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Brooklyn, N. Y. —With exercises, the solemnity of which was not lessened by their extreme simplicity, the beautiful structure of First Church of Christ, Scientist, situated at New York avenue and Dean street, was dedicated May 17 before congregations that overflowed the building. Three services were held.

An historical sketch of the organization of First Church was given by the chairman of the board of trustees. He recounted the establishment of the denomination in Brooklyn in 1886; the later organization of Second and Third churches, also their subsequent consolidation with First Church. The erection of the building was commenced in 1908; the corner-stone was laid on July 9, 1910, and the structure was entirely completed early in 1913, although used for services for some time prior to completion. "The union of the three churches," he said, "has been much more than the mere bringing together into one congregation of three bodies of people; it has been a demonstration of unity of thought and purpose, of affection and effort, on the part of those who were members of these different churches. It seems to have opened the way for, or at least to have enabled, this church to be the beneficiary of a broader demonstration of unity affecting all Christian Science churches in Greater New York. This church is the first to be erected in this city to which all the churches in the city have contributed. For this manifestation of brotherly love we are most deeply grateful, and it is a great joy to us that we are now in a position to show our gratitude in a practical way."

As a measure of assistance to other churches of the denomination, it was announced that the collections of May 17 would be divided among Fourth Church of Manhattan, First Church of Richmond Hill, and First Church of Flushing, all of which are now erecting buildings. This will continue on one Sunday of each month, except June, during the summer. It was also announced that the balance in the treasury of First Church had been voted by the members as a contribution to the building fund of Second Church of Brooklyn.

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The Lectures
July 11, 1914

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