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LUTHER LEAGUE REVIEW

LUTHER LEAGUERS

CAN YOU ANSWER THESE?
How did the Lutheran Church make the Panama

Canal possible?
Did the Lutheran Church give khaki cloth to the

world?
In what Lutheran nation do the men do all the fam.

ily cooking?
Of what Lutheran nation is it said: It has illus-

trated the fact that 'Righteousness exalteth a na

tion'?"
What Lutheran pastor conducted a "ragged schcol"

nearly fifty years before Robert Raikes?

These and many other interesting questions are answered in

Our Lutheran Church

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THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR BOOK

Partial List of Contents:
Uppsala Cathedral in Word and Picture-Christian Life in
Lapland-Notable Lutherans of many Lands-Four Articles on
Luther-General Survey of Lutheran Activities throughout the
World-Lutheran Artists, Muscians and Writers, with Ex-
amples of their Work-Oldest Lutheran Church in America-
Two Hundred and Seventy-five Years of Lutheran Work among
the Indians, beginning with the Work of Campanius-Maps of

Lutheran Mission Fields-New Lutheran Institutions
Erected During the Year-Notable Lutheran Anniversaries,
etc., etc.

All the articles are prepared with the purpose of making them usable in Luther League meetings, Sunday-school classes, Mission Study classes,

etc.

A cumulative index will give the book the character of a Lutheran Encyclopedia. Keep a copy on your library table.

Printed on Ane book paper in doutone ink, with rich art cover. About 128 pages, size 6 12 x9 inches. Price 75 cents net, discount on quantities. Order, before the edition is exhausted, from your publishing house or from the editor,

REV. IRA O. NOTHSTEIN 627 44th Street

Rock Island, III.

NEW YORK
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 re-
ports showed that the district is becoming a
"live wire." Sister Jennie Christ, of New
York, was the principal speaker for the after-
noon. 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 et 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 com-
menced. Special emphasis was placed upon de-
votional work and work for the welfare of sol-
diers. The following officers were elected :
President, Rer. Harold S. Miller; recording sec-
retary, 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 Mans-
field, Ohio. He spoke effectively and well on
"Resolutions for All Lutherans. The Luther
League of Holy Trinity, Hollis, and the Luther
League at Rosedale were admitted into mem-
bership at this meeting. It was a splendid
convention.
RHINEBECK DISTRICT

--A Luther League rally commemorating the
Quadri-centennial was held November 10 in St.
John's Church, Poughkeepsie. Addresses were
delivered by Rev. Walter D. Miller, D.D., Rev.
George Hipsley, D.D., Rev. Yost Brandt, Rev.
Dr. Boomhauer and Rev. R. Heinz.

--Features of the fall work of the Luther
League of St. John's Church, Hudson, Rev.
W. 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, Cana joharie,
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 Reforma-
tion.
WASHINGTON DISTRICT

-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, pri-
marily 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 serv-
ice.

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

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closed with prayer by the Rev. John C. Twele.
Official action has since been taken that the
Luther League Central enter upon Inner Mis-
sion work, and to report a membership of 400
to the Luther League of America. The district
numbers nine local organizations.

PENNSYLVANIA
B. M. C. DISTRICT

.-The North Penn Luther League Confer-
ence was held November 18 at 2 o'clock in Jeru-
salem Church, Almont. Mr. George Wiede-
moyer gave a "five minute talk" on the ques-
tion, “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 Or-
ganizations?" Following these talks was
address by Prof. Robert Fritch, of Muhlenberg
College.
ALLENTOWN DISTRICT

--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. Steinhaeuser, subject, "On Reading Luther." Early in the evening there was conference on Luther League work led by Francis C. Leupold. In the evening there were addresses on "The Challenge of the Year," by Rev. R. R. Rudolph, and “Our Luther League Obligations,” by Francis C. Leupold.

-The Luther League of our church at Eas.

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ton, 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, 1917. The morning session was given principally to business. Three 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-centennial $500 Jubilee Fund. The statistician reported 698 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 invitation 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 Valley; 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. Bieber, D.D., of the exceutive 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 District Luther League was held in Christ Church. E. E., Pittsburgh, on Thursday, November 15. The theme of the convention was “Quadri-centennial Visions of Wider Service." Among the 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 by Rev. S. P. Long, D.D., of Mansfield, Ohio.

WEST VIRGINIA WHEELING DISTRICT

-The Wheeling District Luther League_codvention 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 and 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.

INDIANA 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

Also please send your annual State dues

once.

to our treasurer as soon as you can to above address. You will greatly favor your officers 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.

OHIO --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 parlors 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. TOLEDO DISTRICT

- 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.

by Grace Lutheran Bible School, Bedford Park,

N. Y., and edited by C. Arthur Borklund. THE GRACIOUS WATER OF LIFE, by Ira 0. Nothstein.

Pp. 48, cloth. Illustrated. Art cover, 250 net; silk cloth, 50cnet. Augustana Book Concern, Rock Island.

This is a word of counsel to the parents of newly baptized children. It is dedicated to The Children of God. There is a baptismal certificate, a place for the baby's picture and a place for the names of sponsors and the names of guests. We recommend this to our pastors as a very acceptable book to be given at the time of infant baptism. A CRADLE ROLL MANUAL, by Rev. C. A. Lund. Pp. 63.

Art cover, 30c net; ooze sheep, flexible cover, 750 net. Augustana Book Concern.

This book is well illustrated and printed on good glaze paper in clear type. It is designed for the use of Lutheran Sunday Schools, and it will prove very helpful for the purpose intended. THE WORD OF THE TRUTH, by Arthur Temple Corn

well, Editor. The Brown Printing Company, Montgomery, Ala. Price, $1. Pp. 160.

This book might make a better appeal to us if its letterpress were improved.

BOOK REVIEWS “IN THE SERVICE OF THE PRINCE OF PEACE," by Mar

garet Lenk ; boards ; pp. 136; single copies, 30c; in dozen lots at 250 net; 50 copies at 22%c net. Augustana Book Concern, Rock Island, Ill. This is two tales from olden times translated from the

German by A. W. Kjellstrand. "THE CROSS AND THE CRESCENT," by Margaret Lenk;

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Book Concern, Rock Island, Ill. **LITTLE PLAYMATE"; paper; pp. 32 ; illustrated; sin

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Augustana Book Concern, Rock Island, nl. *THE TRUTH ABOUT THE SO-CALLED 'LUTHER'S TES

TAMENT IN ENGLISH,' TYNDALE'S NEW TESTAMENT," by L. Franklin Gruber, St. Paul, Minn. This is a reprint of the splendid article by Rev. Gruber appearing in the Lutheran. Church Review in 1916 and 1917. The work of Rey. Gruber is painstaking, accurate scholarly, and what he has done is well worth preservation in the form

in which it has now been placed. "THE GRACE ABOUNDING"; this excellent Parish Paper

in commemoration of the Quadri-Centennial of the Reformation reflects great credit upon its author and is a worthy tribute. It is published

OUR CHURCHES AND INSTITU

TIONS (Continued from page 21.) AKRON, OHIO

-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. Wynn, D.D., Ph.D., died at Tacoma 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. Whitbeck, pastor, has been thoroughly renovated at a cost of $1,500. The Sunday school class 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. tablishing the mission work among these THE BEGINNINGS OF PROTESTANT people. This was largely through the efforts MISSIONS

of the Danish King Frederick, who became (Historical)

interested in Christianizing the Lapps when Rom. 10:13-15.

he heard that these people so near to them DAILY BIBLE READINGS. Monday--Morning, Matt. 8:14-22; evening, Gen.

were living in poverty and idolatry. The 25:19-34.

New Testament, many of the Psalms and Tuesday-Morning, Matt. 8:28-34; evening, Gen.

Luther's Catechism were translated into 27:1-45.

Wednesday-Morning, Matt. 9:9-17; evening, Gen. their language. 27:46; 28:22. Thursday-Morning, Matt. 9:27-38; evening, Gen.

Greenland. 29:1-20. Friday-Morning, Matt. 10:1-16; evening, Gen.

The daring pioneer and missionary hero, 31:1-18. Saturday-Morning, Matt. 10:17; 11:1; evening.

Hans Egede, who had been a Lutheran pasGen. 32:3-32.

tor in Norway, came to Greenland in 1721. HINTS for LEADERS. Hymn 61; Psalm 67 (read responsively) ; Scripture

He found the natives living in filth. When lesson (read by chairman of your devotional commit- the missionary spoke of God, they asked tee); hymn 78. Ask for many sentence prayers. when he had seen Him last, and as for Previously arrange for condensed but comprehensive biographical sketches of the missionary pioneers as

fear of the day of judgment and fire of outlined in “Praying and Working" (Quadri-Centennial Luther League Reading Course).

hell, that would be an inviting contrast to Solo, "The King's Highway," by Laura S. Copen- their now bitter cold climate. Their chief haver. Make an interesting use of the topic as presented in the REVIEW, etc. Secure, if possible, a real

desire was a plentiful supply of seals to missionary in native garb to address you.

eat. Devotedly this man of God labored Suggested hymns, 35, 219, 214, 27.

and established the Lutheran Church of "The first million" converts of Protestant missions required 120 years ; the second million resuired 12 Greenland. years. In China the converts have doubled every seven

Abyssinia. years on an average.

Missions
Means the

Lutherans began a mission in Abyssinia, M-ind, the

Africa, in 1634, when Peter Heiling arrived. M-otive, the M-ight of the

One notable contributive work was the M-aster

translation of the New Testament into the M---ultiplied by His Messengers.

native language.
(Topic reviewed by Mr. Jonas Foss.)

China.
The Lesson.

Until 1842 China would not allow outOur lesson shows that the Gospel is not

siders to come into their country and for the property of any particular people or

that reason missionaries have only recently nation, but that its benefits are intended

begun work there. for all nations and peoples: “For there is

In 1895 the Danish Luthcran Society no difference between the Jew and the

founded a mission in Manchuria. It has at Greck; for the same Lord over all is rich

present a foreign staff of 42 persons and unto all that call upon him.” Rom. 10:12.

about 1,000 native baptized Christians. Where are these countries that we are to

The Swedish Mission was established in study? If we want to get the right idea

1887 under the leadership of Erik Folke, of the situation it is well to look at the map.

who subsequently was endangered by the Our study is merely suggestive and is lim

Boxer uprising. ited to the beginnings of Lutheran missions.

The American Lutheran Church is exLapland.

tremely active in China. The Norwegian The Lapps are a roaming type of people Synod (constituting those recently merged) living upon whatever they can get by hunt- has established itself very strongly in the ing. This characteristic did not offer very Province of Honan and dates from 1903. promising results to a missionary. How- Also in this province is located the mission ever, as early as 1559 work was begun by of the Augustana Synod since 1903 with a the King of Sweden to establish the Lu- staff of 14 men and 5 women.

This provtheran Church among them. An attempt ince has been allotted for the special was again made in 1658 by a Norwegian field of Lutherans. It is a very promising bishop, Eric Bredal. It was not until the field, rich in agriculture, natural resources, beginning of the eighteenth century that and a population of 35,316,800, or 520 perany noticeable success was achieved in es- sons per square mile. The Luther League Topics, complete lessons (of which the above are outlines and review), in 32-page pamphlet

covering three months can be supplied at rates given on page 20 by LUTHER LEAGUE Review, 318-326 West 39th Street, New York City.

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Our Missionaries' Need.
Do you hear them pleading, pleading

Not for money, comfort, power,
But that you, O Christian worker,

Will but set aside an hour
Wherein they will be remembered,

Daily at the Throne of Grace,
That the work which they are doing

In your life may have a place ?

Do you know that they are longing

For the sympathetic touch
That is theirs when friends are praying.

In the homeland very much,
That our God will bless the efforts

They are making in His name,
And that souls for whom they're working

With His love may be aflame?

India.
The first American Lutheran missionary to
India was J. C. F. Heyer, who began work
in 1842. His previous training was that of
a home missionary on the prairies of the
United States. When at the age of fifty
the Pennsylvania Synod called him to carry
the Gospel to India. There as a medical
missionary he ministered to the physical
bodies as well as to their souls. He was
followed by Rev. E. Unangst of the General
Synod.

In 1867 came Hans P. Börreson, a Dane,
and Lars 0. Skrefsrud, a Norwegian. These
men labored faithfully and received a deco-
ration by the English Government for their
services to India. Their work was with
the Santals.

A glimpse of the great need is that given

by Missionary Eckhardt at a conference of

four hundred Lutherans in India in 1911.

He is from the interior of India. The peo-

ple there have no hope of hearing the Gos-

pel unless he brings it to them. A hill had

teen donated by a heathen on the condition

that a church would be built on it. When

the native Christians in another part of In-

dia heard of the offer they gave something

from what little they had in order that their

brothers who were less fortunate might

have a church.

What a thrilling story is the record of

the marvels of missions! What wonderful

changes have been brought into the lives of

men and women under the power of the Gos-

pel!

Bible References.

Acts 13:2; Gal. 1:15, 16; Isa. 69:19;

Rom. 1:13-15; Phil. 2:15; Ps. 34:8; John

1:46; I Pet. 3:15; Rev. 14:6.

Hymns: 48, 56, 139, 151.

Do you see them seeking, seeking

For the gift of priceless worth
That they count of more importance

Than all other gifts of earth?
Not the gold from, rich men's coffers,

Nor relief from any care;
'Tis a gift that you can give them,-

'Tis the Christian's daily prayer.--Selected.
This poem is published by the Co-operative Litera-

ture Committee of the Women's Missionary Societies
of the Lutheran Church, Room 805 Drexel Building,

Philadelphia, Pa. Price 1 cent each, 10 cents a dozen.

Hymns, 88, 86, 84, 83.

(Topic reviewed by Rev. J. S. Albert.)

Sexagesima Sunday. February 3, 1918.

THE SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD

I John 4:13-15.

DAILY BIBLE READINGS.

Monday-Morning. Matt. 11:11-24; evening, Gen.

33:1-20.

Tuesday-Morning, Matt. 12:1-21; evening, Gen.
35:1-21.

Wednesday Morning, Matt. 12:22-50; evening, Gen.

37:1-36.

Thursday Morning, Matt. 13:1-23; evening, Gen.

39:1-23.

Friday Morning. Matt. 14:1-36; evening, Gen.
40:1-23.

Saturday-Morning, Matt. 15:1-20; evening, Gen.
41:1-37.

HINTS FOR LEADERS.

Hymn, "The Church's One Foundation.”
Read responsively Psalm 27.
Scripture reading by the leader.
Introduetion of the speaker.

Have speaker treat subject reverently, but not too
deeply from the theological standpoint.

Hymn, “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus."

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