Among the Churches

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Billings, Mont. —Dedicatory services for First Church of Christ, Scientist, were held in the church edifice yesterday [March 2] before a large congregation. Judge Edmund Nichols, First Reader, gave the dedicatory address, saying in part: "The first informal meetings of Christian Scientists in Billings were held in a private residence in August, 1894, and were so continued for seven years, when the formation of a society was effected with a membership of ten. In 1903 the society was merged into a church organization under the state laws. Three times thereafter a change of quarters was necessitated by steadily growing attendance at the meetings, until in 1914 plans were laid before the membership for a church edifice upon the site previously purchased, at the corner of Burlington Avenue and Division Street. In August, 1914, ground was broken for the foundation of the structure, and at sunrise on the twelfth of the succeeding November the corner stone was laid. In September, 1915, the edifice was so nearly completed that a lecture was given within its walls. In January, 1916, the first regular services were conducted therein. The total cost of the property approximates twenty-five thousand dollars, which has been met by voluntary subscriptions of individuals in acknowledgment of benefits they have received from Christian Science, excepting a gift of $6892 provided by the Trustees under the Will of Mary Baker Eddy."—Billings Gazette.

Corry, Pa.—Members of First Church of Christ, Scientist, will have their first services in their new quarters Sunday morning [March 2]. The building is the first unit of the proposed Christian Science church which will eventually be erected on the Park Street site. This first unit is really the basement of the proposed edifice. It has been finished off in a very attractive manner, affording a large audience room with a seating capacity of more than two hundred, together with a suitable vestibule and other anterooms.

The Lectures
May 17, 1919

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