The superior principles of the monthly plan, after what has been said on the foregoing plans, requires no comment. We append a number of forms and methods:

*The cards and envelopes, printed and ready for use, may be had of I. K. Funk & Co.

A Circular Letter. - The method of sending out a circular letter at the beginning of the year setting forth the needs of each board and asking for a sub-scription which shall be paid monthly has proven successful in many churches.

One form of circular letter, after presenting the claims of the various boards, contains the following blank;

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Monthly Contribution Plans 20

Raising Money For Missions.

Another Form.

Plan Of Systematic Contribution Of The First Presbyterian Church, of Trenton, N. J.

This paper is to be retained by the Subscriber.

 

TIME.

OBJECT.

AMOUNT.

1st

Sabbath

in Jan.

Board of Foreign Missions.

   

3rd

"

" "

Deacon's' Fund.

   
     

The Commissioners' and Contin-gent Fund of the General Assem-bly, and the Session Fund of this Church.

   

1st

"

" Feb.

   

1st

4 i

" Mar.

Board of Education.

   

1st

"

" April.

State Mission Fund.

   

3rd

"

" " "

Deacons' Fund.

   

1st

i i

" May.

Board of Publication.

   

1st

"

" June.

Sunday-schools.

   

1st

"

" July.

Board of Church Extension.

   

3d

"

" ""

Deacons' Fund.

   

1st

"

" August.

Freedmen's Fund.

 

1st

"

" Sept.

Disabled Ministers.

 

1st

"

" Oct.

     

3rd

"

" it"

Deacons' Fund.

   

1st

"

" Nov.

Domestic Missions.

   

1st

"

" Dec.

Bible Society.

   

Contributors can send their money to the Treasurer of Session if they have not deposited it in the collection box.

Monthly Contribution Plans 21

(Reverse Side Of Circular.)

The object of the Board of Foreign Missions is to send the gospel to the foreign world and to the Indian tribes within our own territories.

That of the Board of Education is to aid poor and pious young men in obtaining an education with a view to the ministry, and to aid in the religious instruction of our children and youth.

The State Mission Fund is intended to meet the calls of Presbytery for assissance to mission churches within the bounds of the state.

That of the Board of Publication is to print and circulate throughout the country a sound and healthful religious literature.

That of the Church Extension Committee is to aid in the erection of Presbyterian church edifices throughout the country.

That of the Freedmen's Fund is to sustain missions among the freedmen.

The Fund for Disabled Ministers, &c., is disbursed by a committee of the Trustees of the General Assem-bly, to aid disabled ministers of our church who are in want, and the needy widows and orphans of our deceased ministers.

That of the Board of Domestic Missions is to send the gospel to the destitute regions of our own country, and to aid in sustaining our feeble churches.

5 persons giving $5.00 each amounts to $25.00 per week; or, $1,300 per year

10

i i

3.00

"

"

30.00

"

" 1,560

"

20

"

2 00

"

"

40.00

"

2,080

"

"

1.OO

"

"

30.00

"

1,560

it

50

"

•50

"

"

25.00

"

" 1,300

"

100

"

.25

"

"

25.00

"

1,300

"

150

"

.20

"

"

30.00

"

1,560

"

200

"

.10

"

"

20.00

"

1,040

"

50

it

.05

"

"

2.50

"

130

"

615

           

$11,830

 

Schedule of Monthly Collections. - In some churches a printed schedule of collections is tacked up in the front of each pew:

Special Collections

On The Last Sunday In Each Month.

1881. January, -            - Foreign Missions.

February,         -            Diocesan Missions.

March,        -            - Orphan Asylum.

April, -            -            Aged and Infirm Clergy Fund.

May.           -            - Parish Sunday-schools.

Suggestive Figures. - Where it is desired to raise a fixed amount for benevolence it is very desirable that the pastoral letter should contain some suggestive figures which will enable the people to see how the work can be done, and also to aid them in arriving at their duty in the matter. Let us suppose that with a congregation of 615 members, it is desired to raise $10,-000 or $12,000 for benevolent work. This amount will startle most of the members, and yet the following table will render the problem quite a simple one:

"Remember the Lord thy God, for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth" - Deut. viii. 18.

Or the year may be divided into sections, "appropriating to each board as many consecutive Sabbaths as its comparative importance seems to demand, and appropriating all the sums received within this period to it. This gives a specific time to each board, and affords the opportunity to the pastor for stating the objects, operations and wants of each scheme of the church."