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Conducted by J. S. RUNNYON
LUTHER LEAGUE OF NEW YORK STATE Organized at Pittsburgh, Pa., October 30 and 31, 1895, President, WILLIAM Eck..
.. Albany by, delegates representing State, District and indi- Cor. Sec., ERNEST WEISSKOTTEN.
Syracuse vidual organizations from twenty different States 10 LUTHER LEAGUE OF PENNSYLVANIAthe Union and District of Columbia.
Pres., P. WALTE Bankn....... Wilkes-Barre, Pa. OFFICERS
Cor. Sec., MRS. B. B. HARKER, 438 W. Queen Line, Wu. C. STOEVER.... ..President
Germantown, Philadelphia 727 Walnut street, Philadelphia, Pa.
LUTHER LEAGUE OF NEW JERSEY
President, Rev. EUGENE E. NEUDEWITZ, Jersey City LUTHER M. KUHNS Secretary of Executive Committee.
Cor. Sec., Miss E. BUSCH, S4 Mercer St., Jersey City 2569 Pierce street, Omaha, Neb.
LUTHER LEAGUE OF ILLINOIS-
. Chicago P. O. Box 2653, Philadelphia, Pa.
Sec., Miss MABEL HOLMES.
Chicago CHAS. T. A. ANDERSON..
Treasurer, LUTHER LEAGUE OF OHIO35 So. Dearborn street, Chicago, Ill.
President, MURRAY S. Moist..
Toledo PAUL B. MATTICE...
. Statistical Secretary. Cor. Secretary, Miss Emma E. Mast. .Zanesville Middleburg, N. Y.
LUTHER LEAGUE OF WISCONSIN-
Secretary, Miss AMANDA RAPPS..... .Racine Rev. GEORGE H. SCHNUI...
Topic Secretary, LUTHER LEAGUE OF INDIANA749 Marshall avenue, St. Paul, Minn.
President, Rev. ELMER D. S. BOYER...... . Lafayette
Cor. Sec., MRS. RosA HORN.... .Fort Wayne Executive Committee
LUTHER LEAGUE OF IOWAComposed of the President, General Secretary, Treas
President, Roy. H. F. MARTIN.. Iowa City urer and the following members:
Secretary, 0. J. VILAND.
.. Slater E F. EILERT, Chairman, 608 W. 146th St., New York.
LUTHER LEAGUE OF SOUTH DAKOTAJAMES M. REYNOLDS....
. Valatie, N. Y. . New York, N. Y.
President, JAMES O. BERDARL... I. S. RUNYON.
Cor. Secretary, A. S. BRAGSTAD. .Sioux Falls Rev. E. A. TRABERT.
. Pittsburgh, Pa.
LUTHER LEAGUE OF MINNESOTAG. A. BALDWIN....
President, OTTO JOHNSON..
... St. Paul .. Reading, Pa.
Cor. Sec., ARLINÉ PIEPER.. A. RAYMOND BARD.
LUTHER LEAGUE OF CONNECTICUT MARVIN W. LUTZ......
Mansfield, Ohio. Rrv. G. F. GER.
President, Louis ReckNAGEL.. .New Britain J. ALEX NELSON...
.. Chicago, I11.
Cor. Secretary, Miss ANNA SMITH. Hartford
LUTHER LEAGUE OF OREGON-WASHINGTONAll communications regarding membership, consti
President, Prop. KARL F. MILLER...Chehalis, Wash. tutions, etc., should be addressed to the General Sec
Cor. Sec., Miss CLARA A. Gore..... Seattle, Wash. retary.
LUTHER LEAGUE OF NEBRASKA-
Fremont E. AUG. MILLER.. . Philadelphia, Pa. Cor. Sec., Miss HELEN TOEDTER.
..Hastings JAMES M. REYNOLDS, Secretary Valatie, N. Y.
LUTHER LEAGUE OF CANADA-
Humberstone HENRY D. BRANDES.
New York City, N. _Y. Cor. Sec., Miss LAURA VOLLMER.
District Leagues In States Not Organized Publication Committee
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA LUTHER LEAGUEWILLIAX C. STOEVER.
. Philadelphia, Pa. President, H. R. FELLINGER..... Washington, D. C. E. F. EILERT.
New York City, N. Y. Cor. Sec., Harvey A. BENNER... Washington, D. C. F. H. WEFER.
New York City, N. Y. LUTHER LEAGUE OF CEN. CALIFORNIA-
.......San José 1. S. RUNYON.
. New York, N. Y. Louis VAN GILLUWE.
Asbury Park, N. J. Rev. J. F. FEDDERS..
-The Luther League of the city of New York Rey. G. H. SCHNUR.
.St. Paul, Minn. held its regular quarterly meeting on Monday Rev. P. W. KOLLER.
.Hudson, N. Y. evening, October 14th, at Gustavus Adolphus REV. F. P. BOSSART.
... Lima, Ohio. Rev. LUTIR MALMBERG...
St. Peter, Minn.
Church, Twenty-second Street, near Third AveRev. O. GLESNE...
.. Aberdeen, So. Dak. nue.
The meeting was well attended, most of Junior Topics Committee
the local societies being represented. After the Rev. C. ELVIN HAUPT, D.D..
Lancaster, Pa. REV. J. M. Guss.
routine business was transacted, General SecreAXNA M. LANDIS.
Jeanette, Pa. tary Rev. Luther M. Kuhns spoke of the ConExxa E. MAST....
vention of the Luther League of America soon REV. A. T. MICHLER.
to be held in Albany, and urged attendance upon Transportation Committee
all who could possibly arrange Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
to go. H. L. HUNGERFORD..
Eduard J. F. DINKEY.
Rochester, N. Y.
Staudermann, pastor of St. Paul's T. CLEY BECK.
Elizabeth, NJ. Church, Mt. Vernon, spoke briefly but im
MEMORIAL & CHURCH WINDOWS
A. C. GRIMM
155 East 23rd Street, New York, N. Y.
pressively of the great need of men for the Gospel ministry, referring to the large number of vacant Lutheran pulpits as proof of his claim.
At the close of the meeting refreshments were served by the young women of Gustavus Adolphus Society.
-At its regular meeting on October 27, St. John's Social Union was addressed by Mr. James Gear and Mr. Paul C. Holter in the interests of the Inner Mission cause in general and of the New Lutheran Hospice in particular. December 10 to 13 the Union will hold a bazaar for the benefit of the Church.
--The Luther League of Holy Trinity Church will hereafter hold its business meeting in connection with one of the devotional meetings, and has in other respects rearranged its plans to meet new and changed conditions. One of its plans for this season is to study the lives of some of the men and women who have made unusually deep and strong impressions upon the people in non-Christian countries among whom they have labored. Brooklyn District.
- The Luther League of St. Matthew's Church, Brooklyn, Rev. G. B. Young, D. D., pastor, is very active this season. At their last meeting they selected for the coming year the following officers: Clarence C. Dittmer, president; Joseph C. Dittmer, vice-president; Edith Andrews, secretary; Francis A. Lord, treasurer. The president promptly appointed the various committees necessary for the full development of the work for the coming year.
The chairman of each committee was impressed with the responsibility of the office to which he had been appointed. The devotional committee has already had two meetings, and they have laid out the plan for the devotional meetings for the year. On NOvember 24, Mr. I. S. Runyon delivered a very interesting address to the members of the League: The entertainment committee held a social the ev before Thanksgiving. Every one considered it the best they have ever attended Last year the Luther League concentrated upon the subject of Home Missions, raising $50 for this work. This year the League is giving particular attention to the work of Foreign Missions. The presence of Rev. José Arnold of this church in the African field makes the members all more deeply interested than ever before in the great work of Foreign Missions. Albany and Susquehanna District.
-At the annual meeting of the Luther League of St. John's Church on November 21 the following officers were elected: President, William Eck; vice-president, Rev. Oscar Krauch; recording secretary, Miss Elsie Seigel; corresponding secretary, Miss Emma Pauli; financial secretary, Ernest Zimmerman; treasurer, Paul Kinne; pianist, Dorothy Cable. The society has a membership of 537, a gain of 23 over last year. Delegate to the State Convention Miss Emma Pauli gave a report of the recent convention. A Watch Night social will be held on New Year's Eve.
PENNSYLVANIA Philadelphia District.
-At the last meeting of St. Stephen's Luther League a movement was started for the League to provide the pews for the new church building. Mr. Frank Herr was elected president of the League.
-The Luther League of the Church of Our Saviour celebrated its fifth anniversary on Sunday evening, November 10th. The president, Mr. Harry Hawthorne, read the report of the year's work, and the address of the evening was delivered by Mr. Francis C. Leupold, president of the Philadelphia District Luther League. Remarks were also made by the pastor, the Rev. C. M. Sandt. The League has an active membership of seventy, and is doing much to assist in the work of the parish. Northeastern District.
- With an enthusiastic gathering of Lutherans that was marked by many noteworthy features, the
fortieth semi-annual convention of the Northeastern District was held in St. Luke's Church, Noxen, Pa., on October 24th. Preparations on the part of the local League included a bountifully laden general table, profuse decorations in both church and dining hall, special musical features, and several ingenious devices for furthering the social side of the convention. A carefully arranged and timely program by the executive committee met a general hearty and intelligent response. These features would have convinced the doubter that the old time convention is still potent to create and foster a healthy spirit among church people,
The theme of the convention, “An Educated Laity," was presented in a four-fold division, "Its Importance and Necessity," "Its Promotion by the League," "Its Results in Activity" and "Its Results in Loyalty." The papers, of the highest order both as to thought and literary composition, precipitated a lively and helpful discussion, in which the lay members intelligently and effectively participated. One could not be indifferent, as he looked into the eager and attentive faces of the listeners, to the evident careful thought and earnest purpose shown. It was unconsciously a very practical exhibition of the fact expressed in the convention theme. The salient points of the discussion were the definition of education, in which stress
upon the development of a harmonious whole in man's being, including not only the intellect but also the will, the moral and religious instincts. Loyalty and activity were agreed to be fruits of such education, as it was tersely put in one of the papers: "Active and loyal to the Church in love as he has knowledge of it, and not in fear as though ignorant."
At the evening session the Rev. H. A. Weller,
-A reception was given to the Lutheran students of Lafayette College by the Luther League of St. John's Church on Monday evening, November 4. Addresses were delivered by Dr. Owen, who is at present acting president of the college on account of the illness of Dr. Warfield, and by Prof. B. Frank Sandt, teacher of Latin in the Easton High School, Mr. Sandt welcomed the boys in behalf of the congregation. A large number of students were present. There are nearly seventy Lutheran students at. tending Lafayette College this fall.
D. D., of Orwigsburg, as the speaker, discussed the subject, “The Responsibility and Opportunity of the Lutheran Church," and in an emphatic and convincing manner impressed the convention that this opportunity and responsibility lie largely in the demand that the age is making on the Church. Referring to the comparative isolation of fifty years ago in the economic, political and social elements in the life of the citizen, he maintained that changed material conditions that affected his life had given rise to a well developed community sense. Religion has concerned itself vitally with the individual rather than the community. But the cry is insistent that the units make the mass, anu it is the religious emotions that will affect and eventually determine the social energies. Pre-eminent in Christendom, the Lutheran Church must heed the call to maintain the true perspective, for essentially and almost exclusively, in spirit she is diametrically opposed to religious and denominational tendencies to consider the community rather than the individual the object of her care. Keen and alert to true and substantial progression, but with no proclivity to temporizing, faithful to the everlasting truth unchanged and unchanging, yet with no measure of consent to fossilize, her opportunity lies in her awakened and awakening consciousness that she must keep pace with the age.
Resolutions were adopted pledging the support of the District to the Home Mission Week, November 17th-24th, and urging the local Leagues to do all in their power to make it a success. A committee consisting of Mr. P. W. Banker, president of the State League, and the Revs. L. Lindenstruth, D. D., and L. D. Ulrich, was appointed to devise an effective educational plan in the doctrines and history of the Church for the local Leagues. A publication of a résumé of the convention proceedings of such a nature as would be of general interest to the rank and file of the local Leagues was intrusted to the president, John Griener, Jr., the secretary, Miss Sophie Ecker, and the chairman of the Press Committee, the Rev. W. J. Nelson.
The fund of the Luther League Hall, to which the District has already subscribed and paid $762, received further encouragement in resolution pledging an additional $100. The report of the treasurer, Mr. Martin F. Rau, showed satisfactory financial relations between the locals and the District League, and that of the statistician, Mr. Clyde Kelble, a flourishing condition of the general work of the locals.
A helpful feature of the concluding business session of the convention was an "institute" in which in a very informal way successes and failures, ways and means of the work of the locals .were discussed. The president calling unexpectedly upon their representatives received a very general co-operation in the spirit of the Institute. The reports that were discouraging were in a great minority to those which though unpretentious were encouraging, and which showed that the Luther League is doing an effective and noble work.-W. J. Nelson, chairman, Press Committee.
-The forty-first semi-annual convention of the Pittsburgh District Luther League was held in Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, McKees Rocks, Rev. John J. Myers, pastor, on Tuesday, November 19. The keynote address, "The Spirit of the Times," by Rev. J. I. Shaud, of Ambridge, who was unable to attend, was read by Mr. Charles Jordan, of Pittsburgh. The officers and various standing committees offered reports which showed that seventy-six local organizations comprise the district with a total membership of over 3,000. The delegates from local organizations made brief reports of their work. The report of the State convention at Harrisburg was made by Miss Clara E. Keitzer, of Homestead. Rev, E. A. Tra bert and Mr. K. J. F. Wilharm reported on the Luther League national convention at Albany, N. Y.
The second session was opened with a Junior League service. Rev. C. A. Nauman, of wigonier, spoke on Junior missionary work.
The topic, “Combatting the Spirit of the Times," was presented in three papers as follows: (a) By Prayer, Mrs. Will Ira Guss, of Duquesne; (b) By Education, Miss Alice V. Thompson, of New Castle; (c) By Service, Mr. Theo. E. Stout, of Zelienople. A resolution was passed asking that each local organization make a special of fering to a fund for defraying the expenses of officers and committee members. Attention was called to the deficit in the treasury of the National League, and Leagues were urged to make special offerings to remove the deficit before the new financial plan becomes effective; $25 was pledged as an offering from the District League. Attention
called to the Junior League literature now being published by the Junior Work committee. Two new organizations were received into membership in the District League, namely, the Senior Luther League of First Church, Conway, and the Junior Luther League of the First Church, Butler. election of officers resulted as follows: President, Mr. C. W. Herman Hess, of New Castle; vice-president, Mr. K. J. F. Wilharm, of Pittsburgh; secretary, Miss Margaret Strohecker, of Zelienople; treasurer, Mr. H. Edward Brunk, of Wilkinsburg; statistician, Miss Ella R. Kuhn, of Duquesne. At the evening session an inspiring address was delivered by Rev. H. C. Hadley, of Fort Wayne, Ind., on "Christian Liberty."
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OHIO -For the past three years the Luther League at Bryan, Rev. Alvin E. Bell, pastor, has been supporting a native worker in India, and on November 3 enough shares were subscribed by the active and honorary members of the League to support additional native worker in Africa.
WISCONSIN. -The Luther League of St. Paul's Church, Neenah, Fred R. Webber, missionary-in-charge, was organized October 29. The following are the officers: President, Anna Henningson; vicepresident, Mrs. Dora Gehring; secretary, Flora Johnson. St. Paul's is the latest of the English Lutheran missions in Wisconsin. Having on its roll a list of active young Lutherans, there is no reason why the new League will not be a credit to Wisconsin's progressive Luther League.
recording secretary; Ella Wampler, carresponding secretary (three years); Herbert Nordehn, treasurer.
MINNESOTA -The Memorial and St. James Luther Leagues of St. Paul, Minn., at a recent joint meeting consolidated, adopting the new name of the consolidated congregation, "The Luther League of the Church of the Reformation." The officers are: Fred Stott, president; Ethel Johnson,
–Trinity Luther League, Hamilton, is directing its financial effort to the completion of payment for the piano recently purchased. The League has also undertaken to support the "Students' Aid Fund" for the benefit of students at the Seminary at Waterloo. Several members of this League are students at the Seminary this year, and three others are preparing to enter at a later date. This fact has awakened much interest in the Seminary. This League uses the Hymnal and Topics with great success.
Note-This service is simply a suggestion. It may be used as it stands. It may be changed in any way to meet local conditions. The hymns are from the Luther League Hymnal.
Organ prelude. Hymn 73, “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus.”
O Lord, open Thou my lips.
Gloria Patri. Scripture lesson by pastor,
“Hail to the Lord's Anointed.”
(Eleanor Allen Schroll.) Recitation:
THE CROWDED INN.
No room could they make
Ah, what a mistake!
The rabble cared naught,
The manger they sought.
But, lo! Wondrous Light
This first Christmas night.
A mon ble forlorn
The Christ Child is born.
Ah, still we may singi
(Eleanor Allen Schroll.) Hymn 87. "A Babe Is Born in Bethlehem.” Recitation:
IN THE HOME AT NAZARETH.
Which angel voices tell,
Came down on earth to dwell;
But this I surely know,
Because He loved me so.
Was once a child like me,
His little ones might be;
His footsteps here below,
Because He loves me so.
My sweetest songs I'll raise;
I know He hears my praise;
That even I may go
(Emily Huntington Miller.)
THE SHEPHERDS. “ 'Tis time,” spake the shepherd in sorrowful tone, "For His long-delayed coming. Dost hear the sad moan Of the wind through the cave? All the signs are
fulfilled; See the close-huddled sheep, they lie as if thrilled By night's solemn mystery; their soft eyes a-glisten Like gems in massed snow, as intently they listen.” “Behold,” came the answer from his friend of the
fields, "Just over yon sheepfold, a light that reveals The heavens ablaze! Nay, look not so far'Tis here, just above us, the long-promised star! The flocks are safe sheltered in their innocence mild: Our vigil is ended. We must search for the Child." Ere the shepherds had risen to go on their quest. They heard rustle of wings, that sorely distressed These men of the folds. But hark! a sweet voice-"Fear not; a message I bring your hearts to rejoice With good tidings of joy. At the coming of morn A babe--your Redeemer--in Bethlehem was born." “Let us find Him at once." And quickly they sped Through twilight of dawn, by the signal star led To the eastward; they journeyed through helds bare
and brown, Till the star at last rested above David's town. And 'twas there that they found Him-in a khan,
oxen-trodA prince in a manger, who was born Son of God. But angels bent o'er Him, and the morning stars sang Till the heavens above a glad welcome rang.
(Adelia Pope Branham.) Responsive reading: Luke 2:1-20. Hymn 84. “While Shepherds Watch'd Their Flocks By Night." Special music (selected in advance). Recitation:
THE FIRST CHRISTMAS DAY.
When to Bethlehem there came
Carpenter his highest claim.
They in stable found retreat,
The glad story now repeat:
Mary gave the Saviour birth,
Loud proclaimed sweet "peace on earth";
Thence became the glad acclaim,
Learned to "lisp Messiah's name."
Had them shown where he was born,
Nor could Herod them suborn.
From the over-arching sky,
Now reveals the reason why.
Lay earth's ever sweetest child;
And who could not be beguiled;
The Physician highest skilled;
We our hopes eternal build.
Amid flocks was Jesus born,
Greeted earth's redemption morn.
Came the Truth, the Life, the Way,
(H. U. Johnston.)