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"JOASH DAY"

Taking inspiration from the Old Testament story of King Joash who rebuilt the temple (2 Kings 12), in the early decades of the 20th century official fundraising days were being celebrated in Methodist Episcopal Churches (and other groups).   The business of the church was often made of prosaic things like paying bills, honoring debts, and trying to move the church forward, sometimes in spite of the giving habits of a congregation.  As one early writer noted people might spend in a night at the opera more than they give in a year to evangelize the world...
In this section from an annual church directory of Wesley Methodist Church in Oklahoma City there is evidence of the use of this "Joash Day" approach.  It was outlined in a 1910 article , "The Chest of Joash" in the Expositor and Current Anecdotes, a resource for illustrations, church development, and sermons for ministers by Rev. Alfred Peache of 49th Avenue M.E. Church, Chicago, Illinois.

"A STATEMENT OF O…