Among the Churches

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Scranton, Pa.—The beautiful and imposing new home of First Church of Christ, Scientist, on Vine street, was used by the congregation yesterday [Feb. 14] for the first time. Formal dedication of the church will take place after it is completed in every respect and all the bills are paid, a rule of the Christian Scientists being that no church shall be dedicated until it is free from incumbrance. The new church, which was built at a cost of eighty-five thousand dollars, is undoubtedly one of the finest edifices in the city. It is located on the site of the old Scientist church. The main auditorium has a seating capacity of four hundred and sixty-five, but sliding doors permitting the use of the vestibule, increase the capacity to seven hundred and fifteen. A Sunday school room of equal size occupies the basement, adjoining the library, conference-rooms, etc.—The News.

Alaska.—There is a regular local meeting of Christian Scientists in Valdez, and it is perhaps the strongest numerically and financially, with one exception, of any of the four religious organizations that meet regularly. Its personnel is made up of the very best element residing in Valdez. Judge Brown is the first reader, and a graduate of a musical conservatory of New York city is the soloist. The congregation one Sunday recently numbered twenty-eight. The services are held regularly every Sunday morning and Tuesday evening. The hall where the services are held is rented on Wednesday evening, and for that reason the testimony meeting has to be held on Tuesday.—Correspondence.

Portland, Maine.—Services will be held for the first time in the auditorium of the new fifty thousand dollar Christian Science church edifice, 61 Neal street, next Sunday [March 7]. The dedicatory service will not be held until later, as it is a rule of the denomination not to dedicate church edifices until they are paid for. The seating capacity is about six hundred and fifty in permanent pews. By an ingenious arrangement the partition between the foyer and the auditorium can be raised up under the gallery, thus opening the foyer into the auditorium and providing space for about one hundred more seats.

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April 17, 1915

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