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TENTH ANNUAL CONVENTION
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EVANGELICAL LUTHERA N SYNOD
CAMDEN, INDIANA, FKOM SEPTEMBEK 27 TO OCTOBER 1. 1864.
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FORT WAYNE, IND.
JENKINSON & HARTMAN, PRINTERS.
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PO Box 2270 ^gQ^.2270
Rev. D. SMITH.
Rev. G. W. WILSOK-.
Rev. W. WALTMAiSr.
... MAR 2 3 76
BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
Clerical. Elected. Time expires.
Rev. H. Wells. 1861. 1865.
Rev. W. Waltman. 1863. 1867.
Rev. R. F. Delo. 1864. 1868.
H. EicHOLTZ, 1861. 1865.
S. Cornell, 1863. 1867.
H. J. RuDisiLL, 1864. 1868.
TIME AND PLACE OF NEXT CONVENTION.
The eleventli annual Convention of the Synod of Northern
Indiana, will be held in Albion, Noble County, Indiana,
commencing on "Wednesday, 9 o'clock, A. M., just before the
full moon in October, 1865.
The Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Northern Indiana, was organized at
Columbia City, Whitley county, Indiana, October 27th. 1855, with eight minis-
ters. Rev. H. Wells, President.
The second session was held at Albion, Noble county, Indiana, September
18th, 1856. Rev. H. Wells, President.
The third session was held at Camden, Carroll county Indiana, September
24th, 1857. Rev. H. Wells, President.
The fourth session was held at Spencerville, De Kalb county, Indiana, Sep-
tember 22d, 1858. Rev. D. Smith, President.
The fifth session was held at Cicero, Hamilton county, Indiana, September
22d, 1859. Rev. D. Smith, President.
The sixth session was held at North Manchester, Wabash county, Indiana,
September 19th, 1860. Rev. R. P. Delo, President.
The seventh session was held at Columbia City, Whitley county, Indiana,
September 18th, 1861. Rev. H. Wells, President.
The eighth session was held at Lagrange Center, Lagrange county, Indi-
ana, September 24th, 1862. Rev. H. Wells, President.
The ninth session was held at Spencerville, De Kalb county, Indiana, Sep-
tember 29th, 1863. Rev. D. Smith, President.
The tenth session was held at Camden, Carroll county, Indiana, September
24th, 1864. Rev. D. Smith, President.
SYNOD OF NORTHERN INDIANA,
Rev. B. SMITH, President.
" G. W. WILSON, .-. Secretary.
" W. WALTMAN, Treasurer.
FULL LIST OF MEMBEES.
S. P. Snyder.
G. W. Wilson.-.
J. N. Barrett.
L. P. Locker.
E. F. Delo.
A. H. Scherer.
G. E. Moore.
J. G. Biddle.
J. H. Hoffman.
B. F. Hills.
W. P. Kuthrauff.
J. M. Lang.
J. M. Smith.
W. H. Faris.
E. W. Erick.
G. W. Haldermen
* License not renewed, 1.
' Camden, Ind., Sept. 27, 1864.
The Ministers and Lay Delegates comprising the tenth
annual Convention of the Synod of l^orthern Indiana, assem-
bled in the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Camden, Indiana,
in charge of Rev. S. P. Snyder, on Tuesday evening, Sept.
The President, Rev. D. Smith, delivered the opening dis-
course from Matt. 21 •. 28, " Son, go work to-day in my vine-
FIRST SY^^ODICAL SESSIOIST,
Wednesday, 9 o'clock, a. m,
After the members of the Synod assembled, and spend-
ing half an hour in prayer, the first Syuodical Session was
opened with the singing of a hymn, and prayer by the Pres-
The clerical roll was called, and the absentees noted,
when the delegates from charges presented their credentials
and were duly received.
. D. Smith, '
E. P. Delo,
J. H. Hoft'man,
W. P. Euthrauff,
A. H. Scherer,
S. P. Snyder,
J. G. Biddle,
B. F. Hills,!
J. M. Smith,+
G. W. Wilson, .•
J. N. Barnett,
J. M. Lang,
NAMES OF MEMBEKS.
Columbia City, Ind.
30th Eeg., Ind. Volunteers.
Salem Center, Ind.
Fort Wayne, Ind.
New Corydon, Ind.
Lagrange Center, Ind.
York Centre, Steuben Co. I
Columbia City, Ind.
Onword, Gass county, Ind.
Berrien Springs, Mich.
Van Wert, Ohio.
North Manchester, Ind.
E. W. Lake.
F. W. Draggoo.
J. ^V. Bell.
23. " G. E. Moore, Mt. Vernon, Ind. J. Ware.
24 '• E. "W. Erick, Monmouth, Ind. W. A. Calvert.
25. " W, Halderman,? Van Wert, Ohio. J. Harr.
Thomas W. Blain, Wilmot, Noble county, Ind.
Rev. M. Officer, General Agent for Foreign Missions.
Eev. J. A. Kunkleman, Pastor of the English Lutheran Church, Indian-
Eev. J. W. Hanna, of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Camden, Ind.
Eev. Harper, of the Baptist Church, Camden, Indiana.
The President next read his report, which was received
and placed in the hands of Committee 'No. 1.
To the Ja'dhfuL Brethren hi Christ of the Evangelical Lndheran Synod of North
ern Indiana :
Grace be unto you, and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus
Christ, for his abundant grace bestowed upon us during the past synodical year.
God, through the riches of his grace, has spared the lives of all our breth-
ren, for which we are grateful. May God comfort your hearts, and establish
you in every good word and work in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Shortly after Synod last year, I received a letter from Eev. F. Biddle, inform-
ing me that the arrangements made by said body to divide his charge was inex-
pedient, but that he afterwards concluded to resign all his congregations except
one, and that Eev. E. W. Erick had taken charge of the same. Owing to this
arrangement, Brother Biddle's support is insufficient; and it is hoped Synod
will remember him when making their contributions.
Nov. 12, 1863, Eev. E. W. Erick writes that he has charge of six congre->
gations, and is pleasantly situated. In a more recent communication he speaks
with great satisfaction of his ecclesiastical change, as well as his entire acquies-
cence with the doctrines, discipline, and usages of our Church.
Dec. 12th, Eev. G. E. Moore informed me that he had entered upon the
charge which Synod had assigned him. He also asked and obtained permission
to serve a vacant congregation in Miami county.
Feb. 12, 18G4. Eev. S. Eidenour asked and obtained permission to resign
his charge. So far as I know, said charge is still vacant.
On the 12th of April, at the request of the council of North Manchester
charge, Revs. A. Wells and W. P. Ruthrauff were appointed a committee to
instal Rev. G. W. Wilson.-, as their pastor, and on the 29th of the same month
Rev. S. P. Snyder was addad to the same committee.
August 12th. In a letter Rev. J. Miller reports favorable from all his con-
greo-ations except one, which has been a source of painful anxiety and much
annoyance to him this year.
Rev. H. Wells, on the I3th of August, says, that his charge is in a prosperous
condition ; that they have not enjoyed any special revivals of religion, but are
steadih'' progressing. He reports several new organizations with fine prospects.-
He also laments, with many others, the great deficiency of ministerial support.
August 22d. Rev. A. H. Scherer writes that this has been a year of per-
plexino- "embarrassments to him, partly from want of a sufficient support and
partly owing to the existence of political and rebellious sentiments
operating on the minds of many of his hearers, yet as an encouraging feature,
he reports having built and dedicated a new house of worship, with a flourishing.
Sabbath School and class of chatechumen.
Dedications. — Four new houses of worship have been reported built and con-
secrated to God this year. One in the city of Ft. Wayne, in Rev. W. P. Ruth-
rauff"s charge; one in Cicero, in my charge; one in Tipton county, in Rev. A
H. Scherer's charge, and one in Rev. J. N. Barnett's charge, Noble county, Ind.
Licensure. — On the 10th of June, 18(J4, I received a letter from Mr. J. W.
Haldcrman, of Van Wert, Cliio, requesting, ad interim, license to preach the
'■' Ordained this year, t Absent, excused. % Absent, not excused, g Licensed this year,
gospel until the meeting of our Synod. Mr. H. being a graduate of Wittenburg
College, and well recommended by the President and Faculty of said institution, I
sent him a license, and herewith submit his case with accompanying papers to
your favorable consideration.
Revivals. — While we have enjoyed general prosperity from the Lord in all
our charges, we have also enjoyed special favors at his hands. The charges of
Kevs. Barnett, Erick and Paris, have been specially favored with outpourings
of God's grace, and many souls have been added to the number of those that
believe. All praise to God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, for past favors,
while we implore continued mercies and favors at his hands.
Recommendations. — I would also earnestly recommend to your favorable
notice, the subject of ministerial support, that our congregations may be put in
remembrance to provide more adequately for the support of those who watch
over their souls as those who are to give an account, that they may do it with
joy, and not with sorrow. All of which is most respectfully submitted to your
May the Lord bless you and your session. May peace and love pervadg(
iall your deliberations, is the sincere prayer of
Yours, &c., D. SMITH.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS.
Synod now proceeded to the election of officers. The
President appointed G. W. Wilson.-, and Dr. Eichholtz as
tellers, who subsequently announced the following, viz :
Rev. D. Smith, President.
Rev. G. W. Wilson,.-. Secretary.
Rev. W. Waltman, Treasurer.
On motion the Minutes of last year was referred to Com-
mittee Ko. 2, without reading.
I ■ COMMITTEES.
All papers intended for Synod were now placed upon the
table, upon which the following committees were announced
by the President, viz :
No. 1. (President's report,) Eevs. J. H. Hoffman and W. Waltman.
No. 2. (Last year's Minutes,) Pvevs. S. P. Snyder, H. BiddleandM. Plank.
No. 3. (Examining Committee,) Kevs. W. P. Ruthrauff, H. Wells and J.
No. 4. (On Minutes of General Synod,) Eevs. J. N. Barnett, R. F. Delo
and brother E. W. Lake.
No. 5. (Committee on Liturgy, to rep-irt next year,) Eevs. H.Wells, K.
F. Delo, W. P. Euthrauff, and brothers M. Plank and J. W. Bell.
No. 6. Revs. W. Waltman, V. Exline, and brother Draggoo.
No. 7. Eev. H. Wells, and brothers Dr. H. Eichholtz and L. Hart.
No. 8. Eevs. J. M. Lang, S. P. Snyder, and brother Calvert.
No. 9. Eevs. W. P. Euthrauff and J. H. Hoffman.
No. 10. Eev. H. Wells and brothers J. Ware and H. Harn.
No. 11. Eev. V. Exline, and brother J. Harr.
No. 12. Revs. W. P. Ruthrauff and S. P. Snyder.
No. 13. Revs. J. M. Lang and J. G. Biddle.
No. 14. Revs. J. M. Barnett and F. Biddle.
No. 15. Revs. R. F. Delo, J. Miller and brother Ware.
No. 16. Eevs. M. Officer, J. M. Lang, J. A. Kunkelman, and brother M
No. 17. Eevs. H. Wells and S. Miller.
No. 18. Bros. M. Plank and Wm. J. Calvert.
No. 19. Eevs. W. P. Euthrauff and H. Wells.
No. 20. Eevs. J. G. Biddle, E. F. Delo and brother Tockey.
No. 21. Eev. H. Wells and Dr. H. Eichholtz.
On motion adjourned until 2 p. m. Praj er by Rev. J
Wednesday, 2 o'clock, p. m.
Prayer by Rev. J. M. Long.
Minutes of the first session read, corrected and appro-
The ireceipts and expenditures for the last year were as
Eeceipts ^^^8 48
"* Balance in treasury ^ ^^ ^^
Home Missionary Treasury.
Eeceipts ^|^} ^^
Expenditures ^^^ ^'^
Balance in treasury ■
Foreign Missionary Treasury.
Eeceipts ^^ ^[j
Expenditures *° °"
-o . ,, $102 9.5
Eeceipts .-.- "^^^^ ^^
Paid P. Eay, (beneficiary) -
Balance in treasury,
Pastor's Fund Treasury.
-r, • .„ $39 55
Receipts * Q ^.
Paid out... ^^ ^^
Eeceipts ^^^ ^^
Paid to gaid College ^^ ^^^
Balance on hand ';^"^"44j^T"a'A\.T rr
Attest, G.W. WILSON, Treas.
eepoet of auditing committee.
Tour committee to whom you referred the Treasurer's Eeport, have exan'
ined the sameand find it correct.
^ M. PLANK,
W. A. CALVEET.
eepoet of COMMITTEE No. 8.
Committee No. 8 reports the following papers:
The first is a letter from Eev. J. Cather, the reading of which we recoi
mend before Synod. • .
The second is a memorial to this Synod, from the Council Association
the Albion charge, Noble county, Indiana, which memorial we submit to Syn
for its further action; and, therefore, move it bo read before Synod.
Eespectfully submitted, J. M.^LANG^
W, A. CALVEE
Report adopted, Bro. Gather excused, and the memori
referred to a committee, (No. 16).
Synod now adjourned to meet again to-morrow mornu
at 9 o'clock.
Thursday, 9 o'clock, a. m.
Prayer by Rev. W. P. RutliraiifF.
Revs. J. Miller and W. H. Paris, having arrived, gave
in tlieir excuses and took their seats.
Bro. Thomas W. Blain was now introduced and received
as a Commissioner from Salem Charge.
Rev. A. J. Kunkelmau, of Indianapolis, was introduced
and received as a visiting brother from the Olive Branch
EEPOET OF COMMITTEE No. 4.
Your committee to whom are referred tlie Minutes of the last General Sy-
lod, and a letter from Prof. Steover, Secretary of that body, report that after
iue examination of 1st, the letter, which is a copy of the resolutions and Amend-
iients to the Constitution, on pages 38 and 39 of the Minutes.
AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION.
Resolved, That the following propositions for the amendment of the Con-
stitution of the General Synod be sent down by the Secretary to the Presidents
:if the several District Synods in connection with this body, with the request
that they lay them before their Synods for decision.
1. Amendment to Article II in relation to the ratio of representation .
Strike out the second paragraph of said article and insert the following : " Each
Evangelical Lutheran Synod containing eight Ministers may send one; if it
contain sixteen, two; if twenty- four, three; if thirty-two, four; if forty, five;
if fifty-five, six; if seventy, seven; if eighty-five, eight, and if it contain one
hundred and upwards, nine delegates of the rank of ordained ministers, and an
equal number of lay delegates. Each Synod at present connected with this
body, shall be entitled to at least one clerical and one lay representative.''
2. Amendment to Article III, Section 3, in relation to the admission of
SjTiods. Strike out section 3 and insert the following :
" All regularly constituted Lutheran Synods, not now in connection with
the General Synod, receiving and holding with the Evangelical Lutheran
Church of our fathers the word of God, as contained in the canonical scriptures
of the Old and New Testaments, as the only infallible rule of faith and practice,
and the Augsburg Confession, as a correct exhibition of the fundamental doc-
trine of the Divine Word, may at any time become associated with the General
Synod, by complying with the requisitions of this Constitution, and sending
delegates to its convention according to the ratio specified in Article II."
I 2. The Minutes. And it is necessary we call attention to the following :
i (1.) Kesolution on page 28.
Resolved That the new Liturgy, prepared and printed by the Committee, be
referred to the District Synods and Churches for examination, and that a Com-
mittee of five be appointed to whom the action of the several Synods shall be
submitted, which Committee shall adjust and, as far as possible, endeavor to har-
monize said action, and report the same to the General Synod ; and also that
this Committee be authorized to make any amendments which their judgment
(2.) Preamble and Kesolutions on pages 39 and 40.
"Whereas, The General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, in the
idUnited States, has recognized the Augsburg Confession, both in the Constitution
of the Theological Seminary and in the Constitution recommended to District
Synods, as well as in her Liturgy ; and
Whereas, Our churches have been agitated by the imputation of grave and
I dangerous en-ors in this Confession, so that, amid conflicting statements, many
who are sincerely desirous of knowing the truth are distracted, knowing not
what to believe ; and the danger of internal conflict and schism is rapidly in-
Whereas, The General Synod, according to its Constitution, "shall apply
all their powers, their prayei's and their means towards the prevention of schisms
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among us," we therefore, in Synod assembled, in the presence of the Searche
of hearts, desire to declare to our churches, and before the world, our judgmer
in regard to the imputation of these errors and the alienation among brethre
which may arise from them :
Refiolved. That while this Synod, resting on the "Word of God as the sole ai
thority in matters of faith on its infallible warrant, rejects the Romish doctrin
of the real presence or Trans-substantiation, rejects the Eomish mass, and a
the ceremonies distinctive of the mass; denies any power in the sacraments, a
an opus operntum., or that the lilessings of Baptism, and the Lord's Supper, ca
be received without faith ; rejects auricular confession and priestly absolution
holds that there is no priesthood on earth, but that of all believers,'and that Go
onlpcan forgive sins; and maintains the divine obligations of the Sabbath, an
while we would with our whole heart reject any part of any confession whic
taught doctrines in conflict with this, our testimony, nevertheless, before Go
and his Church, we declare, that in our judgment, the Augsburg Confessior
properly interpreted, is in })erfect consistence with this our testimony, and wit.
the Holy Scriptures as regards the errors specified
(3.) The Preamble and Resolutions on pages 40 and 41.
Whereas, This General Synod, in order to set forth more fully its doctrina
basis, and with the view of checking the tendency to disintegration amongst us
and uniting us more firmly in fraternal union, has proposed to District Synod
an amendment to its Constitution; and
Whereas, We are anxiously desirous of giving the fullest assurance to al
our churches of our sinceritj' in this matter ; therefore
Rexolred, That this General Sjniod most unqualifiedly reprobates and condemn
the course, 30 frequently pursued, of denouncing each other as cold formalists 01
the one hand, and on the other as traitors to the Lutheran Church.
JResolvcd, That this Synod most earnestly re<?ommends to the District Synods
and urges them to call to account any of its members who may be guilty of de
nouncing their brethren on account of their differences of views on the nones
sential features in the Augsburg Confession.
(4.) Resolutions on page 4L
Besolvrd, That the District Synods instruct their licentiates, in taking charge
of churches, U> attend to the regulation which requires permission from the Pres-
ident to do so in advance of any steps towards it.
Resolved, That the Synods abstain from receiving into the ministry, either bj
licensure or ordination, applicants whohave been under the care of other Synods
Resolved, Tliat the rejected of one Synod should not be received by another
Resolved, That uniformity in the qualifications and mode of induction of ap-
plicants be recommended, and that, in order to meet the requirements of the
New Testament that hands be laid suddenly on no man, probation proceed, and
not follow induction into the ministry.
The Repoii; was adopted.
On motion, Synod adjourned until 2 o'clock P. M.
Thursday, 2 P. M.
Opened with prayer by Kev. F. Biddle.
Minutes read and cori-eetod.
REPORT OP COMMITTEE NO. 6.
Your committee find th(^ doounK^nts committed to them to be:
I. A letter from Rev. W. M. Gilbreath, delegate appointed to represent the
East Ohio Synod at our present convention.
Your Conmiittee regret that Bro. (Mlbreath could not meet with us, and would'
recommend the reading of said letter, and that we heartily reoiprocate the kind
feelings of our brethren of tlie East Ohio Synod; also that a delegate be ap-
pointed to that bodv.
II. The Parochial report of Rev. B. P. Hills.
Your Committee I'ecommend that said report be read when parochial reports
are taken up. Respectfullv submitted. W. WALTMAIn,
F. W. DRAGGOO.
The report was adopted, Bro. Gilbreath's letter read, and
lis su2:2:estions respecting delegates to Wittenberg College
espectfully considered and referred to a proper time for ac-
ion. 1 • -.
Bro. Hills was excused for non-attendance at this bynodic-
KEPORT OF COMMITTEE NO. I.
The underisgned Committee, to which was referred the Piesident's report
ecoinmend to Synod : ^ i • i • i
1. The approval of the official acts of the President reported in uhis (iocu-
aent. ^ -,<:,• ^ ^
2. We hereby recommend Eev. F. Biddle to the Pastor s Fund Society tor
•s'. We recommend the favorable notice the President takes of the licensed can-
iidates to the Ministerium. • i x-
4 We recommend t<> Synod that, in accordance with the President s sugges-
ions. some action be taken bv it on the subject of ministerial support. Your
Committee would express their joy in the evidence they see trom this report ot
he prosperitv of the charges within the bounds of our Synod.
• -Respectfullv^submitted. J HOIFMA^
The report was received and adopted seriatim
Item 1 ; Adopted.
Item 2 ; Referred to Missionary Business.
Item 3 ; Adopted.
Item 4 ; Adopted, and a committee (Xo. 19) appointed to
prepare a memorial on ministerial support.
REPORT OF COMMITTEE NO. 16.
Tlie Committee to whom was referred the memorial of a portion of the officer
md members of the Albion Charge, having carefully examined the memorial,
laving had a free colloquium with the parties, and having procured the tesii.
nony^jf other individuals acquainted with the case, respectfully submit the fo\
ow-ing report : ,.,11.
1. That inasmuch as Bro. Wells was invited by both a part of the church at
Albion, and by the pastor, Bro. Barnett; and inasmuch as there was no protest
m the part of"^the rest of the church against the arrangement for preaching by
Bro. W^ells, the complaint of the committee be not sustained.
2. That while we cannot sav, from the evidence presented, that the portion
3f the Albion Church disaffected towivrd Bro. Barnett, have no cause of com-
plaint, nevertheless, believing the whole procedure in the case to be irregular,
inasmuch as it is contrarv to and inconsistent with the polity of our church, we
disapprove; 1st, of the action of a part of the Albion Church in inviting Bro.
Wells to divide the pastoral labors with Bro. Barnett : 2d, of the part performed
by Bro. Barnett in extending the invitation to Bro. Wells to do so : and, 8d, of
the acceptance bv Bro Wells of the invitation.
3. That the threat of separation accompanying the memenal. is inconsistent
with the courtesy due to an ecclesiastical body.
Kespectfullv submitted. M. OFFICEE,
^ • J. M. LANG,
J. A. KUNKELMAN,
Report adopted as a w.hole.
REPORT OF C0:MMITTEE NO. 2.
Your Committee to whom was referred the Minutes of our last Convention,
report the followidg- items of unfinished business, as claiminc. the present action
of Synod ^
T \^^"ll'' ^'^^^ ^^' ^^ ^ resolution recommending Bro. Moore to visit Bruce
-Lake Charge, with a view to become their pastor. Has Bro. Moore taken
T. ^ '• ^%1^^' }^ ^ resolution granting permission to Bro. W. H. Faris to detach
-Uayid s Church from Walton Charge, and recommending Bro. Schererto attach
said church to his charge. Has this all been done?
3; Page 14. Is a resolution relative to certain refractory congregations, and a
committee appointed to adjust the existing difficulties. Has the resolution been
complied with, and what has the committee done ?
4; Page 15. Is a resolution to appropriate annuallv for eight years, $25 to the
Pastor s Fund. Has this been done the last year ?
5; Page 17. Is a resolution to appropriate |lOO to Bro. P. Ray, our beneficiary
at Wittenberg College, for the jfast year. Has it been done ?
6 ; Page 18. Is a notice given of an amendment to the Constitution of the Sy-
nod of N'orthern Indiana, to be acted upon at the present meeting of Synod
Are the brethren ready for action ? » -'.
7 ; Page 18. Is a list of Delegates to the last General Synod. Have thev per-
formed their duty ? "^ ^
8; Page 18. Is a list of Delegates to Fisher Synod. Have they performed
their duty ?
9; Page 19. Is a resolution to publish 1,000 copies of the Minutes, and to dis-
tribute them according to the number of communicants reported. Has this
10; Page 19. Is a resolution authorizing the President of Synod to apply to
tlie Pastor's Fund Society for $100, for the benefit of Mrs. C. Jones (relict of
Rev. C. Jones, deceased), and her children. Has Mrs. Jones received her money?
11 ; Page 20. Is a resolution that the officers of Synod be directed to make
application to the Parent Home Missionary Society for Bros. Faris, Scherer, and
R] den our, for $50 each. Has this boen done?
12 ; Page 20. Are resolutions 17 and 18, authorizing a book to be bought in
which to write the minutes of Synod, and to pay the Secretary $5 for transcri-
bing the minutes. Has the book been bought and the minutes transcribed, and
has the Secretary been paid ?
13; Page 21. Is a motion authorizing the officers of Synod to request the Cen-
tral Committee of Wittenberg College to grant Bro. A. Leathers the funds be-
longing to this Synod, received from the Parent Education Society, for his sup-
port the last year, Has this been done?
14; Page 21. Is a number of brethren appointed to preach at this meeting of
Synod. Are they all prepared ?
15; Appendix B. Are a number of pledges to be redeemed at this meeting of
Synod. Are all able to redeem their pledges?
Respectfully submitted. S. P. SNYDER,
The report was received and taken np seriatim.
Your committee appointed to visit Hawpatch and Clearspring Churches re-
spectfully report that one member of the committee held a series of meetings in
the Hawpatch Church, which was attended by the members of the other.
A special meeting w^as held to adjust the difficulties and reconcile the parties.
Upon an investigation of the case, and forming an acquaintance with the people,
these churches are recommended to the favorable regard of Synod, your commit-
tee believing they did not intentionally err. H. WELLS.
Report adopted, and Synod
(I.) Resolved, That the action of Synod last year concerning these churches
be rescinded; but that their action in refusing to abide by the decision of the
committee appointed by the Synod at Lagro to form the charge, be disap-
proved, and that they are now respectfully advised to consider themselves a part
of Salem Charge.
6. Amendment to Constitution passed.
7. Yes. All of them.
8. Yes, as good and faitiiful servants.
9. All done. • '
11. Bro. Scherer received his. Bro. Faris on]_v |25, which
was from this Synod. Bro. Ridenour did not ask it
15. Yes. _.
14. All prepared. •
15. Pledges mostly redeemed. ' ' '
The report now received its final adoption.
On motion, adjourned until after services this evening-
Prayer by Rev. W. H. Faris.
Thursday Evening, 9 P. M.
The session opened with prayer by Rev. R. F. Delo.
The reading of the minutes of previous session was post-
poned until to-morrow morning.
Ha\nng listened with pleasure to Rev. M. Officer, who pre-
sented to us the claims of our Foreign Missions, a subscrip-
tion and collection were taken for that purpose, amountino- to
about 145 ; and Synod passed the following resolutions : *
(II.) Resolved, That we as a Synod rejoice in the presence of Eev M Officer
General Agent of Foreign Missions, and that we have listened with deep inter'
est and profound pleasure to the discourse upon the condition and prosned^ c,?
our Foreign Missions in India and Africa. Also, ^ "-^pecis ot
(III.) Resolved, That this Synod, in accordance with tSie plan sua-o-ested hv
Eev. Officer, adopt some uniform plan to raise funds for the cause of M'issions •
and that Synod recommend that each minister in connection with this bodv
I preach at least once a year upon the subject of Foreign Missions and take nn
collections for this holy cause. " ^
Synod now adjourned until after ministerium to-morrow
Prayer by Rev. M. Officer.
;:.., SIXTH SESSION
Friday, 11 o'clock A. M.
The session opened with prayer by Rev. S. P. Snyder.
The minutes of the previous sessions were read and cor^
Revs. Sclierer and Boon, having arrived, took their seats.
REPORT OF COMMITTEE :N"0. 20.
Your Committee would respectfully report that the documents placed in their
hands are the minutes of the Olive Branch, Kentucky, East Ohio, and Miami
We find nothing in these minutes claiming the action of this body, except a
proposition of the Miami Synod to establish a Central Home Missionary Asso-
<.uation of all the Synods connected with the Wittenberg College. We most
heartily approve the suggestion ; but as we are not furnished with the details of
the plan, we feel unwarranted in taking further action in the premises, and rec-
ommend awaiting further developments on the part of the originators of this
important subject. Respectfully submitted. J. G. BIDDLE,
Adjourned to meet again at 2:30 P. M.
Prayer by the President.
E. F. DELO,
Friday, 2:30 P. M.
This session was opened with prayer by Rev, J. IsT. Bar-
Minutes read and approved.
Rev. W. Hanna, of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church,
was now introduced to Synod, and invited to a seat.
REPORT OF COMMITTEE NO. 15.
Your Committee respectfully report that the documents submitted to them
1. A letter from Rev. J. M. Smith, containing $1 for Synod. Bro. Smith says
that he has met with severe pecuniary embarrassments, and therefore feels him-
self unable to attend Synod; also that he has no charge, and consequently has
no parochial report.
2. Is a letter from Rev. W. C. Barnett, Delegate from the Wittenberg Synod,
containing his regret, and reasons for not attending with us.
Your committee regret the absence of Bro. Smith, and ask that he be excused
'fornon-attendance at this convention. We would recommend that Bro. Bar-
■nett's letter be read, and that this Synod appoint a delegate to represent the fra-
ternal feelings of this body to the brethren of the Wittenberg Synod.
Respectfully submitted. R. F. DELO,
The report was adopted, Bro. Smith excused, and Bro.
Barnett's letter read and a delegate appointed.
REPORT OF COMMITTEE NO. 10.
Your Committee lespectfully report that they have examined the character
papers of A. Leathers, bearing date of March and July of this year, at Witten-
berg College, which are very satisfactory. Also, a letter from him, requesting
Synod to continue to aid him at College. Your Committee recommend that his
request be favorably considered.
We have also considered a respectful petition from the Van Wert charge, to
be honorably dismissed fi'om this body, to unite with the Wittenberg Synod.
Wereeominend that the request be granted, and that the Secretary- officially in-
form said charge of such dismissal.
RespectfuUv submitted. H. WELLS,
The report was adopted.
REPORT OF COMMITTEE li^O. 7.
Your committee to examine constitutions and applications of churches, report
favorably of the following churches, and recommend that they be received into,
and be considered as parts of this Synod.
1. Mount Zion, at Nine Mile Allen county, Indiana.
2. Milan, Milan township, Allen county, Indiana.
3. Linn Grove, Adams county, Indiana.
4. Mount Moriah, Tipton township, Cass county, Indiana.
5. Wells Chapel Congregation, Van Wert county, Ohio.
Respectfully submitted. H. WELLS,
. Report adopted. l.SS8o04
REPORT OF COMMITTEE IS'O. 11.
Your Committee find the documents placed in their hands to be:
1. A letter from the Rev. .J. D. Severinghaus. delegate from the Miami Synod
to the present meeting of this body. Not being able to attend, he has addr'essei
a letter of fraternal greeting. Your Committee regret his absence, and askthat
his letter be read.
2. Is a letter from Bro. P. Locker, giving his reasons for his absence, and ask-
ing to be excused. He sends his parochial report and .So towards redeeming hi&
pledge. Your Committee recommend that Bro. Locker be excused.
The report was received and amended thus :
(IV.) _ Resolved, That this Synod does not regard the excuse of Bro. Locker
Adopted as amended.
On motion it was
(V.) Resolved, That we recommend to each congregation or charge in con-
nection with this body the duty of paying the expenses of their Pastor and dele-
gate incurred in attending the meetings of this body.
Logan sport and Kendallville reported as vacant-
Waterloo was reported as a vacant congregation.
South Bend reported as being available.
On motion it was
(VI.) Resolved, That Synod employ Rev. H. Wells as a traveling mission-
ary for one year, and that Synod pay him SI, 000 and his traveling expenses;
also that this be paid quarterly.
On motion, Bro. Wells' attention was directed to those re-
ported vacancies first.
On motion it was
(VII.) Resolved, That Bro. J. Miller have permission to detach Union Con-
gregation in Elkhart county, Indiana, from his Salem charge.
And it was further
(VIII.) Resolved, That the Salem charge be united with Bro. Miller's old
On motion, Revs. J, Miller, A. H. Selierer, andBro. Martz,
were excused from further attendance at this Convention.
On motion, Rev. F. Biddle was favorably recommended to
the Pastor's Fund Society for
REPORT OF DIRECTORS to WITTENBERG COLLEGE
Your Director was prevented from meeting with the Board in March, but was
present in .Tune, at which meeting; much business of imjwrtance was transacted,
of which joxXr honorable body will, in due time, be informed. The round trip
cost $10, of which claim you are hereby notified.
Respectfully, H. "WELLS.
Your Director was at the meeting of the Board in March, and participated in
the business transactions of the Board at that tim«.
Eespectfuily submitted. H. EICHHOLTZ.
REPORT OF THE EXECUTR^E COMMITTEE.
Your Committee have paid out of the funds of this Synod as follows:
Paid Philip Rav (beneficiarv at W. C.) $100, Education Funds.
Paid Eevs. W. H. Paris and A. H. Scherer $25 each and Eev. H. Wells $1 (due
him on loan), out of the Home Mission Funds.
All of which was directed by Synod.
The balance was paid into the Parent Home Mission Treasurv.
Eespectfuily submitted. D. SMITH,
J. N. BAENETT,
G. W. WILSON.
On motion it was
(IX.) Tesohed, That an order be drawn on the Treasurer for $14, in favor
of Dr. H. Eichholtz, for traveling expenses to Wittenberg College.
On motion it was
(X.) Resolved, That Bros. A. Leathers and P. Eay receive $100 each for
their support at Wittenberg College the coming year.
On motion, Synod adjourned.
Prayer by Rev. W. Waltman.
Saturday, 10 o'clock A. M.
Opened with prayer by Rev. W. P. Ruthrauff.
In the temporary absence of the Secretary, the reading of
the minutes was deferred until the next session.
Parochial Reports were now called for. (See Appendix A.)
REPORT OF COMMITTEE NO. 21.
Your Committee to whom you referred a respectful letter from the Council-
men of Concord Church of the Massillon Charge, to Synod report : That the
letter contains a statement of the condition of the charge, and how they are to
be supplied with preachingthis year. That certain changes are made respecting
the charge and pastor at Synod, to which they could not agree, as said changes
conflicte^l with an engagement into which they had already entered. There-
fore as they continued their support to Eev. Biddle, according to their agree-
nont, they think they did ri<;ht. niid ask Synod to endorse their action. Thero-
bre, as your committee have confidence in the piety and judgment of the Con-
•ord people and Bro. Biddle, we recommend them to the favorable regard of Sy-
lod ; and also that they be respectfully requested to consider the subject prayer-
ullv. and make such arrangements as will best subserve the interests of the
■hurch. KespectfuUv submitted. H. WELLS,
^ , . H. EICHHOLT?
On motion it was
Resolved, That this Synod adopt the resolutions of the last Geiieral Synod on
he state of the country.
Resolved, That, having assembled a second time during the prevalence of civil
var in the land, this Synod cannot separate without solemnly reaffirming the
leclarations adopted at our last convention, in reference to the originating cause
if the rebellion, the necessity of its forcible suppression, the righteousness of
he war which is waged by the government of the United States for the main-
enance of the national life, and the consequent duty of every Christian to sup-
)ort it by the whole weight of his influence, his prayers and his efforts.
Resolved, That we acknowledge with profound gratitude to Almighty God,
he various aad important successes which have thus far crowned our efforts : the
nerciful interposition of Providence in delivering us from the invasions of the
neniy, and in protecting our homes, our churches and our Institutions from the
lesolation of war ; and the cheering progress which has been made by the gov-
rnment and the nation in the recognition of the laws of God and the rights of
nan, in the measures which have been adopted for the suppression of the rebel-
Resolved, That recogniz,ing the sufferings and calamities of war as the right-
eous judgment of a just God, visited upon us for our transgressions, we call upon
)ur pastors and churches to unite with us in the confession of our many and
previous individual and national sins, and in fervent supplications for the divine
brgiveness, that as a people we may break oft' sin by righteousnes, and do justly,
ove mercy, and walk humbly with God.
Resolved, That as persistent efforts are making among us, by professedly
r^hristian writers, to prove from the Holy Scriptures the divine institution of
ViuiM-ican Slavery, the principal cause of this wicked rebellion, we, the dele-
gates of the General Synod of the Evangelical Luthui-an Church in the United
states, hereby express our unqualified condemnation of such a course, which
tlaims the sanction of the Merciful God and i*^ather of us all for a system of hu-
nan oppression which only exists by violence, under cover of iniquitous laws.
Passed by a unanimous Aye.
On motion, an order was drawn on the Treasurer in favor
^f J.N. Barnett for $1,50; D. Smith for $2,50; and Moses
Plank for $0,35 ; in all, §4,35.
On motion, it was
(XII.) Resolved, That Sister C. Jones be favorably recommended to the Pas-
or's Fund Society for $150, for the support of herself and children this year.
DELEGATES TO SISTER SYNODS.
Wittenberg Synod Kev. W. Waltman.
■)live Branch Synod Kev. D. Smith.
Vorthern Illinois Synod Kev. K. F. Delo.
Miami Svnod ". Kev. H. Wells.
Kast Ohio Synod Kev W. P. Kuthrauff.
Illinois Synod Kev. S. P. Snyder.
Kentucky Synod Kev. .J. H. Hott'man.
Synod now proceeded to the
Of one Clerical aud Lay Director to Wittenberg Colle^
which resulted, in the choice of
Kev. K. F. Delo Clerical.
Bro. H. J. Kudisill L^iv.
NEXT MEETING OF SYNOD.
God permitting, Synod will be held next at Albion, Nol
Co., Ind., on Wednesday, 9 o'clock A. M., jnst before the f
moon m October, 1865.
Saturday, 3 o'clock P. M.
Prayer by Pvev. E. W. Erick.
Minutes of the last session read and approved.
On motion it was
(XIII.) Resolved, That the pastor and people of this place have the hea
thanks of Synod for their hospitality during- our stay here, and that the Pr
dent of Synod publicly express the same on Sabbath evening.
(XIV, Resolved, That 1500 copies of the Minutes be published, and that tl
be distributed according to the number of communicants reported.
The following brethren were appointed by the^Treside
to preach next meeting of Synod.
Rev. H. Wells, on Missions.
Kev. W. P. Ruthrauif, on Education. ^
llev. R. F. Delo on Ordination.
On motion it was
(XV.) Rcsotved, That Revs. H. vVell? and W. P. Ruthrauff" be a committe
procure 3Iissionaries for Logansport and Kendallville, if, in their judgment,
interests there are such as'to justify.
(XVI.) Resolved, That an order be drawn on the Treasurer for f 100 to f
lish the Minutes.
Satubday, 9 o'clock P. Ml
Prayer by Rev. J. II. Ilofrinan.
Minutes read and approved.
MEMORIAL ON MINISTERIAL SUPPORT.
WiiF.F.KAS. The word of God declares that ''the laborer is worthy of his hj
;;ii.l that "tliey that ]iieach the Gospel should live off the Gospel," and
^'I'lHORKAP, We have learned from many of our brethren here assembled,
owing to the great increase in all kinds of clothing and provisions, their sal!>
liave not been sufficient to keej. them free from cafe and want, therefore
(XVII..) Resolved, That we most urgently appeal to all our church com
U> make immediate efforts to .so incre.ise the salaries of their pastors that i
y be enabled to live free fi-om care and want, and the embarrassment of debt,
the prices of living have trebled, let vour subscriptions be at least doubled.
i " W. p. KUTHKAUFF
I ■ H. WELLS.
On motion, the Secretary was instructed to furnish a Sy-
psis of the proceedings of Synod to the Lutheran Observer,
d Lutheran Missionary, for pubhcation.
Synod now adjourned to meet at the time and place ap-
The brethren united in singing a hymn, and then, on
nded knees, were led in prayer by the President.
G. W. WILSON, Secretary.
Friday, 9 o'clock A. M. '
Mitiisterinm opened witli prayer by Rev. W. Waltmam
REPORT OF COMMITTEE ]^0. 12.
(See protocol.) Report adopted.
Bro. Haldermau is cheerfully recommended to the Examin-
i ng Committee with a view to licensure.
REPORT OF COMMITTEE XO. 18. J
(See protocol.) Report adopted. '
Bro. Moore is recommended to the Examining Committeet
^s a proper candidate for examination.
REPORT OF COMMITTEE ^O. 9.
_ '(See protocol.) Report adopted and the following resolu-
(XVIII.) Resolved, That the license of Eev. S. Ridenour be not renewed.
REPORT OF COMMITTEE NO. 14.
(See protocol.) Report adopted.
Bro. Erick is favorably recommended to the Examining.
Adjourned until 2 p. M. i
Prayer by Rev. A. H. Scherer, 1
SECOND SESSION. \
., , . Friday, 2 P. M.
Prayer hy Rev. J. Miller.
Minutes read and approved.
REPORT OF COMMITTEE NO. 17.
(See protocol) Report adopted.
Bro. Faris is referred to the Examining Committee with a
view to ordination.
^ Adjourned to meet again at the call of the President
I'rayer by Rev. II. Wells.
I'rayer by Rev. W. P. Ruthrault
A/r;v,,,4. — — J -- .1 .
Saturday, 9 P. M.
liEPORT OF COMMITTEE XO. 8.
'(On Exaniinatiou. See protocol,) Report adopted, and
tile following resolutions passed :
rXIX.) Resolved, That Bro. W. H. Faris be ordained.
(XX.) Resolved, That Bros. G. E. Moore, E. W. Erick, and /G. W. Halder-
ttaan have their licenses renewed for one year.
As Rev. G. W. Halderman requests to be dismissed to the
"Wittenberg Synod, therefore
(XXI.) Resolved, That his request be complied witli. ' ,
Ministerinm adjourned. '^ ■
Prayer by Rev. H. Wells.
G. W. WILSOX, Secretary.
Tuesday evening, Synodical sermon, by President, Rev
I). Smith, Mat. 21: 28.
Wednesday evening. Rev. E. W. Erick, Acts 9: 11.
Thursday evening. Foreign Missions, Rev. M. Officer,
Friday evening, Rev. R. F. Delo, Mat. 28: 6.
Saturday, 2 P. M., preparatorv service, Rev. G. W. Wil-
son, Luke 17 : 10.
Saturday evening, Education, Rev. J. ]^. Barnett, 2d
Chron., 1 : 10. " '
Sabbath, 10:30 A. M., Home Missions, Rev. H. Wells
Psalm 119 : 151. '
Sabbath 10:30 A. M., (Cumberland Presbyterian Church^
Rev. J. H. Hoftman, John 3:3. » '
Sabbath evening, Ordination, Rev. W. P. Ruthrauff, 1
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APPEInDIX b. *
pledges to be paid at next m'-'^^ij-'^'cf of synod.
Kev. H. Wells
Eev. J. H. HotFuian
Eev. F. Biddlet
Kev. J. G. Biddle
Eev. W. H. Faris
Kev. E. Vi. Erick
Kev. G. E. Moore
Rev. A. H. Schorer
Rev. G. W. Wilson 5 00
APPEJTDIX B.— Continued.
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Mrs Kate Shemas*
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