The sale of the Episcopal church property, corner of Lovett and Washington Streets, has been consummated this week, the same passing into the hands of the Christian Science Society of this city as purchasers. This corner was bought and church built by the Episcopal people in 1889, and until about five years ago regular services were held a greater portion of the time, since which only occasional meetings have been held. The location is a most desirable one, being as central as it could be and yet sufficiently retired to avoid confusion from the outside. The building is an excellent one of its kind, and with some repairs will be as good as new.

In the purchase of this property the Christian Scientists here have secured to themselves a pleasant church home which will conveniently accommodate their needs for some time, and which will not only serve their needs but better encourage such of the public as may wish to attend the Sunday and Wednesday evening meetings of the society. Their present rooms in the Tribune Building are very pleasant, but not as accessible or inviting as the church will be when placed in order and arranged for their use.

This society is entitled to considerable credit and consideration in its steady advancement since its first formation about five years ago. While there has been no semblance of urging, or methods to unduly attract an inquiring public, there has been no step backward, but a steady gain in strength. In fact it is noticeable and worthy of thought that these churches do not turn backward wherever established. It is not for us to attempt to explain why, or make any comparisons with other organized bodies of Christian workers, but it is observable by many who have watched the progress of the Christian Science movement that its members seek to be devoted to the basic truths upon which it is founded, rather than yield in any way to world pressures. The simple but useful services indicate great loyalty and that foundations are laid upon the teaching found in the Sermon on the Mount. The society is to be congratulated in securing so pleasant and inviting a home. May it grow and expand in usefulness.—Charlotte (Mich.) Leader.

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October 20, 1906

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