A4 Alton Evetiifig Telegraph Saturday, January 9,1971 nisters in rural areas face hardship as population declines ly EARL MAUCKER Tetegrtpfc Staff Writer JiftSEYVILLE - In the rural counties in the Telegraph area, many ministers are facing financial hardhsip as declining population cuts into their membership. fhe determining factor of financial security for the minister appears to be the size of the church regardless of the size of the community, although reports indicate metropolitan salaries generally tend to be higher. According to a report published by the Department Of Ministry, National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States, that individuals even with three years or more of post-college study, the minister is at a lower economic level than most beginners going right from school into industry or government. Many churches supplement the minister's salary by paying for car expenses, hospital costs, pension, continuing education with personal provisions for such things as books, subscriptions and other supplies needed for church business. This is not the case for most churches in the rural areas. "A minister depends upon the generosity of the people," the Rev. James Jarrell, pastor of the first Presbyterian Church in Hardin told the Telegraph. "We don't have a union and we are not organized. The Rev. Jarrell explained that a minimum salary of $6,500 has been set up for the area Presbyterian ministers. However, he added, that this amount doesn't come up to today's living standards. He also pointed out that his church doesn't pay hospitalization, but this problem is covered by a board of pensions, which is a national organization of Presbyterian ministers. "This is a new policy in the Presbyterian church," Jarrell said. "It covers 80 per cent of our hospital costs which is a financial relief." Most other pastors in the rural area answered a flat "no" to the question of hospitalization coverage provided by the church. "The money comes right from my own pocket," one pastor reported. Some of the ministers believe that the public overrates the donations of goods and services given to ministers. "Very few places give, ministers discounts anymore," one pastor said. I feel that the public is unaware of the fact that a minister pays for goods and services just as any other person does." On the other hand, the Rev. Thurman Strange, pastor of the First Assembly of God Church in Jerseyville said, "People are more readily acceptable to the fact that we are humans. I think most people understand that we don't receive discounts as much and that we pay expenses like everyone else." In considering automobile costs for the rural minister it appears that small churches who pay the lowest salaries are usually the first to pass up car expenses. "The church gives me a set salary, and tells me to take any car expenses out of that amount and I strongly feel Wood River Baptists to conduct annual meeting A 6 p.m. covered dish dinner will precede the annual Meeting of the congregation of the Wood River First Baptist Church Wednesday in the church social rooms. Charles Season, church moderator, will be in charge of the program which will include the recognition of the new members of the congregation. Mrs. Arthur Northway will present a capsule review of the 1970 activities and the 1970 booklet of annual reports will be distributed. The Rev. Jerry L. Belden, pastor, will present to the congregation, "A challenge for 1971", the 55th year of the church. The second in the serie of Missions Festival services, "Getting the word around Church youth council names new officers Art Higgins has been elected president of the Youth Council in the Whitelaw Avenue Baptist Chucrh, Wood River. Named as his official staff are: Mike Doom, vice president; Kim Kellim, secretary; Representatives: college and careers-Sue Rice, Dan Moore and Carl Blackwood; High Teens-Pam Dake, Cheryl Hedges, Kevin Kellim', and Low Teens-Jim Curtis, David Doom and Lee Collier. The Women's Mission Union will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the church social rooms to start the New Year with a study of foreign missions. Members of the church are collecting a variety of coupons and trading stamps to assist in the purchase of a nine-passenger van for the Carmi Children's Home. The collection of food coupons and stamps recently completed financed the purchase of a piano for the home. Blumfields to tell of trip to Israel Dr. and Mrs. Irvin H. Blumfield will tell of their recent tours in Israel at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Fellowship Hall of * the First Congregational Church, 600 Henry St., Alton. Dr. Blumfield and his wife will show pictures they have taken and tell their experiences as they traveled. Johnny Rion to be featured Johnny Rion will be featured at a special service to be held at the Graf ton Assembly of God Church at 7:90 p.m., Sunday. Rion has been rated among the top 20 disc Jockeys, according to Billboard magazine, and has been promoter for many country and western music per- wnaJiUes. Singing program There will be a singing program Sunday at 3:30 p.m. • Lincoln Garden* Corn- Center, MM Booker beyond the community, sponsored by the Baptist, First Presbyterian, United Methodist, and St. John's Church of Christ, Wood River, is slated for 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the Wood River Methodist Church. Gerald Alpert, social worker with youth in St. Louis, will be featured as guest speaker, and will preside for a discussion period following his talk. Nursery service will be provided. Susan Eisenhower, British barrister wed in Gettysburg REV. CARL TDLLERY Spring Street pastor receives his degree The Rev. Carl L. Tlllery, pastor of Spring Street Assembly of God Church in Alton since 1968, has received the doctor of divinity degree. He began his ministry at the age of 16 in his native Arkansas and has completed studies in applied psychology, family counseling, religious education and Bible courses to qualify for the honor. A thesis, "Pentecost, 20th Century Phenomenon," is in the making. A portion of his thesis, "But God," will be preached at the 10:30 a.m. worship service Jan. 17. GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Susan Elaine Eisenhower, granddaughter of the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower, has wed a British barrister, Alexander Hugh Bradshaw, after an international romance. They met in the diplomatic circles of Brussels, where her father is U.S. ambassador to Beligum and his father is British consul. At the candlelight ceremony Friday, Susan, 19, was given away by her father, John S. D. Eisenhower. Her 15-year- old sister, Mary Jean, was her only attendant in the 50- minute ceremony. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. A1 p h o n s e Marcincavage performed the nuptial mass in St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic church, which was used as a hospital during the Civil War Battle of Get- The former Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of the late President Eisenhower, poses with her husband, Alexander Hugh Bradshaw, following their marriage in a Catholic Church in Gettysburg. Bradshaw is a London, England barrister. (AP Wirephoto) Quartet featured The Travelers Quartet from Carbondale will be featured at a Madison County Singing Convention to be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Assembly of God Church in Cottage Hills. 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James Merriman Evangelist SPECIAL MUSIC Nursery— Public Invited 'Tie Church With The Great Sunday Night Service" tysburg in 1863. Bradshaw is a Catholic and Susan, an Episcopalian, agreed to holding the service in a Catholic church. Following the wedding, a reception was held at the Eisenhower farm near here. The bridal couple plan to leave for London where they will live. The groom, 29, is a lawyer there. The bride's brother, David Eisenhower, was the groom's best man. He wore his Navy uniform. David's wife, Julie Nixon Eisenhower, daughter of President Nixon, also attended the ceremony. Only 30 close relatives and a few Secret Service men were admitted to the 500-seat church. The press was barred. Mamie Eisenhower, widow of the President, witnessed the ceremony, as did Mr. and Mrs. F. John Bradshaw, parents of the groom. The bride's older sister, Mrs. Ann Echavarria-Uribe, of Bogota, Colombia, also was there. A crowd of about 150 persons braved 21-degree cold to see the couple as they left the church. Some of the spectators had been classmates of Miss Eisenhower in a private school here. that this is inadequate," one rural pastor reported. "I sometimes make dalls to Alton, Jerseyville and even St. Louis on church business, and the amount I receive wouldn't even begin to cover the automobile expenses," another minister told the Telegraph. The report from the department of ministry shows that the net loss on car expense alone runs highest for pastors in places of 2,500 or less. The average loss is placed at $973 annually. Many people also believe that ministers take in a substantial amount of money from performing services such as funerals and marriages. Many ministers feel that this practice is overrated by the majority of the public. "Some people appear to place a premium on the amount of money a minister gets for performing these services," one pastor explained. "What they fail to realize is that many times a pastor won't ask for any money, especially if the congregation is small and everyone is well acquainted with one another." Another pastor explained that the money received for- performing a funeral service or wedding is not equal to the amount of preparation put in on the ceremony. "Time is money," one minister said. "The average amount of money received for funeral services is $15 to $20 and for a wedding about $10 to $15. I put in a lot of time in preparing for a service, but I would never hold my hand out." In the majority of cases, the minister will take on an additional job to supplement his low salary as pastor of a church in these rural communities. The additional job is caused not only because of a low salary, but because of the small amount of church work available in a low membership church. The financial element of the ministry is of course riot the reason one chooses such a career. Religious faith and the desire to help others is the overriding factor. Perhaps one minister put it best when he said. "One is not in the ministry for money. But if he is, the joke is on him." VAUGHN HILL CHURCH OF CHRIST Highway 111 North — Wood River Sunday — 0 a.m. Classes Woriihlp — 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. LLOYD WHEELER • MINISTER 254-2843 TV CHANNEL 11—Saturday, 7:30 a.m. UNITARIAN THIRD AT ALBY Morning Worship & Sunday School—10:45 a.m. INTERNATIONAL YOUTH SUNDAY: \ Perspectives On America Charge against John Wayne dropped SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A complaint against John Wayne involving an 'alleged obscenity-spiced confrontation between the actor and Viet- nam war protestors waving Viet Cong flags won't be prosecuted by the district attorney. "I think the complaint was John Neihardt, Nebraska's poet-laureate for the past 50 years, blows out a candle on a birthday cake Friday as he celebrates his 90th birthday. Neihardt was a college professor for 40 years and said Friday he considers himself "a great friend of the young people". (AP Wirephoto) Hiilcrest Church of Nazarene 8316 Hillcrest—Rev. Kenneth I* Owens Pattor 9:30 AM—Church School 10:30 AM—Morning Worship 4:15 PM—Youth Service 7:00 PM—Evangelistic Service 7:00 PM—Wednesday Prayer Kov. Owens Service THESE TIMES .... GOD IS ABLE METROPOLITAN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 6th £ MARKET ALTON WORSHIP SERVICE — 10:40 A.M. "An Informed Honesty" By REV. HART "Where Christ Brings Personal Wholeness and Practical tfo/iness" Twelfth Street United Presbyterian Church 504 East mh St. Rev. W. RMMU Suaw Church School—9:30 a.m. Worship Services—9:30 end 11:00 "Old Stories With flew Meaningi" 1. Men Who Wrestle With God Meeting of Alton Presbytery Here, Sunday 2:30 p.m. Men's Brotherhood, Sunday, 6:00 p.m. nited €kurch cf €kri*t 1212 GODFREY BELTLINK GOOFRE.Y, ILLINOIS REV. WALTER H. KREBS, PASTOR CHURCH SCHOOL — 9 A.M. MORNING WORSHIP—8:00 AND 10:00 A.M. "ON MAKING JUDGEMENTS" Chancel Choir — 10:00 a.m. 10:00 to 11:00 Broadcast Over WOKZ Nursery Service for 10 a.m. and Church School Services WELCOME a put-on," Dist. Atty. John Price said Friday. Wayne has denied the incident happened. Gregory Kirkwood, 22, of Sacramento filed a complaint with police seeking to have Wayne charged with disturbing the peace during a star- studded inaugural gala Monday night for re-elected Gov. Ronald Reagan. Kirkwood said the 63-year- old Wayne, star of war films dating back decades and a strong defender of American Vietnam policy, spotted Viet Cong flags Kirkwood and friends were waving outside the gala. Wayne shouted "What the ... is that!" and had to be restrained from charging the demonstrators, Kirkwood said. IN BETHALTO it's the ASSEMBLY OF GOD Sherman & Sheridan St. B. P. Bell, Pastor Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Youth 6:30 p.m. Evangelistic Services 7:30 p.m. Bible Study (Wed.) 7:30 p.m. "Whew Christ h A Reality" • Saviour • Baptlrer • Healer e Coming King Nursery Provided —Worship With US- ALTON'S FIRST ASSEMBLY EDWARDS STREET ASSEMBLY OP COD College Avenue Edwards Street Brown Street URCH Broadway Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship Service — — 10:30 a.m. "What Pentecostals Have to Offer the Church World" Evangelistic Rally — 7:00 p.m. "Dynamic of the Christian Faith" Family Night, Wed. — 7:00 p.m. \y Brown Street Baptist Church G.A.R.B. (Where Everybody Is Somebody and Christ Is Lord) THOMAS M, BURKE, Pastor We Invite You To These Services: Sunday School...9:30 A.M. Morning Worship.. .10:30 A.M. Quest Speaker, Dr. Ernest Pickering, President of Baptist Bible Seminary Training Union...6:00 P.M. Evening Service...7 P.M, "Looking for a Lamb" Wednesday (Hour off Prayer).. .7:00 P.M. 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