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3 AU3URNDALE, MASS. CENTENARY METHODIST EPISCOPAL
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.1 Year-book and directory... April 1, 1877-...
Mar. 31, 1878. 3oster.,Wood,lC73.
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My Dear People : —
God in his great mercy has permitted me
to spend among you one happy year of la-
bor in the Master's cause. Coming to you
under an impulse which I hardly knew how
to explain at the time, but which I now
think to have been providential, and with no
intention of staying longer than one year.
I have found my field of labor so hopeful
as to readily accede to your request to re-
main longer. God has given us peace and
moderate prosperity, pleasant and profitable
seasons of worship, a somewhat increased
spirituality, and financial success. It is
the opinion of many, in which I fully con-
cur, that a brighter day is dawning on our
little society. We have abundant cause for
hope and renewed consecration to the work
of Christ. There is no pleasanter or more
important field of Christian labor than that
which our Church affords.
In submitting to you our Ykar Book, I
ask for it two favors :
i). That you will carefully study it.
2). That you will keep it for constant
The Officiary, Standing Committees, &c,
are for the year beginning April ist, 1878,
and ending March 31st, 1879, — while the
Statistics are from April ist, 1877, to March
Section I will give you the Church Offi-
cers, Standing Committees, Societies, etc.
Section II will give you the entire statis-
tics of all kinds connected with the charge.
Section III, a list of the members and
As you study this little Annual, dear
brethren and sisters, may I not hope and
believe that you will resolve, by the grace
of God, to make the year on which He has
permitted us to enter, more fruitful in results
to the glory of His name than was the last.
It may be our last !
Your brother and fellow-laborer,
Auburndale, March 30, 1878.
Rev. JAMES E. LATIMER, I). D.,
Dean of Theological School of Boston
University, Hawthorn St.
Rev. William McDonald,
Editor of Advocate of Holiness, Maple St,
SECTION 1 -OFFICIAL MEMBERS.
Geo. L. Bourne, Pres. E. Tourjee,
Wm. P. Bourne, J. E. Latimer,
H. P. Mann, Sec'y, Mrs. C. J. Holbrook,
Geo. R. Eager, Treas. V. A. Pluta.
Geo. R. Eager, H. P. Mann,
E. F. Miller, Wm. P. Bourne,
C. C. Bragdon, Jos. Huestis,
E. Tourjee, Edward A. Buss,
Frank G. Irving.
Geo. R. Eager.
RECORDING STEWARD AND TREASURER
OF THE CHURCH.
H. P. Mann.
Isaac S. Dillingham. Edward F. Porter.
OFFICERS OF THE SABBATH SCHOOL.
Prof. C. C. Bragdon, Superintendent.
Mrs.' Dr. E rou^e, f Asst ' Superintendents.
Mrs. Charlotte J. Holbrook, Treasurer.
Geo. Taylor, Secretary.
Arthur Winslow, Librarian.
LEADER OF CHILDREN'S MEETING.
Mrs. Dr. Tourjee.
pastor's assistants in visitation.
Mrs. Charlotte J. Holbrook,
Mrs. Olive Miller,
Mrs. Sarah L. Tourjee,
Mrs. Harriet Haskins. .
The Pastor, ex officio,
James E. Latimer,
Edward F. Miller.
ON PARSONAGE AND FURNITURE.
Officers of the Ladies' Social Circle.
on preacher's salary.
H. P. Mann,
C. C. Bragdon.
Geo. R. Eager.
H. P. Mann,
C. C. Bragdon,
MUSICAL DIRECTOR AND ORGANIST.
E. Tourjee, Mus. D.
Edw. M. Hall. (Residence, Central Street.)
Isaac S. Dillingham, William P. Bourne.
LADIES SOCIAL CIRCLE.
Mrs. Sarah L. Tourjee, President.
Mrs. Geo. L. Bourne, Vice-President.
Miss Carrie L. Bourne, Sec'y and Treas.
WOMAN'S FOREIGN MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
Mrs. Edward F. Porter, President.
Mrs. Dr. Latimer, Vice-President.
Mrs. A. McKeown, Cor. Secretaiy.
Mrs. Dr. Tourjee, Treasurer.
Miss Nellie F. Foss, Recording Secretary.
YOUNG LADIES' AUXILIARY TO THE W. F. M.
Miss M. Wheatie McDonald, President.
Miss Jessie Hunter, Vice-President.
Miss Lizzie C. McKeown, Treasurer.
Miss Polly Dolliver, Cor. and Rec Sec'y.
TIMES FOR CHURCH MEETINGS.
Sabbath.— Preaching at 1030 a.m. Sun-
day School at 3 00 p. m Praise Meeting
and Social Service at 7 30 p m., from April
ist to October 1st ; the rest of the year at
7 OO P. M.
Monday, — Children's Meeting at 4.30
Tuesday.— Church Classes at 7.30 or
7.45 P. m.
Wednesday (the first in each month).—
Mothers' Meeting at 3.00 p. m.
Friday.-— Prayer Meeting at 7.30 or 7.45
Saturday.— Chorus Choir Rehearsal at
7.3O P. M. .
Communion once in two months ; first
Sabbath of the month, after the sermon.
General Class, the last Tuesday before
the first Sabbath of each month.
Official Board meeting, the last Monday
before the first Sabbath of each month, at
which it is expected every Steward and
Leader will be present.
Ladies' Social Circle, the third Thursday
evening of each month, except July and
Woman's Foreign Missionary Society,
meets at same time and place with the
Young Ladies' Auxiliary to the W. F. M.
S., meets the first Saturday of each month
except July and August, at 3.00 p. m.
Sunday School Concert, the second Sun-
day evening of each month at 6.30.
Children's Day on the first Sunday in
Section 2 —Statistics ofthe church.
Died during the year, i
Withdrawn, . o
Expelled, . o
Removed with letter, ...... 5
Joined by letter, .21
Joined on probation, . . . . . 23
Baptized, ' . 9
Received into full membership, ... 14
Total members 119
Total probationers . 9
Total number of communicants. . .128
STATISTICS OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Number of officers, 6
Number of teachers, 12
Number of scholars, 103
Total number of School, . . 121
George Taylor, Secretary.
Money collected by the School.
For Missions, $15.00
For School Expenses, 42.00
Total, $57 00
Missions, by the Congregation. $113.00
11 Sabbath School, 15 00
" " Woman's F. M. S.. 20.00
Preachers' Aid Society 43.00
Poor of Church and Society, . . 20.00
Expended by Ladies' Social Circle
on parsonage furniture, . . . $54.50
Chapel and Land, $12,000.00
Central Savings Bank, Lowell, . $5,000 00
On Church and Property, . . $76.35
Insurance on Church and Organ, 105.00
Interest, " " 422 53
Legal Expense, ...... 57.75
Total Expenses on the part of the
Trustees, paid by Treasurer
of Board of Stewards, $661,63
H. P. MANN, Sec. Trustees.
GEO. R. EAGER, Treas. Trustees
STATEMENT OF STEWARDS.
Weekly Offerings, $1,511.48
Extra Subscription, . ... . 296.50
Lectures, etc., ...... 303.42
On Indebtedness last of year, . $58.00
Pastor, $9°° °°
Presiding Elder, 25.00
Gas , . • 9 6 - 6 5
Blowing Organ, 25.00
Fuel, 45- 2 5
■ ■Incidentals, 5 2 -33
Paid for Trustees, 661 .63
Cash on hand, i4 I 9
H. P. MANN, Treasurer.
Expenses of Current Year.
Pastor's Salary, ..... $1,300.00
Interest, • • • 3°° °°
Fuel and Gas. . . . . . . 200.00
Sundry Expenses (estimated), 75-°°
Or $40 per week.
SECTION 3-LIST OF MEMBERS.
Baker, Eugene B.
Barrett, Katie F.
Barrett, Maggie M.
Bourne, Geo. H.
Bourne, Geo. L.
Bourne, Geo. W.
Bourne, Wm. P.
Bragdon, C. C.
Bragdon, Eliza B.
Bragdon, Kate R.
Buss, Edward A.
Buss, Syrena S.
Butler, Mary E.
Cordingley, Maria W.
Curtis, Evelyn L.
Dillingham, Eliza F.
Dillingham, Isaac S.
Dodge, Hattie M.
Dodge, Henry C.
Eager, Geo. R.
Eager, Harriott A.
Eager, Olive G.
Foss, Alvena M.
Foss, Nellie F.
Gilmore, Marion E.
Hall, Edward M.
Harpin, Olive L.
Harrington, Chas. W.
Harrington, E. H.
Harrington, Jessie I.
Harrington, Matilda E.
Harrington, Mattie A. R,
Haskell, Eleanor R.
Haskins, Harriet A.
Holbrook, Charlotte J.
Irving, Frank G.
Lathrop, Lunette M.
Latimer, Anna E.
Mann, George E.
Mann, Helen M.
Mann, Horace P.
Mann, James R.
Mann, Miriam F.
McDonald, Frances M.
McDonald, Wheatie M.
McKeown, Lizzie C.
McKeown Velina B.
Miller, Edward F.
Miller, Fred W.
Noyes, George O.
Patterson, John H.
Pluta, Clara J.
Pluta, Vincent A.
Porter, Edward F.
Porter, Lewis B.
Porter, Phebe D.
Porter, Wm. D.
Mann, Florence V.
Rowe, J. Edgar
Temple, Ada S.
Thomson, Annie S.
Tourj^e, Lizzie S.
Tourjee, Sarah L.
Ware, John J.
White, Mary C.
White, Grace C.
Clough, Earle F.
Knowles, Francis A.
Mann, Eugene W.
Pluta, Harriet A.
Stedman, Lena M.
Warren, Eldora B.
Warren, Wm. H.
Wright, Walter J.
To the Congregation of Centenary
Church : —
Dear Friends, — Our lot has been cast
together for Christian labor. We are
charged with the delightful responsibility of
maintaining the worship of God, with all
the hallowing and saving influences flowing
therefrom, in the community in winch we
dwell — the home of our children and friends.
Will you not allow me, as your minister and
pastor, to most solemnly and earnestly urge
upon you three things.
i. To live near to God, so that He may
own us and bless us, both as individuals and
as a society, to the good of many souls in
2. To be present, as far as possible, at every
regular religious service.
3. To contribute regularly, as liberally as
your means will allow, to the support of
All arrearages of floating debt have been
To meet the entire expenses of the cur-
rent year will require the not very large
sum of twenty-one hundred dollars. (See
To raise this sum, the voluntary system
of weekly offerings, which worked so well
last year, has been adopted.
We have no pew rents. The seats in the
entire Church are free. — families or individ-
uals selecting such as they prefer (it is
desirable that they should occupy the same
ones each Sabbath), and paying therefor
just what they please to give, regularly, in
the weekly offering each Lord's day. En-
velopes for weekly offering may be obtained
on application of the treasurer, Mr. H. P.
It is earnestly desired that all should come
into this arrangemetit, that the Stewards may
know just what they can rely on. If each
gives what he or she can, none need be
burdened. " Bear ye one another's bur-
dens, and so fulfil the law of Christ."
Remember, it is for the Master's sake.
And when we shall have maintained His
cause on the earth, and worshipped rejoic-
ingly in His earthly courts, may we be wel-
comed at last to His presence in the " house
not made with hands."
Your affectionate pastor,
A fine opportunity is offered to those who
may desire to improve their singing, to ob-
tain the instruction of Dr. Tourjee, by unit-
ing with the Chorus in Centenary Church,
of which he is the director.
The conditions of membership are :
(i.) Ability to read music, and (2) a
regular attendance at rehearsals, on Saturday
evenings, and worship on the Lord's Days.
Names may be handed to the Director of
the Chorus on Saturday evenings.