seven pastors have served the congregation since the organization of the
church in 1853, as follows:
Rev. Smith Sturges*
Rev. James Y. Mitchell, D. D.
Rev. James Petrie*
Rev. Henry B. Townsend
Rev. E. Morris Fergusson
Rev. Alfred N. Raven
Rev. Percy Young Schelly
I Timothy 5:2--"Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine."
Rev. 4:4--"And round about the throne were four and twenty seats; and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold."
Twenty-seven Elders have
served the church since its organization as follows, those published in
being members of the present session, the dates referring to the time of
their first election:
1853, Dec. 13 John Lander* Benjamin Burwell* John C. Bennett* 1855, Nov. 4 A. Ramsey Reese* 1858, Nov. 29 Dr. Charles Davis* Thos. S. Whitenack* Aaron Losey* Lewis M. Teel* Samuel Baker* 1874, Jan. 25 Robert S. Brittain* Joseph Warne* 1875, June 20 John K. Stephens* 1884, Feb. 3 Charles A. Heckman* Wm. F. Schlabach William D. Hawk* 1886, Jan. 31 Joseph Ewing* 1887, Jan. 30 William Kline* 1889, April 14 James Drake 1890 Feb. 2 Benjamin F. Haines* George W. Wilhelm* 1891, Feb. 1 Archibald Campbell 1894, Feb. 4 James L. Lomerson 1898, Feb. 15 Alexander V. Johnson 1899, Feb. 26 John Walton 1901, Feb. 17 John Souders 1902, Apr. 13 William J. Stevenson 1903, Feb. 22 Isaac L. Foster
Many able and earnest men have served
the church in the capacity of Trustees. We regret that we cannot
give a complete list from the time of the organization of the church on
account of the absence of reliable data.
Among the records we find the following:
Benjamin T. Harris Wm. J. Stevenson John K. Stephens Wilson W. Hunt L. M. Teel James Drake J. C. Butler James E. Moon P. R. Hagerman George E. Meeker G. W. Wilhelm Sylvester C. Smith John Eilenberg Elmer E. Carhart* Joseph Ewing John I. Blair Reiley P. W. Skinner D. F. Stone Alexander V. Johnson Isaac Vanatta* John H. Hagerty Samuel V. Davis Wm. H. Kellogg Andrew S. Pursel* George Myers J. Harry Hagerty* Frank B. Heckman Benjamin B. Metz* William Kline, Sr. Lorenzo F. Heiberger* John Warner George W. Smith*
THE SUNDAY SCHOOL
now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not,
nor the years draw nigh when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them."
Insufficient data enables
us to give only a partial list of the Superintendents of the Sunday School
since its first organization, among which are:
Benjamin Burwell Rev. E. Morris Fergusson L. Mashall Teel James L. Lomerson Robert S. Brittain Rev. Percy Y. Schelly Aaron Losey E. O. Jennings George W. Wilhelm James A. Smith Joseph Hoffman George W. Smith* Frank R. Pierson
The membership of the school at present is 271
Home Department membership 72
Superintendent - George W. Smith
Secretary - Richard S. Casper
Treasurer - Miss Jeanette R. Laughland
Supt. Primary Department - Miss Ida Beers
Supt. Junior Department - Miss Minnie C. Mitchell
Supt. Home Department - Miss Minnie C. Mitchell
Librarian - Charles Elmer Stryker
Assistant Librarian - Clyde Stryker
Pianist - Miss Grace L. McClary
"Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in the firmament of his power."
Among those who have served
the church as members of the choir we recall:
|Mrs. F. G. D. Holmes||Miss Lillie A. Wilhelm|
|Mrs. George Davis||Miss Euphemia Harrison|
|Thomas DeWitt||I. S. Mulholland|
|Mrs. George Sweeney||Frank Z. Hermes|
|John W. Dean||Samuel R. Fenton|
|Mary Wright||David B. McCann|
|Mrs. J. S. Stewart||John C. Moon|
|Helen DeWitt||Harry W. Souders|
|A. D. Light||Garry Bellis|
|George Sweeney||W. A. Larue|
|Edmund Teel||H. D. Eilenberger|
|Jesse K. Singer||A. J. Brugler|
|Miss Mame Arndt||Bessie Lerch|
|Miss Carrie Teel||J. Harry Hagerty|
|Osiris D. McConnel||Roland Firth, Jr.|
|Wm. L. Sanderson||Miss Ada Miller|
|Miss Eddah Osmun||Miss Lillie Savercool|
|Miss Ida Beers||Miss Lizzie Firth|
|Miss Edith Beers||Miss Julia Blake|
|Miss Lizzie Osmun||Frank Mixsell|
|Miss Jessie B. Reiley||Wm. C. Drake|
|Miss Margaret Lee Sweeney||Mrs. U. R. Swengle|
|Miss Ella Wilhelm||George F. Cole|
|Wm. Ochs||J. Ellsworth Reaser|
|Mrs. Joseph Firth||Miss Margaret Campbell|
|George W. Smith||Mrs. P. Y. Schelly|
|Miss Margaret A. Wilhelm||Miss Grace L. McClary|
|Miss Cora A. Huff|
The present choir is composed of
Mr. Case, the present organist, has served the church in that capacity for many years. He has been faithful to duty and courteous and obliging in all his dealings with the choir and the congregation. Being a thorough musician he has given entire satisfaction in his responsible position and his work is very much appreciated.Miss Grace L. McClary--Soprano
Mrs. P. Y. Schelly--Contralto
Mr. Frank Z. Hermes--Tenor
Mr. George W. Smith--Bass
Mr. Alfred R. Case--Organist
Mrs. P. Y. Schelly--Director
THE Y. P. S. C. E.
"They that seek me early shall find me."
The Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor, reorganized under the pastorate of Rev. E. M. Fergusson, holds regular prayer-meetings every Sunday evening before the regular church services. The present membership is 37.
The officers for the present
term are as follows:
President--Richard S. Casper
Vice President--Miss Helen Heiberger
Secretary--Miss Emma Casper
Corresponding Secretary--Frank Z. Hermes
Treasurer--Miss Elva Vanatta
THE Y. L. H. M. C.
The Young Ladies' Home
Mission Circle is doing good work. This society sends annually to
one of the training schools in the West boxes of clothing, etc., averaging
in value $60.00. Meetings are held bi-weekly. By the use of
"Mite Boxes" substantial sums of money are annually raised and given to
Home Missions. The benevolent contributions of the church are increased
by about $130 annually through the efforts of this society. The present
President--Miss Ida Beers
Vice President--Miss Nettie E. Pierson
Secretary--Miss Cora E. Shipman
Treasurer--Miss Lizzie A. Myers
THE MEN'S PRAYER-MEETING ASSOCIATION
"Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."
One of the most encouraging
aids to the pastor is the above Association, which meets in the Sunday
School room at 9:45 every Sabbath morning. It was organized in November,
1901, under a constitution and voluntary pledge. Very interesting
and helpful talks are given at the meetings, and men who before were unaccustomed
to speaking or praying in a devotional service now do both freely.
The present officers are:
President--George W. Smith
Secretary--Frank Z. Hermes
Treasurer--L. F. Heiberger
THE WOMEN'S FOREIGN MISSIONARY SOCIETY
"The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest."
This is one of the oldest women's societies in the church, having been organized early in the pastorate of Mr. Townsend. Mrs.. Townsend was the first President.
Regular meetings are held every two weeks and consist of devotional exercises and talks on missionary topics. A different leader is appointed at each meeting for the next.
The society has done a remarkable work in the
past. The present officers are:
President--Mrs. Elizabeth Miller
Vice President--Mrs. Archibald Campbell
Secretary--Mrs. Margaret Tiffany
Treasurer--Mrs. Freeman Kinney
THE LADIES' AID SOCIETY
In March, 1903, the ladies
of the church met--a goodly number of them--and appointed a committee to
draw up a constitution and by-laws, preliminary to the complete organization
of a ladies' society. At a subsequent meeting in the same month a
permanent organization was effected, named "Ladies' Aid Society of the
First Presbyterian Church," its object being to "further the social and
material interests of the church." The officers elected and installed
were Mrs. Rhoda C. Young-Schelly, President; Mrs. Anna E. Carhart, Vice
President; Mrs. Emma E. Hermes, Secretary; Mrs. Pearl G. Eilenberg, Treasurer.
The following are charter members:
|Mrs. Rhoda C. Y. Schelly||Mrs. John Laughland, Sr.|
|Mrs. Anna E. Carhart||Mrs. William Miller|
|Mrs. Emma E. Hermes||Mrs. James Drake|
|Mrs. Pearl G. Eilenberg||Mrs. Francis J. Drake|
|Mrs. Margaret A. Tiffany||Mrs. Isaac Foster|
|Mrs. Amanda Kinney||Mrs. Belle Amey|
|Mrs. Mary J. Smith||Mrs. Delphina Ayers|
|Mrs. Jessie B. Reiley|
To celebrate its organization appropriately, the Ladies' Aid Society served a banquet on the evening of April 3rd, 1903, naming the event "First Annual Banquet." More than two hundred persons were entertained. It is the purpose of the ladies to serve such a banquet annually.
Although very young, the
society now numbers about seventy members and is alert in every respect,
promising to be of long life and a very prominent branch of the First Presbyterian
Church of Phillipsburg.