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THE SMALL TOWN CHOIR LEADER g‘ , (By Earnest 0. Sellers in the Baptist Record.) If anyone connected with church life needs tact, diplomacy, zeal, wisdom, persistence; a hide that is impervious to all shafts of criticism, persistence unbounded and never suppressed enthusiasm, consecration, talent and wisdom / above all men, it is the director si of ii volunteer, small town church choir. There is seldom a more thank less task undertaken by any church worker. Small, if any, financial reward is given the leader, he is the football of i, “catty talk and seldom, if ever, the recipient of commendation or subject of prayerful intercession and sympathetic support. How often has your church, publicity or privately, prayed for its musical forces? To handle such a proposition, avoid friction and achieve results, • demands diplomacy and the pati ence of a Job—coercion an threats will not avail. Timely praise and a dash of flattery may arouse a temporary enthusiasm, but a definite objective, plan of opera „ tion, democratic application of a few simple rules and the installa tion in the minds of singers and congregation that there is a Chris tian. spiritual, service being rendered, will go farther towards punctuality, a high standard of Avork. and the avoidance of pit falls. Capable lead, rs may, by sheer personality, by acknowledged ability, inspire that regularity! and degree of success. Other leaders may so emphasize the social instinct or be filed witlv enthusiasm for their task to call! forth a like degree of devotion.! Some leaders may be able to im part musical history, voice train-1 ing, musical instruction of vari ous sorts, teach sight reading, and! call forth a high devotion to the* compositions and by such means introduce their choir to the great real task of choir singing. ""The' preparation of special programs and an ©ccasional cantata found to be very helpful. ( Kques in choirs or a domi nance by families locally im portant, are the beginnings of many of the heart aches for direc tors. To avoid giving offense or causing displeasure requires great tact and forebearance; to get any choir to live up to rules and regulations that suggest rigidness ami discipine, even to a degree, is indeed difficult. Singers who come an go at will, "'ho talk and disturb rehealsals, "'ho blurt out their objections.] likes or dislikes, of the musici being used, who insist upon sit-] ling in the choir loft whenever they please or next to some' particular person, who are con spinous “know-it-alls,” who are] overly ambitious or egotistial as to their ability, whose chief in tested in gossip, who object to all authority or regularity, all these and tew others take it imperative that a few simple rules he ac cepted and observed by all if the organization is to be indeed and in truth a choir. A choir is not. simply a group of singers who occupy the choir loft and “lead the singing” Too many pastors seem to have this idea and do nothing at all to recognize, much less exhalt, the real idea and work of a choir. I have had experience all along the line. One of the best sugges tions as to rule T have recently seen were in the “Etude.” In as nnieli. however, as these rules chiefly concern the choir trained fpr an Episcopal service T have 1 reply adopted and altered them. 1. Regularity of attendance. -\n accurate record should be kept and recognition and rewards made; the occasional gift of a], hymnal with extra fine binding,! ! or some other book or prize will ‘ help. 2. Punctuality. Let all be on ’ hand at an agreed time and be], dismissed also at a specified hour. i Interrupted rehearsals due to late ^ “Omers or early departures are L 3. Reverence. Whispering oJ, ’ r £mversation at rehearsals | Generosity in Giving | $ . «•»■» ^ $ iT CHARLES FREDERICK WADSWORTH & _I_IS (©, 1923, Weitern Newspaper Union.) WHAT constitutes a generous gift? Is it necessarily an expen sive limousine with cut-glass bouquet holders and door handles? A diamond brooch set In platinum? A baby grand piano? A flfty-thou- j sand-dollar check? A man sion or a bungalow? Generosity is relative. You may be able and perfectly willing to bestow any of the named gifts upon a friend or relative and yet not be generous. Any one of them may represent to you a mere baubl^ and to the recipient It may be but a duplication of one al ready possessed and of no particular value or enjoyment. In fact, the thought might be held that you should have done better. » A generous gift represents some sac rifice upon the part of the giver. It might Involve a sacrifice #f money, or time, or service, but often a little sacri fice of pride will make some one happy. To suppress a real or Imaginary wound to the feelings and sincerely and frankly re-establish cordial rela tions with a friend would be one of the most generous gifts one could be stow, even though that friend might lack nothing in the way of wealth or other apparent means to the normal enjoyment of life. There are cases where a sacrifice of money would relieve real distress; a little time and sympathy might give new impetus to a disordered existence; a gift of utility might relieve physical pain and inconvenience; a gift of beau ty might bring happiness for the mo- I ment; a glft of food might save a phys ical life. All of these undoubtedly would add to the enjoyment of the recipient, for the time, at least, and the giver would have a certain satisfaction in doing Something to that end. But in the complexities of the mod ern life more people are hungry for lome one’s heart-interest than for any )ther one thing. To give of your heart Is a generous ?Ift that will make every recipient ?lad, and also the giver. Such a gift vill enrich the life and soul of him who •eceives it, and most of all, will fill the ife of him who proffers It with the nusic of the eternal svmohonies. I the man who sticks - The man who sticks has his lesson . learned; Success does not come by chance —it’s earned By pounding away; for good hard knocks Make stepping-stones of the stumbling-blocks. He does not expect by a single stride To jump to the front; he is satisfied To do every day his level best, And let the future take care of the rest. For the man who sticks has the sense to see He can make himself what he want’s to be, If he’ll off with his coat and pitch right in; ’Cause the man who sticks can’t help but win. A Distinction. “Tom seems anxious to please others.” “You’re mistaken. He is only anxious to have others pleased with what he does.”—Boston Transcript. Then the Row Started. Wife—This is hasty pudding, dear. Hub (trying to cutt it)—Hasty! You can’t deceive me; it takes some hours for concrete to set.— Boston Transcript. fit the Stomach ' Livei-.Kidneys Bowels, Blood Jr during service is irreverent, meal led for, selfish, absolutely unnecessary. 4. Fersonal appearance. While nany object to a robbed or vested •hoir, yet common sense will ivoid the exaggerations and loud jersonal display which so often drike our eyes in the array of hurch choirs. Let some of the 'lder church women suggest and udp the younger singers who so voefully violate good taste in his regard. A delicate task? tes, all the more reason for its onsideration. A strong wise leader can and must deal there cith. 5. Co-operation. Not only in .the choir work but in all and every paritcular of the entire service. Above all avoid frivolity and have singers whose lives are above criticism. 6. Charity. Avoid gossip and 1 catty remarks, certainly among 1 the singers. Take criticism of 1 your work kindly and if it is just . profit heieby, otherwise, “forget \ it.” The Baptist Bible Institute ] New Orleans, La. j E | ,,iiiiiiiiji,i,iiiiiiii|iii|i|||,|I,l|l|„„l,l|l|„|||„|||||||g||||||||||||||||(trM,|(|||||i|||||||||„|||,|,||,||||||„.... I I Last Statement of Bank’s Condition I B E E B B S E B | RESOURCES Is Lonas and Discounts ... $3,344,257.77 banking House and other Real Estate_ 22,481.20 I . S. 1 reasury Certificates and U. S. Bonds- 190,919.21 = Other Securities -__ 673,047.06 | || Cash, Exchange and dur-from U S Treasury 1,029,977.44 E TOTAL. _$5,260,682.68 "" > LIABILITIES I Capital Stock, Surplus & Undivided Profits 511,006.4# I I Circulation - 150,000.00 1 ■ Individual Deposits_$4,420,896.21 1 I Bank Deposits- 141,379.99 I ■ U. S. 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