Among the Churches

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Gloversville, N. Y. (First Church).—In March, 1897, the nucleus of First Church of Christ, Scientist, was formed in a private home, several followers having come into Christian Science through healing. There were fifteen present at the first service, at the close of which several cases of healing were related; and the decision was reached to organize as a Christian Science Society holding regular services. By April, 1907, the parlor meetings were given up for a more convenient location with better accommodations. In May, 1909, the membership had increased so that the formation of a church under state laws, known as First Church of Christ, Scientist, Gloversville, a recognized branch of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, was the next forward step. Still larger quarters were then secured, a part of which was used as a Reading Room, and the remainder as a church auditorium. In January, 1914, the church moved into its new edifice at 10 Spring Street, the funds for the lot and part of the building and furnishings having been raised through voluntary contributions at that time. In January, 1923, the payment for the edifice was completed, and in April our church was dedicated to the service of God. As church members we are striving daily to exemplify the definition of Church as given by our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, as that "institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick" (Science and Health, p. 583).—Correspondence.

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September 15, 1923

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