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woman will subscribe to secular mag azines while the religious publications will be neglected. x Mrs. Crist, representing an old mountain woman, portrayed the pa thetic eagerness often displayed by the poor mountain folk for the bless ings of education and a knowledge of Christ, while Mrs. Flemming, with a group of the little tots from thd Syrian Mission, roused the interest of all who beheld them. Every one who spent the day in the communion of prayer and song felt the inspiration that always comes "where two or three are gathered to gether"; and also felt the call to re newed effort and redoubled energy. To Mrs. J. R. Thompson, who gave unstintedly of her time, so un weariedly of her efTorts, who counted no trouble too great, must be given the highest Upraise for the beautiful program and the success of the day. r ? Central Presbyterian Weekly. ATLANTA, GA. The Woman's Auxiliary of the West End church observed Hopie Mission Week in an all-day gathering at the church on Wednesday, November 19th. There was an attendance of forty-two and the time was largely occupied in a comprehensive review of the Mission Study book, "Chris tianizing Christendom," which was followed with the intensest interest by all present. Several musical num bers were "enjoyed and a delicious lunch was served at the noon hour. At the close of the meeting an offer ing was taken for the proposed School for Colored Girls, for which funds are being gathered. A circle was recent ly organized by the business women of the* church and the response has been very gratifying. There were thirty-two present at the last meet ing and enthusiastic plans were made for future work. .The communion of the Lord's Supper^ was observed No^ vember 23d, and a large congregation was in attendance. There were thir teen persons received into the mem-, bership of the church, Ave of whom Joined by profession of faith and were baptized. LITTLE ROCK, ARK. Monday, November 24th, was ob served by the ladies, of the Central church as "All-Day Meeting," when they met with Mrs. Lawson, and an all day's program was given, with re freshments served by the ladies at noon. The program consisted of Scripture reading, songs, prayer and the study of "Christianizing Christen dom," by Dr. Morris. The book was taken up chapter by chapter: Chap ters 1 and 2, "Christianity and Chris tendom," were reviewed by Mrs. J. E. Crozier; chapter 3, "Christianity and the World War," ' was reviewed by Mrs. Lawson; chapter 4, "Chris tianity and the New Crisis," by Miss Florence Porter; chapter 6, "Chris tianity and the Race Problem," was reviewed by Mrs. R. W. McLaughlin; chapter 6, "Christianity and the New Era," was reviewed by Miss Delia McCorkle. At the conclusion of the program a free will offering was taken, amounting to $46. It was a great day, and one long to be remem bered by all who were present. THE SEED AND ITS POWER. I was eating a piece of watermelon some months, ago and was struck with its beauty. I took some of the seeds and dried them and weighed them and found that it would require some Ave thousand seeds to weigh a pound; and then I applied mathema tics to that forty-pound melon. One of the seeds, put *lnto the ground, when warmed by the sun and moist ened by the rain, takes off its coat and goes to work; it gathers from somewhere two hundred thousand times its own wefght, and, forcing this raw material through a tiny stem, constructs a watermelon. It ornaments the outside with a cover ing of green; inside the green it puts a layer of white, and within the white a core of red, and all through the red it scatters seeds, each one capa ble of continuing the work of repro duction. What architect drew the plan? Where does the little seed get its tremendous power? Where does it And its coloring matter? How does it collect its flavoring extract? How does it build a watermelon? Until you can explain a watermelon, do not be too sure that you can set limits to the power of the Almighty and say just what He can do or how He would do it. I cannot explain the water melon, but I eat it and enjoy it. ? W. J. Bryan. GIFTS IN VIRGINIA FOR BRICK HOUSES IN AFRICA. Lexington Presbytery: New Provi dence, $115; Lexington Women's Mis sionary Assocition, $72; Murat (Mrs Tardy), $5; Mount Carmel Woman's Auxiliary, $50; Waynesboro Homa and Foreign Missionary Soeiety, $25. Total, $267. West Hanover Presbytery: Lane's THE SUNDAY SCHOOL A CHRISTMAS LESSON ? THE PRINCE Ofr PEACE. Isa. 11:1-10; Matt. 2:1-12; Luke 2:8-14. Dec. 21, 1919. Golden Text: Thou shalt call his name Jesus; for it is he that shall save his people from their sins. ? Matt. 1:21. Primary Topic: The Wise Men Visit the Baby Jesus. Lesson Material: Matt. 2:1-12. Memory Verse: We saw his star In the east and are come to worship him. ? Matt. 2:2. Junior Topic: Bringing Gifts to Jesus. Lesson Material: Same as Primary. Memory Verse: Matt. 2:11. Intermediate Topic: Tho Reign of the Prince of Peace. ? Senior and Adult Topic: CondRions of Permanent World Peace. ' In the preceding chapter the proph et had spoken of the destruction of Assyria, which would be like the cut ting down of a great cedar of Leba non. When a cedar is cut down it puts up no sprouts. It should not be so, said the prophet, with Israel. CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR YOUR FRIENDS If she is a busy church worker send her THE PRESBYTERIAN OP THE SOUTH. On the Woman's Page she will tind many helps that will save hor much time and trouble. Her work will be easier and more efficient. If she is not yet a real worker, the paper will help you to interest her in all the phases of the Church's work. If he. or she. is one of the little folks send THE IJTTLe JETTS TELUNG BIBLE STORIES. All the children are delighted with these stories for every Sunday in the year. They are a wonderful help to mother or Sunday-school teacher in telling stories. We will send the paper to a new subscriber and the book to the same or different address for only $2.00, which Is the regular price of THE PRESBYTERIAN OP THE SOUTH. A suitable card will be sent you to be forwarded to .your friend showing that you are sending her the paper. Chapel, $10; College 4 church, $75.50; Charlottesville, $60. Total, $145.50. Winchester Presbytery: Keyser L. M. S., $35; Berryville Missionary So ciety, $15; Moorefleld, $5; Piedmont (three people), $10; Springfield L. M. S., $10;. Friends, $15; Ivanhoe, $5; Romney L?. H. & P. Missionary Society, $21.50; Nineveh Ladies' Aux iliary, $10; Charles Town L. M. S., $12. Total, $138.50. Roanoke Presbytery: Mrs. Clark, $5; Mrs. Owen. $5. Total, $10. Norfolk Presbytery: Miss Good ridge, $5. Miscellaneous: Miss Laldley, Charleston, W. 'Va., $50; Mrs. Hunt, $5; Miss Anderson, $3; a friend,. $1. Grand total, $625. Keep a brave spirit, and never de spair; Hope brings you messages through the keen air ? God is victorious ? God everywhere. ? Anon. The very soul of our religion is missionary, progressive, world em bracing; it would ceaBe to exist If it ceased to be missionary.? Max Mul len. There fa no woman whose gifts are so meager, whose opportunities are so restricted, that she cannot take some part in giving the Word of God to the world. ? Selected. Though it might seem to be cut down, yet life would remain and a shoot would put forth. He speaks of the house of Jesse, the father of David, whose son it was said should be the Messiah. "The Spirit of Jehovah shall rest upon him." This prophecy was ful filled outwardly at the time of his baptism, and really all through his life. The Spirit has all the attributes of God and is himself ^vine. Verses 3 to 5 describe this branch of Jesse, as he shall be when fie comes. In the fear of the Lord, he will be a righteous judge and yet he will punish thdse who deserve punish ment. Righteousness and faithful ness shall be his characteristics. In his kingdom (verses 6-9) there shall be peace, even where it would be natural to expect enmity. The animals here mentioned represent the people who will be brought into the kingdom of the Saviour. Those who are by nature, hostile will prove to be peaceful, for their King will be the Prince of Peace. From the time of this prophecy on through the centuries the people of Ood were looking for the coming of the Messiah, sometimes with greater, sometimes with less faith and confi dence. "Perhaps this hope was never at a lower ebb than when the Roman power was ruthlessly grinding the na tion down into the dust. But sudden ly at this darkest hour a blinding light burst through the floor of hea ven and shepherds ran about an nouncing that the Messiah was born! Who can imagine the surprise, won der, the overwhelming amazement this news created? How many were eager to go to Bethlehem and see this thing that had come to pass!" ? J. H. Snowden, in A Wonderful Night. God had often sent messages to the people of the world by prophets, but the message of the coming of His Son he sent by angels. An angel had spoken to Mary and one to Joseph in the quiet of their homes, telling of the coming of Mary's son. But now that he had come, a whole band of angels were sent to announce this fact that is the most wonderful that has ever been announced to men. This message was not sent first to the high priests or other great men, but to a few humble ?shepherds, who were watching there by night on the Judean hills near to the town of Beth lehem. God 8 1 i 1 1 often uses humble men to do great things, and to be , the messengers of His will. It is not surprising that these men were frightened. Any one of us would probably have had very much the same feelings. It seems strange that God's people should have any fear of angels, for they are God's messengers of blessing to His people. Our fear comes from the consciousness of their holiness and our sinfulness. When the shepherds heard the mes sage of the angels their fear soon turned into joy and rejoicing, and immediately they set out to find their Saviour. Away off in the Far East to a peo ple of whom we know nothing God sent this same message, though It may . not have been delivered in the same way. However it came, it told at least three of the wise men of that people that the Messiah had come. It would be a matter of great interest to us to know who these peo ple were. Did they belong to the lost tribes of. Israel, who had been carried into Babylon in the captivity, and who did not return to Canaan when' .their brethren returned? Had th6y kept up the worship of God and the reading and Btudy% of God's word? How did God tell them that the star was to guide them to the Saviour? Did any. one else see that strange star, or was it visible only to them. What became of these wise men and their people? Can any trace of them be found today or in the history of the ages since that day? These are Interesting questions and their solution would give us much satisfaction, but God has left them all unsolved, so that we may fix our thoughts upon a far more important subject, that of the course pursued by these wise men. Just as soon as they heard of the Saviour's conling, though they knew that he was only a little babe, they went at once to worship him. They did not stop to consider the distance they had to go, nor the fatigue nor the cost of the journey. Their supreme thought and desire was to bow at the feet of this Babe and worship him as the Savior of the sinners. They were not witt ing Just to rencfer him the worship of their lips. They could not stay long to serve himL so they brought rich treasures to him. Doubtless this was God's plan to provide for the stay of Jesus and his parents In their exile in Egypt. We should not let any inconve nience or cost keep. us from worship ping the Saviour, and we should real ize that every gift we make to him 14 Just as really an act of -worship as are our prayers or any other ser vice we can render unto him.