through Mr. Maxwell
We have, by this new arrangement, succeeded in raising sufficient money to pay our regular expenses, without the necessity of fairs or other extraneous schemes which have heretofore been necessary features of our financial system.
The Gleaner, which for a number of years had been issued as a bi-weekly parish newspaper, was, with the consent of the parish, changed to a weekly by Mr. Maxwell
, and entered as second-class matter at the post-office.
Every one interested in the church could, by this means, be reached each week, and the news and announcements of Sunday services, entertainments, suppers, and other church activities placed in their hands.
This change was of inestimable value to the society, and did much to fill the pews with new and valuable recruits, besides stimulating the former workers to renewed activities.
One of the largest offerings ever received in the church was on May 26, 1901, when Rev. G. L. Perin, D. D.
, preached in the interest of the twentieth century fund.
The collection for this work amounted to $1,200.
In 1901 Mr. Maxwell
urged the advantage of having a ‘Carnival Week’ to interest the young people, advertise the church, and, incidentally, to add something to the treasury.
An operatic melange, consisting of songs, fancy dances, etc., was given for five nights, and for a first attempt passed off very well.
In 1903 a second attempt was made.
This time the week was devoted to a series of gatherings, which, by their variety, insured pleasure and profit to all.
To briefly mention the week's programme: A parish reception was held on Monday evening, March 2; a grand concert Wednesday night; on Friday an old-fashioned costume supper and entertainment; and on Sunday a special service, with augmented choir, instrumental music, and other special features.
Religiously, socially, and financially, this was an unparalleled success.