This small "Weekly Offering" envelope for Greenville (Va.) Methodist Church was tucked away inside a copy of the 1935 edition of "The Modern Encyclopedia (Complete in One Volume)".1
The envelope is 4¼ inches wide and is stamped with the date of January 23, 1949. The number 34 might refer to the 34th Sunday in the church or membership year. If you count backwards 34 weeks, the first Sunday would have been June 6, 1948. Did that church's year run from June to May?
According to the envelope, the offering goes:
"For the Budget of the Church: Local Expenses; Ministerial Supper (Pastor, District Superintendent, Bishops, Conference Claimants); General Administration Fund; and World Service (General and Conference Benevolences) for Missions and Church Extension, Christian Education, Ministerial Training, Temperance, Hospitals and Homes, Lay Activities, Pensions, Distribution of the Bible, Evangelism, and World Peace."Phew!
The name on the envelope looks like M.C. Olczyk. But if the (empty) envelope was tucked away inside an old encyclopedia, does that mean Offering #34 was never made?
1. The encyclopedia's editor was A. H. McDannald. Other items tucked away inside this encyclopedia included a bookmark for the Staunton-Augusta County Community Chest in Staunton, Virginia, and an envelope, postmarked on December 15, 1950, that had been unfolded and used for notepaper. One of the notes written on the envelope is:
for I wot
The King James translation of Numbers 22:6 is as follows:
"Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land: for I wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed."