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Springfield, Mass .—In 1912 First Church of Christ, Scientist, found the seating capacity of its chapel outgrown. In seeking a solution of the problem presented, the building of a larger structure was found for the time impracticable, and a hall of sufficient seating capacity and available for all necessary services could not be found. It was generally felt that the interests of our movement would be best served in the erection of a larger and more permanent type of building for First Church before the formation of a second church. Out of this sense of the situation it was decided that a portion of the membership should withdraw and form a society, which could meet in one of the available smaller halls, meanwhile cooperating in every right way with First Church until the completion of its new building. This step was taken in October, 1912, and since that time a most harmonious relationship and cooperation has existed between these two branches of The Mother Church. The society has cooperated is all the general field activities, has contributed all its funds for building purposes to the building fund of First Church, and has rejoiced in the privilege.

During the present year First Church appointed a building site committee, and invited a representation from the society to confer upon the selection of a proper building site. The outcome took form in a unanimous recommendation that the present site of First Church be retained and adjoining property be secured if possible. This recommendation was unanimously adopted by the executive board of First Church, and because of the society's close interest in the matter, and as an expression of good will, was unanimously approved by its executive board. The recommendation was then placed before the entire membership of both bodies, and at meetings held simultaneously in their respective meeting-places, the same was unanimously adopted by First Church and unanimously given friendly approval by the society. On July 24 a cash purchase of the property referred to was consummated.

The Christian Scientists in this city are grateful beyond words for the manifest spirit of unity in this transaction, and they see in it an enduring foundation for "the structure of Truth and Love" (Science and Health, p. 583) which must precede the visible manifestation of church building. It is noteworthy that in this field there are working together the students of approximately twenty loyal Christian Science teachers; furthermore, it is seen that in no small degree the inspiration and knowledge how to cooperate has been increased through our efforts rightly to utilize our great impersonal missionary, The Christian Science Monitor.

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September 19, 1914

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