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-tmm- reo/iT- . A New Auditorium at Montreat is a Necessity Ten thousand people must be accommodated annually and the present auditorium is totally inadequate. The General Assembly at its last meeting passed this resolution, "That the Mountain Retreat Association be encouraged to provide itself at the earliest practicable time with an adequate and fitting auditorium." A subscription of $13,000 has been made on condition that $17,000 more be subscribed on or before September 1, 1918. It is of the first importance that this $17,000 should be subscribed at once so that the building may be ready for use next summer. The auditorium will be owned by the whole church and for the use of every agency of the church. The whole church is asked to observe NOVEMBER 4-11 AS MONTREAT WEEK Every church, Sunday-school and society of the church is asked during this week to make a donation, however small. Also let everyone who has been or expects to be at Montreat make some contribution. Subscriptions from $1.00 up will be most gratefully received and should be promptly sent to Rev. R. C. Anderson, Treasurer, Montreat, N. C. Do not forget MONTREAT WEEK, November 4-1 1th. Let all do something and the work will prove easy and the results great. R. C. ANDERSON, President and Treasurer. SYNOD OF VIRGINIA. The Synod of Virginia held its one hundred and thirtieth annual session in Alexandria, beginning October 23rd. The opening sermon was preached by Rev. Dr. W. R. Laird. Rev. Dr. J. Calvin Stewart was elected moderator. On the second day the communion service was held, when Rev. Dr. George L. Petrie preached the ser mon. Rev. Dr. H. H. Sweets made an ex cellent address presenting the work of the four Executive Committees. Rev. H. S. Allyn, of Brazil; Rev. F. A. Brown, of China, and Rev. W. A. Ross, of Mexico, made addresses on our Foreign Mission work in those countries. Each one spoke in most encouraging terms of the opportuni ties and the work being done, and of the great need for additional men and means to press forward in this great work. Synod urged churches and Sunday-schools to give as liberally as possible for this cause, and especially that collections be taken where they have not already been taken. Rev. Dr. Edward Mack brought the greetings, and told of the work of Union Theological Seminary, and made an able address on the Refor mation. The Synod, through a special com mittee, sent an invitation to Presi dent Wilson to visit and address the body, but he was unable to do so on account of pressure of other duties. Mr. O. B. Town, representing the Government Food Conservation Com mission, made an address on Food Conservation, and the following action was taken: Resolved, 1. That Synod has heard with profounded Interest and emotion the address of Mr. A. B. Town on the conservation of food, and hereby ex presses its great appreciation of his courtesy in coming to lay this sub ject before us. 2. That in this time of world-wide want, suffering and starvation, Synod solemnly records before God and man its sense of the obligation resting upon every individual of economizing food in every way and to any extent that may be consistent with the claims of health conscientiously considered. 3. That Synod hereby appeals to all its constituency to lend every possible help and to make every reasonable sacrifice toward the success of the movement throughout our land for the Baving of food and the rescue of hunger-stricken humanity. The report on Home Missions was presented by. the superintendent, Rev. J. E. Booker. This shows that the work is in excellent condition all over the Synod. Each Presbytery, except one, now has a superintendent of Home Missions, giving his whole time to the work. The contributions re ceived during the year for this cause were $18,601.71. A committee consisting of Messrs. S. W. Somerville, F. S. Royster, J. Hoge Tyler, Q. E. Caskie, H. B. Sproul, George B. Kennedy, B. B. Morgan and T. S. Williamson, was appointed to raise money for work among the Boldiers in the State under the direction of the Exe cutive Committee of the Synod's Com mittee on Home Missions. The report on evangelism was pre sented by Rev. H. M. Moffett. Prom it these items are gathered: We are confronted with the start ling fact that there were 1,942 less souls won for Christ throughout our Southern Presbyterian Church this year than the year previous. * Oae thousand two hundred and ninety churches, with an aggregate membership of 62,000, report no ac cessions on profession of faith. While in the Synod of Virginia there were 3,387 professions, a gain of 113 over last year, we cannot es cape the fact shown by the reports from the churches that exactly 100 churcheB, over 1-4 of the 389 churches of the Synod, fall to report a single soul led to Christ during the year. Only thirty-eight of these are vacant churches, sixty-two of them are churches with pastors, regular services, and all the necessary organi zation and leadership for soul win ning. Realize the meaning of these figures, more than one out of every four churches In the Synod of Vir ginia, one out of every five of those with pastors, brought no single soul to Christ during a whole year's ser vice, while many report only one, two or three each, and few, pitifully few, report any large number of acces sions. Brethren ought these things so to be? If there be no harvest in our churches let It not be because we have not gone forth into the harvest fields seeking the souls of men. If the harvest be small, let it not be because we have not sought large things, in large ways, and in abso lute reliance upon him who workB "not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit." Your committee recommends: 1. That there be earnest prayer for the awakening of a greater passion for souls in the hearts of pastors and people. 2. That a strong emphasis be placed throughout the churches of the Synod on the obligation to, and need for per sonal work to win souls, both by pas tors and people. 3. That the sessions througllout the Synod seriously consider the need In their churches of a series of evange liatic services, definitely planned to reach the unsaved. The report on the Synod's Orphans' Home showed that the receipts for the past year were only 113,256.05, which failed to meet the expenses of the In stitution by 15,390.48. Churches, Sunday-schools and church societies were urged to make liberal contribu tions to take care of these orphans. Synod decided that hereafter it would meet on the Tuesday after the second Monday in November. The following men were selected as those from whom trustees of Hamp den-Sldney College may be selected: Rev. P. C. Clark, Rev. Holmes Ral ston, Rev. Russell Cecil, D. D., Rev. Charles Friend, Mr. R. E. Stokes, Mr. John A. Lang, Rev. T. K. Young, Dr. John A. Owen, Mr. R. W. Carrlngton, Rev. J. E. Booker, D. D., Mr. Walter H. Robertson. The report of the Woman's Synodi cal Auxiliary was presented, and their work was highly commended. The following action was taken in response to the proposition that dur ing the year beginning April 1, 1918, the Church shall raise $3,000,000 for all the benevolent causes of the Church: Your Committee on Systematic Be neficence recommend that the Synod of Virginia heartily endorse the plan of placing a definite goal before our congregations of an amount necessary to meet the enlarigng work of the Church, and we accept $465.00 as our part of the $3,000,000 named as INSPIRATIONAL SONGS AND POEMS By Chas. J. North Of 745 Ellicott Square Building Buffalo, N. Y. New and beautiful communion hymn, Starry Flag Marches and other remarkably fine compositions. Sixty-one thousand leaflets have now been published and now in use, grouped into booklet form. By mail, 25c.