of Brookline; Rev. Charles H. Daniels, of Newton; Rev. Henry E. Barnes, of North Andover; Rev. Charles B. Rice, of Danvers; G. Henry Whitcomb, of Worcester.

On consolidation of missionary publications. - Rev. Edward C. Ewing, of Danvers; Rev. John R. Thurston, of Whitinsville; Rev. E. Ellsworth Strong, of Auburndale; Rev. John E. Tuttle, of Worcester; William F. Whittemore, of Boston,

On proposed amendment to Rule IV.- Rev. Warren P. Landers, of Middleton; Rev. Charles H. Beale, of Boston; Rev. Merle A. Breed, of Westboro; Rev. William E. Barton, of Boston ; Rev. Charles E. Jefferson, of Chelsea.

COMMITTEE ON THE WORK OF THE CHURCHES.

Chairmen of Committees of Local Conferences. Andover, Rev. E. W. Pride; Barnstable, Rev. Wm. C. Detling; Berkshire North, Rev. Alford B. Penniman; Berkshire South, Rev. Walter W. Curtis; Brookfield, Rev. Benson M. Frink; Essex North, Rev. John N. Lowell; Essex South, Rev. T. Frank Waters;. Franklin, Rev. Edward P. Butler; Hampden, Rev. Henry C. Messerve; llampshire, Rev. Robert M. Woods; Hampshire East, Rev. George E.' Fisher; Mendon, Rev. Rufus K. Harlow; Middlesex Sonth, Rev. Geo. A. Brock; Middlesex Union, Rev. George A. Tewksbury; Norfolk, Rev. Robert R. Kendall; Old Colony, Rev. William Carruthers; Pilgrim, Rev. Oscar F. Davis; Suffolk North, Rev. Albert Watson; Suffolk South, Rev. Wm. H. Bolster; Suffolk West, Rev. Charles E. Havens; Tannton, Rev. Elwin L. House; Woburn, Rev. Isaac Pearson; Worcester Central, Rev. Thomas E. Babb; Worcester North, Rev. Davis Foster; Worcester South, Rev. John R. Thurston.

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Meeting of 1898. – Greenfield, Tuesday, May 17.

Expenses. — The treasurers of the conferences are requested to ask the churches to contribute, at the autumnal meetings, a sum equivalent to three and one half cents for each member, based upon the total membership of Jan. 1, 1897, and to forward the amount to Williain A Paine, 52 Devonshire Street, Boston, Mass. These amounts are nee led promptly, and it is specially requested that all dues be paid before Jan. 1, 1898. The number of members in each church will be found in the statistics of the churches in this pamphlet.

OFFICERS OF THE GENERAL ASSOCIATION.

(ELECTED FOR THREE YEARS EACH.) Rev. HENRY A. HAZEN, Auburndale, secretary.

From 1888. Re-elected 1897.
Rev. EUGENE C. Webster, Neponset, assistant secretary.

From 1895. Re-elected 1897.
Rev. FRANCIS J. MARSH, Boston, registrar.

From 1889. Re-elected 1897.
Rev. JAMES W. FLAGG, Foxboro, assistant registrar.

Elected 1897.
WILLIAM A. PAINE, Boston, treasurer.

Chosen 1891. Re-elected 1897.

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BOARD OF PASTORAL SUPPLY.

Room 22 A Congregational House. DIRECTORS.

Term

expires. H. N. ACKERMAN

West Medford. 1899 Rev. CHARLES S. BROOKS

Hyde Park

1898 Rev. DE WITT S. CLARK

Salem.

1899 Rev. BENJAMIN F. HAMILTON

Roxbury.

1898 FRANK E. HODGKINS

Somerville.

1899 Dea. CHARLES J. HOLMES

Fall River.

1900 A. L. Joslin

Oxford.

1900 Rev. EDWARD M. Norės

Newton Centre. 1899 Rev. EDWARD A. REED

Holyoke.

1900 Rev. LYMAN S. ROWLAND

Lee.

1898 Rev. WILLIAM E. Wolcott

Lawrence.

1898 Rev. CHARLES B. Rice, secretary, Alfred Mudge & Son, Printers, Boston.

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