All regular services of the Houston congregation of First Church of Christ, Scientist, today [Oct. 8] will be held in the handsome new building just completed at the corner of Main street and Jefferson avenue. From today on the old church at the corner of Travis street and McKinney avenue will be abandoned. It was erected in 1901, and since that time until now has been their regular house of religious worship. Long before the new church was completed, the congregation had grown so large as to render this little building entirely inadequate, and the move into the new building will effect a decided change in conditions as to comfort afforded by sufficient room.

The new building, which will seat comfortably from six hundred to six hundred and fifty persons, will not be dedicated for the present. Representing a total outlay of about eighty thousand dollars, of which about fifty thousand dollars covers the cost of the building, about twenty thousand dollars the value of the lot, and the remainder the cost of the handsome pipe-organ and mahogany pews, the edifice comprises a notable acquisition to the line of beautiful structures along Main street. Over all, the dimensions of the building are about ninety-five feet by fifty-two feet, fronting on Main. The structure is of steel, fire-proof material, handsome pressed brick, and a very pleasing variety of sandstone brought from the state of Indiana.

There are now over thirty churches and societies of Christian Scientists in the various towns and cities of Texas. The church is just now, it is claimed, undergoing a rapid development and expansion in the state. While a society existed in Houston for many years, the church was organized as such here only about twelve years ago. The membership at that time was small and the work was carried on in a modest, unassuming way. As soon as the members took charge of the building at the corner of Travis street and McKinney avenue, new attention began to be attracted to their work, and a steady growth was noticed in point of regular attendance. The church does not measure its strength by numbers, and for that reason does not favor any publication of the numerical size of its membership-rolls.—Houston Post.

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December 30, 1911

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