Among the Churches

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BELLINGHAM, WASH. —Announcement is made today [May 20] by the officials of First Church of Christ, Scientist, that work will immediately start on the first unit of a thirty thousand dollar edifice to be erected on the southwest corner of Forest and Maple Streets. Plans for the imposing structure have been prepared, and the contract for the building of the initial unit, to cost in the neighborhood of seventy-five hundred dollars, will be awarded early next week. When completed the church will have a frontage of 90 feet on Forest Street and will be out 100 feet in depth. The first unit will have the full frontage on Forest Street and 45 feet in depth. The front section of the church will be completed in the initial contract and will be used as the auditorium until the final unit is built. Three hundred persons can be comfortably seated in the temporary auditorium.

BALTIMORE, MD.—During the twelve months ending Oct. 31, 1915, 64,240 pieces of Christian Science literature, including two copies of Science and Health, also Sentinels, Journals, Herolds, Monitors, Quarterlies, and pamphlets, besides two Bibles and 2320 copies of Senator Work's speech, were given out by the literature distribution committee. As the need arose four new subcommittees of the literature distribution committee have been formed, one to procure subscriptions to the Christian Science periodicals; another to take charge of the free distribution at Second Church of Christ, Scientist; a third to procure and card-index classified lists of individuals throughout Maryland to whom may be sent marked copies of the Monitor containing articles of special interest; a fourth to procure Christian Science literature, for use by this committee, from subscribers to the periodicals, attempting to impress upon them the fact that the demand is constant for clean, fresh literature. Also during the year there were secured fourteen new places which accepted wire racks to be kept filled with Christian Science literature, including lunch rooms, theaters, and factories, while only eight places were dropped. At the end of the year about fifty places were being regularly supplied with packages of literature. Four subscriptions to the Monitor were sent to the city jail last year.

Last summer there was started an interesting work which will doubtless bear much fruit. A member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, allowed his launch to be used for the distribution of Christian Science literature among the boats in the harbor, and he assisted very materially in this work. The foreign pamphlets published by the Christian Science publishing Society were found very useful, as they could be put on foreign boats. Between two and and There were 6524 Monitors sold the news-stand during the year.

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The Lectures
August 12, 1916

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