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want of money to sustain the work that we could otherwise do. The principal centres of population and of influence ought, of course, first to be visited,— and these are often wide apart. We acknowledge the relief that we experienced by only the one hundred dollars given us by the Superintendent of Missions last year. This sum met an exigency, and enabled us to complete an important work. It is submitted that the Convention, in its wise determination to further the publication of books, tracts, and periodicals, ought also to make much greater provision for missionary labor.
The Association sends twenty dollars for the uses of the General Convention.
J. P. STUART, President. St. Louis, June 1, 1871.
THE MICHIGAN AND NORTHERN INDIANA ASSOCIATION. To the General Convention of the New Jerusalem in the United States:
DEAR BRETHREN, As “ The Michigan and Northern Indiana Association ” has not held any meeting for some three years, and as that Association has no Secretary, I will report the condition of affairs in the New Church in Michigan, as far as I can.
Regular services are held at Detroit, Berlin, and Grand Lodge. The table below gives the statistics, as nearly accurate as we can now state them. It is difficult to determine exactly the present number of members of the Detroit Society, as several, who have removed from this State, have failed to maintain communication with the Society. It is very desirable that absent members should communicate with the societies to which they belong; and especially, in case of their union with other societies, to give notice to the society they leave. Report of Statistics of the New Church Societies in Michigan for the Year
Ending April 30, 1871.
Isolated receivers in Michigan, about 100.
* Only A1 reside in and near Detroit. † 52 adults, 19 children.
No regular worship or Sabbath-school the past year.
In Detroit, we have held evening service on thirteen Sundays, with an average attendance of sixty-four - sixty adults and four children. We have had a summer picnic, with 140 present, and a Christmas party, with an attendance of 125. Besides my regular duties at Detroit, I have preached once in Frankford, Philadelphia, and twice at Twentieth and Cherry Streets, Philadelphia. At Davisburgh, Mich., preached twice, and administered the Holy Supper. At Berlin, Mich., preached and lectured five times, administered the Holy Supper, baptized six persons, and confirmed one. At Paw Paw, Mich., preached at funeral, and baptized four persons.
At Minneapolis, Minnesota, preached and lectured ten times, baptized five persons, confirmed two, and administered the Holy Supper. At St. Paul, Minn., baptized two children. At Faribault, Minn., lectured once. At Strathroy, Prov. Ontario, Canada, preached and lectured six times, and administered the Holy Supper. In addition to that at Paw Paw, I have officiated at five funerals, only two of which were of persons connected with the New Church. At present, there is no other New Church minister resident in Michigan. But Rev. J. Parker, of Toronto, Canada, has done some missionary work in this State.
We are trying to secure means to get a missionary for this State and vicinity; but the importance of the work is not acknowledged. ' The temple now used by the Detroit Society is quite small, and, outwardly, unlike a house of worship. It was a small frame dwelling altered into a temple. The society have recently sold their lot, and are about to purchase another lot, and to erect a new temple.
EDWARD C. MITCHELL,
THE MINNESOTA ASSOCIATION. This Association was organized in St. Paul, February 1, 1867, and has held annual meetings since. The present officers are:
H. W. Barry, Faribault, President,
Charles Marsh, Minneapolis, Secretary,
There is but one organized society, and but one temple, in the State. The Minneapolis Society erected a neat temple last fall, and which was dedicated by Rev. J. R. Hibbard last November. The religious society was instituted in February, by Rev. E. C. Mitchell.
The number of isolated receivers of the Heavenly Doctrines in this State is not known, There are, at present, about seventy-five names on the Secretary's books; but there are probably many more interested readers that, at present, we have no means of finding out.
Besides the work done here by Rev. J. R. Hibbard and Rev. E. C. Mitchell, Mír. J. P. Bowers, of Missouri, has just completed four weeks of missionary labor for us, preaching two Sundays in Minneapolis, and two in the southern part of the State. He delivered the first New Church lecture, or sermon, in three different localities, and was well received, and cordially invited to come again. At one of these points, a man over seventy years of age walked five miles to hear him.
As in many other States, we need a missionary; and it seems more than probable that one man would find his time fully occupied in answering all the demands for missionary work.
Our treasury is at present empty, and, in the present scattered state of our members, it must remain so till we can put a man in the field who will organize our forces, and establish a system of regular contributions.
The church in Minneapolis has already led all New Churchmen in the State to look to that city as the centre of the Church in the State, and Mr. Bowers reports two or three families who are hoping to sell their present homes and move to Minneapolis, or its vicinity, for the sake of the Church privileges.
Mr. Lucien Putnam, of Minneapolis, has been chosen delegate to the Convention from this Association.
Hoping that we may be able to report progress in another year, and that you may be directed by true wisdom in your deliberations, this report is respectfully submitted.
Statistics for the Year ending May 1, 1871. Minneapolis Society of the New Jerusalem - Charles Marsh, Leader. Number of Church-members, or communicants
25 Average attendance at Holy Supper
24 Average attendance at public worship
from 40 to 50 Baptisms
5 Deaths and removals
1 Sunday-school teachers .
3 Sunday-school scholars .
CHARLES MARSH, Secretary. MINNEAPOLIS, MINN., June 5, 1871.
THE NEW YORK ASSOCIATION.
The New York Association consists of eleven societies. The following is a list of their names, with such statistics as have been received:
The German Society of the city of New York became a member of the Association at its last annual meeting.
There are at present six ministers and two licentiates connected with this Association.
These are Rev. Chauncey Giles, Ordaining Minister, and Pastor of the New York Society; Rev. J. C. Ager, Pastor of the Brooklyn Society; Rev. C. II. Mann, Pastor of the Orange Society; Rev. S. Beswick, preaching at Paterson, N. J.; Rev. E. R. Keyes, employed in the missionary field, and Rev. Dr. Leonard Tafel, Pastor of the German Society.
The licentiates are Mr. Savilian Lee, of the Baiting Hollow Society, and Mr. J. A. Lamb, of Mystic, Conn.
Rev. C. C. Lord, a year ago minister of the Riverhead parish, has, since our last report, renounced the views of the New Church in reference to the eternity of the hells, and severed his connection with this Association. He has, we understand, sent his resignation to the General Convention.
Rev. E. R. Keyes, having accepted a call to the pastorate of the First Society of the New Jerusalem at Philadelphia, expects to withdraw from the Association on the first of September.
With the concurrence of the authority of the Association, Mr. Giles has ordained, into the first grade of the ministry, Rev. E. R. Keyes, as missionary of the Association, and Rev. Leonard Tafel, as pastor of the German Society.
In addition to the services given to the Association by the pastors of the various societies, and received from Mr. Keyes, who has been constantly employed by us, we have been assisted in our missionary work by Rev. J. P. Stuart, one month ; Rev. Wm. B. Hayden, one month; Rev. A. 0. Brickman, three months; and by Rev. B. F. Barrett. Very little assistance
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has been received from lay-teachers during the year. Only three have labored under the administration of the Association, and these have delivered but about twelve discourses.
By means of the above assistance, lectures and other missionary works have been carried on in New York, Brooklyn, Pouglıkeepsie, Newburgh, Sing Sing, Tarrytown, Yonkers, Lansingburg, Troy, Jersey City, Newark, Orange, Croton, Riverhead, Mount Vernon, and in places in Jefferson County.
In New York eleven Sunday evening lectures were delivered at Steinway Hall, by the Revs. Messrs. Giles, Ager, Keyes, Hayden, and Barrett, and Mr. Dyer. The attendance varied from three to eight hundred. Great pains were taken in the conduct of this enterprise, the Association providing ushers, music, tracts, etc.
In Brooklyn eleven Sunday evening lectures were delivered by the same speakers, and on subjects similar to those of Steinway Hall. The attendance was from one hundred and fifty to six hundred. The above is an addition to missionary efforts made by the societies at New York, Brooklyn, Orange, and Newark.
The Treasurer's Report exhibits an expenditure of $5,650.50 against $1,722.05 of last year.
From the above, it will be seen that the Association has made vigorous missionary efforts during the year, and they feel encouraged to continue their exertions,
C. H. MANN, Secretary.
THE OHIO ASSOCIATION.
The following ministers and licentiates are in regular charge in the Association: The Rev. E. A. Beaman, missionary of the Cincinnati Society; the Rev. George Field, Richmond, Ind. ; the Rev. John Goddard, Cincinnati; the Rev. J. H. Einhaus, Glendale; the Rev. Frank Sewall, Urbana; Mr. T. A. Plantz, licentiate, Pomeroy; Mr. L. P. Mercer, licentiate, Cleveland and East Rockport. The Rev. J. II. Miller, the Rev. Theodore Edson, and Mr. J. M. Hibbard, licentiate, are without regular charge.
The annual meeting of the Association was held at Glendale in October last.
On the subject referred by Convention to the Association, a vote was taken, favoring the continuance of the present rule providing for annual meetings of Convention.
The Committee of pastors, who have the charge of the missionary work of the Association, reported seventy-three (73) places visited; one hundred and sixty-three (163) sermons and lectures; and about two thousand dollars ($2,000) received from all sources for the support of the Association missions. The Association pronounced the report highly satisfactory, and directed the continuance of the missionary work upon the same plan another year.