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LAYMEN, on to Atlanta ! This is the call that is being sent out- to the men of our Church. The Laymen's Conventions of the past have been of wonderful help to the men, to the Church and to the work of our Lord. At first-foreign missions was the only subject con sidered. Then home missions was given con sideration. The result was great increase of interest in these causes. This year a broader view is to be taken of the work of the Church than eve^ before, and all the departments of this work are to be considered. The speakers that have been secured include many of the leaders of our own Church nnd many other able men. It is certain that those who go will be greatly benefited as well as interested. One wise feature about these Conventions is that they are inspirational and educational, and not for the purpose of raising money. No collec tions or subscriptions are taken at them. The management has secured reduced rates on the railroad, as shown on another page of this paper. ? ? . ? CZECHOSLOVAK Protestants are taking advantage of the formation of the new Czecho-Slovak state to strengthen the position of their churches. Within a week from the time of the proclamation of the new state a meeting was held in Prague to arranc* for the calling of a Synod. Each congregate of the Lutheran and Reformed Churches was asked to send its pastor and an elder. Th? re were 260 appointed and 216 attended the meeting. Great joy was expressed that such a gathering could be held. The following resolution was adopted : "The members of the Christian congrega tions of the Lutheran and Reformed Confession of the Czecho-Slovak nation, in Bohemia, Mo ravia, and Silesia unite themselves in one In dependent Bohemian Church. This Church, formed of two different Confessions, unites it self in one and takes the name of 'The Evan gelical Union of Brethren.' It is founded on the Bohemian Confession of 1575, and on the Confession of the Brethren of Bohemia of 1662. By this the new Church desires to show that it considers itself the historical nnd spir itual heir of the Reformation of Bohemia." ? ? ? PARENTS, ps well as boys and girls, are now considering the question of school plfens for next session. There is an idea in the minds of many people that the question as to the school a boy or girl -is to go is not settled until just a few weeks before the be ginning of the new session. That is evidently . h mistake. The father may not have come to a final conclusion until that time, but so much he generally has his way in the end, whether it is the best way or not. The father may then the worse for him. The boy in all probability has decided the question, and, when he does, feel that be had better yield to the boy's wish than to oppose him. But if the father had decided first where the boy ought to go, and then quietly talked that school to the boy, there would have been little difficulty in making him think like the father did. It would indeed be well to begin talking college to a boy long be fore it is time for him to go to college. Thi writer never had to decide what college he wanted to go to. From his earliest childhood his father talked to him about the college that ** he wanted him to go to, and he never had a thought about going elsewhere. The parent should be very careful about the moral and spiritual atmosphere of the school to which he sends his child. Where will he find that better than in the schools owned or controlled by hia Church ? + + ? A PRAYER "Laid on thine altar, O my Lord Divine, Accept this gift to-day for Jesus' sake. I have no jewels to adorn thy shrine, Nor any world-famed sacrifice to make; But here I bring within my trembling hand This will of mine, a thing that seemeth small ? And thou alone, O Lord, canst understand How when 1 yield thee this I yield mine all. "Hidden therein thy searching eye can see Struggles of passion, visions of delight; All that I have or am, or fain would be; Deep loves, fond hopes, and longings infinite. It hath been wet-with tears and dimmed with sighs, Clenched in my grasp till beauty hath it none! Now from thy foot-stool where it vanquished lies, The prayer ascendeth ? may thy will be done! "Take it, O Father, ere my courage fail, And merge it so in thine own will that e'en If in some desperate hour my cries prevail, And thou give back my gift, it may have been So changed, so purified, so fair have grown, So one with thee so filled with peace divine, I may not know or feel it as mine own, But gaining back my will may find it thine." ? * ? WOMEN are not often behind the men in any kind of Church work. The men are going to hold a convention in Atlanta, June 10-12. The women of our Church, realizing the good that will come out of this have planned to hold a Women's Convention in that city at the same time. Many of the great speakers who are to address the men will also speak to the women. This is the first general convention of the kind that the women have undertaken to hold, but they have had many meetings of various kinds, and they know how helpful this will be. Under the leadership of Mrs. Winsborougb it is mire to be a success. Every woman in- the Church who can go there ought to go. Every woman's society and every church ought to see that it is represented. The cost of attending will not be great, and the ben efit to the individual, to the society and to the church will be of untold value. THE General Assembly of the Northern Presbyterian Church for the first time in its history elected an elder as its Moderator at the recent meeting in St. Louis. He was John Willis Baer, well known nil over this country because of his fine work as a leader in the Chris tian Endeavor movement. lie was also at one time Secretary of the Board of Home Missions of his Church. His home is in Passadena, Cal. The Continent of New York says: "The lay moderator did not flinch from the customary duty of preaching on Sunday morning in the Assembly church. Dr. Baer occupied the pul pit of First Church at reerular Sabbath morn ing worship." + + ? GERMANY, as a result of the war. has lost all of its colonial possessions. This pre sents a problem in foreign missions. The Ger; mans have not been allowed to work in these colonies since they were taken over bv the Al lies, and probably will not be allowed f.o do so in the future. The missionary agencies of the Allied countries are doing- what they can to save the work done by German Protestants be fore the war. Germans had also established missions in other countries. In the British Empire they had missions in India and on the Gold Coast of West Africa. In India they had the Basel Mission on the western coast. When the Germans left, most of the Christian com munity united with the South India United Church, which had been formed by the union of Presbyterian and Congregational Churches in connection with the London, Scottish and American Missions. On the African Gold Coast the United Free Church of Scotland took over the work of the German Mission at, a cost of about $20,000 a year. In German East Africa and in German Southwest Africa the problem has not yet been solved. At present these colonies are in the hands of the British, but the final disposition of them depends upon the Peace Council. Under these conditions no permanent work can be undertaken, but the British are trying to supply the needs as far as possible. The Scotch Presbyterian Societies are doing most of the work of supplying the help needed in these fie^ls. + ? + SUBSTITUTES for the saloon are being sought in many communities, and they are very much needed. Many men have little to j occupy their minds or time when not at work. Man is a social being. The social feature of the saloon was one of its most attractive fea tures to many of its patrons. What can now be done to supply this need without the evil of the saloon? Those who can solve this prob lem will do much for the betterment of out country. We would like to hear from any ci our readers who have suggestions on this sub ject.