The church in this city has recently been greatly encouraged by a demonstration over seeming financial embarrassment. All the cash on hand for current expenses, one hundred and forty dollars, was on deposit in the First National Bank of Chelsea when it failed on Aug. 16. Announcement of the situation was made at the next Wednesday evening and Sabbath services, and liberal contributions were asked that our bills due Sept. 1 might be paid.

As it was the vacation season and attendance at our meetings was scarcely more than half the usual number, few if any of us felt assured that the whole amount would be made up by the first of the month. The first joyful surprise came through the kindness of two or more visiting Scientists at the Wednesday meeting, who gave us twelve dollars. Word of what we were trying to do was sent to our people who were out of town, and Sunday morning, Aug. 26, our collection was ninety-two dollars, although there were only fifty-five present. At the meeting Wednesday evening, Aug. 29, first testimony given was by the acting treasurer, who told the good news that he had received as much money as the church had in the suspended bank, so that all bills would be paid promptly as usual.

This achievement leads us to reiterate Paul's saying: "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen."

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September 22, 1906

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