“NEW LIFE” BULLETIN – VOL. 25, NO. 24&25 – SOMETHING FOR THE WOMEN
Instead of remaining at home and fitting themselves for their future duties as housekeepers, our young women flock to the department stores of our cities. This situation has become so serious in many sections of the country that a servant girl can not be had at any price.
As we watch these clerks standing behind long counters from morning until night, inhaling the dust from the goods and floors, pale and reminding one of a plant grown in the shade, we can not help but let our minds drift back to the homes they may have left in the country for the ones taken up in the hum of the busy city
I often think there must be something radically wrong somewhere. It does not seem likely that so many of our young women would be so keen to leave the parental roof if there were a perfect home attachment. Perhaps many of them come from farms of such proportions that there is an endless round of work for every member of the family from early morn until after dark, and where the young folks are permitted to read the cheap, trashy newspapers of the day, filled with records of crimes
All this, naturally enough, brings us down to the divorce question. I used to hear folks speak of marriages where the parties were opposite in disposition and the like, and I thought this was no particular hindrance since they were really married, because if both were determined to get along, they would, and nothing could prevent it.
But we have a different situation today. Women are taking marriage vows without the first knowledge of cooking and housekeeping. I recently read in the daily papers that a young married woman committed suicide while her husband was away at work, and left a note stating that she had done this because she felt she lacked the experience and knowledge properly to perform her household duties.
I want to say, dear reader, it is high time to put out the danger signal and exert every effort to keep our young women on the farm. If you have them at home it is your duty to keep them there. If they want reading matter, it is your duty to see that they have plenty of it and of the right sort, and not allow them to be led away to the city, as so many now are.
The above article is from an actual copy of a Farm Journal, dated March, 1909. It was written by a man (surprise!) named Grant Stanley.
After 104 years, the shadows of those feelings still linger. Advances have been made, but things like equal pay for equal work are still on the table for some lawmakers. The “glass ceiling” is a somewhat modern term that goes back far beyond keeping the girls on the farm. On the other hand, think how many women have been rulers of nations all the way back to before Cleopatra, who ruled Egypt BC.
The internet has a long list of notable women who ruled or held positions of power, with good results. They range from China, Egypt, Assyria, England, France, Spain, Russia, Nigeria, and Hawaii, to name a few. We could add Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel. Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India, Margaret Thatcher, and certainly Deborah, Judge of Israel and of course, Queen Esther. You will notice the “New Western World” is still catching up.
How did these women, and others gain such power if women were always seen as domestics or even of inferior intelligence? There is no disparagement of women rulers in the Bible. There were wives of Kings who did mislead their husbands, like Solomon’s many wives and King Ahab’s wife, Jezebel.
When did the subjugation start? Nothing in scripture indicates it. It may have come when the Israelites were in captivity and married foreign women. It is true the value of women was seen as less than that of men under the Law of Moses. However, at no time was it said women could not rule over men. If they could not, that would leave Deborah and Esther stepping well out of their “roles.”
As we look at the history of important women rulers, we should examine the New Testament statements about women with that in mind. What was the context for the statement? Honesty requires no less.
CONCERNS: Rich Crites had some tests done this week and will see another of his doctors on Tuesday. Walter Wagner, Keith’s brother, has a very limited number of days to live, due to the spread of cancer. Judy McWhorter’s sister’s husband has started treatment for prostate cancer. Leena Bolin’s brother, Nick, has had pneumonia. Gil Richardson, a friend of Martha Foy, has severe muscular dystrophy. Those dealing with or recovering from cancer are: Connie Crite’s brother, Jim Hunter, Deana McRoy, Philip Pierce’s mother, Ruby Stahl, Stephanie Rigney, Marge Greenwood and ten year old Regan. Remember also Jenni Culum, Helen Nicklas, Alma Martin, Ron Matney and Tim Elder.
OUR DAILY BREAD: JULY 8-13
Monday: II Thessalonians 1:2-12
Tuesday: Matthew 1:18-25
Wednesday: John 2:1-11
Thursday: I Thessalonians 1:2-10
Friday: II Timothy 2:1-13
Saturday: Isaiah 40:1-11
OUR DAILY BREAD: JULY 15-20
Monday: Matthew 2:1-12
Tuesday: Matthew 2:13-23
Wednesday: Genesis 31;36-50
Thursday: Acts 9:19b-31
Friday: Psalm 122:1-13
Saturday: Psalm 140:1-13
THE NEW SOUND SYSTEM
Our new sound system has been installed. The covers for the speaker openings will be put up as soon as they are done. For any song leader who wants to use it, there is a nearly invisible ear to mouth microphone available. For the hearing impaired there are four wireless ear microphones. They are available at the sound station in the rear.
During the next few weeks we will be testing the fan noise level in hopes of being able to circulate more cool air. Be patient while we work this out.
On a related note, There was concern that seeing the truck of the installation company would arouse interest in thieves, and early last Sunday morning someone tried to break in the handicapped door. We are now making arrangements to have motion detection lights and cameras installed.. Be sure that all doors are locked and dead bolted when you leave the building. In the meantime, enjoy the new system.
Once again Wayne Flora has been planning and working to make this year’s C4 a fun event of games, learning and food. Wayne has big plans in store, so mark July 30,31 on your calendar and get ready.
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
There are two dates when we will be preparing the evening meal at the Ronald McDonald House this month. On Super Sunday the adults will be in charge. The last Wednesday of the month (31st) the teens will be going with those adults that go with them.
Super Sunday is Sunday, July 21. Mark the date and plan to stay for the fellowship meal
If you noticed extra cars in the lot when you arrived for Sunday School, it was the group from the Congregational Church that sleeps in our annex on the way to mission work in the Tenn, Ky area. They could not stay for worship this year.