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on Missions, to present once in the year to the Societies, or the Churches and congregations, the cause of missions, and to ask public collections and contributions for the support of the same. The manner of asking and taking such collections and contributions shall be at the discretion of the pastor and the Committee on Missions, with this injunction, that the pastor shall preach, or cause to be preached on the occasion, one or more sermons; and with the recommendation that one whole Sabbath day be given to the cause, on this annual presentation of missions, in our principal Churches and congregations.
10. It is earnestly recommended that each Sunday-school in our Churches and congregations be organized into a Missionary Society, under such rules and regulations as the pastor, the superintendent, and teachers may prescribe.
11. Each Annual Conference shall designate the month or months in which the public collections and contributions for missions shall be taken within its bounds.
12. The President of the Conference, at each session, shall appoint one of its members, with an alternate, to preach a mission. ary sermon during its next succeeding ses.
sion, at such time and place as the officers of the Conference Missionary Society shall designate, and said officers shall cause timely notice of such sermon to be published abroad.
13. It shall be the duty of each Presiding Elder to see that the foregoing provisions are faithfully executed in his district; and in order thereto, he shall inquire at each session of the Quarterly Conference what has been done by the Mission Committee toward raising funds for the support of missions during the preceding quarter, and particularly whether the Sunday-schools have been organized into Missionary So cieties.
14. When the character of the Presiding Elder is under examination, the Bishop shall ask him whether the provisions of the Discipline for the support of missions have been carried out on his district: and when the character of a preacher in charge is examined, inquire of him what amount has been raised on his charge for missions.
15. The Corresponding Secretary of the Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church shall be a member of such Annual Conference as he may, with the approbation of the Bishops, select.
16. Any Annual Conference may, at its option, by a vote of two thirds of its members, assume the responsibility of supporting such missions, already established within its own limits, as have hitherto been reported under the head of “Missions in the Destitute Portions of the Regular Work;" and for this purpose it shall be at liberty to organize a Conference Domestic Society, with branches; provided such organization shall not interfere with the collections for the Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, as required by the Dis cipline. Provided, also, that in case more funds shall be raised for such missions than are needed, the surplus shall be paid over to the Treasurer of the Parent Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, at New York, to be appropriated to such mission or missions, under the care of the Society, as may be designated by said Conference.
Printing and Circulation of Religious
Tracts. Provision is made for the publication at the Book Concern of cheap books and tracts, in our own and foreign languages. For the duties of the Editor of Tracts and Corresponding Secre tary of the Tract Society, see part iv, sect. V. Our Tract Society is designed to aid in the diffusion of religious knowledge by the circulation of our evangelical publications.
1. It is recommended to our people everywhere to form Tract Societies, auxil. iary to the Tract Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
2. It is recommended to preachers in charge to make annually, in their several congregations, collections in behalf of the Tract Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
The Chartered Fund. Quest. 1. What further provision shall be made for the distressed Traveling Preachers, for the families of Traveling Preachers, and for the Superannuated and Worn-out Preachers, and the widows and orphans of Preachers ?
Answ. There shall be a Chartered Fund, to be supported by the voluntary contributions of our friends: the principal stock of which shall be funded under the direction of trustees chosen by the General Conference, and the interest applied under the direction of the General Conference, according to the following regulations, namely:
1. The Elders, and those who have the oversight of circuits, shall be collectors and receivers of subscriptions, etc., for this fund.
2. The inoney shall, if possible, be conveyed by bills of exchange, or otherwise, through the means of the post, to the general Book Agents, who shall pay it to the trustees of the fund : otherwise it shall be brought to the ensuing Annual Conference.
3. The interest shall be divided into forty-nine parts, and each of the Annual Confere aces shall have authority to draw one foriy-ninth part out of the fund; and if in one or more Conferences a part less than one forty-ninth be drawn out of the fund in any given year, then in such case or cases, the other Annual Conferences, held in the same year, shall have authority, if they judge it necessary, to draw out of the fund such surplus of the interest which has not been applied by the former Conferences; and the Bishops shall bring the necessary information of the state of the interest of the fund, respecting the year in question, from Conference to Conference.
4. All drafts on the Chartered Fund shall be made on the President of the said fund, by order of the Annual Conference, signed