OCR Interpretation

The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, July 27, 1921, Image 14

Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/10021978/1921-07-27/ed-1/seq-14/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for 13

(Continued from page 11.)
Thy Will Be Done With My Pleas
ures, Matt. 6:7-15: We ought to seek
and to find out God's will in regard
to our pleasures as well as in regard
to other things. If we find that our
pleasures are leading us away from
God, or are leading others away rrom
Him, we may be sure that they are
wrong. We can use the right kind
of pleasures to draw ourselves closer
to God, for we ought to feel special
ly close to Him when we are happy,
remembering that all our happiness
comes from Him. Our societies, as
well as individuals, can lead others
to God through pleasures. A Chris
tian Endeavor social can be made the
means of gaining the good will of
outsiders and leading them into the
society and then to God. Let us con
secrate our pleasures to the service
of God and of our fellowmen.
Delegates who attended this meet
ing at the Synodical School In Madi
son, W. Va., are enthusiastic in their
praise of the thorough preparation
that had been made for their every
need, in room and board, in class
room work, in recreational opportuni
ties and in spiritual leadership. An
intensive program, covering six class
room periods in the morning, recrea
tion in the afternoon and vespers,
social hour and inspirational address
in the evening, was promptly and
eagerly carried out by the delegates
and leaders. About one-third of the
delegates registered perfect attend
ance upon these nine sessions per dav
for the entire time, and many others
were nearly perfect. The average for
the whole conference was remarkably
high, being 96 per cent.
From the very first a 3pirit of will
ing co-operation was manifest, ana
this was fostered and developed in
two days: First, by a daily meeting
of all leaders and speakers for sug
gestion and planning or varying plan3
outlined; second, by the organization
of the conference into groups with a
leader of each group who attended
the daily meeting of leaders.
While this conference followed the
usual lines in general, there were sev
eral ways in which a variation was
made. For instance, right in the mid
dle of the morning study periods there
wa3 placed twenty minutes for recrea
tion. This was a desirable change
from sitting still in class and at the
same time new games could be
learned to take back home. Two so
cial periods were spent on a hike;
one a treasure hunt, winding up in
the park with a marahmallow roast
and vespers under the trees, the other
ending with a picnic supper served
at the end of the hike and near the
building so that the crowd could eas
ily return for the night meeting.
Stunt night was a continuous per
formance of a mock Chatauqua, and
kept the audience in an uproar of
laughter the entire time. In the even
ing words of hymns, illustrated hymns
and pictures of Home and Foreign
Mission scenes were thrown on the
screen by a stereopticon generously
furnished along with the outfit for
providing light free of charge to the
conference. Pictures taken during
this week were developed- on the
ground by Mr. Stanley Brlnker, a
leader from Kenova, and later print
ed on slides for use in report to hi3
church the following week. The sec
ond morning of the program Mrs. R.
F. Dunlap, president of West Virginia
Synodical Auxiliary, presented a ques
tionnaire to the delegates during the
Assembly period that brought, out im
portant information concerning the
Presbyterian Progressive Program,
the young people's work in West Vir
ginia and personal lite questions. The
small group meetings, held each night
after the inspirational address, in
designated rooms, where the events
of the day were talked over and then
each uttered a sentence prayer as the
group stood In a circle with hands
on each others' shoulders, were con
sidered by many the best feature of
the whole program.
Following the devotional period,
which was instructive a3 well as In
spirational, conducted by Rev. F. W.
Philips, each morning, an hour was
given to study, and then the crowd
divided into four groups for real class
work. Rev. John W. Carpenter gave
his class a new understanding of
Bible lands in his teaching of Bible
geography; Rev. John I. Armstrong,
D. D., started many serious thoughts
in the minds of the delegates in the
discussion of the mission text-book,
"Ministers of Mercy"; Miss Jo Royer
brought to her class the experience
of several years spent in the camp
life of the International Sunday
School Association as well as practi
cal knowledge of the plans she dis
cussed; Rev. Robert L. Kinnaird
taught the "Creed of PresbyteiTans"
in such a way as to give those who
heard him a clear conception of our
faith and a just pride in our glorious
history; Rev. T. P. Allen gave three
illuminating talks upon the relation
of the young people to the Presbyte
rian Progressive Program, and Mis3
Mary Glauber made us see with a new
vision and a new appreciation the
character of our Home Mission work.
The afternoon program of recrea
tion, under the leadership of Rev. H..
H. Orr, gave every delegate opportu
nity for activity in his chosen line,
whether it be baseball, volleyball, ten
nis, hor3e shoes or swimming. The
facilities for enjoying these sports
were fine at Madison, and only the
extreme temperature kept down uni
versal engagement in all the sports.
Between vespers and the inspira
tional address of the evening, a so
cial period was conducted by Miss
Nancy F. White, ably assisted by Miss
Lucille Harmon and Miss Carolyn
Martin, leaders from Charleston. The
whole program centered around the
conference theme, "Preparing for
Life's Work," and the vesper and
evening talks were especially along
this line. Mrs. R. F. Dunlap opened
the conference with "Wayside Flow
ers"; Rev. W. C. Williams spoke 011
"Value of Prayer"; Dr. J. Lay ton
Mauze, "The Lost Christ" and "Needs
of the World"; Mr. M. H. F. Kin3ey,
Boy Scout Executive of Charleston.
"Need of Relgious Education"; Miss
Nancy F. White, "Individual Respon
sibility"; Rev. H. H. Orr, "Launch
Out," and Rev. B. F. Sperow, "Carry
Out the Purpose."
A remarkable feature of this gath
ering was the fact that the entire
leadership, including leaders and
speakers, was from within the State
with a single exception. This was
Rev. E. E. Lane, Life Enlistment Sec
retary of our Assembly's Executive
Committee on Christian Education and
Ministerial Relief. His talks each day
were just of the right type to clinch
decisions and crysthlize sentiment an
was evidenced by the fact that at
least half of the delegates made en
gagements for personal interviews
concerning life work and a large num
ber definitely decided to enter full
time Christian service.
Although only 3even weeks was
given to working up this conference,
delegates from twenty-six churches
were present. But the most encour
aging fact was the fine type of strong
character shown in the representa
tives, the deep spiritual atmosphere
that prevailed and the whole-hearted
enthusiastic participation in every
part of the program. On the last
night the Student Council presented
several resolutions that were unani
mously adopted, recommending a
three-year course leading to a di
ploma, a pin for completion of tn<!>
first year's work and a different pin
for the second year, dividing the en
tire group into tribes or clans, strict
requirements about class attendance
and control of camp or conference
discipline in hands of the Student
The General Committee appointed
by the Synod at its fall meeting con
sisted of Rev. John I. Armstrong, D.
D., chairman; Rev. P. W. Philips,
Rev. W. C. Williams, Rev. B. F.
Sperow. The committee co-operating
from the Synodical Auxiliary consist
ed of Mrs. Ernest Thompson, Mr3. J.
S. Cook and Miss Nancy P. White.
The Executive Committee, charged
with the responsibility by the Gen
eral Committee of carrying out all
the details of the program, was Rev.
H. P. Sperow, chairman; Miss Nancy
P. White and Rev. John I. Armstrong,
I). D. This latter committee received
the heartiest co-operation from every
body at Madison, but feels that es
pecial mention should be made of the
fine way in which Rev. C. W. McDan
ald, superintendent of the school, and
his efficient wife so bountifully pro
vided for the physical well being of
all present, of the very helpful assist
ance rendered in the office by Mi3S
Janet Welton, and of the untiring ef
forts of Rev. H. H. Orr and Rev. T.
P. Allen in the office or about the
grounds wherever needed, as well as1
the invaluable service of Mrs. Ora C.
Huston, who, as conference nurse,
kept the entire group well and happy
by her timely ministrations.
Hudson Maxim, the noted inventor
of explosives, says:
"The cigarette is a maker of inva
lids, criminals and fools."
The Cadillac Motor Company of De
troit, employing more than 7,000 men,
announces: "We will not hire any
one whom we know to be addicted to
this habit."
Thomas A. Edison, of world-wide
fame, points out the harm in this
practice and says: "I employ no per
son who smokes cigarettes."
Henry Ford, maker of automobiles,
says: "The boy or young man whose
brain is fogged by the use of cigar
ettes finds himself hopelessly handi
Ty Cobb, famous baseball player,
adds: "Cigarette smoking stupifles the
brain, saps vitality, undermines one's
health, and lessons the nioral# fiber of
the man." ? Selected.
Assembly Minutes for 1921
Price, SI. 00, postpaid, to mem
bers of the
Price to all others, $2.00, postpaid.
New prices fixed by the Assembly.
Order from
Richmond, Virginia
Union Theological Seminary
Richmond, Virginia
W. W. MOORE, D. D.t LL. D., President
Manned with a faculty of
nine distinguished teachers.
Located in a goodly city,
affording special opportuni
ties to students.
Situated on very beautiful
grounds comprising 45 acres.
Equipped with 14 well fur
nished buildings, having every
modern facility.
Offering five
courses of study.
Catalogue and information
on request.
One Hundred and Tenth Session Will Open
October 5, 1921

xml | txt