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A SACRED PARTNERSHIP
Partners With Cod The paramount task of the world today is the task of Christ ianizing it ? the task of focusing on individuals and organized so ciety, the world over, the spiritual forces which God has placed at our disposal. This task has been committed to the Church of which Jesus Christ is the Head. God has called into this sacred Partnership with Himself every one of His redeemed children. "Our partner ship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ." 1 John 1:3. The great business enterprises of the world sink into in significance when compared to this task. It lays tribute on all the energy, the time, the talent, the property God has entrusted to us. God Furnishes the Capital; We, the Energy To conduct this great business, headed by our Divine Lord, each one of us not only witnesses of Him but works at his trade, profession or vocation, using the product of our labor to send those who can go with the Gospel Message to the dark spots of the earth. We convert our energy or talent into money, and in turn convert this into the Story of Redemption through our Messengers of the Cross. These Messengers are our employees in this big business. They must be provided for, and their ordinary needs met, without permitting them to waste much of their energy, for which we are paying a large sum, on fretful and enervating worry about home, shelter, food, clothing. Three Types Wanted This is an appeal to three types of people or churches. First, those able to give to the Kingdom more than they give in the weekly envelope system. Second, those who for one reason or another have been prospered by God since their annual benevo lent pledge was made, anil who now feel disposed to add to their regular church pledge. Third, those who can make a sacrifice without lowering their gifts to other causes. A Partnership Expressed in Stock The General Assembly of our Church is asking the Church to releive this distressing need gradually. It asks for $500, (XX) for this year to be spent for only the most needy causes. The day set apart is December 3rd (First Sunday) for a cash offering from the church at large. Our plan is to "sell" 5,000 shares of slock in the Equipment Fund at $ 100 per share payable with in 90 days. We are suggest ing that each congregation take as a minimum one share for every 50 emembers or major fraction thereof. People who would subtract their gifts lo the Equipment Fund from the annual canvass in March for Benevolences, are not the ones now being urged to give. How Many Shares Will You Take? We can arrange for one who takes a large number of shares for a definite object to pay this gradually over an extended period. The Reproach We Must Remove They are our Skilled Mechanics; our ex pert Farmers working in "white fields" with < the promise of large "harvests." We must give them adequate tools to work with; ade quate implements to till the soil for God's ? harvest. ' We, as Southern Presbyterians, have, on the Foreign Field, 463 of these Co-Partners, and 634 on the Home Mission Field, making a total of 1097. They added last year 14,369 to the Church on profession of faith. < For years it has been commented on that our Church has the best missionaries and the poorest equipment of any branch of the .?< Church. We as Partners with God and with our fellow-partners of the Missionary Force, must remove this reproach. nas paid in lull . ? r ? ? meat Fund of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, the purpose modern and effective equipment for our missionary forces at home and abroad. In W tint u xcArrevf, thia certificate ia issued by the General Aasembly's Stewardship Committee and is countersigned by the Treasurer of the fund, thia day o t 192 (p\ Tmi Gknkkal AastMiLv's STtwARDSHir Committee yf&TKu T?'" Otmrrsi Sttrtfsry Remember the Day ? Next Sunday ? Dec. 3d Sums for less than $100 will be just as graciously received as will larger amounts, hut a certificate of stock in the Equipment Fund will not be issued for less than S100. This check may be made out on any bank; may be dated ahead if desired, and will not be presented for payment until date designated by drawer. 192 Pay to the Order of T. R. PRESTON, Treasurer, President Hamilton National Bank, Chattanooga, Tenn. To Dollars, $ For the Equipment Fund of the Presbyterian Church, U. S. (Write Name of Bank Here.) ? (Write Address of Bank Here.) (Sign Name Here.) The General Assembly's Stewardship Committee M. E. MELVIN, General Secretary. T. R. PRESTON, Treas. Chattanooga, Tenn. Address the Treas., at Hamilton National Bank and mark envelope ? "Equipment id". fund".