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The duties of this Committee shall be a general supervision of the religious interests of the Church ; to aid the Pastor in his intercourse with his people ; to learn the spiritual wants of each brother and sister, to communicate them to the Pastor; and assist him in relieving them; to see that the Pulpit is supplied; to promote a Christian spirit of brotherly love in all who come within their sphere of action; and generally to lead in building up a true Church of Christ.
ART. 5. The Committee on Benevolent Action* shall consist of the Pastor, and six brethren and six sisters. These twelve shall be elected annually, and shall superintend the benevolent action of the church.
Art. 6. The Committee on the Young shall consist of the Pastor, the Superintendent of the Sunday School, and the teachers of the Sunday School. The Superintendent shall be chosen annually by the Church, and the Teachers shall be appointed by him.
ART. 7. The Finance Committee shall consist of six gentlemen, who shall be annually elected. They shall choose a Treasurer, meet monthly, and more frequently if requisite; and shall adopt such rules and system as shall be thought by them best calculated to give efficiency to this part of the organization. This Committee shall take charge of the business affairs of the church, and of any property belonging to it.
* Note. Although the Committee of Benevolent Action shall have the general care and direction of the benevolent action of the Church, it is to be constantly borne in mind, that each individual of the Church is responsible on this point, and this organization, in all its Committees, is only intended for convenience and increased energy in action of the whole and not to lessen individual effort.
ART. 8. The Music Committee shall consist of six members, to be elected annually. Their duties shall be to provide some one to lead the music at all the meetings of the church — and to take such steps as they may deem advisable to preserve the simplicity and increase the usefulness of this part of worship.
Art. 9. There shall be an Annual Meeting on the evening of the fourth Tuesday in April, at which all the above Annual offices shall be filled.
At the same meeting or at an Adjournment thereof, detailed Reports shall be made by the Finance Committee, the Committee on the Young, the Committee on Benevolent Action, and the Pastoral Committee, each showing the history of the past year, and containing any suggestions which may be deemed useful for the future.
Art. 10. Any persons wishing to unite with this church shall signify their desire to the Pastor, and all the members shall be ready at all times to act as the medium of such communications.
Art. 11. Any person wishing to unite with this church may do so, either by signing the Church Book and without a more public profession, or by publicly adopting the Church covenant.
Art. 12. Whenever the Lord's Supper is to be administered, an invitation shall be publicly extended to all who love the Saviour, and desire to remember him, to commune with this church.
ART. 13. These Articles may be altered, at any time, at a meeting called for the purpose by the Pastoral Committee, in which call the proposed alteration shall be stated. No alteration to take effect except by a vote of two-thirds of those present.
MODE OF ADMITTING MEMBERS, AND
Any persons wishing to unite with the Church of the Disciples may do so by subscribing the Declaration of Faith and Purpose in the Church Book, which is as follows:
DECLARATION OF FAITH AND PURPOSE.
(Adopted by a unanimous vote of the Society, April 13th,
1841, as the foundation of the church.) We whose names are subscribed, unite together in the following faith and purpose
Our Faith is in JESUS AS THE CHRIST, THE SON of God;
AND WE HEREBY FORM OURSELVES INTO A CHURCH OF HIS DISCIPLES THAT WE MAY CO-OPERATE TOGETHER IN THE STUDY AND PRACTICE OF CHRISTIANITY.
Or they may unite with the church, by a more public form, as follows:
When the Church is assembled together, the Pastor will read the following Covenant, to which the persons to be admitted give their consent by rising.
(Adopted by a unanimous vote, Sunday, April 21st, 1844.)
MY FRIEND AND BROTHER:
You present yourself here, wishing to profess your faith in Jesus, as the Christ, the Son of God, and to unite with this Christian church.
I ask, therefore, Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God ?
And is it your heart's desire, and fervent wish to become a faithful disciple of our Lord and Saviour ?
We then receive you gladly into our number; we welcome you to the communion of Christian hearts; we earnestly desire to sympathize with you, and will endeavor to watch over and support you in the trials of life and the work of duty. And we engage to unite with you in the diligent use of Christian ordinances, and to yield obedience to all truth which shall be made known to us as our duty, the Lord assisting us by his Spirit and grace. And may God our Father grant, that this union, formed on earth, may be continued in heaven, and fit us for the fellowship of the saints in light. Amen.
SENTENCES WHICH MAY BE READ WHILE A COLLEC
TION FOR THE POOR IS TAKEN UP.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.
Whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, even so do unto them; for this is the law and the prophets.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
He that soweth little shall reap little; and he that soweth plenteously, shall reap plenteously. Let every man do according as he is disposed in his heart; not grudgingly nor of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver.
While we have time let us do good unto all men, and specially unto those that are of the household of faith.
Godliness is great riches, if a man be content with that he hath : for we brought nothing into the world, neither may we carry any thing out.
Charge those who are rich in this world, that they be ready to give, and glad to distribute; laying up in