Seeing the need for an extension of the Reading Room work in the large residential districts of Chicago, Third Church of Christ, Scientist, has decided to establish a Reading Room in the section of the city known as the West Side, the most populous division of the city. Third Church was organized in this division in 1898, its church edifice was completed and dedicated in 1901, and its congregation has steadily grown in numbers until the seating capacity of the edifice is now taxed to the utmost.

The growth of Christian Science in Oregon has been phenomenal. In The Spectator last week, mention was made of the fact that First Church had within the past three years quite outgrown the large hall in the Scottish Rite Cathedral, at Fifteenth and Morrison Streets, and that it had become necessary to hold overflow testimonial meetings on Wednesday evenings in the lower hall of the same building. First Church will erect a magnificent building for itself on the half block between Eighteenth and Nineteenth Streets, in Everett Street. This beautiful lot was bought some time ago, and is clear of debt. The preliminary plans of the sacred edifice have been approved and the building committee has been authorized to begin construction at once. The church will cost about seventy-five thousand dollars, and will be one of the most artistic in the city. Second Church holds meetings in the Elks Hall, at Seventh and Stark Streets, and reports an increasing attendance. This organization over a year ago purchased for cash the quarter block on the northeast corner of East Seventh and Pine Streets, and is considering plans for a church building. There are in Oregon seven Churches of Christ, Scientist—two in Portland, and one each at Salem, Eugene, Oregon City, Ashland, and Merrill; and at twenty-seven other points in the State, services are held by Christian Science societies or gatherings.

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April 25, 1908

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