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The Ypsilanti Daily Press

Ypsilanti, Michigan (First Church).—Sunday, May 23, 1937, First Church of Christ, Scientist, Ypsilanti, held its dedicatory service. The service was in no way a departure from the regular order of Sunday service except that the First Reader read excerpts from the message of Mary Baker Eddy given in June, 1906, on the occasion of the dedication of the Extension of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts. He concluded with the statement, "In I Chronicles we read that David asked of his people, 'And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the Lord?' We, the members of this church, do hereby solemnly and with deep humility and gratitude for the many blessings we have received, dedicate this church edifice to the service of God."

The occasion was one long anticipated by the members of the church. It is a rule of this denomination that no church edifice be dedicated until it is entirely free from debt. While the building was erected in 1928 and has been in use since that time, it is only within recent months that all indebtedness has been paid.

It is a tan brick building of plain yet stately appearance, following the simple design common among Christian Science churches. The investment, including organ and furnishings, approximates forty-six thousand dollars. The auditorium has at present one hundred and fifty-four seats, with room for nearly as many more when the need arises. The plastered walls are finished in cream and the woodwork in white enamel and mahogany. Back of the auditorium are rooms for the Readers and for the organist and soloist. There is also a Reading Room, which is open to the public each weekday except holidays. The Sunday school room is in the basement, as are also the rest rooms and storerooms.

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The Lectures
December 18, 1937

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