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The sittings were resumed this morning at ten o'clock. THE LATE MR A. RENNIE. On the motion of tho Rev. Dr Stuart, tho following motion was placed on the minutes :—" That tho Synod record appreciation of the valuable services which Mr Alexander Rennie, J.P., rendered to the Church of Otago and Southland as an earnest Christian, a church member and office-bearer, and as a member of Presbytery and Synod. They gratefully recall that for many years he devoted mUch time to the advocacy of Christian temperance, the care of tho poor of the community, and the diffusion of religion ; and further, that ho gave earnest attention to the Synod's funds for aged and infirm ministers and widows and orphans, to the former of which he bequeathed a donation of L 25. The Synod instruct tho clerk to transmit a copy of this minute to Mrs Rennie and the family, with assurance of their good will and prayers." THE DAY OF MEETING. Rev. J. M. Fraskr brought forward a motion that the Synod in future meet on the last Wednesday instead of the last Monday in Occober, and that the public meeting bo held on the Monday following.

Rev. A. B. Toj>D moved, as an amendment, that the last Tuesday in October he the day of meeting. Mr Brown moved, as a further amendment, that the last Monday be the day of meeting. On a vote being taken there voted for Mr Brown's amendment 37 and for Rev. Mr Todd's 25. Mr Brown's amendment was then put against the motion, and the voting wag —For the amendment 51, for the motion 7. Mr Brown's amendment was then formally put and carried. THANKS. On the motion of the Rev. J. M. Allen the Synod passed by acclamation a vote of thanks to the retiring Moderator for his discourse, and to the present Moderator for presiding. THE SUSTENTATION FUND. Rev. W. Will brought up the report of tho Sustentation Fund Committee, which was as follows : Your Committee concluded its report last year with the expression of a hope that when the agricultural and commercial affairs of the country improved there would be a corresponding improvement in the contributions to all tho fundß of the church. As regards the sustentation fund, this hope has been slight'y realised. Last year the equal dividend was L 206 4s 6d ; this year it is L 206 18a 7d. There is an increase in the shillings and pence, but not in the pounds The Committee, however, feel thankful that so satisfactory a dividend can be declared.

It U much to be regretted that so fow congrcgatioLS aspiro to the honorable position of aid-giving, and that so many seem content to remain in tho list of aid-receiving. Returns have been received from fifty-eight congregations. Of these fourteen are aidgiving. In threo cases, however, tho aid is of a very limited nature-L207 4a, L2OB, L2OB 7» 6d. Practically, only eleven may therefore bo regarded as aid-giving. Several congregations receive back only what they h»ve contributed. There is one case —viz., Blueskin and Merfcon—that has failed to reach the minimum ; but as their contributions (LlO9 15s) nearly reached that point, and as an explanation has been given which tho Oommittco deemed satisfactory, they have been admitted to the equal dividend this year. Eighteen congregations contribute tha minimum only, two or three giving a few shillings extra. Thirty-seven are aid-receiving. Tho Committee took into consideration the petition from Blueskin, remitted to it by the to lowering the amount fixed as tho minimum, and resolved that it is inexpedient to make any alteration. The balance-sheet of the sustentation fund for the twelve months ending 30th September, 1889, showed on the debit side, aa at March 31: Cash paid equal dividend (thirty-seven ministers, each LlO2 15s), L/ 3,801 10s; one minister, three months and a-half, L 59 18s 9d; one minister, two months, L 34 5s ; refunds to nine congregations, L 779 19s; adjustment last half-year's dividend, LlO 10s 6d; travelling allowances, L 5 14s ; total, L 4.692 2s 3d. As at September 30: Equal dividend forty-nine ministers, each LlO4 3s 7d, L 5.104 15s 7d; refunds to eight congregations, L 1,064 3s 8d ; adjustment of last half-year's dividend, L 683 14j ; travelling allowanoes, L2 0s 2d ; telegrams, 3s 8d; balance, 7s 8d; grand total on the debit side, LI 1,547 7s. On the credit side: September 30, 1888, balance, 4s lOd ; September 30, 1889, congregational contributions, LI 1,505 16s lid; donations, L4O 15s 3d; total, LI 1,547 7s. The congregational contributions referred to were as follows:

In opening the debate on the report the Rev. W. Will said that a very great point would be gained in the direction of increasing the aid giving if each congregation in easy comfortable circumstances were to make it their duty to assist one of the smaller churches to come up to the average, and thus prevent it from becoming a burden on the fund.

Rev. A. H. Stobo brought forward the following deliverance, which, after discussion, was adopted unanimously:—"The Synod adopt the report, record their thanks to the Committee, and especially to the convener; express their gratification at the increase, though small, in the equal dividend for tho year, and their conviction that this increase may easily, in the present circumstanoos of the colony, be made considerably greater. The Synod regret that so very many congregations are still aid-receiving, and would earnestly impress upon them the great importance of the duty of reaohing the self •sustaining point as soon as possible. And in conclusion the Synod express their gratitude to Almighty God for the support which has been accorded by the congregations to this fund, and the hold

which it has secured upon the affections of the church. Further recommend that the congregations be encouraged to give attention to the duty of Christian giving, especially in connection with this fund." SANCTIONING CHARGES. Appended to the Sustentation Committee's report was a statement to the effect that " three applications have come before the Committee—viz , Kelso, in the Presbytery of Clutha j Waikiwi, in Presbytery of Southland j and Gore, also in the Presbytery of Southland. The Committee unanimously recommend the Synod to sanction Kelso. The Committee recommend the Synod to refer the application from Waikiwi to the Presbytery of Southland, with power to sanction if they are satisfied that the state of the congregation warrants them to do so. There are so many complications in the case of Gore that the Committee resolved to refer it simpliciter to the Synod." The Synod considered the Gore cise in private. THE CONFESSION OF FAITH. It was resolved that the Committee re the Confession of Faith agreed to at last sederunt be elected at a special meeting at G p m. to-day.—Rev. A. M. Finlayson gave notice that he would move—"That presbyteries be required to nominate the members of committee—ono member for «sach five charges or fraction of five in each Presbytery. ' THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. The moderator, clerk, and Mr Donald L. Mathcson were appointed deputies to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand.

£ 8. d. £ 8. d. Andorson Bay 207 4 0 Alexandra and Blueskin and Clyde 175 0 0 Merton .. 169 6 0 Cromwell 175 0 0 Cavereham (1U Lauder 176 0 0 mos.) .. 193 7 0 Mount Ida 191 0 0 Dunedin— Teviot .. „ 190 0 0 First .. 399 U 6 Gore .. 200 0 0 Knox .. 491 1 2 In veroargill North .. 184 7 0 (First) 290 1 3 South .. 202 4 6 Invercargill St. Andrew’s 250 0 0 (St. Paul’s) .. 208 0 0 Ghalmere(9£ Knapdalo (0 mos.) .. 158 6 8 mos.).. 97 5 0 Green Island .. 208 7 6 Limestone Kaikorai .. 225 0 0 Plains 176 0 0 Mornington .. 205 0 0 Mataura 175 10 6 Uosgiel .. 200 0 0 Mataura Lower 176 0 0 N.E. Harbor Woodlands (3J and Portomcs.).. 58 12 3 bello.. .. 191 5 0 Queenstown .. 149 14 6 N.E. Valley .. 200 0 0 Riverton 180 0 0 Port Chalmers 212 0 0 Taringatura .. 175 0 0 lUvcnabourno Waikaia and (9 mos ) .. 131 5 0 Riversdale .. 175 0 0 Taierl, East, Wallaoctown .. 176 0 0 andGreytown 243 3 6 Winton 170 10 0 Taicri. West .. 205 11 6 Hampden (8 Talori, North.. 200 0 0 mos.) 117 4 0 Waikouaitl .. 180 0 0 Oamaru (St. Balclutha .. 17B 9 6 Paul’s) 217 18 6 Gatlin River .. 175 0 0 Oamaru (CoOlutha.. .. 178 10 6 lumba) 200 0 0 Inch Clutha .. 204 10 0 Otepope, KakaLawrence .. 200 0 0 nui, and MaPopotunoa .. 208 0 0 heno (6 mos.) 118 16 6 Tananui .. 212 6 6 Palmerston .. 201 15 2 Tokomalriro .. 245 10 9 PapakaJo 206 4 6 Waibola » 182 9 0 Upper waitaki 176 10 0 Waitahuna .. 180 0 0 Waiareka 205 0 0 Warepa .. 170 5 0

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PRESBYTERIAN SYNOD., Issue 8053, 1 November 1889

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