A Loving Benediction

Grand Forks, N. D., September 28, 1905. Rev. Mary Baker Eddy.

Dear Leader and Friend: — The new edifice of First Church of Christ, Scientist, in this little city was dedicated last Sunday, September 24. The structure is of brick and stone, with a seating capacity of four hundred, and cost thirteen thousand dollars, including the site. The membership of fifty-four contributed all but two thousand dollars of this amount. When your article disapproving of birthday commemorations came out in the Sentinel, some thought you therein also decided against any special dedicatory services. We did not so understand it, as you had, in the past, lent them your approval. However, they thus called our attention to the fact that societies having new church buildings were simply announcing their openings, and so we sent out announcement of our church opening, instead of using the word dedication. We now learn that this indicated to others, and doubtless to you, that the building was not paid for.

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