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BROOKLYN AND LONG ISLAND DISTRICT
—The convention of the Luther League of Brooklyn and Long Island was held, afternoon and evening of November 20. There were a larger number of delegates and visitors present than at any preceding convention. All the reports showed that the district is becoming a "live wire." Sister Jennie Christ, of New York, was the principal speaker for the afternoon. Her address on the deaconess work was inspiring and instructive. Pastor Freas, of Jersey City, spoke on the Lutheran work among soldiers, and Dr. W. A. Snyder, the president of the Brooklyn and Long Island Inner Mission Society, spoke on the needs of that work. The district League has raised more than half of its apportionment of the Jubilee Fund, and is looking forward to entertaining the New York State Convention. Convention committees have been appointed and active work has been commenced. Special emphasis was placed upon devotional work and work for the welfare of soldiers. The following officers were elected: President. Rev. Harold S. Miller; recording secretary, Mr. Clarence C. Dittmer; corresponding secretary, Mr. Herbert Ruckmich; treasurer, Miss Caroline Niebling. The speaker for the evening session was Dr. S. P. Long, of Mansfield, Ohio. He spoke effectively and well on "Resolutions for All Lutherans. The Luther League of Holy Trinity, Hollis, and the Luther League at Rosedalc were admitted into membership at this meeting. It was a splendid convention.
—A Luther League rally commemorating the Quadri-ceutennial was held November 10 in St. John's Church, Potighkeepsie. Addresses were delivered by Rev. Walter D. Miller, D.D., Rev. George Hipslcy, D.D., Rev. Yost Brandt, Rev. Dr. Boomhaucr and Rev. R. Heinz.
-—Features of the fall work of the Luther League of St. John's Church, Hudson, Rev. \V. H. W. Reimer, pastor, were an illustrated lecture on the Reformation by the pastor, and a rally addressed by Rev. Albert Weaver. MOHAWK VALLEY DISTRICT
—-Rev. F. R. Krauch, on October 2, delivered the address at the annual fall rally of the Luther League of St. John's Church, Canajoharle. N. Y., in which he spoke on how the young Lutheran can do his part in the celebration of the four hundredth anniversary of the Reformation.
—The Luther Leaguers of Washington were pleased to note the suggestion in the November copy of the Review that the Leagues hold a Consecration Service at the beginning of a new year's work. The Luther League Central of Washington held such a service on Wednesday evening. November 16, at Zion's Church, primarily for the officers and the members of the committees. The devotional exercises were conducted by the Rev. Charles F. Steck, D.D., followed by an address by the Rev. William A Wade, in which he called the Leaguers to service. Reports concerning various activities of the organization were then made, as well as committee assignments, and these were followed by an address by the Rev. Richard Schmidt on "The Opportunities of Our Luther League Central in and About Washington." The service
CAN YOU ANSWER THESE?
Mow did the Lutheran Church make the Panama
Canal possible? Did the Lutheran Church give khaki cloth to the
In what Lutheran nation do the men do all the family cooking?
Of what Lutheran nation is it said: "It has illustrated the fact that 'Righteousness cxalteth a nation'?"
What Lutheran pastor conducted a "ragged school" nearly fifty years before Robert Raikcs? These and many other interesting questions arc
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THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR BOOK
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Uppsala Cathedral in Word and Picture—Christian Life in Lapland—Notable Lutherans of many Lauds—Four Articles on Luther—General Survey of Lutheran Activities throughout the World—Lutheran Artists, Muselans and Writers, with Examples of their Work—Oldest Lutheran Church in America— Two Hundred and Seventy-Are Years of Lutheran Work among the Indians, beginning with the Work of Campanlus—Maps of All Lutheran Mission Fields—New Lutheran Institutions Erected During the Year—Notable Lutheran Anniversaries, etc., etc.
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closed with prnycr by the Rev. John C. Twele. Official action "has since been taken that the Luther League Central enter upon Inner Mission wflrk, and to report a membership of 400 to the Luther League of America. The district numbers nine local organizations.
B. M. 0. DISTRICT
—The North Penn Luther League Conference was held November IS at 2 o'clock in Jerusalem Church, Almont. Mr. George Wiedemoyer gave a "five minute talk" on the question, "In What Way Can We Develop Leaders in League," and Mr. Elmer E. Becker, in similar time, stated "What Are the Functions of the District. State and National Luther League Organizations?" Following these talks was an address by Prof. Robert Fritch, of Muhlenberg College.
—The twenty-third annual convention of the Allentown District League was held in St. John's Church, Fullerton, November 13. At the afternoon session the address was by Rev. A. T. W. Steinhneuser. subject, "On Reading Luther." Early in the evening there was a conference on Luther League work led by Francis C. Leupold. In the evening there were addresses on "The Challenge of the Year," by Rev. K. R. Rudolph, and "Our Luther League Obligations," by Francis C. Leupold.
—The Luther League of our church at Easton, Rev. A. M. Stump, pastor, has recently purchased a piano for its Sunday school and is also contributing $20 monthly toward the building fund.
UPPER LEHIGH VALLEY DISTRICT
—The forty-fourth convention of the Upper Lehigh Valley District Luther League was held, November 20-21, in Salem Church, Audenried, Rev. David H. Frederick, pastor. The theme of the convention was "The Protestant Reformation," and some of the topics discussed were as follows: "The Cause and Effect of the Reformation," "Luther at Wartburg and Coburg," "A Challenge to Church Loyalty" by Rev. M. Luther Zweizig, "Luther at Marburg," and "The Lutheran Church in America."
NORTH EASTERN DISTRICT
—General Secretary Hodges, of the Luther League of America, delivered the Reformation address at the Luther League rally in Christ Lutheran Church, Wilkes Barre, on November 13.
YORK DISTRICT *
—The twenty-third annual convention of the York District Luther League was held in St. Luke's Church, York, Rev. Albert Bell, pastor, November 8, 1017. The morning session was given principally to business. Three new Leagues were received. The treasurer's report was the best in the history of the League as to dues, but an effort will be put forth to raise the balance of the district Quadri-eentennial $500 Jubilee Fund. The statistician reported 608 senior members and 343 Junior.
At the afternoon session conferences were conducted on "Senior Work and Workers," "The Value of Co-operation" and "Junior Organizations—Why and How?" The following officers were elected for the coming year: President," M. Haller Frey, York; vice-president, John Miller, Glen Rock; secretary, Stella J. Schaeffer, York; treasurer, Pauline Lehn, York, and statistician, Louise Hoffman, Red Lion. The convention accepted the injitation of the Luther League of Glen Rock to hold the next annual district convention in Zion Lutheran Church, Glen Rock. Mr. W. H. Menges, president of the State organization, urged a full quota of delegates to the State and national conventions, presented the cause of young men for the ministry, the men called to engage in the present world conflict and the Jubilee Fund. Stella J. Schaeffer, York; Rosie Henry, Seven A'alley; John L. R. Schiding, York; John Miller, Glen Rock, and Pauline Lehn, York, were elected as delegates from the district to the next State convention at Greensburg, and Mr. W. H. Menges, Menges Mills, and M. Haller Frey, York, were elected delegates to the next national convention.
At 7 p. m. a model Junior meeting was held in charge of the Junior Work Committee, Mrs. John L. R. Schiding, chairman. Master Edgar Myers conducted the devotional services and a chorus of 116 Juniors sang and participated in the model meeting.
The address at the evening session was delivered by Rev. M. J. Biebcr, D.D., of the executive committee of the Luther League of America, on the subject "Reformation Application." Among the resolutions passed were the following: That a more general use be made of the Junior and Senior League topics and that the local societies subscribe for the Luther
League Review and Topic booklets; that as individuals and local societies we endeavor to influence worthy young men to enter the ministry; that the local Leagues be urged to pray for their members who have been called to the front in the present world war and remember them by an occasional letter and in every way ease their burdens.
The literature committee had on hand an exhibit of literature, pictures and curios from Japan and other foreign fields. More than 100 delegates and visitors attended the convention. PITTSBURGH DISTRICT
—The fall convention of the Pittsburgh Dis trict Luther League was held in Christ Church F. E., Pittsburgh, on Thursday, November 1T> The theme of the convention was "Quadri-cen tennial Visions of Wider Service." Among tin subjects for discussion and addresses are the fol lowing: "Why Stand Ye Idle?" "Caring for the Stranger"; "Recruiting for the Ministry"; "A More Efficient League" (a) "In Our Meetings" (b) "In Our Activities."
— -The Pittsburgh District Luther League and the Luther League of the Joint Synod of Ohio, together with other Lutheran Young People's Societies, are expecting to hold a joint mass meeting some time during the next few months.
—In the Majestic Theatre, Rochester, under the auspices of the Luther Leagues of the district, on October 14, a special Reformation service was held. Mr. D. A. Kommel, of Monaca, the general chairman, was in charge. Lutheran ministers of the county were on the platform. A chorus of about 100 voices under the direction of Mr. Charles J. Bedison, of New Brighton, sang. An address was delivered bv Rev. S. P. Long, D.D., of Mansfield, Ohio.
—The Wheeling District Luther League convention met in St. John's Church, Rev. J. L. Fischer, pastor, November 7. Mr. John Metzger was continued as president. Miss Irma Vass is the new secretary, who succeeds Miss Lena Ebeling, for six years the efficient secretary, but now in the University of Pittsburgh. The topics were timely and elicited unusual discussion. The new "Common Service Book with Hymnal" came in for illumination ana most hearty commendation. A copy was shown the convention. The evening address was delivered by Rev. R. T. Vorberg, Marietta, Ohio. In his address he presented the claims of the Word of God as an essential and all-centering power to save man. In view of hopeful future conditions every League in reach is invited to connect at once with the active Wheeling District League.
To Indiana Luther Leaguers:
Congratulations to Indiana Leaguers on their loyal financial support during the past year in the payment of dues and jubilee fund. Indiana still owes part of her jubilee fund to the National League and I earnestly request each League that has not yet sent its portion of the jubilee fund, consisting of 25 cents per member, to our State treasurer. Mr. W. F. Renz, 3416 Webster street. Fort Wayne, to send same at once. Also please send your annual State due?.
tu our treasurer as soon as you can to above address. You will greatly favor your officer* by taking prompt action in this matter, and it will enable your State organization to pay the balance due the Luther League of America.
Oliver C. C. Fetta, President State Luther League of Indiana.
--The Luther League of Trinity Lutheran Church, Canton, is making an effort to create a fraternal spirit among the young people of the Lutheran churches of different synodical connections in Canton and vicinity, and is glad to report a cheerful response and co-operation on the part of all of them.
On Sunday evening, October 28, there assembled in Trinity chapel a large number of young people from First, Zion and Martin Luther churches of Canton and from Zion of New Berlin, to participate with Trinity League in a union Reformation service. The visiting delegations were numerous and this fact, added to the excellent program prepared by the young people of Trinity, made it a splendid meeting.
On Friday evening, November 10, Trinity League had as its guests the Leagues of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Alliance and Zion Lutheran of New Berlin. The Alliance delegation alone numbered about fifty.
After a short program of talks and music, held in the chapel, the meeting was adjourned to the church parlore where games were played and refreshments were served.
These are only two of a number of fraternal meetings participated in by the Leagues of this locality, and still more are planned for the winter.
—The Luther League of St. Lucas' Church, Toledo, Rev. Hugo Hamfeldt, pastor, has contributed $50 to the jubilee fund of the District Synod of Ohio. The contribution was the result of a special appeal made to the society by Rev. E. F. Ritter, president of the Synod.
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-—The standing committee on ministerial education appointed at the General Synod at its meeting in Chicago, held their first meeting on Wednesday, November 14, at Akron, Ohio. Rev. A. H. Schmidt, D.D., was elected chairman, and Rev. Charles S. Bauslin, D.D., secretary. TACOMA
—Rev. W. H. Wyun, D.D., Ph.D., died at Tacorna after two days' illness, on October 23. Dr. Wynn was for many years professor at the Iowa State Agricultural College at Ames. He was the first professor of history and English literature in Midland College, Atchison, Kan. Dr. Wynn in recent years has been doing editorial work in Tacoma. LOS ANGELES
—St. Mark's Church, Rev. J. W. Ball, Ph.D.. pastor, has been repaired and repainted at a cost of $250. A complete set of altar and pulpit covers was presented to the congregation by the Philathea class.
—The Lutheran Church at Glendale, Cal.. has called Mr. Harry Paseman to the office of lay reader for the congregation. Several of the California churches have made use of this privilege.
—The church at Troy, N. Y., Rev. G. B. Whitbcek, pastor, has been thoroughly renovated at a cost of $1,500. The Sunday school clnss of young ladies, known as the Daughters of the Reformation, presented the church with a beautiful baptismal font. This congregation has raised the pastor's salary twice within a year and six months.
Septuagesima Sunday. January 27, 1918. THE BEGINNINGS OF PROTESTANT
Rom. 10:13-16. Daily Bible Readings. Monday—Morning, Matt. 8:14-22; evening, Gen. 25 :19-34.
Tuesday—Morning, Matt. 8:28-34; evening. Gen. 27:1-45.
Wednesday—Morning, Matt. 9 :9-17; evening, Gen. 27:46; 28:22.
Thursday—Morning, Matt. 9 :27-38; evening. Gen. 29:1-20.
Friday—Morning, Matt. 10:1-16: evening, Gen. 31:1-18.
Saturday—Morning, Matt. 10:17; 11:1; evening, Gen. 32:3-32.
Hints For Leaders.
Hymn 61; Psalm 67 (read responsively) ; Scripture lesson (read by chairman of your devotional committee); hymn 78. Ask for many sentence prayers. Previously arrange for condensed but comprehensive biographical sketches of the missionary pioneers as outlined in "Praying and Working" (Quadri-Centennial Luther League Reading Course).
Solo, "The King's Highway," by Laura S. Copenhaver. Make an interesting use of the topic as presented in the Review, etc. Secure, if possible, a real missionary in native garb to address you.
Suggested hymns, 85. 219, 214, 27.
"The first million" converts of Protestant missions required 120 years; the second million resuired 12 years. In China the converts have doubled every seven years on an average.
M—ight of the
M—ultiplied by His
(Topic reviewed by Mr. Jonas Fobs.)
Our lesson shows that the Gospel is not the property of any particular people or nation, but that its benefits are intended for all nations and peoples: "For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek; for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him." Rom. 10:12.
Where are these countries that we are to study? If we want to get the right idea of the situation it is well to look at the map. Our study is merely suggestive and is limited to the beginnings of Lutheran missions. Lapland.
The Lapps are a roaming type of people living upon whatever they can get by hunting. This characteristic did not offer very promising results to a missionary. However, as early as 1559 work was begun by the King of Sweden to establish the Lutheran Church among them. An attempt was again made in 1658 by" a Norwegian bishop, Eric Bredal. It was not until the beginning of the eighteenth century that any noticeable success was achieved in es
tablishing the mission work among these people. This was largely through the efforts of the Danish King Frederick, who became interested in Christianizing the Lapps when he heard that these people so near to them were living in poverty and idolatry. The New Testament, many of the Psalms and Luther's Catechism were translated into their language.
The daring pioneer and missionary hero, Hans Egede, who had been a Lutheran pastor in Norway, came to Greenland in 1721. He found the natives living in filth. When the missionary spoke of God, they asked when he had seen Him last, and as for fear of the day of judgment and fire of hell, that would be an inviting contrast to their now bitter cold climate. Their chief desire was a plentiful supply of seals to eat. Devotedly this man of God labored and established the Lutheran Church of Greenland.
Lutherans began a mission in Abyssinia, Africa, in 1634, when Peter Heiling arrived. One notable contributive work was the translation of the New Testament into the nati%'e language.
Until 1842 China would not allow outsiders to come into their country and for that reason missionaries have only recently begun work there.
In 1895 the Danish Lutheran Society founded a mission in Manchuria. It has at present a foreign staff of 42 persons and about 1,000 native baptized Christians.
The Swedish Mission was established in 1887 under the leadership of Erik Folke, who subsequently was endangered by the Boxer uprising.
The American Lutheran Church is extremely active in China. The Norwegian Synod (constituting thoso recently merged) has established itself very strongly in the Province of Honan and dates from 1903. Also in this province is located the mission of the Augustana Synod since 1903 with a staff of 14 men and 5 women. This province has been allotted for the special field of Lutherans. It is a very promising field, rich in agriculture, natural resources, and a population of 35.316,800, or 520 persons per square mile.
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The first American Lutheran missionary to
In 1867 came Hans P. Borreson, a Dane,
A glimpse of the great need is that given
Monday—Morning, Matt, 11:11-24; evening, Gen.
Wednesday—Morning, Matt. 12 :22-50; evening, Gen.
Saturday—Morning, Matt. 15 :l-20; evening. Gen.
deeply from the theological standpoint.
Our Miasionariea' Need.
Not for money, comfort, power.
Will but set aside an hour
Daily at the Throne of Grace,
In your life may have a place?
Do you know that they are longing
For the sympathetic touch
In the homeland very much.
They are making in His name.
With His love may be aflame?
Do you see them seeking, seeking
For the gift of priceless worth
Than all other gifts of earth?
Nor relief from any care;—
'Tis the Christian's daily prayer.—Selected.
This poem is published by the Co-operative Litera-
The Father sent His Son. To John the
He is the Divine-Human Saviour. The eter-
Word was God." And this Word "became
to manhood (Luke 2:40, 52), He experi-