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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, July 30, 1919, Image 11

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you have written and to whom you
refer feel as 1 do towards the cause
for which you plead, you will find 110
difficulty in having favorable re
spouses, and that you will soon get
the sum for which you ask. 1 take
great pleasure in enclosing check for
$ I 'to, and assure you it gives 1110 plea
sure to send it. It is a magnificent
"work upon which you have entered,
and one very much needed."
The annual meeting of the Win
chester Presbyterial Auxiliary was
held in the Presbyterian church, Win
chester, Va., where it was organized
thirteen years ago, the thirteenth
meeting proving to be its "lucky
number." The attendance of officers
and delegates was fine, the enrollment
showing it was the largest meeting
ever held by the organization.
There were present nine officers and
forty-two delegates, representing six
teen of the seventeen adult societies
and seven of the eight young peo
ple's societies enrolled. A large num
ber of visitors from neighboring towns
were present each day.
An unusually fine program was ren
dered. every session being full of in
terest and helpful suggestions for
more efficient service.
The following resolutions were
1. That the constitution be changed
to conform with Synodical plan of
election of officers.
* 2. That the Presbyterial pay the
way of two officers to meeting of Sy
nodical Auxiliary and send the presi
dent to Montreat Conference.
3. That all local societies be called
"The Woman's Auxiliary of
4. That the local auxiliaries and
young people's societies have at least
one representative at Presbyterial
r>. That the local auxiliaries in
their narrative reports answer the fol
lowing questions:
(a) Name of church.
(b) Name of society.
(c) In what are you most success
(d) What suggestions can you make
that might aid other workers?
(e) What are the most interesting
things you have done this year?
(f) What is your greatest need?
(g) What plans are you using to
develop stewardship and spirituality?
(h) How much will your Auxiliary
contribute during the coming year for
the Home for Returned Missionaries?
f?. That all the secretaries of causes
keep a record of amounts contributed.
7. That we adopt as our Standard
of Excellence every local auxiliary
giving to all causes, according to per
centages as suggested by Winchester
Presbytery; having a Mission Study
Class and a Prayer Band.
The reports from secretaries were
most encouraging, showing gratifying
results in gifts to all causes and In
creased interest in missions, the gifts
of all the societies being almost dou
ble the amount contributed last year.
Tno narrative reports of societies
wero especially helpful, as they told
of plans for work and methods used.
At the opening session Monday
evening the devotional service was
conducted by Rev. J. H. Lacy, D. D.,
pastor of the church. After extend
ing a cordial welcome the speaker.
Rev. D. K. Walthall. D. D., Waynes
boro, Va., was introduced. TUs ad
dress on Home Missions was the most
inspiring feature of the meeting.
After the close of this service a
delightful reception was given in th3
church parlor by tho young people of
the church.
The business session was opened
Tuesday morning by the president,
Mrs. B. 13. McCann. The devotional
was led by our much beloved Mrs. "?V.
J. Webster. Her talk on "Steward
ship" was so earnest and' spiritual
that it was truly a fit preparation for
the work before us, stewardship beins
the theme adopted for the year.
We were honored in having our Sy
nodical president, Mrs. S. D. Walton,
of Farmville, Va., with us through
most of tho sessions. Her address,
"Milestones of Progress," was listened
to with keen interest as she told of
tho work before the women of the
Church. Iler plea for a school for
negro girls and the home for returned
missionaries was heard and acted
upon. Miss Sallie Boyd was appoint
ed chairman of the school for negro
girls and Mrs. Mollie Folk as chair
man uf the home for returned mis
Others who gave helpful and in
spirational talks were: Mrs. Charles
Sliawhan, of Mobile, Ala., who gave
instructions in Parliamentary law and
its place in churches, citing 1 Cor.
14:40, "Let all things be done de
cently and in order"; Mrs. H. C. Os
trom. Japan, who told of Japanese
women from childhood to woman
hood; and Mrs. William MacDonald,
Keyser, W. Va., who gave a most im
pressive address on serving.
The Wednesday afternoon session
was given over to the young people's
work. Their efficient young secretary,
Miss Velda Noland, conducted the
meeting. Excellent reports of the
work were read, showing an increase
over last year in gifts and in number
of new societies enrolled.
A Japanese play was then present
ed by the young people of the Win
chester missions bands, which was
very entertaining. The songs by the
little folks were especially pleasing.
The gracious hospitality extended
by the church people was sincerely ap
preciated and will long be Amem
bored. Delicious luncheons were
served in church parlor each day.
Invitations for the meeting in 1920
were received from three societies.
The next meeting will be held at
Charles Town, W. Va.
Mrs. R. C. Criswell, Secretary.
August 10, 1919.
Acts 16:9.15; Jas. 5:19, 20.
Golden Text: Ye shall bo my wit
nesses both in Jerusalem, and in all
Judaea and Samaria, and unto the ut
termost part of the earth. ? Acts 1:8.
Additional Material for Teachers:
Luke 10:1-10; John 3:1-16; 4:27-38;
Acts 20:17-21; 28:30, 31.
Primary Topic: Helping Others to
Know Jesus.
Lesson Material: Acta 16:9-15.
Memory Verse: Ye shall be my wit
nesses. ? Acts 1:8.
Junior Topic: Telling Our Friends
About Jesus. ->
Lesson Material: John 1:40-46;
Acts 16:9-15.
Memory Verse: John 1:41.
Intermediate Topic: Witnessing for
Senior and Adult Topic: Persona!
Evangelism the Duty and Privilege of
All Christians.
Additional Material: Dan. 12:2, 3;
John 3:1-16; 4:4-42; 9:35-38; Acts
20:47-21; 1 Cor. 9:20-22; Phil. 10:
"He that wlnneth souls is wise." ?
Prov. 11:30, "And they that bo vise
shall shine as the brightness of the
Armament; and they that turn many
to righteousness as the stars for ever
and ever."? Dan. 12:3. We have h<5re
the greatest inducement to win souls
for Christ. We aro to receive a hea
venly blessing the glory of which shall
last throughout eternity.
In the passages selected foF our
study we have several instances of the
way in which souls have been won for
The first (John 1:40-42) is an il
lustration of quiet personal work.
When Andrew had found the Saviour
he went at once to find his brother
Peter, and brought him to Jesus.
Here arc some things to be noticed
about Andrew. He was interested in
Jesus, lie bad gone to him and had
found out that he was the Messiah or
Saviour, lie was also interested in
his brother Peter. He wanted him to
share the great blessing he had re
ceived. lie had something to tell
Peter. He may have told him what
John the Baptist had said, but he
certainly told Peter his own experi
ence. He had been with Jesus and
was convinced that he was the Mes
The very best that we can do to
win others is just to give them our
own experience. Let them see by our
lives that we have been to Jesus and
have been changed by him. Then just
quietly talk to them about what we
have gained by taking Jesus as our
Saviour. And then say to them,
"Come and see."
A second instance of winning souls
is that in which Paul was concerned.
This was a public case by a preacher.
Paul had mapped out a certain itine
rary in Asia Minor, but God did not
permit him to carry out his plan. He
sent him on to Troas. situated near
the entrance to the Hellespont, now
known aB the Dardanelles, the nar
row strait that separates Asia from
Led by God's command given
through a vision, Paul started on the
journey that was to carry the gospel
for the first time into Europe. Paul
had preached in many heathen cities,
which was really foreign mission
work. But he launched out into a
new feature of this foreign work
when he went into a new continent
to carry the message of salvation.
This was the beginning of the Chris
tianizing of Europe.
The man who says that he does
not believe in foreign missions should
ask himself the question: "If it had
not been for foreign missions, what
would be my condition today? Would
I be one of the highly civilized peo
ple of Rome or Greece, bowing down
to idols and engaging in the most sen
sual kinds of worship, or would I
have been a member of one of the
tribes of Western Europe, offering
human sacrifices to their devilish
Paul went on until he came to
Phllippl. There he began with those
whom he could reach most easily with
the gospel. He did not try to gather
a great crowd. He Just preached to
and taught a small band of women
gathered on the river bank, telling
them of Jesus. His teaching was suc
cessful and souls were won for Christ.
One of the striking facts about the
reports in the Bible of winning souls
for Christ is that in almost all canes
the account is given of winning just
one or two at a time. This ought to
be an encouragement for each of us
to obey Christ's command and bear
witness for him.
The great reason for doing this is
that by winning a soul to Christ its
sins aro covered by the blood of the
crucified Saviour, and it is given life
eternal. This soul will be saved from
hell with its eternal punishment, and
It will be saved for heaven with Its
eternal blessedness and happiness.
Docs It not pay to win souls?
Toodlos was a San Francisco boy
who had 110 other name, no home,
not much of anything in lact. He
liked the Sunday school and counted
it among the luxuries of his life. He
was most diligent in bringing in
others to hear the good news about
Jesus the Christ. Ho brought more
boys into the Sunday school than did
any other member, even among the
teachers. And his recruits, brought
in from among his own chums, he re
garded as under his care, and they
looked to him as their leader and rep
Then- came the earthquake and the
lire. "The church olj eight hundred
me milters seems to have disappeared
in a night. There was ha?ily a mem
ber whose home was not burned and
whose business was not destroyed.
Scores of them left the city, and hun
dreds removed to other portions of the
town or to the suburbs, or camped
in the parks and slept among the
graves in the cemeteries. The beau
tiful walls of the church stood cracked
by the earthquake and blackened by
the fire.
"In time a temporary place of meet
ing was found, and a Sunday service
was held, a pathetic contrast to the
overflowing services of the days be
fore'the disaster. The Sunday school
was reorganized on the same day. A
pitiful handful of children appeared,
and the question was what to do.
Could the boys and girls ever be
found? Could enough of them be as
sembled to make a Sunday school in
the heart of the burned district?
"Then entered Toodles. He had
walked thirty-nine blocks to get there,
and was late. But the school Infor
mally resolved itself into a session
with Toodles. There was not a camp
within or about the city which he
had not visited, and he knew Just
who were there. He was able to give
lists from memory of more of the
church families than even the njlnls
ter knew. He knew where the boys
"The minister and the superinten
dent and the teachers got out their
note books and sat at the feet of Too
dles. Among the most encouraging
facts in the reorganization of that
Sunday school was the practical as
sistance given by. this waif. And the
minister said, 'Brethren, it always
pays to help a boy; you never know
how soon he will be able to help you.
Who of us supposed when we took
this little lad ofT the street and gave
him what we could in the Master'3
name, that so soon we should find
him one of our best helpers?' Thoy
thanked God for Toodles, and took
courage." ? Tarbell.
It takes two boys to -fly a kite.
When John has the kite all made, he
must call his chum to hold it. The
chum is a stafrter. He holds It steady,
and at the word gives it a little push,
and up it goes.
Speak to that kite that is soaring
high above our heads: "Tell us how
you got up so high. How did It hap
pen?" This is the answer:: "I was
out in the field lying on the ground.
I felt a gentle pull, but I could not
get up, then I felt a firm hand take
hold of me and lift me up. Next
there came a pull, and this same han.l
gave me a gentle push and up I went,
all the time feeling the pull." That
firm hand was the starter.
Do you see that man high up above
his fellowmen? Jf you are told hiJ

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