Journal of the Central Texas Conference, First Annual Session, Methodist Episcopal Church South Page: 51
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CENTRAL TEXAS CONFERENCE JOURNAL.
STATE OF THE CHURCH.
It is with great gratitude to Almighty God and with renewed confidence in
the devotion and efficiency of the ministry of our church that your Commit-
tee on the "State of the Church" record the fact of great prosperity and
success in the work of our beloved Zion during the year now closing, despite
all the difficulties encountered. We gather from the reports presented by
the presiding elders and pastors that thousands have been converted under
the ministry of our preachers, and there has been a healthy increase and
advancement on all lines of church work. Churches have been built and
parsonages built and furnished; our Sunday Schools are flourishing, in many
instances the enrollment exceeding the membership of the church. The
doctrines of Methodism, harmonizing as they do with the Word of God, com-
mend themselves to the people and are accepted heartily by them, and
God continues His approval of the work of our beloved church and honors
her as a great factor in the evangelization of the people. Therefore,
Resolved, That we exhort our ministers to continue faithful to our obliga-
tions to God and the world and preach the Word according to Methodism and
trust in the presence and power and efficiency of the Holy Spirit for results.
M. M. MORPHIS, Chairman.
S. W. TURNER, Secretary.
DISTRICT CONFERENCE RECORDS.
We have examined the records of all the District Conferences except that
of the Waco District. The Brownwood, Corsicana, Gatesville and Weatherford
Districts are models of neatness and arrangement. The record of the Cle-
burne District has no marginal notes and is illegible. The Record of the
Dublin District has Ino official roll or marginal notes, otherwise is very well
kept. The record of the Fort Worth District shows that on the first day of
the Conference that a commitee on missions and quarterly conference rec-
ords was appointed, but the minutes do not show that either committee ever
reported to the Conference. The record of the Waxahachie District has no
official roll, otherwise it is well kept. The record of the Georgetown Dis-
trict has no marginal notes, otherwise it is well kept.
C. N. MORTON, Chairman.
C. E. SIMPSON, Secretary.
Your American Bible Society Board would report as follows:
It is a well-known fact that the church recognizes the American Bible
Society as a powerful missionary agency in combating the powers of dark
ness. The Society sends on the Bible in advance of the Missionary, thus
preparing the way for his coming, as the people are already reading the
Word of God in their own language. This Society is not only a great mis-
sionary force in foreign lands, but it is a power for good at home, and
could do much more if we had some system by which its publications could
be brought into the homes of the people. Therefore, we recommend that
the pastors not only look after the collections ordered for the Society, but
also promote the circulation of the Society's publications among our uleople
as far as practicable. These are furnished at actual cost and even as gifts
where the people are not able to purchase. Your Board will work in har-
mony with Rev. R. C. George, the Superintendent of this field, whl is located
4t Dallas, in promoting the interest of the Society in every way possible.
We rejoice to note that the conditions of the Russell Sage donation of $500,
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Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Journal of the Central Texas Conference, First Annual Session, Methodist Episcopal Church South, periodical, November 1910; Waco, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth49824/m1/51/: accessed September 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Archives of the Central Texas Conference United Methodist Church.