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Western Christian Advocate (Newspaper) - October 03, 1888, Cincinnati, Ohio036the westers Christian adv Cate wednesday october 3,1888sorrcs Pond erase close quarters. A t this writing september 24th, we Are quite sure a decrease in our collections. Reports from Western conferences Are coming in As follows Illinois conference de crease $2,400 Cincinnati conference decrease a ,806 Iowa conference decrease $1,467 Colorado cheers us a Little by an increase $861 Michigan increase $1,024 North West Indiana increased $196 Utah increased $122 but Indiana chills us again with a decrease $917. The Drift is downward. The unfortunate thing about it is that the work was adjusted last year to the advanced income but now advanced work must Bead busted to the diminished income. The general committee must meet this problem debt debt from which we were happily free is upon us again. The missionary society must Wear a Millstone around its neck for Many months unless there is a great uprising. How came this about what Are some the reasons for it 1. Overconfidence. We had won a great Victory. The million line was reached. It seemed to have been done so easily that even one our Bishops remarked concerning the $313,000 Advance in three and one half years a to that is simply the natural increase the Church just what we might have expected a overconfidence you see upon the hearts those who had toiled Day and night that remark fell with the opposite an inspiring effect since the general conference so far As we have observed not an Earnest Appeal to the ministry and laity to hold the position the million line has appeared in any our Church papers. The editors have not lost their love for the cause. They were overconfident like the Bishop. 2 too few workers. There Are three new secretaries but their services have been greatly needed in the office since general conference. William Butler that mighty Man valor has been through ill health unable to hold conventions and mass meet Ings. Many our most Able Bishops have projects their own for which they wish financial Aid and for which they must plead. Returned missionaries who might Aid us wonderfully almost without exception have some special scheme afoot for which they want Money and for which they must plead. Nevertheless the general committee planted the Standard upon the twelve Hundred thousand Dollar line expecting to see the Church sweep up to it by the momentum already gained. Events will prove that that line is not to be so easily won. 3. Drought in the North West. There May be some cases real poverty As a result Short crops but All these drawbacks might have been overcome by an intense Zeal More Faith a More prayer. 4. The excitement about the election. Yes the minds men Are absorbed but methodist preachers never should forget that the real question before the Church is whether 8atan Jesus Christ shall Rule this world. Who Are to blame for the decrease t All us who let it happen. The pastor who failed to do his duty. The presiding elder who failed to know that that pastor would fail to do his duty. A skillful general Marks the weak Points in the line and is ready with re enforcements. The Sabbath school superintendent who took the missionary Money for the expenses the school. The disciple Jesus who allowed any consideration to prevent him laying his annual offering the missionary altar. All Are to blame. Shall we be despondent about itt no despondency May do for a Pagan not for a Christian. A a All Power is Given unto that is our text. Upon that we build our Faith. A what shall we do about it let the appropriations be Cut Down to the actual receipts the treasurer for the current year. That policy Wui fall with crushing weight upon some our missions but let it be done. Better that than a ponderous debt and a Hundred thousand Dellara for in Terest. Then in the future let the Church fix its own limit to our appropriations. Let the Church Lead the committee and not the committee try to Lead the Church. And finally let us begin in Earnest to Drill the Host Ltd god. We Call now for five Hundred enrolling officers who will each accept a Chart already provided with space each for a thousand names and a pledge to give not Ess than five cents a week printed at the top. Let the custodian each Roll one at least in each District get a thousand names As soon As possible. Let the Money pass through the Ordinary channels. Let the vows be registered. Trust to the conscience the signers to keep their vows. Let god keep the record. With a Host 600 000 pledged to not Lees than five cents a week oar lost ground will soon be recovered Figare it up and see. Let each pastor put corps 8abbith-school collectors in the Field right away to make up the deficit. We have printed a Quarter million willing worker cards. Send for them and begin. Then if Bishops presiding elders pastors editors. Sabbath school superintendents and teachers consecrate themselves afresh to this great task we will soon he raising twelve Hundred thousand dollars by collections Only. not leave so much for the four overworked secretaries the office to do chained As they must be to their desks by official duty. Done to be overconfident and imagine that a Church that lingered notwithstanding the eloquent pleading . Durbin and his successors from 1860 to 1884 along the six seven Hundred thousand Dollar line while the country doubled its population and nearly trebled its wealth is going to sweep up to a million and a Quarter in eight years and take its natural place As the Leader protestantism in planting and sustaining missions throughout the world without the most intense constant and United Effort those who Are charged with the responsibility leadership and who will be held accountable. C. C. Mccabe. J. O. Peck. A. B. Leonard. Notes numbers. Rev. G. M. Hammou statistical Secretary Thi Cincinnati con Krince. It pan no longer be said the Cincinnati conference that it like the methodist Mission at new Orleans is in the Book genesis it is in the Book numbers the numbers in some instances May not be As Large As is de sired by Bishops presiding elders pastors secretaries benevolent societies conference claimants and other friends methodism but it is hoped that they Are at least Tius to the status things. To attain this Verity the Blanks filled by the pastors have been in every Case examined and re examined and Many the pastors have been called for information supplemental to that Given in the original report so that the statistical tables As published in the minutes May be relied upon As a True exponent the actual state the Church.11. 1. Membership the membership in the 862 churches the conference has increased from 41,531 in 1887 to 43,030 a net increase 1,499. Ripley District reports the largest number full members 8.302 but Springfield reports the greatest numerical increase 409. The 20 churches in Cincinnati report a membership 4 673. Trinity has 551 members st. Paul 515 Walnut Hills 500. That is to say one third the methodist Force in the City is concentrated in one sixth the number congregations. Of the 43,030 members in the entire conference 16,066 reside in near Cincinnati Dayton Piqua Hamilton Lebanon Middletown Oxford Eaton Greenfield Hillsboro Wilmington Batavia Felicity Georgetown Springfield Urbana Xenia Greenville and Ripley. Although there has been an increase membership there has been a decrease 352 baptisms. In connection with this it May be stated that there has been an increase three sunday schools 287 officers and teachers and 500 scholars. There Are 362 churches and 101 parsonage valued at $2,124 665. Ripley District reports 87 churches Cincinnati District 34, the average value in Ripley however is $2,229 in Cincinnati $17,085. The largest amount debt appears against the Cincinnati District $22,260 the smallest against Hamilton District. The average expense for Sexton fuel lights etc., is $120. Six the Benevo Lent collections report a decrease four an increase. It is a noticeable fact that though there has been an increase members there has been a decrease in the missionary collection and also though there has been a decrease in the collections for the Parent missionary society there has been a net increase in the collections for the women a Mission Ary societies. The amount raised for ministerial support is $156,618 28, an increase $2,137 98�?the average being $1,030, in eluding House rent rental value parsonage. Cincinnati District reported an excess $456 in pastors salaries. Ripley reported the largest amount deficiency $953.94. The sunday school statistics show that 440 officers and teachers Are not Mem Bers the Church and also that 28, 555 scholars out 39,754 Are not in the Church this is a smaller proportion than in 1887 and there has been a decrease in the number conversions. The average attendance remains the same As last year.111. The vitality methodism in the Cincinnati conference is shown by the fact that during the past year there has been an increase nearly 1,500 members in spite Large losses by death and removal and also by the fact that the sum $332,872 67 was raised for Church expenses including amounts paid for building and improving old debts current expenses benevolent collections salaries conference claimants and incidental special collections. A Delaware letter. Katharine Clark Mullkin. you remember a a opening Day a at College Well i have just come from this interesting occasion at the Ohio Wesleyan University. I am full the inspirations aroused by a most successful inaugural the new year by being caught in the Rush Young life with its enthusiasm and sparkle its exuberance Joyful anticipation its Happy greetings old friends and new and by feeling that Subtle influence refining and elevating that pervades the atmosphere a University town. Monnett Hall where my attention particularly entered is already overflowing. Every room has been engaged for a month past and the necessity for More extended accommodations is apparent Here our courteous Host prof. Austin and his competent assistants miss Martin and miss Conklin made our stay delightful while they gave that Assurance so quieting to the anxious parents heart thoughtful and kind oversight their pupils. The presented an animated appearance wednesday morning As group after group students thronged the Broad avenues in response to the Chapel Bell. Melodious strains from the Fine pipe Organ saluted us As with the crowd students we entered the Chapel for the opening exercises. On the platform we recognized . Merrick the venerable and venerated father the institution whose Sweet Christian spirit and godly conversation whose life sanctified in sorrow remain like a Benediction Over the University which he cherished in its infancy. Next came the Placid face and Crown White hair belonging to . Mccab8, who is a a drawn out from his meditations a to the stirring work the acting presidency. There were professor Williams and his gifted wife professor Whitlock the recent general conference Delegate and the eloquent eulogist lamented Bishop Harris and there were a score More other professors not so familiar to us but those whose Strong shoulders is to rest the care and Burden the University As its founders Aud those who have Given the Best gifts their lives to its advancement pass off this earthly stage. What an Inspirit ing sight it was to see crowded within the inadequate Walls the Chapel the seven Hundred and fifty pupils with which the first session opened How my heart was thrilled when the Young voices Rose in the exultant vigorous Strain a a stand up stand up for Jesus a How appropriate the song to the numbers Young christians for the first time May be in strange surroundings who had their positions to take the Christian Standard to maintain a a god help them to do so a was the prayer my heart As i listened to them. God raise up a Noble army soldiers the Cross from this multitude a oiling people i am full yet the inspiration the scene and the occasion. While we congratulate . Payne the wider Field labor opened up to him and feel that he will make this educational society yet in its infancy a source usefulness a wonderful meats Benefit to the whole Church his loss to this institution is great having taken him from us we will demand the East that they make Good our loss and Rumor even now has it that the presidents handsome residence will not be Long without an occupant along in this line looking out for our own interests Why we push again and successfully the project a representative from the Cincinnati conference in one the churches Delaware it would be a Union interests a bringing about a More intimate acquaintance and i quite believe it would help our educational society. The query a a shall it be a blends with the prayer a a gods Blessing our methodist institutions learning. May they be increased and strengthened throughout All our land a extract from an address. Hon. Will Cummack. It is a matter serious concern to every Patriot and philanthropist that our cities Are falling into the hands the vicious and the dissolute. In most them they Are now the governing class. Law is defied in open Day and our municipal governments Are essentially wicked and corrupt. In addition to that our cheap lands and higher wages Are attracting daily to our country hundreds who come bringing with them communism nihilism anarchy and bitter hatred to All Law and order. The oppressions they have suffered from monarchy cause them to hate any and every form government. While Many them accept our civilization and become americans and Are Good Law abiding citizens a Large number reinforce the Lawless element and greatly increase the difficulties enforcing and preserving order. If our free institutions Are to stand then the conserving forces must come from the farm. Chiefly from this source virtue and intelligence must come the needed Power to hold in Check these evils that threaten the permanence our beloved form government. Assuming the correctness this position the farm then is not Only the source Supply to feed the world but the farm House is the Strong fortress against the dangers that Are a menace to the safety the Commonwealth. His Castle in the midst his Fields surrounded by his forests the Farmer is free from the contracting effect narrow streets and alleys and the impure atmosphere the garbage and filth the suburbs. The Farmer therefore should be Broad in his comprehension like unto the wide Fields he cultivates As pure As the air that sweeps Over his Golden harvests and As feet in his heart As the wild Flowers the Valley. This May be thought to be a rather Rosy View the Farmers life yet his propitious surroundings tend at least to produce that result it is True that he has sometimes to contend with drouth flood and sometimes a countless variety insects attack his crops. Any these opposing forces May Shadow the brightness his Hope. Yet if he be skilled in his profession and have the essential grit and perseverance he May to some extent conquer them All and have a fair Success and be Happy. When his barns Are filled with plenty and his granaries Are overflowing with his abundant Harvest then the great temptation comes to him As it does to All successful men in the various vocations life to strive to become Rich. If he yield to the temptation then the mercenary spirit enters and drives out All interest in the Public welfare banishes Charity silences conscience and the Man and his family Are dragged Down to the Low level living Only for self. The Clearm Home is gone and the mental and spiritual needs the household Are sacrificed and that Home instead being a Helper is a hindrance in the work elevating the human race. The country fair is to promote the Public welfare and not to serve personal greed gain. All who Are Active in making it a Success will develop and cultivate their interest for the Public Good. All who come to these great gatherings and look into each other a faces and sit together at these social feasts will go hence with better and higher conceptions life. The building up these common interests and the frequent meetings the people to consult and advise each other is the Best Check and most effectual remedy for this Money getting disease that is corrupting the life blood the nation. Among the great blessings that a Good Providence has Given us May be mentioned the inexhaustible resources the country and unconquerable Energy t Vuu Mner. And it we Are promoting the interests culture in procuring the Best its adj horses cattle sheep and hogs 1� Taining the Best seeds for our soil securing the Best farming utensil meeting annually to compare r and thus creating a generous strip excels Are we not at the same time rating ourselves to a higher and no manhood let us then be found ing our part Well and earnestly so we May say with Tennyson a a yet i doubt not through the Ages one inert purpose runs and the thoughts men Are widened Wittl process the letters to the editor. A classmate Rev. M. Pad dear doctor we a you permit j Correct a slight error which i discover the account Given in last weeks Avo the funeral services brother \ Gaddis. It states a a . Dustin next with deep emotion their first m when in Columbus fifty years aim were ordained together by Bishop wan it then states a a . Dustin is theol remaining in the Cincinnati conferee that Large class and but two others in ing they being in the far West doctor As it is hard to be Laid aside the Active work the ministry i Little harder to be forgotten i wifi state that i though not in the far was a member that Large class and Bishop Waugh a certificate Ordi i loved dear brother Gaddis and h concur in the sentiments exp Rem brother Dustin and Trust i shall me Noble members that Large Dase i fathers House above. For More the year i have been unable to meet with people listen to the ministry word. But glory be to his name j Sweet Fellowship with him in my sick and am standing upon the Banki River looking Over and expecting i Cross and be at rest. Ancel Csc Good Hope o., september 25th. A plea for the sunday school. Editor the Western Christian advocate i notice in the advocate an article a a methods in 8unday-school work a the pen Henry e. Pilcher d. D., in occur the following striking a there is very Little sympathy Between the methodist episcopal cd and the sunday school a and again writer says a i have deliberately ome the conclusion that it would be better dispense with the sunday school ent now . Editor we do not desire enter into any controversy Over these positions. They come from a Good but being one the a a rank and Fil this great sunday school army the m Odist episcopal Church i wish to the correctness these assertions ments like the above Are very Likely to Lead and discourage sunday school v i speak from a number years Serris sunday school work but shall Deal results rather than methods. Last year sunday schools the North Indian Ference paid to the cause missioner a gain Twenty per cent Over the p year. The Church with All its great paid $9,827, a gain Nineteen per we Are not quite ready to a Dis pen a the sunday school again. Year we had in our schools 38,470 we an excess Over the previous year four cent while the Church shows a do the number probationers sixteen cent and an increase in membership five per cent. These comparisons i carried further in other lines and in instance the sunday schools will not by the comparison. The catechism is not taught in the Day school As much As it should be. Who is responsible for this neg Lei. Pastor superintendent As to e attendance children at Public pre a i will say for the Sake argument is so. But no pastor can claim the Ance attention children Unla interest them. How Many 0pastors preach scientific theme a a scientific methods a in the trea analysis their subjects who More influence Over the heart _ Dren than the Knees the North pole it children for not attending up 1. Ing. How Many pastors Atten teachers meetings How fifteen minutes to children Ever before preaching their Regur How Many preach once every the children especially b criticise than to build up. And teachers in the sunday a a ing All in our Power by a he blessed master to bring a to Chris there is no antagonism bet great forces the sunday so Church. They Are one. Any

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