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250 IN CASH PRIZES
Through the kindness of friends we are enabled to offer liberal induce ments for securing your help in the prosecution of our work. For the best program, blackboard talk, playlet or pageant on the work of the various Departments of Chris tian Education and Ministerial Relief, the following prizes are offered: Prize 1. $10 on Christian Education ? Show ing the fundamental need of the Church for Christian schools, colleges and theological seminaries to train the future leaders. $f? for the next best. $2.50 for the third. Prize 2. $10 on Recruiting ? Calling atten tion of the Church to the imperative need of a large increase in the num ber of ministers for the fields at home and abroad, and of doctors, nurses, teachers, business managers, etc., and for the adequate training of these $5 for the next best. $2.50 for the third. Prize 3. $10 on Education for the Ministry and Mission Service ? Showing the motive, preparation and opportunities offered the? youth of the Church for full time Christian service. , $5 for the next best. $2.50 for the third. Prize 4. $10 on the Responsibility of the Church for the Religious Nurture of the Youth From Presbyterian Homes Who Are Attending the State Insti tutions of Higher Learning ? One out of every six or eight of the students in the State universities is from a Presbyterian home. $5 for the next best. $2.50 for the third. Prize 5. $10 on the Student Loan Fund ? Revealing the blessing of this fund which enables the boys and girls of approved character and ability from poor homes of our Church to receive preparation for life's work in our Presbvterian colleges ? explaining the "Memorial Scholarships" held in thi* fund. S6 for the next best. $2.50 for the third. Prize C. $10 on Ministerial Relief ? Express ing the sacred duty of the Church to provide for its faithful and underpaid ministers and missionaries when sick ness or old age cut them off from labor and income, and for the needy widows and orphans of those who have died. $5 for the next best. $2.50 for the third. Prize 7. $10 on the Endowment Fund of Ministerial Relief ? Emphasizing the need of a permanent fund, the inter est from which ? together with tho enlarged annual offerings of the peo ple ? will enable the Church to care for its old preachers and their fam ilies in a manner and with a cer ( Continued from page 4) A UNIQUE FIGUIIK. skill. They had not the plasterers' technique. Neither could they employ a plasterer, for all were working for the government under contract on the emergency war buildings. They faced failure. They were told their frame structure would have to come down. They prayed. Mr. Bird looked around, noticed in the paper that the Plas terers' Union had gone on a strike. He went down to Ninth and F Streets, where they were massed on the side tainty never possible in -the past. Showing also the opportunity of erect ing "memorials" in this fund. $5 for the next best. $2.60 for the third. Prize 8. $10 on Life Annuity Bonds ? Ex plaining the safest, simplest and most productive investments for men and women of small or large means who desire an income for themselves or rel atives during life and to help meet the need of the Church after death. Infinitely better, safer and happier than a legacy! $5 ior the next best. $2.50 for the third. Prize 9. $25 on the Entire Work of the De partments of Christian Education and Ministerial Kelief ? Which has to do with recruiting for the Ministry and Mission Service, the education of our boys and girls, the care of our stu dent youth, the fostering of our edu cational institutions, the financial aid of the poor youth of the Church who desire a higher education, the care of aged and infirm ministers and the needy widows and orphans of de ceased ministers ? the enlisting, train ing and pension departments of the Church. $10 for the next best. $5 for the third. Prize 10. $10 for the Best Selection of a Poem, Quotation, Brief Article, Pic ture or Story (either original or clipped) ? Relating to the above work that has not already been used in our literature. $5 for the next best. $2.50 for the third. Prize 11. $10 for the Best Suggestion for the Use of the Christmas Program pre pared Each Year by the Executive Committee for the Sunday School and Church. How did you use the exer cise last December? $5 for the next best. $2.50 for the third. Prize 12. $10 for the Best "Poster" or "Chart" ? Not to contain more than thirty words (with or without pic ture), on any department of the work of Christian Education, Education for the Ministry and Mission Service, Re cruiting, Ministerial Relief, the En dowment Fund of Ministerial Relief, the Student Loan Fund, or on all the work of these departments to gether. $6 for the next best. $2.50 for the third. Prize 13. $10 for the Best Short Story (of not more than 1,000 words) on any of the themes outlined above. $5 for the next best. $2.50 for the third. A Summons for You! Use your gray matter! It will help your mind and your soul and perhaps your purse. You may also help your Executive Committee, your Church and the world! walks ailing their grievances, per suaded them to come up and help enlarge a church which, though some timos pointed out by the sight-seeing cars as the smallest church in Wash ington, had brought five thousand sol diers, sailors and marines and war workers up from the Avenue at the rate of over a hundred every Sunday night for a year, substituting a supper in the pastor's home, served by his wife and other ladies for the cafes of the Avenue, a Christian song ser vice for the choruses of the theatres, and a gospel sermon for the other nightly occupations of a great city. The strikers hesitated, offered to come if whiskey was provided, and finally yielded when Mr. Bird with alacrity accepted a counter proposi tion that he should mix mortar and carry hod for the strikers, the regular work of their negro helpers. The problems of the girl workers of our government will always tax the ingenuity of Christian workers in Washington. One crowd of these girls once came to Mr. Bird, saying: "We are from the country; if we only had a chance to dig, we would feel bet ter." Mr. Bird soon found a broad open city lot and had it plowed up. He gave every girl a garden. I un derstand that the Church of the Pil grims has gardens every year. Having apparently exhausted every local resource and being still far short of realizing his dream, Mr. Bird, evi dently under the leading] of God's Spirit, now turned to the Southern Presbyterian Church at large, to of fer it the opportunity to take a moth erly share in this enterprise which had been invested with a Church wide, as well as nation-wide, impor tance. It was a happy thought, be cause it at once gave the Church an opportunity to express in a substan tial way its concern for an effort to distinct missionary value, and opened a way to finance It. In responding to overtures from a number of Presbyterians which had caught the vision, Mr. Bird appeared before the General Assembly. That highest court of our Church was so profoundly impressed that it not only expressed its willingness to co-oper ate in every possible way, but it also directed its permanent Committee of Systematic Beneficence and Steward ship to raise $125,000 toward that amount, leaving $75,000 for Mr. Bird to raise personally, # in order that he might gain the personal touch with the Church at large which he repre sents in Washington and that our peo ple throughout the South might learn of the conditions existing there. r Mr. Bird has also visited many Sy nods and Presbyteries and churches of the Assembly and presented his plan in clear and forceful terms. Everywhere he has met the encour agement of distinct approval and sup port. Personally, he has raised in pledges and cash $75,000, the amount assigned to him by the Assembly as his part of the task. Now the As sembly's Committee is calling upon the Church at large to make their pledge or offering on the 24th day of April. Not less than $125,000 must be raised in this manner. I be lieve, with others, that the faith of Mr. Bird and his people will be thus further rewarded, and that our Church has the vision necessary to put its strong arm of support under him and his congregation to establish this splendid work, one which will not only accomplish its original pur pose of honoring the Master, but will also be one of our great Presbyterian outposts, rendering a service in which our Church shall greatly rejoice and for which we will praise our uod. The Church of the Pilgrims will always be a place where every South ern Presbyterian will be as much at home as an officer of any corporation would be in the Washington office of his company; or, in a larger sense, as much at home as every loyal Amer ican would be In the Capitol. It will be a Washington branch of the South ern Presbyterian Church. It will be in the place of all places where this great and beloved Church of our Fath ers can bear a faithful witness to the ends of the earth. CHARITY. "There is so much that is bad in the best of us, And so much that is good in the worst of us. That it doesn't behoove any of us To talk about the rest of us." A golden dream was sent to dream ers two; One scorned the dream, The other made it true. WOODS SEEDS Plant Cow Peas and Soja Beans Write for Wood's for Forage and Soil Improvement Crop Special, giving For soil improvement and forage no crop surpasses Soja Beans. They are richer in protein than corn and put fat on shoats much faster ? a sure summer crop. We have the finest variety of Soja Beans. They are not to be compared with ordinary stocks, which may have sweated and be come injured, for in our warehouses they are stored under ideal conditions. 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