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Among the enjoyable features of the
program were an inspirational talk, "America's Rainbow," by Dr. R. E. Vale, pastor of the Second Presbyte rian church of this city; talks by Miss Mary Brown, one of Knoxville Pres bytery's Mountain Mission workers; Dr. J. W. Tyler, representative of the Assembly's Home Mission Committee, and Rev. C. K. Stegall, a returned African missionary. TRENTON, TENN. The meeting of Memphis Presbyte rial with this church April 28th-30th brought many blessings to our people. In addition to the presence of more than sixty women of consecration from the societies of the Presbytery, it was our privilege to have Captain M. L. Swinehart, of Korea, and Miss Louise A. Vaughan, of the China Inland Mis sion. The address of Captain Swine hart on the women of Korea was pro nounced by many the most effective missionary address ever heard in the town; Miss Vaughan's Bible readings were very helpful, showing broad knowledge of the word and fine abil ity in applying its teachings to the lives of Christians. A pageant, "The Song They Sang," was given by the children of the Trenton Sunday school, and a dialogue, "A Different Point of View," written by one of the dele gates, was rendered by five ladies in attendance from Memphis. Each of these pointed a good lesson regarding missions. The thank offering amounted to more than seventy dollars. R. Columbia Presbyterial held its fif teenth annual meeting at Zion church, Maury County, Tenn., on April 24th and 25th. The Zion ladies were most gracious and hospitable hostesses and made the occasion one to be remem bered by all visitors. Delegates from all affiliated societies were present, and their reports showed that during the past year there had been both spiritual and financial growth through, out the Presbyterial. Representatives from the different churches discussed the principal phases of the work for next year, such as Young People's Work, the Progressive Program of the Church, the Auxiliary Circle Plan, needy fields in our Presbytery, Mon treat, and the proposed school for negro girls. The Presbyterial voted to send a contribution to Mrs. Winsbor ough as a beginning of the fund for the negro girls' school. Mr. C. R. Stegall made two interesting ad dresses on his work in Luebo. Miss Vaughan, of the China Inland Mission, conducted the devotional exercises twice each day. Her theme was the Christian's need of the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the efficacy of prayer in obtaining this blessing. The testimony of her personal experience In China and the spiritual application of her Bible teaching were indeed an inspiration to all her hearers. CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI PRESBYTERIAL. Central Presbyterial held its annual meeting at French Camp, Miss., April 21st-23d. Among the distinguished visitors were: Mrs. Charles G. Dean, of Memphis; Dr. J. E, Rennle, of Greenwood; Miss Mary L. Dodson, a returned missionary from Korea, and Miss Annie Dowd, returned missionary from Japan. This was one of the most successful years of our work, and we feel very grateful to our past president, Mrs. Williams, also to Mrs. S. H. McBride, Sr., for her work and display of literature as chairman of prayer bands. The Committee on Recommenda tions respectfully submits the follow ing report: J, That all societies through their Foreign Missionary Secretary use every effort to secure mission instruc tions in all our Sunday schools, set ting apart five minutes each Sunday for mission study. 2. That there be at least one mis sion study class in every congregation, using as text book "Fifty Years in China," by S. I. Woodbridge, 1-). U., one of our own missionaries. 3. That all our societies co-operate with the Assembly's Progressive Cam paign, looking to the payment of all pledges for 1919-20 and to the easy and successful taking of the Every Momber Canvass in March, 1920, ami a church-wide campaign to wipe out our growing deficit of $216,657.61. 4. That we petition the Foreign Mission Committee to restore map to their places in the Prayer Calendar. 5. That we band together in ono largo prayer band and agree to pray at some stated time, say Saturday night, for all our ministers, the Pres byterial and local officers. 6. That each Presbyterial officer send a copy of her letters to the lo cal societies and one to the president of the Presbyterial so that she may be kept in closer touch with all de partments of the work. 7. That the societies of this Pres byterial give their hearty support to the Synodical Visitor, assisting her in every way possible, and that we as sume the responsibility of raising an nually $50 as our share of the ex I.ense. Mrs. S. H. McBride, Mrs. Hugh McGee, Mrs. Ferriss, Committee. The meeting closed Wednesday af ternoon, with the following new offi cers, and selecting Greenwood, Miss., as the next meeting place: Mrs. D. G. McLaurin, Canton, Miss., presi dent; Mrs. Horace Ware, Durant, vice president, and Assembly Home Mis sions, Mrs. C. D. Pepper, Greenwood, secretary; Mrs. Hugh McGee, Jackson, secretary of literature; Mrs. C. H. Alexander, Jackson, secretary Chris tian Education and Ministerial Re lief; Mrs. S. H. McBride, French Canrp, secretary Young People's Work, and Mrs. Houghston, Ackerman, chair man of Prayer Bands. The meeting was largely attended and thoroughly enjoyed by all. VICTORY BOXDS. (A Talk by the Presbyterial Secretary of Young People's Work, Potomac Presbyterial, May 7, 1919, Hancock, Md.) 1 Cor. 15:57: "Thanks be to God who giveth us the VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ." In these days our Government i3 asking us to subscribe to the VIC TORY LOAN as a sort of thank offer ing, to show our gratitude that the fighting is over and the VICTORY won. We are asked to lend to our Uncle Sam, and he promises to pay us back with interest. We are grate ful to Uncle Sam, we trust his prom ises, we know he will pay us back with interest, and we are buying Lib erty Bonds. But shall we stop there? Who gave us the VICTORY? "Thanks be to God, who giveth us the VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ." Shall wo not also bring a thank offering to God? Shall we not lend of our substance to the Lord of the whole earth, who promises to pay us back with interest? Prov. 3:9-10: "Honor the Lord with thy substance and w'th the first fruits of all thine increa3??: so shall thy barns be filled with plenty*" He promises to pour us out such a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it. God does not do business on a 4 per cent, basis. He is more apt to pay 400 per cent. God has given us the VICTORY. VICTORY over what? 1. VICTORY over His enemies ? and ours. Psa. 98:1: "O sing unto the Lord a new song, for he hath done mar velous things: his right hand and his holy arm hath gotten him the VIC TORY." 1 Chron. 29: "Thine, O Lord, is tho greatness and the power and the glory and the VICTORY and the ma jesty; thine is the kingdom. O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all." 2. God has given us the VICTORY over all the circumstances of life ? ? poverty, want, etc. David said in Psa. 37:25: "I have been young and now am old, yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread." 3. God gives us the VICTORY over the world. 1 John 5:4-5: "This is the VIC TORY that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that over cometh the world, but he that believ eth that Jesus is the Son of God?" 4. God gives us the VICTORY over that which would otherwise destroy us in this life and in the life to come ? the VICTORY over sin. Rom. 8:37: "We are more than conquerors through him that loved us." 5. Praise God; He gives us the VICTORY over that last enemy which will be destroyed ? over death. Isa. 25:8: "He will swallow up death in VICTORY, and the Lqrd God will wipe away tears from all faces." 1 Cor. 15:55: "Death is swallowed up in VICTORY. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy VICTORY?" And what shall we render unto the Lord for all his benefits? Shall we not buy VICTORY bonds to the limit? That is, give all that we have and are to him for his glory, knowing that he will richly pay us back and wonderfully reward us. What shall we hold back? It will turn to dust and ashes in our hands. What shall we give? Our time, our money, our hearts, our lives. To gain that per fect liberty which is in Christ Jesus, shall we not with Paul be willing even to give ourselves as the bond slaves of Christ? Can we not say with Paul (Philip pians 3:7): "What things were gain to me those I counted loss for Christ; yea, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and do count them but dung that I may win Christ." Ona Winants Borland. A GLAD TITHTCR. I have observed the tithe about ten years, and I know it has brought many blessings into my life. 1 am a widow, with very small means, but?I realize that the good derived from the tithe does not depend upon any large amounts. It is a great prlviiars as well as a duty to give back to God a part of what He so graciously gives to us, and I find great pleasure and comfort in putting a tenth in tho purse kept solely for that fund. I be lieve God will bless abundantly all who honor Him in this way, and "no good will He withhold from them" that take delight in thus giving to Him. "But my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Chrl9t Jesus." H. A TITHING WOMAN. By Mrs. Hugh H. Hudson. 1 read the notice of your wanting to hear from a woman that tithes. I'm responding quickly, feeling that it has done so much for me that I'd be happy to help any one else into the habit. I began tithing more than fifteen years ago while teaching, and a3 I was located during the college year away from home, I found by this sys tem that 1 not only had enough to send the year around to my homo church, but also to the church, Sun day school, etc., in the college town, and also a surplus for the many calls during a college year at the college itself. After a few years of teaching I married a Presbyterian minister, ami while at first his salary that we both had to live on was less than mine had been, and even that was slow comitig in. There was always some money in the cocoa can, as somehow we adopt ed this tin can to keep the monvv safe. And though it never was al lowed to stay idle very long, it sound ed big echoing around against Ibe tin. And to tell the truth, it looked big, too, to us when we had to scrimp and save or do without personally or for the house. My husband once heard an elderly sainted minister say that his tithe kept him out of the poorhouse many times. So when we were too hard pressed we would borrow from the tin, but making accurate note of it and paying a good rate of interest when we returned it. That can grew to be like the widow's cruise of oil, for often when our purses and pockets were empty, the beggar at the door, the sick per son (whether Presbyterian or not), as well as many other worthy philan thropies, were given their bit from the tin. Later, when the children started in Sunday school, my husband each month gave me my share of the tenth of his income, with the understand ing that the babies' collections should come out of mine, while some of his went to any specially weak place in the whole Presbytery or missions. Now that I'm a widow and every thing Is vastly changed, I find great comfort in knowing God will bless and not look in disdain on my little, as He did bless the widow's mUe. To sum up in the most practical way: (1) I know my approximate income for the year; (2)1 figure ihe tenth of this; (3) I divide this into twelve parts, so as to know the amount for each month's tithe; r 4 ) I divide this into thirds, one-third goes to church expenses, one-third to benevolences and one-third I reserve for Sunday school collections, dues in Mission Society and any other branch of God's work. When requests come I consider them opportunities, and do at least a little for each, though some have to wait a while. I keep books as accurately as I can and as my good husband taught me. After years of tithing, unless I would give more than one-tenth, I'd never do less, for after all it's no set sum, but only as God hath prospered us are we to give. % p The worlds and the treasures that are in them God carries in His hand; but those who love Him He carries in His heart ? the dear children of His love; and that love is round about them, a light from heaven, fairer and aftrer than the beauty of the morn ing.? W. S. Davis.