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Luther League of Illinois

THE

Nineteenth Convontion at Morris, July 17-19

BY MISS MABEL HOLMES. HE annual convention of the Luther The benediction was pronounced by Rev.

League of Illinois was officially opened Davy. Thursday afternoon, July 17, 1913, at Bethle

Second Session hem Lutheran Church, Morris, Ill., with Mr.

The second session opened Thursday evenNelson, the president, in the chair. The convention sermon

ing with song service led by Mr Monroe was delivered by

Munson, of Oak Park, Ill. Rev. G. B. Weaver, Chicago. In part, it was

After the opening devotional services, conas follows:

ducted by Rev. Mortvedt, of Newark, Ill., an "Faithful Laborers in the Vineyard, Matt. 20:1-4, 8-12." May we also learn this and become such

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laborers in the Lord's vineyard. all our lives. In whose hearts Christ dwelleth by faith and in whose hands His strength is made perfect.

In whose eyes His love beams out in all our fellows.

You are laborers in His vineyard, you have made a solemn promise to the congregation. Notice again your duties.

And since the congregation elected you to this position of trust, it is the duty of membership to support you in your work, respond to your appeals. The Church Council, representatives of the Church, is above any organization of the Church. If you were to fulfill and perform your full duties as officers, and if the members were to perform their part then all must be faithful laborers in the Lord's vineyard. And it is required of each one of us that our hearts be not divided, that our hands be not idle, and that our eyes be not evil.

Announcements made by president.

The following committee was appointed : Credentials Committee - Mrs. D. Astenius, Miss L. Osman, Mr. R. Anda, Mr. H. Sternberg.

Aarestad, pastor loci, to which Mr. J. Alex. Nelson, president Lúther League of Illinois, responded. The address of the evening was given by Rev. C. W. Knudten, the subject being "Our Church as a Factor in Civic Life," which was in part as follows:

The mission of the Church is to evangelize the world and uphold her members in spiritual life and power. The more the Church is true to her trust, the more efficient she will be in shaping and moulding the life of the community. Our Lutheran Church, in ful6lling her mission a Church, is proving to be a great factor in civic life.

By proclaiming the Word of God in its entirety she brings the message that is needed to produce civic righteousness.

By emphasizing righteousness of faith she upholds the highest standard of morality and appeals to the highest motives in man, to fulfill his civic and social obligations.

By thoroughly training her young members, she

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developin true Christian character that exerts its influence in the cominunity.

Through practical Christian work she does her part in improving social and civic conditions,

We are proud to call ourselves members of the great historic Lutheran Church. May, we become more true and faithful sons and daughters of the glorious Church of the Reformation.

Announcements by the president.
The following committees were appointed:

Committee on Resolutions-C. T. A. Anderson, Louis Young, Rev. Weaver, Miss Grace Harrisville, Miss Josephine Dornblaser.

Auditing Committee-B. J. Jacobson, L. S. Peterson, Arthur Holmes.

Nominating Committee-Hulver Michelson, R. (). Peterson, Miss Amelia Huff.

After singing the Rally Hymn we were led in prayer and the benediction pronounced by Rev. Mortvedt, of Newark.

Third Session The third session opened Friday morning with song service led by Mr. Monroe Munson. The devotional service was led by Rev. Anda. Business was then taken up. A very good report was read by the State president, Mr. J. Alex. Nelson.

The report of the executive secretary was given by Miss Minnie Stohr, of Elgin, which included the report of the statistical secretary, as follows: Thirty-one Leagues with membership of 1,502.

The report of the treasurer was presented Ivy Mr. Henry L. Hanson, as follows: Cash received, $200.79; disbursements, $93.04; balance on hand, $107.75. This report was referred to the auditing committee.

The cre tials committee reported fiftyeight delegates and twenty-six visitors present.

Luther M. Kuhns, secretary of the Luther League of America, was then introduced and spoke of the Albany national convention.

Mr. C. T. A. Anderson, treasurer of the Luther League of America, was then called on and spoke concerning the work in the national organization and urged more faithful work in our District and State Leagues.

Greetings were received from the State of New York, to which we responded with greetings.

The executive committee recommended that the application from the Woodstock Luther League be favorably acted upon. The league was admitted into full membership of the State League by the convention.

Miss Huda Miller, of Chicago, read an excellent paper on "The Luther League_‘Aim,'” which was in part as follows:

As an organization aiming to aid young Christians in leading a life of loyalty to Christ and their Church we discover an obligation to self and God. These aims may be divided into three parts: First, educational; second, secial, and third, religious value. It is of educational value because it offers the member an opportunity to take part in the program, thus making nim seli-reliant and self-confident. Mary trials may be necessary to overcome nervousness and awkwardness, to ferget self and think only of the to, ic on hand; but by taking part whenever the op portunity presents itselí one learns to forget self, and will not fear to speak or read to an audience. The League aims at an intelligent Church member: ship, having a clear and strong view of the vital truths for which our Church exists. It knows that the great principles which have made us a Church are needful in our young people's spiritual welfare and cannot fail to fit them for usefulness in and fidelity to their great Church, faithful servants and handmaidens of Christ. The Luther League therefcre says to every young man

and woman, learn to know the blessed heritage we posNo other Church occupies such

glorious position in the annals of history. By attending the Luther League meetings regularly and giving the speaker our attention we cannot help but be benefited by the practical talks on Christianity. The leaders do not present the topics in such language that we cannot follow the thought, but plain everyday facts that should help us to lead higher, better lives. We can educate ourselves by making use of the oppor. tunities given every Leaguer to either speak, sing or pray, or in some manner to take part in the meeting. At first it seems almost impossible for us even to attempt to speak in public. Then we think perhaps the results are not worth the effort. We may say, "My speaking will not do much good," or My singing will not help anyone, and yet it is the little beginnings that lead to the larger results. for example, in a certain gun factory the following experiment was tried. A bar of steel five feet in length was suspended from the ceiling by a delicato chain. Some feet away a cork-a common bottle cork—was hung by a silken cord from the ceiling. Hy swaying the cork an effort was made to set the bar of steel in motion. It seems at first impossible. The first time the cork hit the steel it made no im. įression whatever. But it was done again and again. finally a quiver went through the bar, vibration set in and before long that bar of steel swung backward and forward like the pendulum of a clock.

From one of our own Luther Leagues we have a minister now in Minneapolis and also one studying at the United Church Seminary, preaching at Freedom during his vacation, Both men say by making the most of the opportunities found in the League they helped themselves to become what they now

By assuming chairmanship on a committee we bring out and develop our executive ability. We learn to weigh matters thoroughly before deciding them and also to employ tact in dealing with other members.

In an effort to train and foster our social nature the Luther League has a work. Your League ough: to be a very sociable society. If you think it is not, it is perhaps your own fault. Do you meet other Leaguers half way? The old idea of doing good was to isolate one's self from society in either a convent or monastary.

The modern and greater idea is to take an active part in society. The blessing of life is to help others live, to make others happy Older members of the League have said, that the friendships formed in the Luther League have been the most lasting and pleasant ones they have en: joyed."

Seciability has been and is a factor in Chris. tianity. In the Luther League can be the truest friendships. Here we may find the truest channels for our pleasure. The poorness and littleness of his man life may here be inade to experience some of the social comforts,

The Luther League aims to inspire the youth of our Church with a high religionis purpose and he in them to carry this purpose into effect. It cultivates te religious spirit The League aims to foster loyalty to the Church of which Christ is the great head, and fidelity to the pastor. The League also endeavors to show its members their responsibility in regard to mission work. The League furnishes teachers for the Sunday school, members for the choir, willing workers on various church committees and loyal helpers to the pastor in his work, and for

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deaconesses. The leaders in the League today will be the leaders in the Church tomorrow, in pulpit and pew. The League with its organization, its social life, its religious meetings, its committees, can do splendid work in helping the younger members to a true Christian life and service. The Luther League labors in and for the upbuilding of our Zion. The responsibility rests upon every individual member of the League. Our responsibility to God and our fel. low man is personal.

As Luther Leaguers let it be remembreed that the League not only stands for loyalty to the Church, but also for piety. The very essence of all Church loyalty is spirituality. Faithfulness to God and fearlessness in the performance of duty.

Rev. Davy began the discussion of the paper read by Miss Miller, and many followed, making the same very interesting.

After singing a hymn, Rev. Anda led us in prayer' and pronounced the benediction.

will be with thee. He will not fail thee nor forsake thee until thou hast finished all the work, so let us stand shoulder to shoulder and nothing can conquer

With Christ as our Leader we will surely win this battle for the Lord.

An interesting discussion of the paper followed.

The president called upon the following district presidents to speak to the convention: Mr. Brissman, president of Tri-City League ; Miss Holman, president of Northern Illinois District; D. N. Astenius, president of Chi

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Fourth Session The fourth session of the convention opened Friday afternoon. The devotional service was led by Rev. Johnson.

Miss Minnie Stohr read a paper, “The Luther League— Results,'” by Mrs. William Bode, of Elgin.

The Luther League has done a great deal along the line of education and the results have been shown by the great increase of contributions for home as well as foreign mission work. For instance, in 1892 the Lutheran Church contributed for benevolent pur. poses, etc., 65 cents per member and by the aid of the Luther League educational work, in rate had raised to $1.09, which showed the great results of the intervening years.

Along this same line let me present the following: The branch of our Church in which the Luther League is in all probability the strongest increased its membership 5.9 per cent., while the entire Lutheran Church increased at 4 per cent. In two con. ferences covering nearly the same territory, with about the same membership, the one hating an active Luther League contributed $2.40 per member, while the other, with greater wealth among its members but no Luther League, contributed but 82 cents per member. While the value of Church membership is not rated in dollars and cents, yet the gifts to benevolence furnish some criterion as to the activity and awakening to their responsibility.

Add to the above facts the increased circulation of Church papers, the increased endowments and improvements of our institutions of learning and mercy and truly the results are astonishing. Much of this great increase is due to the increased intelligence of our laity, resulting, directly or indirectly from the Luther League teaching.

Results can be shown in the expansion of Church work—inner mission-our Leagues are most active an! our leaders are in the front of the movement. Our members are the workers in the settlement houses, choirs, and are visitors to the hospitals, the homes, the prisons, the seamen's missions, and in a way the League has made possible this line of labor by fur. nishing the workers.

The Luther League being an organization for the young people necessitates the confirmed members as being the workers in this organization, therefore as a result, if the League fulfills her duty to her Church, it will be the holding of interest of the newly confirmed in the Church, as well as the train. ing of them in the duties of aid to the pastor as well as for their own edification, the results being Church workers whom you can depend upon when placed upon a committee, detailed to a sick call or any of the numerous things to be done.

Statistics show that a large per cent. of the young men and young women who sacrifice their lives for Christ's work as ministers, missionaries, deaconesses, get their incentive through the Luther League, either a topic, a meeting, or suggestion of some valued worker of the League.

Be strong and of good courage and do it: fear not nor be dismayed, for the Lord God even my God

J. ALEX. NELSON,

President of the Illinois League. cago District League; Rev. Johnson, president of Fox River District, South.

Rev. Johnson led in prayer and pronounced the benediction.

Fifth Session The fifth session opened with song service and the devotional service was led by Rev. Harrisville, of Chicago. Mr. Monroe A Munson, of Oak Park, favored us with a vocal solo.

The address of the evening was given by Rev. C. O. Solberg, Northfield, Minn., and commanded the attention of every one present. The subject was “The Man With the, Open Bible.”

Miss Louise Osman sang a solo. The offering was then taken up and Rev. Luther M. Kuhns, general secretary, brought us greetings from the president and executive committee of the Luther League of America. He also spoke to us of loyalty for our Church, not so much because it is the Lutheran Church, bụt

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