>ORT OF THE OFFICERS
Raleigh, N. C. First Baptist Church
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AN NUAL REPORT
IRST BAPTIST SUNDAY SCHOO hi
RALEIGH, N. C,
For the Year ending January ist, 1881
OFFICERS FOB 1881:
M. HECK, ...
. H. PACE, \ ASS'T M^l.RINTENDENTS,
H. BRIGGS. JR.J
D. JOYNER, \
B. XORRIS -Ass'tSecretaey.
R. WILLIAMSON, I
n.CLAWSON • ..-.- ......Librarian.
E. WILLIAMS,...) A^'rrTTTiRARIANS.
vv. WEATHERS. \
•• •— Ass t librarian.
KT> WARDS, BROUOBITON & CO., Stjeam Printers and Binders.
North Carolina State Library
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North Carolina Sfafe Library
UST B/PTIST SUNDAY SCHOOL,
RALEIGH, N. C,
For the Year ending January ist, i88r.
officers for 1881:
j. m. heck, superintendent.
^*H\BKIGGS,Jk.,} Ass't Superintendents.
J. D. JOYNER, Secretary.
S. B. NORRIS Ass't Secretary.
B. E. WILLIAMSON, Treasurer.
C. C. CLAWSON, Librarian.
C. E. WILLIAMS, )
K. W. WEATHERS, [ Ass't Librarians.
J. T. DAVIS, J
EDWARDS, BROUGHTON & CO., Steam Printers and Binders.
REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT.
To the Officers and Teachers of the Sunday School
of the First Baptist Church, Raleigh, N. C. :
I beg leave to make the following annual report,*
We have added a large number of useful books within
the last year, and have expended a considerable sum in
changing our book cases and desks. The report of our
skilled librarian shows that we now have nearly 1800 vol-umes
of all kinds of books, and that they have, as a rule,
been promptly returned by their hundreds of readers. The
thanks of the school are due to Mr. Clawson and his assis-tants
for their skilful management of our large library.
His report is herewith filed.
That the poor of our cit}r and vicinity might more cer-tainly
have the " gospel preached unto them," the teachers
thought it wise to employ, in connection with the Swain
street Baptist church, brother J. K. Howell, who, during
the year, spent most of his time in preaching, visiting, hold-ing
prayer-meetings and distributing the "Word "to the
destitute of the city and neighborhood—those in prison
have had the Gospel preached unto them, and the widow
and the fatherless have been visited. In this city mission
work our brother Howell labored with his accustomed zeal
and energy, and the good accomplished will never be fully
known until the secrets of all hearts are revealed at the last
Daring the past year our promising young brother C. 8.
Farris finished the course of study at Wake Forest College
with credit to himself and honor to our school, and is now
at our Seminary in Louisville, Ky., preparing himself for
his high calling—a minister of the ever blessed Gospel of
Peace. If his life and health are spared we may reasonably
expect that the Master will make him abundantly useful in
His vineyard. May we at a throne of grace ask and expect
for him a career of great usefulness.
The whole number of officers, teachers and scholars on
our rolls amount to 525, classed as follows : Officers, 12 ;
teachers, 23; scholars, 490.
Of the thirty-six received into the church within the last
year by profession of faith in Christ, twenty-three were from
the Sunday school.
The average attendance we are unable to give, on ac-count
of omissions at the Secretary's desk, which we hope
will not occur again, as it seems to us the school is entitled
to fall returns every Sunday.
Our annual pic-nic, by invitation, was held at Wake For-est
College, under the financial management of our efficient
Assistant Superintendents and other good workers, with our
great organizer, Col. L. L. Polk, as Chief Marshal. Little
more than $300 in money was expended, and a day of rest
and real pleasure wras enjoyed by nearly three thousand
Sunday School workers, representing more than twenty
schools. Notwithstanding the large number carried by the
railroad company, and the necessarily crowded condition
of the cars, no accident occurred, and under the excellent
management of the chairman of the transportation depart-ment,
Capt. John Horton, the trains were moved with a reg-ularity
and precision that elicited praise from all who en-joyed
the innocent festivities of that joyous occasion.
OUR CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES. f
Our annual Christmas festivities commenced on Wednes-day
night, the 22d of December, in this room by a most
admirable scioptican exhibition, gotten up with much care
by brethren J. C. Marcom and W. N. Jones, efficiently aided
by the church choir, who rendered many pieces of appro-priate
music in such a style as to give great pleasure to the
crowded audience of Sunday school workers and scholars.
The entire performance was such as to give to the school
an evening of unusual enjoyment.
The second entertainment of the series was a sociable at
Tucker Hall on Thursday night, December 23d, intended
to bring together, in social intercourse, all our church and
Sunday school people of the city. It was not as largely at-tended
as we had hoped for ; still very many of our people
gave us the pleasure of their company, and Dr. Skinner,
our pastor, delivered an address on the modern Sunday
school, which was listened to with marked attention, after
which the poet laureate of the occasion—tiov. Holden
gave us, in blank verse, a most excellent synopsis of our
international lessons for the last six months of the past year.
The exercises were enlivened by music by our most excel-lent
Sunday school choir.
The third and last night of the entertainment was " Our
Christmas Grove" in Tucker Hall, Friday night, December
24th, which was enjoyed by as many of our good people as
could crowd into the building. This entertainment was
opened by prayer by Prof. Royal of our College. After
which we had short and instructive addresses on the past
year's international lessons by Bro. W. N. Jones on the first
quarter; Bro. W. I. Peel on the second quarter; Bro. S. W.
Brewer on the third quarter; and Bro. John E. Ray on the
fourth quarter. After which we were much entertained by
the younger people, who, under the leadership of Mrs. Dodd..
gave us " my once fat pocket-book " and " Little Mabel."
The wee-one, little Lizzie Norwood Briggs, repeated " The
night before Christmas," to the great delight of the audience.
After which we had excellent music by the Sunday school
choir, led by Bro. John E. Ray and Miss Etta Briggs. Then
came the bright, beautiful Christmas trees with their loads
of fruits and candies, which were enjoyed by the multitude,
especially the younger portion, who are still firmly of the
opinion that no trees were ever brighter or bore sweeter
fruit. But the brightest and best of ail their productions
were the many hundreds of packages of flour, meal and
other substantials, which for days during this hard winter
have gladdened the hearts of many of those, of whom our
blessed Saviour said, "ye have always with you."
Under the untiring and zealous management of Brother
and Sister Dodd, this important department of our School,,
which ten years since only numbered a dozeu, numbers on
its class-roll 215, having
Lost by death in the last year.... * 1
By removals 22
By graduation 27
In all.. 50
And in the meantime received 60 new scholars.
No words that we can command are sufficient to convey
to you our opinion of the great importance of the Infant
Class department of Sunday-school work, or the efficiency,
patience, love and zeal of this pair of workers, who have,
by years of toil and labors of love, built up our own Infant
Class from nothing to its present grand proportions. The
full extent and beneficence of their labors among the small
children of our city are known only to Him who number-eth
our hairs ; still enough is seen to make us ask, in the
name of Him who said " Suffer little children to come unto
me," that their useful lives may long be spared unto us, and
that many new and efficient friends may be raised up to
aid them in their grand work. Mr. Dodd's annual report
is herewith filed.
The good work accomplished in this department has fully
justified its establishment, and shown the importance of
training the graduates from the Infant Class for one year,
at least, before bringing them into the Main School.
In order that these " little learners." whose minds and
characters are being so rapidly formed, mjght want for
nothing, we consented to almost entirely dispense with the
active aid, during school hours, of one of our able Assistant
Superintendents, Brother T. Henry Briggs, as it seemed im-possible
to find any other so well fitted for this highly im-portant
and difficult position. He not only leads in the
singing in his room, but at the same"time plays on the organ,
thus dispensing with the services of an assistant.
The prompt attendance and progress of the class fully attest
the faithful, patient labors of its prompt painstaking teacher.
His report is herewith filed.
THE MAINT SCHOOL
has been principally under the immediate management of
Brother W. H. Pace, who has been uniformly present in
good season, and who has promptly, as far as possible, re-paired
the damage occasioned by absent or tardy teachers.
We think that in the main the teaching in this department
has been more searching and thorough, and that the com-mended
Bereans, who searched the Scriptures daily, have
been more and more imitated, and one of the results of this,
under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, has been the adding
of 23 more of our number to the church of Christ.* While
we thank the Giver of all good for this great manifestation
of his love and favor, still we are not satisfied with the pro-gress
the school has made. While many classes have been
uniformly full and manifested great interest in our Inter-national
Lessons, others have been spasmodic in their at-tendance,
allowing a wet morning, or other trivial cause, to
keep them away fromschool. Asa rule, this want of prompt-ness,
we think, is caused by an irregular or tardy attendance
of the teachers.f We have never known the interest of a
class to long survive either the tardy or irregular attendance
of the teacher. They who would render efficient service to
the Master in this department of labor must make whatever
sacrifice is required to enable them to be in their places
regularly and promptly at the hour of the Sunday School
meeting. Any other course, as a rule, however satisfying it
may be to their conscience, makes them only " cumberers
of the ground." And as a rule, the teachers succeed who
give enough of their time to the Master's work to visit their
scholars on week days and meet them promptly on Sunday.
We know there are many discouragements in the work.
The indifference of many who are as favorably situated to
engage in it as ourselves, who profess to love the same SaV
viour, and who with us are bound by the most solemn vows
of fidelity to His cause, and sometimes the want of interest on
the part of those we are trying to teach, greatly dampen our
ardor; sometimes misunderstood and may be misrepre-sented
by those who ought to stand " shoulder to shoulder"
* Since the above was written. 22 more of our Sunday School scholars
have united with our church, and five others await baptism.
t This want of promptness is the exception, and applies to only two or
three, while as a rule our teachers are prompt, earnest and faithful.
with us in this great battle. Still all discouragements are
more than overbalanced by the thought that we belong to a
mighty invincible army, whose true and tried soldiers are
numbered by millions, whose battle-flag is that of King
Emanuel, whose battle-cry is "Through Christ we conquer!"
whose comfort is that the great Captain of the Host himself
hath said, "And lo, I am with you always even unto the
end of the world."
has entered every department of our school. From the
Infant Class, in the words of brother Dodd, little Lena Ellis
joined the "lambs of the upper fold." From the "Inter-mediate
Class," he claimed little Lorena Crawford. And
from the main school he took the youthful and beautiful
wife, sister Ida Fuller. And notwithstanding the strength
of their young manhood, he also called for brothers Parham
and Jones—admonishing us, that what we do here for the
Master must be done " quickly." But the Sunday School
workers, who hath hope in the death of those who die in
the Lord, will take comfort in the thought that notwithstand-ing
the forbidding appearance of this ruthless one, who
takes alike the young and the old, that still he too is the
servant of One who loves us; and though these calls are
wonderfully mysterious and dark to us, still they are all
made in love and mercy, and with these dear ones our loss
is truly their gain.
If we add to the §1,011.45 expenditures reported by the
Treasurer, $300.00 for annual picnic and estimated amount
of $400.00 expended on our Christmas Grove including
substantiate, and also the amount spent during the year in
caring for our little ones through Mrs. Dodd, we have the
round sum of $1,700. The principal items of which, in
addition to those stated, are $180.00 for books, papers and
other Sunday School helps, improvements to our bookcases
and table, 150.00 ; city mission, §220.00, and ministerial
The large sums expended during the past year have been
raised as follows
Special promises made and paid by 38 prominent
friends and classes, $ 669 40
Special promises paid by 18 friends for Ministe-rial
Education, 95 00
Sunday School collection for same, ... 10 49
Sunday morning class collections, 258 94
Special collections from the school and its friends
for Annual Picnic, Christmas Grove, includ-ing
contributions and Sunday School charity, 700 00
Total, $1,732 92
The Treasurer reports in his hands $56.14.
It may seem out of place for a retiring officer to make
recommendations: still we venture to make the following,
1st, As to finance, that confiding in the love, faith and
continued prosperity of those who so generously aided the
work last year, we ask them to give us a like amount to
secure the needed funds to push forward the work of the
Master through the year, upon which we are just entering.
2d. That relying on these friends, we secure for the school
the very best papers, Quarterlies, and other lesson helps.
3d. That with a view to greater efficiency, the officers
and teachers come together more frequently for prayer,
study and conference.
5th. That the teachers make monthly reports of the at-
tendance, progress and spiritual condition of their respective
classes, and that each of them, at the end of the year, make
a special report, to bo filed with the other reports of the
6th. That a committee of three be appointed, who shall
be known as the " Prompt Attendance Committee," whose
duty it shall be to look after tardy and irregular scholars,
and who shall make quarterly reports to the school.
7th. As a Sunday School can only be prosperous in pro-portion
to its activity and aggressiveness, we recommend
that a committee of three of our most active and zealous
roung men be appointed, whose duty it shall be to find out,
as far as possible, the names of those in the city who do
not attend Sunday School, and report their names and resi-dences
to the school.
8th. Having been so greatly blessed in our past educa-tional
effort, would it not be well for us to extend aid to one
or two of our worthy young men, whose usefulness would
be so greatly enlarged by educational advantages?
9th. And finally, that as far as possible, we encourage our
young men to give their full strength to this great work,
and that we add one of their number to the corps of Super-intendents,
and thus relieve one whom you have honored
by another election, but who is entirely unfitted for the sit-uation,
especially on account of being out of the city so
much. The successful Superintendent, like the successful
Teaches, must be prompt and regular in his attendance.
Such officers and teachers every school is entitled to, and
should insist upon having them.
In conclusion, let lrie thank you all, pastor, officers, teach-ers
and scholars, for your uniform kindness to me person-ally
; for your zeal in the great cause in which we are en-gaged
; for the high honor you have conferred in again
electing me to the office of Superintendent—an office which
I would be glad to fill to the very best of my ability, if I
could be with you every Sunday : not being able to do this,
it seems to me that my duty to you and the cause compels
me to decline. With a heart full of love and sympathy for
the pastor, the officers, the teachers, and the scholars, I am,
Very truly yours,
J. M. HECK.
Raleigh, N. C, January 23d, 1881.
J. M. Heck, Superintendent, Sec.
Dear Brother :—As teacher of " The Intermediate De-partment,"
it devolves on me at this time to report as to its
Number of scholars received from Infant Class as grad-uates,
27 ; number removed from city, 3; number removed
by death (Lorena Crawford), 1.
Nearly all of these scholars have been very punctual in
attendance. We began studying " Peep of Day " and com-pleted
it by January 1st. since which time we have been
using " The Intermediate Lesson Quarterly," by Am. Bap.
Pub. Society, and find it an excellent help to the study of
God's Word. All the class have Bibles of their own and
we trust will prove careful Bible students. We trust under
God that this Department may be a blessing to His cause.
T. H. BRIGGS, Jr., Teacher.
INFANT CLASS DEPARTMENT
Salisbury Street Baptist Sunday School,
Raleigh, January 1, 1881.
To Bro. J. M. Heck, Superintendent:
In our last report, (Januar}-, 1st, 1880,) we reported 203
names on our class roll. Since that time, death has claimed
one of our scholars—on the 21st day of October, 1880, little
Lena Ellis joined " the lambs of the upper fold." This is
the only death we have to report during the year. So we
have lost by death, 1
Moved away, 22
This reduced our number to 155 ; but we have received
during the }
rear 60 new scholars, and to-day our class roll
numbers 215. On account of sickness and inclement weather
our average attendance has been quite small. For a report
of our finances, wre refer you to the report of the Treasurer
of the Sunda}' School.
W. H. DODD, Supt.
Report of the Librarian oj the Salisbury Street Baptist Sunday
School, January loth, 188] :
As your Librarian, I beg to make the following report of
books now on hand :
Bibles, . 123
Singing books—Songs of Gratitude, 101
Singing books—Golden Light, 166
Singing books—Christmas Annual, 60
Reading books, 1,166
Reading books now loaned to teachers and
Making in all, 1,780 vols,
C. C. CLAWSON, Libarian.
REPORT OF TREASURER.
Christmas Entertainment, 1S79, $ 2 75
Horton, Henry 10 00
Pool, Hewell 1 00
Hood, W. H ! 5 00
Pritchard, J. P 5 00
Library Fund 85 90
Holden, W. W., (class) 15 00
Watson, F. A 11 75
Skinner, T. E 100 00
Marcom, J. C 2 50
Kelly, J. A 10 00
Wyatt, J. P 5 00
Hampton, Jno. S 5 00
Joyner, J. D 10 GO
Parker, M. A 25 00
Briggs, Mrs. T. H 5 00
Pace, W. H 25 00
Justice, David , 5 00
Allen, S.J 5 00
Holden, W. W 15 00
Eoyster, W. I 5 00
Hardie, P. C 5 00
Swepson, Mrs. Y. B 5 00
Newcombe, Chas 5 00
Bagwell, L. C 5 00
Ray, JohnE 10 00
Allen, G. M 5 00
Purefoy, J. W 5 21
Thomas, J. J 25 00
Upchurch, W. G 25 00
Williamson, B. P 25 00
Heck, J. M , 25 00
Blake, John C 10 00
Tucker, W, H 50
Pic-NicFund, 23 33
Thompson, J. W
Brewer, S. W
Briggs, T. H., Jr
Pullen, John T
Jones, W. 1ST
Norris, S. B.....
Polk, L. L
Edwards, C. B
Briggs, Jas. A
Dodcl, W. H
Infant Class ,
Pritchard, J. P., (class).
$ 669 49
CONTRIBUTIONS FOR MINISTERIAL EDUCATION.
Amount received from classes 10 49
Heck, J. M.. • 10 00
Vase, W.W 10 00
Holden, W. W 10 00
Williams, Alf 10 00
Briggs, F. H ~ 10 00
Horton, Henry 5 00
Nowell, J.J • 2 00
Neathery, J. B. 2 00
Purefoy, John 1 00
Wj-att, Job.... 1 00
Wyatt, John 1 00
Edwards, J. Q 1 00
TJpchurch, W. G 5 00
Kelly, J. A 1 00
Pace, W. H 2 50
Denmark, J. W 2 50
Joyner, J. D .. 1 00
Skinner, T. E , ,..„... 20 00
$ 105 49
5? ,S; I
AMOUNTS PAID FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL EXPENSES.
Repairs and improvements in Sunday School room, $ 79 78
Kind Words and Our Little Ones, 153 75
Singing Books, 32 50
Black Boards, 1880 and 1881 27 50
Ladies Work Society, 46 53
Library Books, &c 98 50
Printing and Stationery, 63 65
Rev. J. K. Howell, City Missionary, 220 00
George Caldwell, Sexton 48 00
Miscellaneous Expenses, 20 04
$ 790 25
Balance on hand January 1, 1880 $ 26 33
Collection, Incidental Expenses, from classes, 264 73
Collection, Ministerial Education 105 49
Collection, Special Subscription 669 49
Balance from Christmas Tree entertainment 7 34
Amount paid for Sunday School Expenses $ 790 25
Amount paid for Ministerial Education, 222 00
Balance on hand January 1, 1881, $ 61 13
EUGENE G. HARRELL,
FIRST BAPTIST SUNDAY SCHOOL
RALEIGH, N. C.
MEETS PROMPTLY EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AT 9 O'CLOCK.
TeacHers for 1SS1.
Mrs. T. H. BRIGGS, Jr.,
iMiss ETTIE H. BRIGGS,
Mrs. O. T. FELT,
Miss MARY E. HICKS,
W. W. HOLDEN,
W. N. JONES,
Miss MAGGIE H. PERRY
J. P. PRITCHARD, Jr.,
J- H. ALFORD,
Mrs. JNO. D. BRIGGS,
Mrs. S. W. BREWER,
R- D. FLEMING,
Miss FANNIE E. HECK,
E. G. HARRELL,
Mrs. ANNIE JUSTICE,
J. C MARCOM,
W. J. PEELE,
P. F. PESCUD,
JOHN E. RAY, (Stranger's Class,; Mrs. G. W. SWEPSON,
JORDAN WOMBLE, Jr.
T. H. BRIGGS, Jr.
Inf|nt CI ass.
W.|H. DODD, Sup't
Mrs. W. H. Dodd* C. W. NEWCOMB.
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