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The Richmond Christian Advocate

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August 27, 1936


The Richmond Christian Advocate; 27 Aug 1936
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Count your days and see how long it is until Conference.

The one hundred and fifty-fourth session of the Virginia Conference will convene in Broad Street, Richmond at 9:00 A. M., October 14.

Bishop Kern has changed the meeting of the Western North Carolina Conference to October 25, the week after the Virginia Conference.

We appreciate a pleasant visit from Rev. E. J. Rees, D. D., pastor of the First Methodist Church in Washington.  He was on his way North to spend a vacation looking over the hills of New England.

Rev. G. W. Jones, D. D., pastor of Main Street Church, Suffolk, spent his vacation in Urbanna, and while there preached to the delight of that congregation.  The pastor, Rev. N. H. Davis, filled the pulpit in Suffolk at the same hour.

Bishop and Mrs. Mouzon recently spent a short vacation at Raquette Lake, N. Y., as the guests of some friends.  The Bishop is now busy with the program leading up to the meeting of his Conferences.  The first is the Baltimore Conference, meeting in Washing{ton}, D. C., October 8, at 7:30 P. M.

We regret to hear our friend and brother, Dr. T. D. Merrick of Centenary, Richmond, has been sick in the hospital for many weeks.  He is now slowly regaining his strength after a long and serious illness.  We appreciate a pleasant card from him.  Dr. Merritt {sic - previously called Dr. Merrick} always loved the Church and has always been a loyal supporter of the Church paper.

Rev. R. G. Pullen, pastor of Greensville Circuit, reports great interest in his revivals.  He says the attendance was so large that the people could not get in the churches.  Much interest was shown in the Gospel, and he feels that a real revival spirit has visited his charge.  The people of that circuit are much pleased with this preacher and his wife.

"The Advocate should be in every Methodist home.  I look back over the years and remember when a child its weekly visits.   The Advocate has been in my family for over eighty years -- grandparents, father and mother, and now that I am alone I call it my weekly letter from home.  More would subscribe to the Church paper if they made the sacrifice this writer has to make

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for I am an invalid and dependent.  I read your editorial on 'The Road House' and agree with all your views.  I enclose two dollars, which the kind Heavenly Father put in my hands for the renewal of my subscription." -- A lady in the Charlottesville District.


As a steward in Motley Church on the Gretna charge, I want the return of our pastor, Rev. H. S. Chenault, for another year, and I voice the wish of the church.  Brother Chenault has, by his pleasing personality, kindly acts, and his earnest and conscientious service in promoting the Kingdom of the Master, endeared himself to us all.  He has during the three years he has spent on this charge made a host of friends who are anxious for him to remain another year.

I desire to express my appreciation for the splendid cooperation he has given at all times, the kind, sympathetic attitude he has displayed to those with whom he has come in contact, and with the fine leadership he has given.

Mrs. F. E. Arthur.
Hurt, Va.


Members of Boulevard Methodist Church at the Fourth Quarterly Conference on Friday expressed the desire that the Presiding Elder of the Richmond District, Rev. J. Manning Potts, D. D., and the pastor of the church, Rev. H. Bernard Lipscomb, Jr., be returned to their respective fields of service for the next Conference year, which will begin in the month of October after the adjournment of the Virginia Annual Conference.

Reports on the work of the church were made by the pastor and various officers.  It was revealed that since the beginning of this Conference year the membership of the church school had increased sixty and that 118 new members had been added to the church roll.

-- News Leader.


Appointment of Marshall Jefferson McNeal to the post of assistant professor of mathematics and physics at Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, was announced today by Dr. R. E. Blackwell, president of the institution.

Professor McNeal graduated at Randolph-Macon in 1930 and received his M. A. degree at the University of Michigan

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in 1935.  He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Virginia Academy of Science.  He was instructor in mathematics and physics at Randolph-Macon last year.  At present Professor McNeal is vacationing in the Valley of Virginia, near Newmarket.

The only other changes in the faculty this year are in the department of English and in the position of athletic director.  Dr. Robert Epes Jones, of Blackstone, who received his Ph. D. degree at Johns Hopkins University in June, will take the place of Grellet Simpson, assistant professor of English, who has been granted a leave of absence to pursue graduate studies at the University of Virginia.

-- News Leader.


Civil War continues to be waged in Spain.  Reports reach us daily of additional priests and nuns whose lives have been sacrificed by the Reds who would make of Spain a Communistic nation.  Daily, too, comes the news of churches and convents being looted and burned, of sacred vessels and vestments being desecrated and stolen and, to indicate to what extremes the war-mad fanatics will go, of bodies of religious being unearth {sic} and erected as "statues."  Such acts follow inexorably the historic methods of Communism, the arch-enemy of the Church of the twentieth century.

-- Sunday Visitor.


Bethany Church on the Isle of Wight charge has just closed its first Vacation Bible School.  We had nineteen pupils on the roll with two teachers and four helpers.

Trinity Church, Smithfield, joined Bethany in this school, furnishing two fine Christian teachers, also bringing some pupils with them.

We studied "The Land Where Jesus Lived," by the Intermediates, and "China," by the Primaries.  On Sunday following the school we held a very interesting commencement, giving a summary of the facts learned, and displaying the work of the past week.

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Much interest was shown, both by the parents and the students.  We hope to continue this school each summer in the future.

Rev. W. W. Norris, pastor of Isle of Wight charge, has just closed a very successful revival in Bethany Church.  Six new members were taken into the church on profession of faith.

Brother Norris has made a fine impression on the people of this charge.  He is an earnest, consecrated young minister, whose work is bearing fruit in saving souls and building up the lives of the church members.  He brings us fine sermons.


(From The Herald-Tribune.)

With enrollment prospects for the new college term the best in ten years, Randolph-Macon launched this summer a two-year improvement program, which will result in both dormitories and recitation buildings being completely repaired and refinished.

"The major task for 1936," Dr. S. C. Hatcher, business manager of the college, stated today, "is to make dormitories modern and attractive in every way.  Walks in the college which are not cement, have been finished with hard surface, and the campus is to be made attractive from every viewpoint."

Work on Dormitories.

College workers under the direction of Louis Taylor are now thoroughly working over the dormitories.  Instead of the usual calsomine, the walls are being scraped of all old material, and painted.  This is the first time that the walls have been painted since the buildings were erected.  Floors are being polished in place of the usual oiling, and in many places new flooring is being laid.  The plumbing fixtures in both dormitories are being re-organized, and new fixtures are being installed.

All work, Dr. Hatcher stated, will be completed by the opening of school.  Referring to future plans, he said, "There is in the making for next year an attempt to raise money enough to improve class rooms, and increase the efficiency of the teaching force."

Enrollment Good.

Financial outlook for the year is very bright with a considerable increase in enrollment over last year's two hundred and fifty students expected.  The bright prospects are further augmented by the fact that it will not be necessary to render as much financial aid to the students as has been necessary in former years.


A youths' revival and conference is being arranged to be held at Falls Church, Va., for young people of Northern Virginia, Falls Church, Alexandria, Clarendon, Cherrydale, Fairfax, Herndon, and other towns near Falls Church.

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These meetings will be under the direction of Rev. Arthur Stovall and his wife, of Elizabethtown, Ky., and will commence Friday, August 28, and continue through Friday, September 4.  Mr. Stovall's theme will be "Jesus Is Adequate".  He will preach every evening at 7:45 on subjects grouped around the general theme.

Mrs. Stovall will speak every afternoon at three o'clock to all interested in soul-winning on the subject, "Magnifying Christ."

On Saturday, August 29, a box lunch picnic will be held in Fenwick Grove on the Lee Highway, near East Falls Church at 6:30 P. M.  At 7:30, Rev. Mr. Stovall will give a fireside or campfire talk on "Jesus Is Adequate".  There will be special instrumental and vocal music, with choruses by the young people.

Rev. Mr. Stovall conducted similar services in Falls Church two years ago, and he and his wife greatly endeared themselves to a host of young people.

The object of the meetings is to deepen the spiritual life of our people and to encourage them to put on a program of worthwhile living.

The public is cordially invited to all of these meetings.

For further information, address Robert Ankers, Secretary, Falls Church, Virginia.


No. 25

W. W. Trent.

Questions to Be Answered.

  1. What is the steward's chief duty?
  2. What three tables does he serve?
  3. To whom is he responsible?
  4. How is he elected?
  5. What are the disciplinary requirements of a steward?
  6. What is the number of stewards in each congregation?
  7. Name three duties of a steward?
  8. Name two special officers from the Board of Stewards?
  9. What is the duty of a Recording Steward?
  10. What is the duty of a District Steward?

(Think, write down answers and compare with answers below.)

Correct Answers to Above Questions.

  1. The chief duty of a steward is spiritual.  They are to be chiefly interested in correcting disorders, providing means whereby the services may be carried on, and to provide for the poor.
  2. The Sacramental table, the ministers' table, and the table of the poor.
  3. To the Quarterly Conference, who may remove him or her from office.
  4. On nomination by the preacher-in-charge and election by the Quarterly Conference.
  5. (1) Let each steward be a person of solid piety, that is, a Christian
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    of unquestioned character; (2) who both knows and loves the Methodist Doctrines and Discipline; (3) and business ability.
  6. A ratio of one to each thirty members of the church.
  7. To make an estimate of expenses, and provide salary for pastor; to provide the elements for the Lord's Supper; and to seek the needy and distressed, in order to relieve them.
  8. The Recording Steward, and District Steward.
  9. To preserve the records of the Quarterly Conference.  To report to the Commission on Budget of the Annual Conference each year on the acts of the Board of Stewards for the year.  And to submit his records to the Quarterly and District Conferences for examination.
  10. His duties as such are:  To attend the meeting of District Stewards, and to represent his Board, and report.

(Watch for next week's list.)

Norfolk, Va.


When on that sun-kissed morning,
    The shades of night were torn,
There bloomed within a Garden
    A rose without a thorn.
While all was calm and peaceful,
    No sound of noise or strife,
God breathed upon His image
    And gave to man his life.

There came one peaceful evening,
    When all was hushed and still,
A Man into a Garden
    To hear His Father's will.
Then God came {do}wn to {listen};
    Was with Him as He prayed.
While angels hushed their singing,
    To hear the prayer He made.

Perhaps there'll be a garden,
    Where you must go alone,
If you would serve the Master,
    And make His will your own.
You may go there in sorrow,
    In anguish or in pain;
But go with faith undaunted,
    You will not pray in vain.

Charles W. Wray

(The above poem was written after listening to a sermon by the editor of the Richmond Christian Advocate in Mount Vernon Place Methodist Church in Washington this summer.)


Convictions for drunken drivers have increased 60 per cent following repeal.
-- Governor Ely, Massachusetts

In Boston, Mass., drunken women increased 75 per cent in three months after repeal.
-- New York Times.

Immediately after beer was legalized in Washington, D. C., 1933, arrests for drunkenness increased 20 per cent the first month, 35 per cent the fourth month, and 63 per cent the seventh,

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