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PAGE TEN THE CATALINA AVALON COMMUNITY CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH Rev. John B. Toomay, Minister Sunday Services--Church S c h o o 1, 9:00 a.m., morning preaching service; 10:30 a.m. Subjects next Sunday: 10:30 a.m.--"Harnessed by Love". 7:00 p.m.--"The lnner Circle". Mid-week meeting, Wednesday eve- ning at 7:30. The public is cordially invited to at- tend any or all of these services. -- :o:---- THE LENTEN SEASON Synopsis of Sunday morning sermon by Rev. John Barron Toomay, at the Avalofi Community Congregational Church : The word "Lent" means spring. In the Christian Church it means the per- iod of fasting in preparation for the Easter festival. As this season falls in the early part of the year, it grad- ually became confused with the name for that portion of the year. At length, it took over the name alto- gether. As a result, the name "Lent" is now confined to the forty days, ex- clusive of Sundays, immediately pre- ceding Easter. This fast is mentioned in one of the canons of the Council of Niceae, which was held in 325 A. D. It therefore, reaches back in the his- tory of Christianity for more than 1600 years and has been a familiar tradition and an important institution in the Roman Church for that length of time. At least twelve centuries ago it was made to last forty days. In this particular year, 1933, the Lenten Season offers to all our churches a rare opportunity to strengthen their work and lead their people to a higher life. Briefly, four considerations present themselves as a challenge between now and Easter: l--We Can Think of God. We give much time to thinking of business. Business may be good or bad. In the last year it has often been poor, but it has taken our thought. It has taken more thought and claimed it more constantly than if it had been good. But this Season admonishes us to think more of God. Let us give Him right of way. He ever lives and loves, and He alone can lead us out of our perplexities. II--We Can Pray. In our age many people have lost confidence in prayer. Others have neglected it. Many have thought they were too busy to pray and have de- preciated or discounted it. But we shall never be able to measure its im- portance. Jesus prayed He prayed long and often. If it was necessary and valuable for him, how indispens- able it must be for qs. We can enter into our inner chamber and pray. We can meet with our friends and beseech a throne of grace. The Lenten Sea- son calls us all to prayer. IlI--We Can Give Up an Unworthy Habit or Besetting Sin. It cheapens Lent just to give up some little thing while these sacred and tender days are upon us. The thing we do should match th~ lofty lessons of these days. These days are hot through and through with the teaching of the suffering and glory of the Cross. How pure and lofty and divine was the Master whose words and deeds have sanctified the story of his last journey to Jerusalem, and the events of Holy Week. Let our surrender of a wicked habit, cr our rejection of a persistent and soul-destroying sin, be worthy of him who calls us by his love and suffering to a life of freedom. We should break some galling chain and throw off some crushing burden at this time. We should abandon it so completely, and turn from it so thoroughly, that it will never become a part of our life again. Not the abandonment of some little thing, but victory over the largest sin that bars our way to God. How wonderful it would be to re- member such a victory, when this Eas- ter is over. We can do this by God's grace, if we will. IV--We Should Do Some Positive Work That is Strong and Fine. According to the Second Epistle of Peter the Christia0 life is a great sum in addition. We read there, "Adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply virtue; and in your virtue knowledge; and in your knowledge self-control; and in your self-control patience; and in your patience godli- ness; and in your godliness brotherly kindness; and in your brotherly kind- ness love." He says further: "For he that lacketh these things is blind, seeing only what is near, having for- gotten the cleansing from his old SinS," In Lent we should do some positive NATURE NOTES Nature's Laws Nature is our only reliable and au- thentic teacher, and whiic we like to think that all natural laws are working towards perfection and improvement, we must remember that adapting our- selves to changed conditions or new environment does not prove that we arc a better type than our ancestors. All animals, whether great or small, weak or strong, hav'e to work for their living, and for the good of their SOME BASEBALL Do You Recognize Any of work reaching beyond anything we race. All are provided with what" we have ever done before, we are weak may call a wonderful set of tools to in some part of our nature. We can do this work, and these tools, properly give to that weakness heroic attention. We can summon all our strength amt invite God's grace to fill us with pow- er and deternfination and we can come out conqueror over that weakness at the end of these days. Some great work which we have long felt that we must do has remained undone. Month after month and year after year it rises up to condenm us. Call upon God and your whole soul to make you equal to that task now, and finish the work that has so long needed doing and remained so long un- done. Perhaps, at some time, we did another person a wrong. We have long felt the pain of remorse but have never had the courage to make the matter right. God calls us to be true to Him, and play squarely with all mankind. In the clays when Jesus bore the Cross, can we for his sake pay the price of being right and do- ing right before man and God ? These are the days to be honest and kind. The Lenten Season is a time not for sad and somber musings, but for high preparation and signal progress in holy living. Fine and noble things can be done in these forty days. When. the days are over, we may find our- selves radiant and joyous in Him who overcame, because we, too, have over- conic sin anti difficulty through him, :0:-- RED CROSS HELPING STATE LABOR CAMPS Meeting the calls for relief in Cal- ifornia's State Labor Camps, which are now housing thousands of unetn- ployed single men, A. L. Schafer, man- ager of the American Red Cross ira the Pacific Area, announces that Red Cross flour and clothing is bein~ fur- . nished to the State camps. Further assistance will be given by Red Cross First Aid instructors under supervision of Edwin H. Carroll, as- sistant national director of First Aid Service. Units within all t'he camps will learn how to care for minor m- juries and also how to prevent many accidents. Distribution of the commodities placed at the disposal of the Red Cross by the federal government was made through the Red Cross chapters located at points nearest to the estab- lished camps. Already 47 camps have been desig- nated and others are projected to care for the thousands of single men seek- ing shelter while they work construct- ing fire-breaks and fire trails. The California Labor Camp movement is directed by a committee headed by S. Rexford Black, chairman. Flour was the first commodity to be given to the camps by the Red Cross and to date 1,792 barrels of flour have been issued. Socks, underwear, overalls and jum- pers followed and finished garments of this description now number 5664. Thus far 5000 sweaters have been requisitioned, 2432 going to southern camps and 2568 to northern camps. Red Cross chapters participating in this activity in northern California are Amador County, Auburn, E1 Dor- ado, Fresno, Humboldt, Madera, Mar- iposa, Napa, Nevada City, Sacramento, San Jose, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Shasta, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, So- nora and Tehama County. Southern California. chapters are Los Angeles, Riverside County, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Ana, Ventura, all being, close to the twenty- one camps situated in the southern part of the state. used improve and develop with use. Unused they deteriorate, gradually dis- appear, and cease to exist. This is one of Nature's laws, and is leading to all sorts of change in the world; some, we think, for good, and some, perhaps, for evil. Naturalists are fond of tracing these changes through all their various stages. Here is one reason why fossils play such an important part in the world's history. They ;ire the fixed records of progress and decay through countless ages. Catalina residents and visitors have a wonderful opportunity to study t'he various shapes of the beaks and feet of the many birds in,. the Park and speculate on the use and development of these "tools." The Emu did not use his wings, and so, today, ~e cannot fly, and the wing is only a few inches long and has a sharp claw on the end of the last joint. There are many flightless birds in New Zealand, but they are likely to become exterminated. We might feel tempted to blame these birds for not keeping their wings fit and strong by use. Animals that become lazy anti self-indulgent are almost sure to be swept away by others that are more energetic, for it is only by striving that we become strong. This brings us to another of Na- ture's laws: The "survival of the fit- test", as it is generally called. Deer grow a set of very formidable horns and shed them after the breed- ing season is over. These horns are grown, not to fight with natural ene- mies, but with each other, that the strongest and most mature animals may be the parents of future gener- ations. If the deer needed their horns for protection from enemies they would need them all the year round, and the does would need them as much as the bucks. This is only one illustration of this law of nature. Hares trust to their speed to escape from danger and also to their ability to make a sudden leap sideways when the pursuing wolf got too near. The constant straining of the eyes to see what was behind, has become a per- manent feature in this animal, so that it can see better behind than in front. Owing to the scarcity of food, rabbits in Australia are learning to climb trees, and they use their hind claws in doing this. These claws are devel- oping and growing in size. This is a rapid change for the rabbits were in- troduced into Australia only about 100 years ago. Most animals have some peculiar habit that their ancestors learned through bitter experience and heavy penalty. Horses shy at imagi- nary dangers in the shadows and gloom of the gathering night because those that did this lived and taught the habit to future generations. Other domestic animals still possess the instinct to do things for which there is no longer any need. Man is responsible for many of these changes, but what we call adaptation to sur- rounding circumstances is a very great force, we might almost say law, in na- ture. The ostrich has lived for ages on wide level plains, has developed great legs and running powers, also using his wings to help his speed. When at the Bird Park notice his two toes, also developed for running on level ground. But let this bird get out of his pen on the steep hillside, and he is helpless as a baby. He cannot climb or perch but must wait for his keeper to lead him back to level ground, and it would take a long time for him to adapt himself to mountain climbing, to unlearn what countless, ages have --------- :0:~ ~ Catalina Island--the Pl3C s a#.d' quietness and renose sooth~j MF nerves and renews health ann hess. For Health and:Ha-'~Pine'' ttlll~ while-- Catalina Isle. ,d. Take a trip to--Ilene~,, taught him. do ~ To discover why animalS.:tat things is always an intereSt~$1~, A dog will trample itself art :~ f~'# bed in the long grass, ttzrtv';t~s~2' and round to do so. Yet ~e e" by the fireside in your " night of his life. ~. J;r