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ANNUAL MEETING. The annual meeting of the congregation of the Anderson Bay Presbyterian Church was held last night in the new church. Prior to the meeting a tea was held in the Sunday school hall, which was attended by about 200 persons. At the annual meeting a programme of organ music was given by Mr H. B. Austing. Miss May Walton sang ‘ Glory, to Tnee, My God, This Night, and Mr Colin Gray ‘ The First Palm Sunday.’ The Rev. A. Cameron presided. The report of the session, which was read by Mr T. Somerville, stated that it was the anniversary of the Rev. A." Cameron’s arrival among them 30 years ago, and the session thanked Mr Cameron for his earnest pulpit ministrations,, for his religious education of the young, and for his kindness and sympathy in sickness and distress. The session congratulated the congregation upon the success of their efforts in the erection of the new church which had been opened last Sunday. The attendance at the Sabbath services had on the whole been good, and regular attendance was earnestly urged. Evening prayer meetings had been held regularly throughout the year. The Tomahawk service was hold regularly every Sabbath evening. The membership on the roll of the church was 276, as against 269 last year. The reports of the various organisations showed that good work was being done. The session desired to make special acknowledgment of the work done by the superintendent and teachers in the two Sabbath schools. The Bible classes they commended heartily to all young men and young women, and thanked Mr Austing and the choir for the efficient way they had led_ the service of praise. The session, while deploring the tcrrihlo war raging in Europe, felt proud that so many young men belonging to the district had responded to the Empire’s call. The session urged all .members and adherents to pray daily for King and country, our statesmen, oil r soldiers and sailors, our Expeditionary' Force, (by name for those who had gone from the congregation | and district to the front), for our Allies, and for victory for our arms and our Allies. The treasurer’s report, presented by Mr Fairbairn, showed that the ordinary receipts had amounted to £668 12:s -Id and the expenditure to £663 7s lid, tho balance at the bank being £33 4s fid. The total estimated cost of the building and furnishing was £3,800. and contributions collected or promised ; (£1,550) and special grant (£1,250) loft I £I,OOO unprovided for. | During tho evening Mr T. Somerville ] stated that it had been suggested that I it would bo a graceful act, seeing that. Mr Cameron had been with them 30 ; years, to present Mrs Cameron with a 1 basket of roses as a mark of apprecia- ; tion of herself and of the work she bad 1 done in their midst. Thq suggestion | had been readily taken up, and he asked Mrs Nicol to make the present a- f tion. Mrs Nicol having banded Mrs j Cameron the basket of roses, the Rev. | Mr Cameron spoke a few words of I acknowledgment in her behalf. Tin.* Rev. Mr Cameron said ho felt | indebted to tbe people of Anderson Bay I for the way in which he had been able | to work among them for the last 30 | years. It was on December 11, 1884, i that ho bad been inducted by Mr Uyley, of Port Chalmers, to whoso congregation he had belonged. Dining those 30 years he did not think any minister could possibly have been more comfortable than he had been. He could not recollect any time when he iiad boon at all seriously worried_ about anything, unless it was about himself, in'the congregation they had unbroken peace, and in the courts of the church they had the utmost harmony. Ho had had a very happy time among them, and he wanted to thank the congregation for their forbearance with him during tho time he iiad been privileged to labor there. Addresses were also given by tho Rev. Dr Waddell, the Rev. H. H. Barton (Moderator of the Dunedin Presbytery), Rev. 11. S. Gray, Rev. Graham 11. Balfour, and the Rev. R. G. Coates.

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ANDERSON BAY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Evening Star, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914

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ANDERSON BAY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Evening Star, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914