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Sydney, Australia.—Our Thanksgiving service was held on Christmas day, and as the directors of The Mother Church were necessarily included in our thanksgiving, we feel impelled to write and assure them of our loyalty; also of the deep gratitude we feel for the grand work accomplished by them during the past three years, such important years for those at headquarters, as the spiritual ideal of leadership was waiting to be more fully demonstrated. For the achievement of this we send forth a loud song of praise. For the infinite blessings bestowed on this church during the same period, we are deeply grateful.

Since Dec. 31, 1910, our membership has increased seventy-five per cent, and the attendance has grown considerably, on Wednesday evenings having become threefold. In May, 1911, a property was purchased in Riley street for eighteen hundred pounds. In March, 1913, the adjoining property was purchased for two thousand pounds, a mortgage being given for this amount. The site has now a frontage of about 90 by 102 feet, with a lane at the side and in the rear. Plans have been accepted for the erection of a church edifice, to cost eight or nine thousand pounds, capable of accommodating seven hundred and fifty people, and including Sunday school and reading-rooms.

The work of the literature distribution committee has increased wonderfully. Monitors, Sentinels, or Journals (to some places all three publications) are sent regularly to sixteen lighthouses, thirteen pilot stations, eleven literary institutes, six fire stations, P. & O. and Orient mail steamers, thirty interstate steamers, Darlinghurst gaol, Long Bay reformatory, police barracks, three police stations, city municipal library, city school of arts, Queen Victoria markets, Commercial Travelers' Club, "Canberra" federal capital, Burrinjuck, offices Sydney Morning Herald and Daily Telegraph, Newington Asylum, Sailors' Home, and Balmain Workingmen's Club. During 1913, five hundred and ten Monitors, one hundred Sentinels, and forty Journals were sent out monthly. Large parcels of literature are sent to four mental hospitals at regular intervals. Four thousand Sentinels were distributed in the city and suburbs during the lecture period, and large numbers of Sentinels, Journals, and Monitors were given away on the days of the lectures.

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The Lectures
August 8, 1914

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