Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on January 20, 1887 · Page 41
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Oakland, California
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OAKLAND -DAILY v-EVEN IN Q TBI BUN - Hi 37 E. - : - - - . In 1874, Rev. W. A. Dean, a gen al, progressive minister, became past or, and labored acceptably three .year i. His death was sincerely regretted. He was succeeded by Rev. Robert- Patterson, D. D., a fine scholar and authoT as well as a devoted miniate. He di ed January, 1885, and hi memory is still fragrant. Kev. Alexander Patterson, his son. labored a few month; in his father's field. He instituted a revival, in which numbers -were addet to the fold. The nresent pastor. Di.' E. S. Chapman, was installed fifteen jmonths, i ago. He is a man ol extraoruinarw nhilitv- - nwat orieiiialitv of thoughti deep study, intense earnestness, texceed ing Kinaness ana luaciuuuuj; are striking characteristics of tiis sermons. ' r ' ' j f ' . ?. The Sabbath School; under t le able smperinteadency of Mrj J. C. A riance, has a large attendance, Jand mar y graduate from it yearly into the higher school of the church, j It hai bands within it for Foreign ;and Hoi ne Missions. . Two Mission Schools at Fruit Vale and Washington! Hall ar s flourishing. There are the followin r active - societies. Which prove every mei iber to Iwi . ntnlrt Al.'. .... ,1 ' j PApaiflm ATitiainn- arv, Woman's Home I Mission iry Society, Ladies' Aid Society, Pastor's Helpers, the Sailor Band, Gleaners, Endeavor, Look Out Com mitteeJPrayer Meeting Committee and Social Committee. The Christian Home, a nioathly four-psge paper is issued and spread broadcast. The church is one of the most spiritual, and therefore one of the most active, iu Oakland, The resent membership is 2tS; 142 have been dismissed and 2t have been called home. The entire number enrolled has been . : u-j - f ' - ;n THE UNITARIAN SOCIETY1. ' Recently Organized ia Oakland by the Eey. Ciarles W. Wendie. ' In October of the past yeai f Kev. Chas. W. Wendte, formerly pai tor of the Unitarian Churches in Chica ;o and Cincinnati, returned to.; Oaliforn a, his early home, as the Secretary - nf the American Unitarian Associate n for the Pacific Coast. Having tak m up his residence in Oakland, hi t was moved to organize and condi ct, in connection with his other w rk, a church of his . order in I this city ' For the past three months service; have been held in fhe convenient and pretty nail ot the Odu tenows, on the t'orner of Franklin and Eleventh streets. A thriving Sabbath School has alstj ; been ; ueguu, wnn a large adult class lor re ligious and ethical study, conduc ed 'by Prof. Herbert Miller. The music is' in charge of Washington Elliott and Miss E. E.-Van Brunt. About one hundred families have already identified . themselves with the movement, amonj them many who were prominently com iected with the IndependenttfChurch of the late Rev. Dr. Hamilton. A .Voting People's Society and ; Woman's Missionary Circle are now in process if formation. The present organization if the church is only temporary, and a ill be replaced at of ice with a more tho ough System of administration. Altogether tne young society starts off" with unusual vigor, and the prospect is fv ir for the permanent establishment in Oakland of a free, progressive, 1: beral Christian church. The f pastor Rev. Chas. W." Weiidte, is a scholarly, intellectual man, of brilliant and versatile gifts and with determination marked in every lineament of his "face, hich omens a certain future for the so iety. He is also' a lecturer on hum rous topics, indicating wide travel, ke n observance, deep thought and poetic 'manner of portraying bis subject t In all he is cjuite an addition to the areme de In crerne of Oakland intellect. ; j j f SWEDISH METHODISTS! i ! j.neir w eii-yonauctea umircii m ' -'-i - j Oakland. Jlie wclisn si. K. t. hnrch was originally a Scandinavian Mission).! bnt about two years aero the iNorwetnans became an organized body, which, left the Swedish element to form a church of their own.: the pastor, and able will power "Kev. J:. P. SanhOBdh is is a man of ind bmit- and kindly manhfrs, and will do all in his power to biii .1 up a prosperous1 church, vile is aid 6 by a (levoteu wite, who will materially as sist tne .development oi tne society as only a pastor's wife caiji. 1 The church now numbers about tw'enty-twoi i lera-lers and is growing, but owing ii 'the transient character of the popuja lion, Taries greatly from year to year.t The exercises are" conducted; in Swedisl . except the Sabbath School, where English prevails, as the children of American-Swedish parents i would h ther speak the English than -the language of their parent. The chapel is lb ated on Tenth and Centre i streets", ami eventually a large church will be er cted on the present site. The Ladies Society is laboring hard for the beiie lit of he church, and their efforts, niett with success. , ; i ' ' ! THE " CHSISTIAK CHUECH. ' rl I C- ! An Organization Whose Pounda ions are Broad and Deep. !' The C!hri.-tiaA Churtili is locate i on tlie corner of jThirteenth and Mi rket streets, and was5 ijf ected jabout two j ears ago. The congft-gatioiji is compost d of as good people as the city affords.! i uch families of influence as; Jackson H :art, Andrew Snvder, Judge E. M. (HI son, M. V. "Sparks, E. lJ. Sparks, Chas i E. Lloyd. Isaac Copeland, W. T. Gibbs, Edwanf'Bennisoii, Charles Elsev.lH. H. Morley, Pike Crose, Pitof.i (iriffin land manv others are connected witaiit. The "" Official Board " ; holds its' iileet- ings once a month. It is composed ; of the elders and deacons and most iifllien- itial gentlemen of the congregation. The Ladies' Relief and Aid Society is kveil organized and carries; on .effOtively missionary workr relief iof the poor and Visitation, and in other ways assist; the f" astor. The choir of the churc h is arge and composed of good ' niu ical talent, under the management ofi C :ias. E. l.loyd. . . ;. j r Rev. George A, Sweenev is the pa tor. He came to the citv ;a1)Out , eigh een months agoiii poor health; and while "sojourning here was induced to bee me the pastor; ofi the church- Itelhas formed, by his social qualities and superior pulpit tower, the friendshi of many Oaklanuers in all "ranks 6f ife. Dr. isweenev is a Southerner, born ind reared in Kentucky. ;lle recetveil a classical education; and , henpe I his ideas of men and things, are broad and liberal. ' ; Dr.-Sweeney has been preach ing about seventeen years, havine filled important pastorates in iLouisville, tv.J Chicago, ill., and Memphis. Tenn.- He has also done considerable Evangelistic worK in Illinois, Indiana, lowa, Wis consin, Kentucky. Missouri and other States. He is at home on the lecture El: latform, and the principal featur of s success is his thorough acquaintance wtrn numan nature. j '.I The Christian Church people ara to be found in the United States. Canada and the principal countries of Euripe. Alexander Campbell, for many yars President of Bethany College. Vi., was one of the gTeat preachers of the church. une cnurcii Degan in a union mqre- ment of progressive Presbyterians And Baptists, to cut loose from all huitan creeds as a basis of Christian felliw-ship, and to take the Xew Testament as the basis f their faith and practice. They threw away their denominational names and accepted the Bible! name Christian. i Iresident Garfield was a fait&ful tncniber of the Christian Church, and whs carried to the erave hv the deacuns of the church at Washington City, tnd Ins funeral sermon was preached o 1 Dr. Isaac Everett, an ; old friend an preacher of the same denomination For the information of many it may t stated that Garfield was a preacher for many years in the Christian Church. The families I of Senator Morton, the war Governor of Indiana, of general Lew Wallace, of Bert 1 Iur fame, of Oov- ernor: Hisnop. ol unio, ot jeremiaa Black of the Sunrems Court, and many of the most) cultured and distinguished people of pur country are, and have been connected with the . Christian Church.- 4 h . :'l 1 '. ' "J ..-' 4;i 'Tl ST; ANDEEW'S. ' A Young But Vigorous Episcopal Church, , ,' i The! hantfsome little chapel which is the home of St. Andrew's Ei.iscopal Church is situated in West Oakland. Duriner the rectorship of Kev. J.i Parks at Stf Paul's Episcopal Church, a desire was expressed that a mission be organized I in West Oakland, and although biit two church families were known in the neighborhood. Rev. Oeo. Degen, in 1877, gave - the scciety existence, and af it happened on the 30th of November-j-St. Andrew's Day-fthe infant church was christened, by hi name.! A hkill on Eighth street was the humble domicile of thisdistiple ; of Chrift, whojwas borh in a manger. ; E. A. i IiocersJ an active layman, took . J . . . . : i. w-r . charge of the Sabbath School .for two years: i in ttte autumn ot Kev. u. J. Mielt assistant minister at St. Paul's, jtook chargejof tlie mission church, remaining twb years. , In 1883 earnest efforts were jut forth to raise money to build a churvh. Rev. A. B. Spaight micMdM MrJ MieJ.i and durlntr the few months bf (hi "ministry the present house :as greeted, ille in turn was Hjtceeaea oy jur. -xayiu Aicuiure, wno erved two R-eiirs. , The present pastor, Itev. .T.'A. Epurv waj installed as rec-:or the 2tt4 of" Kovember, 1885. He lad previously laborexl in missionary iffort for fivi years iu Sain tii Ana valley, n Southern Calif ornial During the jrief year of .his pastorate" his zeal has een measured only by his love for his ;ieople i and! the upbuilding of the church. A man finely educated, richly endowed with talent, in love with his ; rof ession, eiasj,' and genial in manners, ie wins frieijds oh every side. ! The menibership numbers eighty. About 148 families are visited, but of these' only about 14. kite idenjtified actively with the church) Thq Sabbath School numbers' 12- teachers nd loO scholars, aiidj tthrough its influence Reaches large! numbers inaccessible Otherwise. The Ladies' 'Aid Society, iiumbering bint forty, takes on its Willing shoud4rs the burden of raising iioney for the ichurch, and pucceed i as Only determined womanhood can. j St. Andrew's Guild, composed of eight Chapter has ttr its object cooperation with! the reetor in systematizing and developing, the Christian activities of I the parish. The Branch Woman's Auxiliary ! numbers fourteen members, wh devote ten weeks ojf Advent and Lenten seasons, to furnishing boxes of clothing to missionaries. Ministering. Children's League, with thity-fiyei- members, is working for the orphan in thje Orphanage of tsan .Mateo, uuuer tne supervision oi Mrs. Emery. 4r );. PEES SECOND;. PEESBYTEEIAN. .I- The Standing and Pr ogre is of a yi i " . - 1 Yjoung Church. The Second Presbyterian Church is situated on Union street, between Eighth and Tenth streets. It was or- - - . 1 a :i lr it -j j T" L. i gairtzed April 178. For several years the organizatijh worshiped in a hall on the corneJ.r of Seyehth arid Chester streets. In February, ljxsor. the present church edifice was tinished and .dedicated. It is K Gothic (structure with a spireL Its seatjii g capacity is 300. There is attached thje usual lecture-room and pastor's study. The , first minister in' charge of this church was Rev. John Reaj who continued one year. He was succeeded bv Key. ; James Cameron. Revi J. W ' Hiealv. I). t.. and Rev W. Sfott Whittiej- were als pastors, of this flourishing society. The present pastor, i;ev, lienry ij.i Kice,. was caned to this charge last (May" from Sacramento, where he had-jlilled the pastorate the Westminster I Presbyterian Church eleven years. The instillation services were held Xo vem beit 'S3d, and the pastor assumed his work imd responsibility under the brightest ausjhices.i , The attendance already! iiuinlbers iover" 200, though the "spciety is so young.. The Sabbath S,hojl renders treat assistance inj spreading rlie Wcrd of God. The Young People's .Society of Christian Endeavor are doing; aittive work. A Bible Corresjv.jidehee School has been organized, at s ably conducted." The Church i located in a populous part of the i-ity, Surribnded by lovelyj. homes, and he: hoe for its future are most sanguine; . Ret. MrJliiLe is.au earnest I prhicher, a deyoted pastor and one' who attracts strangers rf-l ii- (4- EAST OAKLAND METHODISTS. II A Church wli ich Has ; Worked Its Wav o a -Solid Basia The First MehMlist Episcopal Church at East-Oaklakid is lucaited on Seventh avenue, betweanrFoiirteenth 'and Fif-tebnth streets and j Wfis started . by J.tW." W.atson j a locals minister; by or-gajhhting a Sumlay lcfiool In Washington ilalL on July 25, 1874 , being assisted bv) Rey. C, V, Anthony and Rey. Win. If ulbert. This school started with some thirty-five scholars, and a full corps of officers, and teUehers.; ' From the first the school met with success and public favor. The meetings w'ere held iu the hall.', , -.' -; '!;. h ' - , - After a few.: months it was deemed advisable to form . a cbuijch society Rev.i 3Ir. Clifford1 being! then the Pre siding. Elder for this District, was in formed of thmr iurpose. aim in response, came and organized the above named church.) t . t .j.i The annual Conference was held soon after, and Rev.iWm. Hulbert was sent to take charge of the new society. On October 4, 1874, he preached his first sermon m the hall. About three months after Mr. Watson planned and built the modest chapel now occupied by I the societvl I On or labout the 20th of IJtinej 1875i Eev, 'Dr. Jewell preached the uedtcatory sermon to a t uii nouse. Since then, like allli church .societies, financial ; embarrassments had to be met. but by the guidance of the kind Father above, I theyij were led safely through. For the past i four years the church and property has been free from aett.: .i, , - : ' Dor the past two and a half years, Rey. S. W. Ross has been their pastor. Under his efficient pastorate the society has more than doubled in membership, whueh is now about 120. I ; The Sunday School is still prosperous C. C. Lombard is now and has been the Superintendent for several years. The school has a membership ol 20U. Les SVPEANCIS DE SALES. if ';. .i.j f A Central Parish Under the Care of Eev. Pather McSweeny. i i ii ii.. This most important parisn was founded after long deliberation ; by the Most Rey. Archbishop Riordan about a vear ago; and oa the 7th of February, 1881, the Rey. Thomas McSweeny, who hadj been for many years assistant to Rett. Father Michael King, the veteran prieist of Oakland, received notice foni the Archbishop giving him the charge of the newly created Parish. Ihere wasi some consternation among the old conservative parishes, for the inew one cutiinto the territory i of Temescal, St. Mary's and Su Patrick's. But there wasl no Catholic Church: between Seventh street and Evov nverme nr Fortv- third street, and there were hundreds of Catholics living half way who had to travel a long distance every Sunday to hear mass. Mrs. Dnscoll Mrs. James Canning, Mr. and Mrs. Monteith and a hundred other friends of Father McSweeny had long) been anxious to have a church in the ! neighborhood where they reside, and tlie hew pastor found himself warmly Supported on every side. Fourteen das after Father McSweeny received his appointment.the first mass" was sung in the temporary church which was the halt in the llanifin Block, on Nineteenth street and San Pablo avenue. 'This wai about to be converted into offices and the studding were . were all erected, but "dedoubui malt minu et einper ei'jendum" and the greater evil to pe fearfed was that o temporary site could be f'pund. A fair was held, contributions, poured in,,ahd to-day the schools an)d temporary church just finished, is tljie most solid and ornamental building of its kind. The' ground alone cost! $14,700, the school and church 10,p00 and the fiastor's residence, just completed ,$5,000. . Walsh was the architect. A space 120x80 feet has been left for the new church, but it will be soinie years before work on it will bo. .commenced, nearly $30,000 having been raised within tlie last eleven months. Father McSweeny is one of the mostdeeply Iread, popular and' best beloved priests in the arch- diocese. IEEE BAPTIST GHUECH. A Young Chnroh with ; - Puture. a Promising The Free Battist Church is located on Twenty-first street, near San Pablo avenue. It was organized as a mission in March, ii a store qui San Pablo avenue, near Eighteenth street, and under the care of the Free Baptist Church of San Francisfo. At first J only a Sunday S-hool antf Wediresdav evening prayer meetings were sustained, but after a few mouths regular services were established. In 18815, the atteiidr ance haying materially increased, the Trustees resolved to leahe a lot and build. This was promptly- done, and now the soi ietv has a comfortable little church, 45x34 feet, costing) about $1,500, with only a nominal debt oi $1SjO, lent by the Home Mission Society. The lot will be purchased iithe spring, having been rented with this privilege. Thus far the church h is been) without a pastor, the work being done by laymen, except that Rev. N. S. Powell, 1. D., of San Francisco, has been oyer once each quarter, preaching and administering the communion-. : The v Mission will send a permanent pastor in thespring. The Free Baptist includes several branches of open communiion or liberal branches, tli Free Will Baptists being the largest bdy in a total bf about 180 -000 commun'H'ants. I The FreJ liaj)tists baptize only adults, and by immersion, but dc not lay the Htress upon the form thatj the regular Baptists do. -Unlike the) latter, they piveletter4 to and receive! letters from all the so-called-evangelical denominations. They lay particular emphasis upon the i consideration of a broad Christian fellowship, and believe that opehcpmmunion tends to that end. They are a staunch temierance people,, denying- to their meraleits the use, in any form of alcoholic liquors. Prof. C. P. Meade, oj the High School, has been one af th most ardent supporters of the faith, and has devoted himself to' its establishment in Oakland. . . ' 3 - PLYMOUTH AVENUE. Eev. Dr. ; Mooar'g Congregational . Church in North Oakland. . The" Plymouth Avenue Church' is a promising child .of the First Congrega-tinaal ChuErh,,andl -was born April 9, JS74, with a menibership of thirty-eight. ; As it is under the pastoral care of, Rey.; George Mooar, D. i., who did such effective work as pastor af the First Congregational-Chunth, its growth has been a marvel. Dr Mooar has been on the coast many years, closely identified with Congregational intew ests, both in the iifnistry And in a Professorship' of thePacific) Theologiflal Seihinary, aad his ripei scholarship, wide experience and talent Will do much for Plymouth Avenue Church. The membership is now 112. The Sabbath School is in charge of Mr. Russel Whit- maniand has eiirolied-lfO. Connected with the congregation are tihe Woman's Missionary Societv, the Ybung Ladies' Missioifarv Soiiety, the Ladies' Aid Society and the i Young PeiW'le's Society of Christiaa Endeavor. The buildings were erected at a cost of about $s,Oi), which , of isourse, represents great self denial and' active work. The church was dedicated March 1,. 1874, and for wulve years hsa been proclaiming the GEEMAN LUTHEEANS. German, Evangelist Lutheran Zion 1 I; Church. In 1S80, Rev L. W agner, a hnssionarv oming under tlie auspices of Rev. Dr, Buehlcr, pastor of St. Paial's German Lutheran Church of Sail Francisco, began evangelic work among the (ier- nans witfi the hope ot toundme a Lutheran L hurch. ihafi hope was realized after two vears of earnest effort. and February 1!, 1882, wasiborn. in the ierman Lutheran ChurchJ Rev. J. F. Theiss, f roni Missouri, wasj installed as its first minister in May 12. , The infant organization first w:or- shiped in a building on Is'inth street, between Washington anil Clay streets, but in the: few years of its existence prosperity has, smiled upon it and recently its members have purchased the A'dventist Church, . corner of Thirteenth and Clay street, at a cost of ,000. Ihe voting menutership is about fortvi but the attendance is be tween 100 and 150 persffis. A most flourishing Sabbath School!, with thirty six teachersit doing activf the German! and nearly 400 pupils, is work. A library in the anguage of aliout 400 vol-tlt'ective instrument in umes is ar rcachiag aw Fsavincr souls, r The Pastor. Rev. Mr. ThHss, is an able and ener getic man, and . is pushinig the wort anion? his neoMe. A large chorus ot twenty-live trained . . r3 . . . . ,. . . voices renders music such ias onlv . Ger mans canJand is under tle leadership of Professor (jeorge ,1 heiss. I his gentleman is also the principal of a Ger man-English school, carried o,n under the supervision of ' the church. It was organized in 1883 with four scholars and now numbers Detween tony ana fifty. The Womans' Relief Sot iety ,with a membership of fif ty, is a most impor tant aid.; - "While this is the only German Luth eran Church in Oakland, the mission ary field is not neglected. )-The church suoDorts a Mission School iin Alameda of about 130 scholars, andholds divine service at Mt. Eden. GEACE MISSION. An Episcopal Mission! at North 1 Temescal. I a - - I . (Trace Mission at North t"emescal was organized by St- Johns Episcopal Church m uctoDer, inso, ax. tne request of about forty, persons.. Rev. Hamil ton Lee. i missionary lor Alameda County, was; appointed by Bishop Kip to take- charge of The officers of the mission are-MaSo J. B-aMcElratti Warden: Mr. George -Rjothe, Treas urer; Mr. Joseph PedriniJ Clerk. Pre vious to the organization of the mission Dr. Benjamin Akerley, the venerable rector of St. John'si had held service in an unfinished building oh Forty-fifth street.- The- title ot this property which is vested in St. John's Church is to be conveyed to the Bishop of the Uiocese, ana the edifice is to be nsea bv the members of Grace Mission. Mr, Lee is well known, having officiated as rector in the Church of the Advent and Aa- Oakland 19 so rapidly spreading her limits and adding to her population Grata Church wul ere long nil an un portant place in rsorth Oaklana. AT CLABEMOBT. A Congregational Chnroh in a Horth- : ' era Suburb. i Rev. H. L. Adams, formerly pastor of Park Church, ' Berkeley, conducted a Sabbath School and evening service for one year in Temescal, which was the nucleus from which this church sprang. Kev. Win. Rogers succeeded him, and continued in the work till May 15, 1880, when he in turn was succeeded by the present pastor, Rev. G. i H. Merrill. Previous efforts had been made but had failed, through the many discouragements, before the - Congregationalists undertook the Wvork. " After two I years and over ofjirfrd labor the results are becomintppareht, for Septemlier 23, 188i, the little band was organized into a Congregational Church. The Sabbath School is progressing, and will add many to the church through its agency. At present the services are held in A. O. L. W. Hall, Temescal, but subscription rolls are already in the hands of canvassers for the erection of a house of worship, and a goodly sum has been raised. - GOLDEN GATE I CHUECH. ,' - - ;.. -i A North Oakland Congregational " Bodj. ; The first service ever held in North Oakhindvus conducted in the opeii ait August, 1,870, bv Rey. W. II. Cooke, pastor of Vbe Golden Gate Congregational I Church.' A" room wasi then rented and services held every Sabbath till the present building was erected. The church was organized April 22, 1881, with twenty-five members. It has now a total membership of sixty, only about iine-half- of whom are resident members. 1 The present pastor, a graduate of the Pacific Theological Seminary, has i continued with this people from the beginning in 187 The Sabbath School! under the care of Mr. J. II.. Mitchell, has the gratifying membership of 210. As North" (,akland is rapidly increasing in population the prosperity of this; church is assured, and the labors of these faithful servants will meet with a plentiful reward, i ) THE CHUECH OP CHEIST. A Body Pounded on the Simplicity - - of Early Christian Paith. i. The members of the Church of Christ flow worship in a hall on fourteenth 'Street near Washington. The church -was' fornied January 27, 1884. Key. A. LCoplin, who hail for-nAirly.a quarter of a century been connected with the ministry of the M. E. Church, taking the initiative. He had for some time been identified- with the distinctly holiness work, editing the Pacific Jlerald of.JIoli-nens, and being an active member of the Executive Committee of the Facile Coast Holiness Association. . After a carefid study of the Scriptures he dis- overed that the present form and Order t -the church was far from the sew Testament standard, and his idea was to return to the simplicity, oneness and spirituality of the church of the first CENTENNIAL I METHODIS s. Growing Chnrch "Which ' Good HandB.I ; ib in The Centennial M: E. Church grew out of a Mission Sabbath School, and was organized in 1875 with seven charter members. The first pastor appointed was Rev. Mr. Antlioiiy. Rev. Joseph H. Wythe, ;Jr.. followed j him and remained three; years. C. S. Iles- rell came in 1878, and ministered .to he people one year.j He was succeeded y Kev. George Newton, who was ap-. pointed elsewhere in ls82, when Rev lloibrooK became pastorr m'lpxo Rev George Melvelvcv assumed pas toral care of the flock, -who was sue- eeded by Rev. D. v . Chelson,: the present minister. ; .During the stay of ev. J. II. ythe, Jr., the: present ht'.rch edifice, costing yi,fiXt. was erected. The soeietyJias been greatly prospered and now numbers eighty members. A targe. Niuhatn ntuool, with an average attendance of 11. is an adjunct of great usefulness to the hurch.- I he Young People s Uoiden Hour Literarv Societv draws nuiiibers under the religious- influence of the church. The I'astor's and Ladies! Aid Sot ietv does active service iii forward- ng church interests.; The pastor, Mr. helson, impresses , lone pleasantly by is urbanity ; and sympathetic kinu- icss. - i i i . - i ; -H r-r GEEMAN METHODIST. A Prosperous Little Church near San Pablo Avenue, : -' I -:. . . The German M. E. Church, the "little church round the jc'orner" from San Pablo avenue, on Seventeenth street. isji Tlea.sing structurewhose well kept appearance, with that ot the parsonage . S 1 . I. 1 . .l(.ijoimiig, ueiuKciw uiu(.i. iiiix iiui'i- ltv. I he church property is. valued at flOJ.). on which there is a small debt f $2,000. The membership numbers about fiftv persons. A Sabbath School s an important addition, and has an enroJTment. ot eignty. .uanv acuyitics lire carried on; with spirit and i succes as attending the labors of the faithful pastor. ; 1 i .- ' NORWEGIAN METHODIST. A Scandinavian Methodist Episcopal : Chnrch. - , The Scandinavian M. E. Mission which was organied ; in I8v! resulted in the formation of a Swedish and a Norwegian Church. The latter is composed of Norwegians and Danes, who can easily combine, as they speak thejsame language use the same Bible and even study the construction ot their language from the same grammar. They represent about three-nrtns oi ; tlie Scandinavian people in America.-' i The church was organized indeiiendentlv lec.ember 15. 188;. with ten members. by the Presiding Elder C. V. Anthony. Kev. John Jaeobson has been their onlv pastor and is filling his position with devotion and ability. There are 32 members and a well-conducted Sabbath School numbering 50, The Ladies' Relief Society help the destitute and work in the interest of the church. The chapel is between Twenty-second and Twenty-fourth streets, on Market, and has the honor of being the onlv Norwegian and Danish M. E. Church on the coast. All of these nationalities wishing to to hear religious services in their t mother tongue will receive a hearty welcome at this little church. APEIOAN METHODIST CHUECH. A Prosperous Church on a Sound i Financial Basis. ) .j Among the first religious bodies' or ganized in Oakland stands the African Methodist Church, dating its beginning in 1801 , under the pastoral care ot Kev, P. K. ureen, when only twelve members were enrolled. ' Its Sabbath School was organized in 1MQ by Mr. J. Flood, with about thirty scholars. In connect tion with the school is a Band of Hope, which, is doing active worK lor temper ance. The church maintains a Ministerial Aid Societv. The present num. her of pupils in the Sunday School is seventy and the church numbers a membership of eighty-one. For about twenty years the congrega tion worshiped in a email church on the corner of Seventh' and Market streets, bat in 1883, during the pastorate oi Bey. J. L. Grigsby, they erected their present commodious church on Fif teenth street, between Market and West streets. A small debt of about MOO is all that hampers them in their business prosperity, and it will probably be paid in the near future. I The pastor. Rey. J. W. Sexton, is laboring hard for the interests ' of the church and the spiritual elevation of his race. j - I . SEVENTH DAY ADVENTS. A Churoh "Which Has Grown Eapidly ! in Oakland. ' , The;Seventh Day Adventist Church was organised May 16j 1875, with thirty-two members.. In 187 the building occupied by the body,) corner of Thirteenth: and Clay streets, recently sold to the: German Lutheran denomination, was erected at a cost, including the lot, of $lf,000. Iri eleven years the membership has increased to 285, not including 151 members. who have taken letters' and removed to other places. Elder 1. A. Loughloro!ugh was the first pastor holding the Office - about' two vears, and was succeeded by Elder J. ll. Waggoner, who is j acting pastor at the present time. The Sabbath School was organized at the same time as the church, . ; with about s the same number of members. It has kept pace with the church in growth and influence, the present membership being 270. Mr W. H. L. Baker is the -efficient Superintendent. : The Tract and Missionary Society is an ac-tive,organization within the church, the priiicipul object j being to': disseminate the doctrines of the denomination. The .Operations- of this society comprise both home and foreign effort, and a large amount of reading matter is distributed through the mails, supplemented by extensive jcorresMindence. A branch of the main; society is effect ively operated by fhe (children, and is5- caneu .tne ivi vuiei iuissionary oocieiy. This church has not ho many-special societies as the churches of most denominations, as the organization proper is supposed to comprehend all the oI-jects and obligations of Christian fellowship. It requires much bravery to be a Seventh Day Adventist', as they keep holy the seventh instead of the first day of the week, thereby, oti account of the custom of Sunday observance, virtually losing an extra day froiji their business. They believe the advent) of Christ to be near, and hence are extraordinarily zealous in efforts to convert souls, as the time of probation seems) to them to he so short. They are characterized by great conscientiousness hnd will suffer ersecution for their belief. They make great sacrifices for their, religion in every wa', and subscribe Hlerally to the propagation of their doctrines. A vast amount of lictrihal publication by the Oakland branch is scattered broadcast gratuitously,! the principal papers printed being 27r Hi-giut of the Tint, The Arnerltan SctUinel and" The Pacific Health Journal And Temperance Advocate. ' The Oakland church has increased so numerically and prospered so financially that their old house of woPhip, being too small, has been sold, atijfythey will build a large church in the 'near future." i The denomination, though young, is a iowerful one; and is rapidly increasing in membership. . LATTEE DAY SAINTS. . "!i : 1 ' .'!!. Eeorganized Chnrch of Jeans The I Christ in Oakland. : The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, an organization about which" there is much curiosity, numbers about 20,000 members in the United States and Canada, t It was founded by Joseph jSmith and is now led by Joseph Smith, his son. It is still the true Mormon Church, repudiating polygamy, that monstrous doctrine for; which it had its reorganization in 1853. i The Oakland branch was organized about 1870. ' It has now about 80 members. Mr. Hirami P. Brown is President, and preaches every Sunday to the faithful. The denomination has no salaried officers whatever, hence Mr. Brown's ministry is purelv one of love. He is nwst enthusiastic in hi faith and has spent a fortune in its propagation, both bv voice ;and pen. He is now publ ,is now publishing a i hurch paper, TJie KxTHwt'r, at his own expense. The denomination at present meets in Shat- tuck s llall every Sumlay, .heii the Sacrament is administered The society is growing and islnow building a house of worship on Harrison street, near Fifth, at a cost of about $3.4)o. ,i A Sunday School is used in spreading their belief. They are a self- sacrificing, people, supporting- missione in various parts of the world. Thev rigidly give one-tenth to the Lord, and never, or very seldom, take up a col lection, i They are careful to take care of their own poor, and in! many; other ways "show their faith bv their works." t ! Y. M. c. a; The Oakland Branch of the Young Men s Christian Association. lius important organisation holds a unnpie and most iuiiortaiit place in the line of Christian effort.) Its special worx is "1116 amelioration ot tneiphys leal, mental and spiritual! condition of young men. Its great aim is to draw young men from the many snares and temptations of Oakland, bind through its agency to lead them into the church of Christ, It is a stepping) stone where- by those who have no .particular love for religion may be raised toward the higher life of the church. . The home like, pleasant room, tne many newspa- pers, the fine library and the gymnasium attract many wearv, disconsolate ones," as well as those who jhave an idle hour, and through these means the heart is ;won and the niitid brought under the refining and religious influences of; tliG association,. The soft, warm glow of light and he irty welcome given the caller has sa vedjfiany a young man from the saloon arid led h'im, to-, wards a higher manhood. jj The Young Men's Christian Association of Oakland was organ zed July 2, 1879, in the First Presbyierian Church; Its first home was a ri"oui located oh the corner of Eleventh and Washington .streets, at a cost of $10 per month. Medical College Hall thu furnished their headquarters at f 15. per month till June 1, IsiU, when thev moved to a store under Masonic Temple, where they held forth until their present rooms on Broadway, between Seventh and Eighth streets,' were secured. " 1 hese rooms were rented for S.tO per month, and at a cost of about ?70Q were fitted up attractively. They consist of an auditorium, which wilJj'seat 400. a gymnasium, a parlor, library and office and a "reading room. The hrst tieneral Secretary was Mr. E. S. Fdwler, of San Francisco, who also preeeekled the pres ent secretary, Captain Isaiah Bray. The varied lines ot work include everything conducing to the gCJod of young men. Eleven religious 'iservices are held each week, which include services in City Prison and County Jaik The tanploynient Bureau enables young men to find suitable employment-a! during 188(5, sixty such positions have oeen secured, a. committee on visitation of sick -perform promptly and lovingly their appointed wbrk, bringing joy to many a sick room, and as ladies aid in these Kindly othces, no doubt many lonely -voung men are reminded of faraway mothers and sisters. The Reception Committee, some pf whom are present every evening, givp a hearty welcome to all, and as first; impressions are most powerful, the greatest results lie in the cordiality of thi committee. Socials, concerts and lectures are great attractions, and as ladies are always present with warm smiles and sympathy, the attractiveness is greatly enhanced. ; ' - I i The reading room is open from 8 a. if . nnui iu p. u. Younfc men are cordially invited to visit the room during ineir leisure nours. dav or evening. LThe General Secretary may be found at tne rooms at au nours. willmc to rive ad rice and asststaivae to young manin nea ox menuiy aid. The parlors are open day and evening for socialj intercourse, and free to every youug man. A course oft free lectures by eminent medical men is an essential aid to the large numbers who are so glad to attend them. jThe report of 1880 is most flattering 81 i7ia iersons visited the rooms, an iilcrea.se of 6,400 over anv previous yeatl Over 120 have requested prayers at th meetings. Over 60 converts are the fresult of the year's work, anlerhaps iiany more. 'Twenty-one young men nave become most active members of Scity churches from the Association. Ko much for results which can be estimated, but who can estimate the 5;grand Work achieved in saving young men'fj-om temnation, inspiring good,! resolves J cheering the desjondent, helping the destitute and unemployed, and the geneial elevating influence of such; an Association in our midst? No .arithmetic can compute it. Mr. Bray'r the General Secretary, is a man of enjergy, and enthtiisastitt. in pushing the Work, having refused a much more lucrative posi tion to engage In it. He has tenderest sympathy for struggling young men ar d realizes their peculiar needs. With an able Board of Mana-ger;!. Trustee;! and committees, grand results may be anticipated in 18S7. They look forward "soon to securing" a buildfng of their own. , The Associajtion is appreciated bv the church, whose ally it is, for at a recent, inass nieeting over $2,noJ was raised' for its. j-upport. THE BENEVOLENT SOCIETY. The Gbod Woj-k Done by the Oakland i Benevolent Society. ' The Oaklam Benevolent Societv wa-a 7, 18t, with the follow- organied June ing ollicers President, K. Bigelow; Vice-l'Sresiden il:n. i K. Cole; Secretary, F. S. Page; T urer, Is. t . Pendleton. An Lxecutile 'Committee of thirtv inembftrs, eveiiiy divided as to gentlemen ab'l . ladi ls disbursed the funds and transacte i"the imjortant business of thei-oi'iety while the Trustees Mjere compo d of I. W. Knox, J. 15. Benton andi.!itW. Ar nes. During its ling term of life it"; has done niarvelou giMKl in our city and lias relieved thousands of cases of destitution, helpcl to employment great numbers of ii(?edy: men and women, and brought: life and health to i the dying and the sick. It had one-tighth of the Police fines for the .relief of distress and that , ith donatibns, gave ; the society somewhat of a financial basis. The good work j has gone on till the present," and it is now ablv ofiicereil bv Dr. E. W. Buck , President ; K. W. Playter, Vice-president; Mrs. A. Blar- com , Secretary 1 and Mr. W. 11. Hardy. Treasurer. "' Tne- -moduli oiierandi of work is to divide the city into twelve districts with fa visitor in charge of each, and the liidies aim to have every case thoroughly investigated ! before aid Is given, afrid the money passing through their hands is judiciously ex-landed. j j ' . From the last two quarterly reports we glean the following facts: In July, August and September, there was distributed anion; needy families, $271.15; numberof mea s furnished eratituouslv at the W. C. T P. Coffee Rooms, 138; medicjne . furnished to eight jersons; clothing given to thirteen iieedy ones; single men a-sisted, fifteen ;: single women," "yenty -two; families deserted by husbands, (ilirce; families with sick husbands, eigh ;; families who are very poor, twenry-f ; widows very Hior, somCiwith hehlless chiidren, thirteen. In the mob hs of October, N'o- vember ;and families ;' have groceries, and lecember twenty-six ,leen supplied with fuel, and in some instances ot great need, ; rent From October 2d i to has been- paid. Decern Iter 31st Crouslv prescri Dr. Van Kirk has gen-ed for women and chil- dren who attem the " mothers' hicet-sion Kooms, corner of klin streets. She has ings belli at M Tenth and Fra attended eigbte n cases and filled forty- six prescriplionk A small amount of monev is allowed bv the siciety for medicines but her services are entirely gratuitous, i I ; The " mothers j meetings -are held on Frida. afternoon, and are in charge of Mr. A'. W. SeKvall. and are deeply appreciated bv tie guests. . ' A religious service is followfed bv a plain tea, con sisting pf ; sandwiches, cake and "tlie j cup that .cheers but not inebriates," j and sometimes Jruit. One poor woman coming in front .house-.cleaiiing spoke most gratefully bf the rest she. had taken and the comfort of the tea and bread and buqter, which was all she had partaken of since early morning. She is but one f large numbers. ; Sev-'eral families have been assisted for a little while until they . could find work orhave recovered from illnes, when they again assiime self supiort. ; Several j-tersdbs' have been helpel to return to. friends, noticeably one family of a mothcr and four children, deserted by the Irfisband and father, who, by being sent -buck to their old home, were put in a position of self support. The "number of meals furnir4iel from September thriugh Decembeiwas 183. This is biit tha most nieagre reixirt of their work, any as the society has to use the strictest economy in" means, much more wtmld be done if the public but realized their generous cause and came up more readily to their assistance. Boxes with labels the society were placed at the polls on election day and oyer 17 realized. : THE WHITE BIBBOK.j The Work in Oakland of the Woman's Christian "temperance Union. Oakland irejiiices in a grajid reprer sentative of the Woman's Christian Temperance Uition, the largest organized body of women in the world, which, rising in America, has now encircled the globe with the white ribbon. Having for its aim the suppression of intemperance, flie women of Oakland have joined heart ahd hand with the National Union, and the letters W. C. T. U. have beoomti the talisnianic hope of many a sail heart. ihe Union was erganized April 21. 1879, and has skeadily moved onward and upward in its philanthroiic work. - Ihe widespread, interest which the cause excites is I manifest by the large membership of liearly 200 of our leading women. Theyjriieet monthly at their headquarters." IKl Franklin stTfeet, and under the wift!iti:inner of their President, Mrs. P.I D. Browne, they put through a .vast! amount of business. They have as auxiliaries two Y. W. C. T. Unions.' ; The Oakland Unions have a membership bf about eighty-six, although only Organized January 21, 1886. They meet monthly. They help in supportingf juvenile temperance bands and . hold parlor meetings, by which thev exek-t wide social influence. The East Oakland Y. W. C. T. V. is doing aggressive work, having organized a class of'Temperance Cadets, con ducting the Whit Cross League, giving unner ineir aiaspices temperance lec tures, holding! monthly meetings, at which a full litirary and musical programme is always rendered. It has en rolled about nfyjiiembers and the aus pices for the future are flattering. l he Y i I . u. in its juevnile work nas Deen nnupuauy Diest. I Having a most energetic! Superintendent in Mrs Sarah C. Borland; who counts no lalior too much ' if this department is for- wardeiL Tbe results have been most encouraging. J-ive temjierance bands. numoering iwj meniDers, already are enlisted. I i The churche are in sympathy with these noble wbmen anil nearly all of our forty chmi hes have banished fer mentea wine (from - the communion table. Temperance is taught quarterly in many of :the Sunday Schools. Mrs. A. B. Gore visits the prisons regularly, aiding in every way the lonely, crune-etained inmates. x emperance physiology nas, to some extent tent, been introduced in the Public school and its inflaence cannot but be beneficial. Kcabzmg the gigantic power of the press, 13,.rSK pages of temierance literature have been circulated. Mrs). II. II. Havens, the, Secretarv, whose talent seems indeed many sided, edits ably a temperance column in the Saturday evening Trjjjuse, which the management has turned over to her pen. In .public meetings the V. C. T. IT. has improved every opportunity. They have held one Countv Temperance Institute and one Countv Sunday School Convention. Many "lectures by talented men' and women have been" delivered under their auspices, while parlor meetiiigs.reeeptions and mothers meetings-have constantly been held. One of their most successful means of reaching; the public, removing many from the temptation of . the free lunch for a five-cent beer, and keeping that cause before the people, is the coffeehouse1. This is a most popular restaurant, where bread and butter and a cup of delicious home-niade cott'ee'is served! for five cents, 'whiles a substantial and even elegant dinner, daintily , served, can be had a't"very low prices, j The Union hasjhot neglected the work auiong the iieedy children, and one of its members I'M rs. Prcscott, has started a kindergarten under their auspices, though she personally so'.iiiitsjor its iinaiicial aid. thus generously relieving them of tho; actual support. . Petitions for anprdinance i against selling cigarettes td fminors have been vigorously circtilatj.fi and good results will no doubt lie seen. j Such a year's worfij is an a-'biovement which rejoices every Christian, philaiv mropist i mother and patriot, for it r of home and allfor tpe ujibuildin,. Church and State. - WOMAN'S BELIEF COEPS. -The Work of Lyon and Appomattox Co During the past k'eur, whoso lias .been the reat Kn- event in v alilornia camiTmeiit of . Die C rand Arniv i ot the Republic,! the Woman's Relief Corns has been ihe subject j-f nuf' h' and well-deserved Culogy. - It s indeed a noble organization, wbich;priiiingup twenty years aftir the war, jsliows that patriotism cannot die and tvhat the gratitude of the women of the Republic dies not wane, though nearly Ja generation has passed i-in- e jieace,. was roclaimed. fany in the Corps are voung women who can scarcely fricolfect tho awful " throes of civil warj,but. feel no less grateful t' the soldiers, dead or living', .. who saved their coutitrv. That gratitude takes the practkjal fornr of paring: for the widows and (ihildren of the dead ' heroes, and helping make the sunset years of .those still hying brighter and more beautiful". jj " Of such an rder Oakland rejoices in two representatives, Apiomattox and Lyon Relief forps. Apiomattox Corps was organized Jjine 3$, 1884. Although- the time-'has been jshort the amount of work done has bfcin almost marvelous. One of the highest complements that can be paid to this organization is " this simple fine froiit the published report of the Department Secretary, Mrs. Nellie G. Backus; 'j Largest yearly expenditure is that of j Appomattox, "who -have expended f2 From its efiicient j President.! Mrs. Addie A. ShermanV we have the following facts: . Relief fisits made. 50O;' soldiers and nieininy of their families assisted, !5; memliersaiid their families, 11; employment furnished. 9; over oO articles.- of , clothing distribated ; t-x- pended for relief, $il; in relief fund, 3J ; in general fund, flt5. I iBeside the above fharity, the Appo- mattox assisted theirj IVist ly voting 5UI0 towardsmbii'orm of tbe Drum Corps, a:t l also $ for other jSurposes. To their patient hands and ingenious feminine brains .arc llue all refresh-merits at all entertainments, which is no light task; and de' drations and help of every kind are gladly protfecad. . ' Woman's Relief" Corps, Lyon I Post, numbers 210 member, and is the banner corps of fhe department for relief, so pronounced by the j Department In-tpectn As is well known the object if this loval organization is the relief of old soldiers, their wives' and children. These noble 'daughteirs pf America ' bury the dead hero with loving hands am! dim eyes, care for the lonely widow and destitute childreii; with a" sister's tender svnfpathy and devotion. ' Lyon Post. Xo. 8, ji. A. R., is to be congratulated in haViiig sncb an able relief corps connected ' with it,' and among the other conimendations of the Department Inspector; was. this',: that this corps 'does jnore. for its Tost than . any other in proportion to its numbers. The past yea ; they have distributed, over o00, wit ii" a good. balance still remaining in the treasury. They lately , presented the Post with uniforms andT " swords, a considerable sum to tlie tombstone fund and $!K) in casb; 'and again, presented theiai with the receipted bill of the fnheal expenses of a. loved comrade. Besides ail thi their direct work, the relief ijjf the-families of .veterans, represents bujidrcils of dollirs of money an 1 Jays tinjl days of time, toil and weariness. l'f'y have on their list at least fifty widows and children largely depen for.t (oil them for the necessaries of inc. line Chairman of the Relief .Committee" always makes from twelve to twentjitwo benevolent visits a week, and is" ialwavs supplied with money: to use at Iter discretion for the relief of distress. It is estimated that the cost of the great amount of food, clothing, shoes, tfuel and other necessities' solicited, jpurchased ! and distributed by the! Lyon Relief Corps - would not ie less than $3,000 annually. Oilier assistance . is, also rendered. Maiiy widows, with large families of children" wish to return East to friends atter the soldier,1 husband andjfather is nijj more, and the Relief Corps has inj njany such cases stepped forward and psud their fare to their destination, having fitted them out with a comiortablerwardrobe. i Employment is sought! ad obtained for those wishing to work. Airs TMlnmons is 1 resident' of i this corps and, Mrs. Field the most able and etfirient befcretary. 1 . . DAtJGHTEBS :0P( ISRAEL. The Work' fend History of a Valued,; Belief Society. The Daughters' of Israel Relief Society is composetl; ol llehrea- ladies, but to their honor, 'be it recoAled, that they administer assistance lirrespecti ve of creed or nationality, i The only reousito needed to enlist their sympathy is that one is in distress?) arid their tender womanly hearts respond with love and practical kindness. I - t The society has had fan existence of over ten years, being organized Un May 187, and in that tuna has disbursea" $a,000. The first officej-s, all of whom are held an blessed memory, having passed beyond, were: President, Mrs. Minna 'Bettman;j i Vice-President. Mrs. J. Letter;; Secretary, Mrs. 8. S. Cohen. LThe societv i 1 aa done a vast amburrt J of charit able work in its chosen? objects, which are the alleviating of distress, burying the dead and visiting the sick. Besides, tne ladies paxuauy aeisisied in the tmiltl-ing of the first syiiagdgue bv a hand some check for several hundred dollars. Their funds are collected from member ship dues of 50 cfhts jper month and entertainments for raising 'silver shekels" which is ever the ready device of feminine brains I and hands. iTho membership numbers about tiO of the representative Jewish Qadies of Oakland. It became anl incorporated body in 1884. It receives ni ail from the State or other sources, save those above mentioned. Ihe present officers are: President, Mrs. Begin a Beel ; Vice-Pres-ident.Mrs. EL Bernstein Treasurer,Mr. J. Alexander; 'Recording Secretary, Mrs. M. H. Coffee; Financial Secretary, Mrs. L. Lissner. Board of Trustees, Meadames A. Cerf, J. L. Harris, L Lewis and If. Harris. These names, so wall-known and respected, are sufficient assurance oi a prospeigqj future. i.-t

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