Cost of a Church Carpet

The Watchman

The Advance gives the following estimate of the direct and collateral cost of a church carpet. The direct cost of the carpet was $800, but as the women of the church raised the money by giving entertainments, the pastor's estimate was that when all the items of cost were figured in the carpet has cost fully $4,000. He reached this astonishing total by estimating the work, worry, nervous strain, bodily weariness, and heart-aches of one hundred women; the heroic efforts of men, women, and children to eat the things which were to be eaten, and hear, see, or buy other things which had been provided to extract money from them; the colds, fevers, and other ailments contracted while attending the entertainments, and the consequent doctors bills; the money spent in other churches—for if they come to your entertainments you must go to theirs; and, worst and most costly of all, the demoralization of the church and the curtailment of legitimate giving which follow in the train of such methods of raising money. But they got their carpet.—The Watchman (Baptist).

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