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Vol. 96. No. 7. RICHMOND, VA.. South FEBRUARY 15, 1922. MARCH 12th is the time fixed by the Gen eral Assembly for the Every Member Canvass. This is earlier than it has been in the past. It was found that it was very hard to get the reports in before the end of the month, so the churches are asked to make the canvass at this earlier date. It will be just as easy to hold it on that day as on any other, if it is planned for in time. It will be a great advan tage to have the canvass made in all the churches 011 the same day. There is an inspiration in feeling that we are a part of a great multitude doing the same thing at the same time. Where two or more churches are located in the same city or community, each will be helped by the fact that the members of all of the churches are thinking and talking and praying about it at the same time. If pastors and church officers will take hold of the matter in earnest, there will be no difficulty in making the necessary arrangements for the canvass by the day ap pointed and every church, unless providentially prevented, should try to carry out loyally the plans made by the General Assembly. CAREFUL preparation should be made for the Every Member Canvass. Unless this is done, full results will not be secured. In formation is the great essential to succes. Some people give from a blind sense of duty to God. Some give because they are asked to give. But the liberal, consistent givers are those who see the need and desire to supply it. So the peo ple ought to be informed of the needs of the work of the Church. It will be found that facts speak louder, and make a more appealing call to most people, than exhortation. The fact that must be faced is that most people are not well informed in regard to the work of the Church and its needs. Our Executive Com mittees, and especially the Stewardship Com mittee, will furnish to any one who asks for it all the material needed to provide this needed information. Much has already been sent to pastors and others. More will be sent if needed. The pastor may well take at least, a few minutes in connection with each service to present some phase of the Church's work. Or a better plan would be to have one or two of the leading men of the church do this each time. They should be provided with all the information possible and be given time to make proper preparation. ORGANIZATION is necessary to success in the Every Member Canvass. Those who are to make the Canvass should be care fully selected. The leading men of the church ?should be called upon to do this work. This, of itself, will impress the membership of the church with the importance of the work. These canvassers should be well instructed as to the needs of all the departments of the Church's work, both at home and abroad, so that they may realize its importance themselves, and be able to give information to others where it is needed. The roll of the church should be care carefully gone over and divided among the can vassers. Sometimes it will do to divide it geopraphically, so that the canvas na.v be made more easily, but usually it will be well to give to a canvasser the names of those that he can probably be able to influence more than nny one else. Ordinarily it will be better for the canvassers to go out two by two. Where it can be done, it will be well to have the whole canvass made in a short time. Ask the people all to stay at home Sunday afternoon, let the workers make their visits as quickly as possible and report at once to the church. Let it be known that a full report will be made to the congregation that night. This will increase the interest and probably bring some people to the night service who are not in the habit of attending that service. In all that is done and said emphasis should be laid on the fact that the people are l>eing called upon to worship God with their gifts. Prayer should accompany and permeate every part of the work. Examinations at the close of the half session in most schools are completed, and the students are settling down to steady work again. But few of them are thinking only of this new term they are entering upon. Most of them are looking farther into the future. Those in schools are considering, if they have not already decided, what college they will go to next year. Those who are finishing college are thinking of their life work. Now is the time when many of these young p?ople can be led to give their lives to the sen-ice of God. Parents, pastors, teachers and friends should try to lead them aright in their decisions. READING is a very general habit of the people of this country. This is shown by the immense amount of printed paper that is issued from the presses of ail kinds. The im portant epiestion is as to what kind of reading is being done. Among the thousands of books that are published are many most excellent ones on religious subjects. It is expected that prcachers will read these and that women will read some of them. The men of the Church often do not read any book 011 a religious sub jest. I11 this way they are depriving themselves of much real pleasure and profit. Many of these books are exceedingly interesting and valuable. One who wants to try the experiment of read ing such a book may get some suggestions from his pastor as to what to read. ROMAN Catholics are sometimes said not to be connected with nor interested in muni cipal or State or national government. A few years ago a member of that Church named Jlyland was elected mayor of New York. He surprised many people by certain things which he did, which seemed to be contrary to the ideas of his church in regard to the use of public money for church controlled institutions. He has recently been re-elected, and feeling secure in his tenure of office he is trying to get what his church wants in a way that he thought would not attract public attention. He has set himself to aid the Knights of Columbus to raise a great fund to put up a large building in the center of New York. His plan is the same kind of blackmail that many politicians of that city and elsewhere have used to finance their political parties or to fill their own pockets. He has had his private secretary to send letters to all of the employes of' the city, including teachers and others in the public school. This letter asks that its receiver shall join the other municipal employes in contributing to the Knights of Columbus building fund. If this letter, which was supposed to be kept secret, bad not been made public, it would have been a brave man or woman who would have de clined to make a liberal contribution. Suppose the mayor had been a member of the Episcopal Church and had sent out such a letter asking for contributions to help complete the great Cathedral of St. John the Divine, we wonder what would have happened. We dare say that its exposure would have occupied the front page of every daily paper in New York and the news agencies would have flashed it all over tb is country. There would have been raised a great line and cry and properly so, that the mayor was playing a hold-up game with the city employes. We have seen no mention of Mayor I Iy land's action in the secular papers. MEMPHIS Presbyterian preachers do not believe that Monday is a day which is to be spent in idle resting, as preachers are often supposed to think, if we are to judge from the programs of their Ministers' Association. They seem not to fear any unusual fatigue as the re sult of their Sunday work, and so they plan for discussions that would seem to require the active use of their best mental powers. Here are some of the subjects they have planned to discuss this winter: "The Millenium," to be the subject for six meetings, "So-called Chris tian Science, "Spiritism," "Theosophy," "New Thought," "Egypt in Relation to the Chosen People," "Babylonian and Assyrian Influences in the Life of the Israelites," "Persian Rela tion to the Jews," "Gracco-Roman Influence in Bible Times." This suggests the thought of a post-graduate course at some high grade theo logical seminary. CHINESE Christian leaders were asked what kind of missionaries does China need. They replied : "A missionary to China must have a deep conviction of Christian funda mentals. No foreigner can win us to a belief in what he only half believes." It seems strange that such an answer should ever have sug gested itself. It just shows that there are men who are professing to teach the doctrines of the Bible to the Chinese, who do not themselves really believe these doctrines. It is gratifying to see that the Chinese are realizing the dif ference, and it is to be earnestly hoped that God's Spirit will help them to distinguish lie tween the true and the false. A CORRESPONDENT writes: "Very little of interest transpires in these moun tains except making bloekade whiskey and law lessness." If that is true, and we have no rea son for questioning the statement, what a call that is to the Church. If the neighboring churches cannot handle the case, then the re sources of the Presbytery, of the Synod, of the General Assembly ought to be brought to bear upon this community. The sad fact is that this is but one of hundreds of such cases in the mountain and other sections of our Southern States. The Home Mission Committees real ize the needs of these communities, but to a large extent they are unable to meet them, be cause the means are not furnished by the Church. When the Church really awakes to the need, we" believe the money will be pro vided. Then the statement quoted above will no longer be made, for much will be done to advance the interests of God's kingdom.