Among the Churches

The opening services of the new Christian Science Hall in the rooms on the second floor of the Syndicate Building were held yesterday (Sunday, May 12) at 10.45 and the service was repeated at three in the afternoon for the benefit of visiting Scientists and others from the city who could not be present at the earlier service. Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Davis, the Readers, conducted the exercises, which were impressive. At the morning service Mrs. Arch Williams presided at the organ and Roy Davis played a violin solo. In the afternoon Bruce Davis presided at the organ and Paul Davis sang. The exercises apart from the music consisted of the reading of Scriptural texts and portions or the Christian Science text-book. Preliminary to these was the reading of the following by Mrs. Davis. It is a history and explanation of the work.

In the early fall of 1892 four persons began holding Christian Science services in a private residence in Waterloo. They had seen the wonderful healing power of Christian Science and were eager to bear witness to the Truth. They perceived and were ready to demonstrate that God's power has never waned, and that Truth is the same, yesterday, to-day, and forever. The prophetic words of Isaiah came to them with peculiar force: "The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined."

As the society of worshipers increased in numbers it became necessary to move to larger quarters. In the spring of 1895 we rented a room for public services. This room would now be wholly inadequate to accommodate our congregation. The growing number of attendants at our services brought about another change, so in March, 1899, we were incorporated under the laws of the state of Iowa as First Church of Christ, Scientist, Waterloo, Iowa. In order that we might have a place of worship exclusively our own, we began, a year ago, to look for a suitable hall, and were so fortunate as to secure the beautiful room we now occupy. When the time came to furnish the room, we were privileged to prove the power of divine Love. Our funds came in without solicitation, each member giving what he could, the amount of his contribution being known only to himself. It was found that the supply met the need, so that we are able to open our hall free from debt. This room we now consecrate to the glory of God and the furtherance of His cause in Christian Science, casting out sin and sickness.

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Christian Science and Faith Cure
June 20, 1901

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