AN EXTRAORDINARY WIDOW’S MITE—What does a thriving debt-free church do with a windfall of $342,625? A 74-year-old widow left the sum to Bethel Baptist Church of Toronto with the proviso that half be spent on the local church and half be given to missions. The congregation will decide what to do with the money at its annual meeting this month. Meanwhile, the Rev. Roy Cook is worried: “I don’t want the money to be a bane on the church. People sometimes think because a church is endowed there’s no reason to give.” “Christian living,” he adds, “shrinks along with their giving.”

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION—U. S. churchgoers are so busy with their leisure that Vacation Bible Schools find it ever more difficult to recruit workers for the full two-week stint. Because of this Gospel Light Publications is begrudgingly adding to its 1963 line a five-day curriculum, which it says is the first ever ofered. “Frankly,” said an official, “we are heavily in favor of the ten-day school, but unmistakable trends show that our new five-day course will help many churches with their problems.”

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (United Presbyterian) and University of Pittsburgh are expanding their cooperative education programs, raising new speculation of a possible merger. Seminary officials, however, deny a merger move, although they foresee further expansion of specialized cooperative ministries.

Assemblies of God plan total separation of their two schools in Springfield, Missouri, Central Bible Institute and Evangel College. The Rev. J. Robert Ashcroft, now a joint president, will retain his office with Evangel, which is seeking regional accreditation, and a new president will be selected for Central.

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