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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, November 12, 1919, Image 11

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PRAYER MEETING.
? (Continued from page 7)
by Satan and sin. It does not mat
ter whether they are our kinspeople,
or are foreigners and strangers. If
they have been wounded they need
our help. If we love God. we will
for His sake do all that we can for
all (hose for whom Christ died.
This Samaritan showed his love for
his neighbor in two ways; first by
personal service and then by the gift
of money. The first thing we ought
to do for those in need of help is to
render them personal service. This
can be done by going personally to
the unsaved and telling them of the
way of life through Jesus. They can
be reached with Bibles, good books
and good papers. Sunday schools can
and ought to be established in many
communities which are in reach of
the churches. We heard a short time
ago of a church that had eight mis
sion schools conducted by its mem
bers. The result was that several
hundred grown people and children
were being taught the Bible who
would nave known little of it other
wise. In addition to this the Chris
tian life and character of the work
ers was being greatly benefited.
There is many a home and com
munity in which prayer meetings can
be held to the great delight and profit
of the people, and with great benefit
to those who conduct them.
No doubt the Good Samaritan was
a better man after he helped the
man in need. Let every Christian
look about him and find the neighbor
in need and go help him, and in turn
be helped himself.
YOUNG PEOPLE'S SOCIETIES
PRACTICING THANKSGIVING.
M., Nov. 17. Sacrifices of praise. Heb. 13:10-16.
T., Nov. IS. Thanking in worship. Ph. 100:1-5.
W., Nov. 19. Thanking by serving. 1 Thess. 5:11-23.
T., Nov. 20. Thanking by transformation. 1 John 3:
1-10.
F., Nov. 21. Thanking by generosity. T.ov. 25:17-34.
8:, Nov. 22. A thankful heart. Luke 17:11-19.
? S., Nov. 23. Topic ? How May We Practice* Thanks
giving? Eph. 5:20; Ps. 67:1-7.
(Thanksgiving meeting.)
How may we cultivate a thankful npirilt
What good ran we do at Tha-nksgiringt
H'Aal is the advantage of generonityf ?
Sacrifices of Praise: Praise and
thanksgiving occupy a very important
place in the Bible and in the religion
of God. It was prominent in the old
Temple service in the( psalms and
hymns that were sung and in the
ihunk offerings that were made. We
ought to offer the sacrifices of praise
in our worship. When we sing we
ought to remember that the prime ob
ject should be to praise God. For
this reason we should all sing, and
sing like we are in earnest. Youn^
people sing their school and college
songs with enthusiasm and then go
to church and are afraid to let their
voices be heard.
Thanking in Worship: Thanksgiv
ing ought to have a very prominent
part in our worship, both private and
public. When we realize how much
we have lo be thankful for we are
ingrates, if we do not thank God for
His many mercies and blessings. All
that we have comes from God, and
we ought therefore to thank Him for
all things We can do this in our
prayers, in our songs, in our lives.
Thanking by Serving: When some
one has done us a kindness, one of
Ihe first things that enters our minds
is the question, What can 1 do in re
turn? We ought to be just as so
licitous as to thanking God. We can
do this by doing two things He wants
us to do. He wants us to live lives
that will be what He has planned for
them to be, and He wants us to work
to bring others to Him.
Thanking by Transform '.f!on: Our
hearts are stained with sin, and so
they are repulsive to God. If we
would show Him our thankfulness for
all that He has done for us, our hearts
ought to be changed by being washed
in the blood of Christ and so be made
acceptable to Him for His service.
Thanking by Generosity: When wo
have received a gift we like to re
turn a gift either to the one who
has made us the present or to some
one connected with him. We cannot
make our gift to God, but He says:
"Inasmuch as ye have done it to one
of the least of these my brethren, ye
have done it unto mo." Let us show
our thankfulness by serving God's lit
tle brothers and sisters.
Thanking by Generosity: When we
think of how much God has given us
in the gift of His Son, we ought to
be, not only willing, but anxious to
give to Him whatever we can. We
can give Him our hearts, our lives,
our prayers, our money. They all can
be used by Him.
A T'mnkful Heart: So often wc
receive God's blessings as a matter of
course and they do not get down to
our hearts. We receive. them and en
joy them and profit by them, but wo
do not thank God by word or deed.
The one leper realized what a bless
ing he had received, and his heart
gave him no rest till he went back
and thanked his Benefactor. Too
many are like the other nine whor.a
hearts were not reached.
How May We Practice Thanksgiv
ing? "All the people" should praise
God, "giving thanks alwayr? for all
things." Whatever we receive at
God's hands we should thank Him
for. Most people recognize the duty
of thanking Him for blessings. Put
not many feel that they ought to
thank God for troubles, sorrows, af
fliction, sickness. A man said: "I
thank God for laying me on this bed
of sickness, for it has given me time
to think, and I have seen how far 1
have lived from God, and He has
helped me to get nearer to ITim." We
thank the physician for what he does
for us to make us well, though he
may give us bitter medicine or per
form a painful operation. "All things
work together for good to them that
love God, to them that are called
according to His purpose."
How May We Cultivate a Thankful
Spirit? By thinking of how much we
have to bo thankful for, and by form
ing the habit of expressing our
thanks, both to our fellowmen and
to God.
What Good Can We Do at Thanks
Riving? We can show our thankful
ness by making other people thank
ful for some kindness we have dono
them.
What Is the Advantage of Gener
osity? We bless others and ourselves
when we give to others. "It is more
blessed to give than to receive." Giv
ing and receiving are each a blessing,
but giving is the great blessing
A SURVEY OF ASSEMBLY'S HOMl
MSSIONS.
For Home Mission Week, November
10th-23d.
The populati6n of the Southern
States, which constitutes our Home
Mission field, is 36,000,000. Of this
number not more than about 13,000.
000 are members of any church, Pro
testant or Catholic. There are 2-1,
000,000 people of all ages, classes
and conditions within the bounds of
our Assembly who have no church
connection whatever.
The work may oe divided as fol
lows:
Evangelistic: The committee aids
in the support of four general, three
regional, three synodical and ten
preshyterial workers, including evan
gelists for foreigners, for negroes, lor
mountaineers and for Indians.
Church Krection: The first need, of
a new organization is a house
of worship. Very few are able to
build without assistance. The Home
Mission Committee is the channel
through which the needed help is sup
plied. As far as possible each new
church is assisted by a loan or dona
lion to secure an inexpensive build
ing. A loan of a few hundred dol
lars, or a small gift, oftentimes as
sures the success of a mission church.
Sustontnt ion: It is the duty and
the privilege of the Assembly through
the Home Mission Committee to co
operate with the presbyteries in maiu
taining churches in ? communities
which otherwise would be without re
ligious services, \mtil these churches
can be brought to a self-supporting
basis.
It is estimated that four-fifths or
our churches, including many of the
strongest and most influential of oui
denomination, at some time received
help from a Home Mission treasury.
Mountain Missions: In the moan
tain sections of the South there are
4,000,000 Anglo-Saxon people locked
up in the mountain coves and fast
nesses, poor and illiterate,- sadly need
ing our help. For their education
and religious instruction the commit
tee aids in the support of thirty-two
academies, schools and missions, with
125 teachers; and numbers of minis
ters are taking the gospel to hun
dreds of remote mountain places.
Colored Evangelization: This de
partment embraces all the work of
the Snedecor Memorial Synod, with
thirty-five ordained colored minis
ters, serving seventy-one churches
and missions; Stillman Institute,
Tuscaloosa, Ala., for training colored
ministers and missionaries; Preston
Street Mission, Louisville, Ky.; Sev
enteenth Street Mission, Richmond,
Va.; the Frazier Street Mission, At
lanta, Ga.; and numerous primary and
parochial schools, and represents the
entire effort of the Southern Presby
terian Church for thp colored race.
Foreign Speaking: Among the for
eign speaking peoples, thirty-eight
missionaries are preaching and min
istering to the following nationali
ties: Bohemian, Chinese, Cuban,
French, Hungarian, Italian, Mexican,
Polish, Russian, Syrian. This work
can truthfully be designated as "For
eign Missions at Home." Millions are
here. After the war millions more
will come. How better can we preach
the gospel to the whole world than
by preaching it to the representatives
of the whole world gathered at our
very doors?
Indian Missions: With the excep
tion of a church and school for the
Alabama Indians at Kiam, Tex., the
work of our Church for the Indians
is embraced in the Indian Presbytery,
of Oklahoma, with sixteen workers
serving twenty churches. Oklahoma
Presbyterian College, at Durant, the
most prominent missionary institution
in the Assembly, has eleven teachers
and over 140 students.
Jewish Missions: The Assembly at
New Orleans, in response to several
overtures, instructed the Executive
Committee to make careful examina
tion into the matter of Jewish evan
gelization. with a view to undertnlc
ing a work for this people.
The Assembly also approved a plan
of co-operation with the Presbyterian
Church, U. S A., in the support of a
Jewish mission in some one of our
border cities.
Funds Needed: While the amount
apportioned by the General Assembly
for its Home Mission work for iho
year 1919-1920 is $570,000, the ac
tual need of the committee is much
larger.
The Synod of Texas met at Com
merce, Tex., October 16, 1919, 8 P.
M. The opening sermon was oreached
by Rev. S. E. Chandler, D. D.~, the re
tiring Moderator.
Attendance: The attendance was
not as good as usual, there being
only eighty-five ministers and twenty
nine ruling elders present. This was
duo to a number of causes. The
weather was very unfavorable. The
place of meeting was in the extreme
northern part of the State.
Officers: Rev. T. A. Wharton, D.
D., was chosen Moderator; Rev. T.
L. Green, Temporary Clerk; Rev. G.
B. Hall, Reading Clek, and Rev. T.
O. Perrin. D Press Reporter.
Closer Relations: The Synod spent
much time on the matter of electing
the representative of the Synod on
the Ad Interim Committee of the
General Assembly on Closer Rela
tions. Rev. T. A. Wharton, D. D?
was chosen the Synod's representative
on the first ballot. Rev. Robert Hill,
D. D., was elected as alternate.
Education : The all-absorbing ques
tion before the Synod was its educa
tional work. The colleges all report
ed a great increase in attendance.
The Executive Committee on Schools
and Colleges presented a very full
and elaborate report of their work
during the past year. Very satisfac
tory progress lias been made in the
raising of the $1,325,000 for educa
tion. Something like- $500,000 has
been subscribed. New and large sub
scriptions are promised in the next
few weeks, which will swell this
amount very largely. The Synod was
very much gratified with the work
done by the committee, especially at
the very low cost of the campaign,
being ony about 6 per cent. This
due to the fact that a number of our
ministers gave their valuable time
without salary for a period of from
Ahree to four months. A strenuous
effort is to be made to complete the
campaign at least by June, 1920, and
possibly by January, 1920.
The Synod most heartily endorsed
the work of the Executive Committee
on Schools and Colleges and urged all
our ministers, officers and members
to get behind the campaign and push
it to a successful conclusion. The
Synod was gratified to learn that
about $4 0,000 had been secured in
subscriptions to the endowment of the
Theological Seminary.
Amendment to Charters: The Synod
ordered the Board of Trustees of each
school to amend their charters so
that no part of the endowment funds
or properties can ever be used for
expenses or in any way diverted from
the expressed purpose of the donors,
or as security for debts.
I?r. Sweets: Rev. Henry H. Sweets,
D. D., Permanent Clerk, resigned,
having accented the pastorate of the
church at Hugo, Okla. Appropriate
resolutions were adopted. Rev. S J.
Murray was elected Permanent Clerk.
Benevolent Causes: Full reports
were made by the committees cover
ing all the benevolences of the church
at large and in the Synod.
The Home Mission Committee re
ported that it had carried out the
order of the last Synod and had erect
ed a new Mexican fie\d out of some
of the Presbyteries in the northern
part of the State, and had elected
Rev. W. S. Scott as the evangelist.
This work is maintained by contribu
tions from the Presbyteries concerned
and by the Assembly's Home Mission
Committee.
Systematic "Beneficence Committee:
The Synod nominated the following
as members of the Assembly's Sys
tematic Beneficence Committee: Rev.
Brooks I. Dickev, D. D., principal:
Rev. J. C. Oi'hler, D. D. , alternate.
Ruling Elder P. L. Russell, principal;
?Ruling Elder H. L. Moseley, alter
nate.
Home and School for Orphans: S>
nod took from the docket the report
of the Ad Interim Committee on the
Home and School, made to the last
Synod, and adopted the following rec
ommendations:
1. That for the present the home
and school be maintained at its pres
ent location. '
2. That from the evidence submit
ted the Synod finds itself free both
morally and legally to remove the
home and school from its present lo
cation should such removal seem for

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