Some of the incidents connected with the loss by fire [Jan. 29] of our First Church edifice in Kansas City will perhaps be interesting to the Field. The cheerful Christian spirit displayed by the members of the church and the congregation over the loss of their church home, and the eagerness displayed in the general desire to take immediate steps to rebuild, seem ample proof of the demonstrative side of their faith. While the fire still raged arrangements were completed for the use of the Auditorium Theater in which to hold services the following day, Sunday. At the same time the officer of Second Church were vainly trying to reach the officers of our church to place the use of their beautiful edifice at our disposal. Monday evening following the fire, we met in Second Church and unanimously decided to rebuild at once. The new edifice is to have fire-proof floors and gallery, with steel girders supporting the roof. A very satisfactory sum was subscribed toward the building of the new edifice.

The letters received upon this occasion from the authorities of Second and Third Churches of Christ. Scientist, breathe a spirit of love beautiful to experience and so satisfying as an expression and outcome of our faith. Several years ago, when the members of the Jewish synagogue were without a place of worship, our church extended them the use of First Church edifice; but their need had been met, so that they did not accept our proffer. However, this offer was bread cast upon the waters, and the magnanimous manner in which they have extended to us the free use of their very beautiful temple for our services is surely the bread returned after many day. We append the letters exchanged between our brethren of the congregation B' Nai Jehudah and our church committee. Such an exhibition of the spirit of brotherly love is truly inspiring. Correspondence.

Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 31, 1910.
James N. Russell, First Reader, First Church of Christ,

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