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EVERY MEMBER CANVASS should oc cupy first place in the thoughts and ef forts of all the members of our churches for - the next two weeks. If successfully prosecuted it will mean a great deal to every church, far more than the mere collecting of money.. In a certain church the canvassers were being se lected. Among them was a prominent and wealthy banker. At first he declined, saving, he could not do that kind of work, and prom ised that he would make up any deficiency in the amount they were trying to raise. His pastor had the good sense to insist on his doing the work. On the list given him was the name of a little girl who belonged to a very poor fam ily. Her father and mother were not Chris tians and never attended church. lie called at the home and asked for the little girl, and told her what he had come for. She turned to her mother and asked if she might give two cents a WvVk. The mother told her she would help make\it five cents. "When the father came home he could scarcely believe it when the lit tle girl and her mother told him who had been there, and what he had come foj\ After a while he said: "There must be something in the re ligion that will make a rich man like that take enough interest in our little girl to come to see her. Let's go to church tonight." And they did. In a few weeks both father and mother were rejoicing in having found the Saviour and having joined his Church. + + + , TITHING is growing greatly in favor in the Christian Church of this land. Last week a Stewardship Convention was held in Lynchburg, Va. When there were about two hundred present, it was found that at least three-fourths were tithers or promised that they ''would be in the future. Whether the law of the tithe is binding today or not is a question upon which there may be honest difference of opinion. One thing very certain is that the principle of the tithe is binding. This prin ciple is that we owe to God a certain definite part of what lie gives us. \Ve are not to use up all that we. want df what He gives us and then give Him whatever is left over. Most men will be surprised and possibly ashamed if they k would keep an account of what they give to the Lord and compare it with what the Lord has given to them. The Jows paid two and prob ably three tithes and then made their free will . f offerings. Tho members of the Presbyterian Church aro considered liberal in their gifts, but their total gifts to all causes do not, ac cording to the best information available, amount to one-fourth of one tithe. Suppose all of the members of our Church should give a tithe of their incomes, if our estimate is cor rect, they would give $24,000,000, instead of the $0,000,000 they gave last year. If this were done, there would be no difficulty in doing the work that God has given IT is Church to do. CONSERVATION of food was practiced by the people of this country during the period of the war, not because they could not afford to buy food, even at the high prices at which it was sold, but merely to save certain kinds that could be shipped to our army and our allies. Even then na one suffered because of "meatless days." But what must be said about our missionaries who have to observe "meatless" weeks because they cannot afford to buy meat. A correspondent 011 another page tells of a missionary family who had eaten no meat for two weeks because they could not af ford to buy it. We did well to supply our sol diers in France. Shall we do less to supply the soldiers of our Church who are out 011 the far distant battle front, while we have an abun dance at home? + + + IQSorit tfjc gUtfemblp'0 $lan By Rev. G. D. Gilkeson To Pastors: God of old, a tithe, we're told, claimed . as his own; have we outgrown the claim? If still due, it's ujx to you to preach the debt as binding yet. To Congregational Managers: You're the key man in this whole plan to see that your church is not left in the lurch. So it'.; up to you to see the thing through; to so work the plan as to reach every man. To Canvassers: Get in right in this fight. It's up to you to sign up, too. First, make your pledge; it's the entering wedge; others will listen to you if they know you do. To the Canvassed: It's up to every man to do what he can, to back up the plan, to back up the man, to lie at his home when the canvassers come, to "honor" the Lord as he ask J in his word. ? Prov. 3:9. + + * PASTORS need an assistant in their work. No pastor can preach all the sermons he would like to preach to his people, nor make as many visits as he feels ought to be made to them, nor can he give them all the infor mation they need about the work and needs of the Church. The Church paper is his best assistant, because it does for him each week what he would like to -do in each home that it goes into. It is, therefore, to the pastor's in terest to see that a good Church paper is taken by each family in his church. ? ? ? HOME Mission Day in the Sunday schools comes this year on Sunday, March 30th. The Executive Commtttee of Home Missions at Atlanta, Ga., has prepared a most excellent program for special services that day. Each superintendent should send for as many as he can use. This is a time when all the .Church needs information in regard to Home Mission work, and these exercises presented by the Sunday school will be both interesting arid in structive to the whole congregation. MEMBERS of the church often want to do something for the good of the church and for the cause of Christ. Just now a special opportunity is being offered to every member of our Church to do a little work that will mean much in its results. An effort is being made to put a Church paper into every home in our Church. If every reader of this paper will start with the determination to get some one to take it who is not now doing so, it is hard to estimate the good that will be accom plished. Think what the paper means to you and your family. One of our readers wrote a few days ago: "We could not keep house with out it. It is a help and delight to all our family." Think how much those are missing who do not have it. Try to supply their need by persuading them to take the paper. Ask your pastor to help you in any way you need help, and ask him to tell you how you can use best the liberal commission we offer. We will give a commission of $1.00 for each new sub scriber who will pay $2.00 for the paper for a year. Who will send in the first subscriber and who will send in the largest list ? ? ? + * JOHN R. MOTT, who is at the head of the war work of the Y. M. C. A., has just been honored by the French government in confer ring upon him the title of Chevalier de la Legion d'Honeur. Dr. Mott is a great man, but no doubt this unusual distinction was con ferred upon him, not so much because of what he is personally, as because of the great work that has been done by the organization of which he is the head for the welfare of the French soldiers. The association in its won derful work has met with the hearty approval of all of the allied governments. ? ? ? CHURCH officers would like to see the ef ficiency of their pastor increased no mat ter how efficient he may be. But he is only one man, and he can only do one man's work. Much of his effort is wasted because he has to deal with so many people that are to a large extent ignorant of the work of the church, and, indeed, of many of the fundamental principles of re ligion. So much of his time has to be spent in seed sowing that lie has very little opj>or tunitv for cultivating the crops, and the result is that there is not enough harvesting for him to do. The Church paper will do most of the seed sowing for him, if the people will read it. and, indeed, it will aid him very largely in cultivating and bringing to a fruitful maturity the crops from the seeds that have been planted. Tie will, therefore, lie able to gather rich har vests for the Church and for God. Officers can do much by planning in the Every Member Canvass this month to see that earnest effort is made to put a Church paper into every home into which one does not now go. A little ef fort on the part of each will bring great results.