Journal of the Central Texas Conference, First Annual Session, Methodist Episcopal Church South Page: 50
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CENTRAL TEXAS CONFERENCE JOURNAL.
We, your Committee on Sabbath Observance, having duly considered the
subject and giving attention to a paper submitted to us by the Sunday
League of America, beg to make the following report:
Never perhaps in the history of our civilization has our Christian Sabbath
been so seriously threatened as at the present time. This is emphatically a
commercial age, and in the onward rush to secure wealth the Sabbath has
been converted into a day of speculation on the part of many. From the
beginning of this commonwealth the Sabbath has been regarded as an insti-
tution of God, and has been set apart for rest and worship. Our mothers
and fathers were strict in observing and protecting its sanctity. It has had
the protection of the legislative and judicial departments of our government,
so that its sanctity has been preserved in the past; but we have noted that
for some years past innovation following innovation has been made upon the
sanctity of this day. It is endangered not only by commercial greed, but
by the love and practice of pleasure also. More and more this day is being
used for traveling, working, buying, selling, for sport and for play.
We have been passing resolutions in our Conferences from time to time
which seem soon to be forgotten. The time has come for definite action in
some tangible way.
We beg to quote approvingly the action of our late General Conference as
expressed in the following language:
"We appreciate and commend the faithful effort of the Sunday League
of America, to secure in sentiment, in law and in customs, the proper observ-
ance of this day throughout our great nation. We render our endorsement
of the League, and commend its purposes, plans and representatives to the
cordial co-operation of all our people. We note the proposition to erect an
administration building in the city of Fort Worth, Te-as, partly in the
memory of the lamented Bishop Duncan's service in behalf of the Sabbath,
and request that our church raise the sum of $5,000 for the same, and we
respectfully ask all our pastors and people to give it such support as their
liberal consideration may suggest."
In compliance with the request presented to you, through your committee,
by the representative of the National Board of Directors, we recommend:
That $400.00 ie apportionedby the Joint Board of Finance to the districts of
this Conference, as per scale adopted, to be raised in the congregation. We
also recommend that the second Sunday in January, 1911, shall be fixed as
Sunday League Day, and request every pastor to preach on the importance
of this movement, and at the close of such sermon take a collection to carry
out the purpose herein contemplated, and promptly send the amount raised
to the Sunday League of America, Fort Worth, Texas.
We are in hearty sympathy with the efforts of Revs. Ed Thompson and
R. C. Armstrong, to secure such legislation as shall eliminate Sunday excur-
sions, base ball games, theatrical performances, picture shows, racing of all
kinds, hunting, fishing and the opening of the gates of fairs.
VWe recommend the election of W. B. Andrews, H. D. Knickerbocker, W. E.
Williams and J. M. Robertson, who shall constitute a Sabbath Committee, to
render such service as they may be able in securing the legislation outlined
We recommend the appointment of Rev. R. C. Armstrong as Assistant
Secretary of the Sunday League of America.
N. E. GARDNER, President.
J. FRANK LUKER, iSecretary.
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Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Journal of the Central Texas Conference, First Annual Session, Methodist Episcopal Church South, periodical, November 1910; Waco, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth49824/m1/50/: accessed January 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Archives of the Central Texas Conference United Methodist Church.