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October 15, 1924

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SANTA CATALINA ISLAND: IN ALL THE WORLD NO TRIP LIKE THIS! , at Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California. Avalon's paper, containing the local news of this wonderful Island publication of the Light Tackle Club, an organization sportsmen. Baseball training field for Chicago "Cubs." Avalon: Year-round mecca for tourists and traveltrs. Boating, bathing, golf, tennis, baseball, riding, fishing, walking, marine gardens. Unexcelled accommodations. ~1[ FIVI~ CENTS AVALON. SANTA CATALINA ISLAND. CALIFORNIA, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1924. VOL. Xl. NO. 40 COMMUNITY CHURCH HAS FORWARD LOOK By Chas. H. Smith The Avalon Community Church (un- der Congregational organization) took account of its present condition and future needs on Wednesday evening of last week, and then decided that it WOuld be wise to prepare for the fu- ture aml at the same time overcome the present handicaps to its effective Work. It is generally conceded that the fu- ture of the church, as of all other or- ganizations, rests with the chihtren of today. Upon intelligent training and education depends largely their effect- We usefulness in the years to come. For Some time it has been evident to !hose engaged in Sunday School work this church that their efforts were andicapped and at times rendered fu- tile by the lack of suitable class rooms for the grades With. the rapid in- Crease in attendance during the past two or three years, which has necessi- tated several classes meeting in the Same room, the need of enlarged fa- additions thereto impracticable. It was also pointed out that the present structure shortly would be in need of a new roof, that a new heating system was needed and soon would become a necessity, and that some provision ought to be made for securing a mod- ern pipe organ equipment. Avalon Conmmnity Church is unique in the personnel of its congregations. Probably since services were cont- menced in it sermons have been the question, a motion was made to adopt the recommendations of the trus- i tees. The motion was seconded and adopted by a unanimous standing vote of those present and voting--three or four members only declining to vote either way. Thus with the growth of its con- stituency and the development of vis- ion as to present needs, the church has decided to face the need of raising funds for the erection of a new church SEEING THE PACIFIC COAST By Ernest Windle For the past three weeks the Mrs. and I have been dodging thru so many "Golden Gates" and gateways to the Pacific, etc., that neither of us are positive whether we are just "poor fish," or have absorbed so much of the Pacific Highway scenery that we re- semble parts of it--you know--green like ! weached from its lmlpit to persons from all parts of the civilized world. It has represented to them their church home while they have visited Catalina Island. edifice, large enough and so arrangedI This letter was written from Vic- as to serve the present and future ltoria, B.C., after our visit to the house needs of the organization. As thetf parliament and the giant drydock, church has served the conmmnity in a etc. broad and liberal way, it is expected/ Vancouver Island, like Catalina, de- {pends largely upon the tourists for its |existence, so that it's of interest to the 'writer from that standpoint, On the south side of Vancouver Island are some 200 smaller islands, many of them very picturesque, and sheltered from the Pacific coast storms. Anyway, being the first real vaca- tion we have had for a long time, the Mrs. and I are making the best of the outing, and if we are "poor fish" from the "Isle of Paradise," and some 1600 cilities has become painfully apparent. Not infrequently the attention of / PUpils has been diverted by trilling happenings in other classes, and in Avalon Community Church and Its Pastor, Rev, LaRue C. Watson SOme Cases boys and girls have become dissatisfied and ceased to attend be- Taking everything into consideration that the movement will receive hearty CaUse of alleged inability to receive the church trustees recently adopted support from the entire conmmnity. any benefit from their class work ih the following recommendation, which At one time the public library was !he midst of so many distractions and they severally signed: housed in the church building. The Interruptions. Then also need tins been felt Ior an The undersigned, trustees of the Av- Mary \Villiams Club, a woman's or- ~dlequate meeting room for the Camp alon Congregational Church, herebyganization of Avalon, started therein, recommend to this church that it vote and is named for the mother of an )re Girls and Boy Scouts organiza- to ask its pastor to lead it in an effort early pastor. The club library is still hons, where they coukl be comfortable, to secure a fund of about sixty thous- kept in the church. The public kin- Wxth proper closets in which to keel) and dollars for a new church building the properties belonging to these de- and its equipment. We suggest that dergarten has for years been accom- as sums are received for this fund they modated in the church buihling, with- Slrable organizations of young people, be placed in the bank in a special ac- out a cent of remuneration for the It has frequently been found that count, on interest, until such time as church, and it is still holding its ses- !he hall on the lower floor was totally they arc needed in connection with the sions there. 5"he Boy Scouts and the made u q ate to accommodate the social building project. H. S. Tregarthen, \V. H. Mulcahy, Camp Fire Girls have been fostered gatherings of the church amt its vari- Frank Burgess, J. H. Wegmann, Chas. by the church, and public meetings of ktlS departments. The capacity of the lH. Smith, Mrs. Elizabeth B. Renton. all sorts have been accolnntodated and ltchen has been outgrown, and the i Ladies Aid Society is in need of a This recommendation was first placed are being accommodated in the church before a called meeting of the church building. suitable work room. At several meetings of the board of trustees of the church various sugges- hurts were made for remedying these situations, such as further excavating for an extension of the first floor un- der the entire building, enlargement of !he present Sunday School room, etc. When the matter was presented to COmpetent architects and the needs and Projected improvements explained, they claimed that the construction of the Present building and its foundations rendered such work inadvisable, both because of its expense and the fact that the present structure already rep- resented two or three enlargements of the original building, rendered further on Wednesday evening, October 1st. ~After discussion, it was voted to post- pone action for another week, and in the meantime have architects again look over the present building, with a view to enlarging or otherwise im- proving it to meet present needs. On Wednesday evening of last week, with a representative nmnber of mem- bers present, the matter was again taken up. The pastor reported that the architects consulted adhered to the stand previously taken, that the proposed improvements'were largely impracticable, the alternative being a new building. After discussing various phases of Naturally, it is anticipated that the local connnunity will support the plans for a new church, but it also is expected that liberal contributions will be made by many who love Avalon and come here for their vacations. As this is the only church here, except for the Cath- olic and Christian Science organiza- tions, it serves a wide constituency. I Voluntary contributions, large and small, are being invited, and as fast as received will be placed in the bank to grow on interest until sufficient has been received to justify definite build- ing plans. It is the purpose to avoid making the financial campaign a nag- (Continued on Page 3, Column 3) miles from home, we are dodging the hooks and gaffs very successfully. \hy, only a couple of hours ago we were looking at a moving picture that was fihned from one of the United States battleships at maneuvers off Catalina Island. It was an Education- al picture, too! And a COUlfle of nights ago we went to the Orpheum at Vancouver, B. C., attd the star contedian sang that fa- mous song, "Does Spearment Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost Over-Nite?" The Canadians were so tickled with the funny business that the comedian *Ir. Ted Clare, was called back to the footlights six times. With each re- turn he improvised a stanza and fin- ished with the chorous, "Does Spear- ment lose its flavor on the bed post ovcr-nite ?~'--la-la-la ! It was a fine advertisement for the Wrigley Company's gum products, and, folks, of Catalina Island. We have al- ready seen several pictures that have our famous "Magic Isle" in the back- ground for their setting, As I told the Mrs. the other night, whenever we get homesick for Cata- lina, we just slip into the nearest ntovie place and sure enough the fa- nfiliar landmarks seem to loom out on the screen during some part of the program. To travel by auto over the longest paved highway in the world, from Mexico, with its cactus and tropical vegetation, to the fir columned aisles and snow-tipped mountains of Califor- nia, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, is in itself a very pleasant (Continued on Page 10, Column 1)