Sugusitine’s! 3^torb Volume XLir DECEMI5KH 1936-FEBRUARY 1937 No. 3 CHRISTMASTIDE AT ST. AUGUSTINE’S For many years it lias been the aim at St. Augustine’s to give tlie observance of Christmas a cfistinctive character, the emphasis being on the religious significance of this great Church festival. To this end the emphasis has been cen tered on the Communion Service on Christmas morning. The service is held at 9 o’clock, and this year was attended by practically the whole campus community. The Chapel wa.s beauti fully decorated with the appropriate symbols and in the season’s festal colors, and the choral service was entered into with reverence and joyiulness. On the Sunday before Christmas the Choral Club, under the direction of Prof. Bussell F. Houston, rendered a program of Christmas music, including selections from Handel s Mes siah ” Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio, and Men delssohn’s “St. Paul.” Other numbers were traditional carols and familiar hymns ihe Choral Club and Prof. Houston receiwd many favorable comments on the program which was presented in the Chapel, by candlelight, in the late afternoon. Christmas Eve was reserved, as usual, for the traditional Nativity Scene, which was. ^r the first tiine, given in the choir of the ape . added to its impressiveness and effectiveness. The N-ativity Scene is a simple presentation in tab leau form, of the story of the birth of CJi”St. The spoken parts arc taken from the Scriptures, and singing forms a background for the spec tacle. Miss Mary Elizabeth Johnston was in charge of the presentation. The Dramatic Club, on December 16, presented Dickens’ “Christmas Carol” to an appreciative audience. Mrs. Julia Delany directed the dia- matic club’s production. The merry side of the season was not over- looked. Tl.e,c a gmnd Oh,■,*.««* d.nner on Christmas Day, and there were a dinnei pai y and several otlier parties for the ^euts The large cedar tree near the c«iter of the campus wa^lecorated with colored lights, ttoe ^ere decorated trees in several of the ui mg ' " large number of students who could, went 1 o for the holidays, though many who to S(. Augustine’s from a distance m«st always elect to stay. Everything possible is do'ie to make St. Augustine’s homelike for these alway , but uspccislly at Christmas time. ^ All were given an opportunity to share m t e Christmas spirit of giving- P, q, , Case Work Agency, in co-operation with the tie Community Center, makes a spec -.ijpji+g Christmas to do something extra for ^lien^ in the neighborhood. Following an appeal from the Agency various groups and individuals in the College contributed money and goods to the work, whicli is in charge of Miss Ruth Stevenson, of the Bishop Tuttle School faculty. The Chapel offering of Christmas Day was taken for the work of the Inter-racial Commission of North Carolina and Virginia. THE BENSON LIBRARY Since the last issue of the Record, gifts of pic tures, magazines, and books have come from vari ous Church Periodical Club branches and friends. We are grateful to the Church Periodi cal Clubs of St. Thomas’, New York; St. James’, Greenfield, Mass.; St. Paul’s, Poughkeepsie, and St. Michael and All Angels’, Baltimore. The increased size of our medical book collec tion has made it necessary to increase the shelv ing space. St. Agnes Hospital has co-operated in providing new book-cases for their Medical Library. This addition has improved the ap pearance of the Library. Part of the second floor of the Library is now an Art Gallery. This is a branch gallery of the local WPA Art Center. Exhibits are changed frequently, and it is hoped that interest in art will be stimulated both on the campus and in the community through this project. SAINT AGNES HOSPITAL AND TRAINING SCHOOL During the past few months, the hospital has been filled to capacity. Many very ill patients have been cared for by our nurses, who have shown their willing spirit in helping to alleviate their suffering. It is always satisfactory to a hospital when nurses are willing to do what has been exempli fied in their daily teachings. N’ursing has not only the educational qualities to make the hos pital w’ork interesting, but it also means the creating of kindness in the life of our young women. At the close of the semester, there were eleven young women accepted to go on in the work of the nursing program. The spirit of our nurses I have found.very encouraging, and it means so much to the future of the young women. The hospital medical work has been greatly aided by the coming to our midst of Dr. F. M. Liverpool as an interne. May the good \vork go on.—A. S. C.