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Lake Grove, Oregon (First Church).—First Church of Christ, Scientist, Lake Grove, dedicated its church edifice on Sunday, December 29, 1940. There were three services. A brief history of the church was read.

In the summer of 1918, a Christian Science family moved into the sparsely settled community which later became Lake Grove. There being no church within miles, on the first Sunday in the new home, the mother, formerly a Christian Science Sunday School teacher in Portland, held Sunday school with her two children in the garden. The next day a caller told her she had heard the service as she was passing, and asked if she might bring her two children the following Sunday. On the third Sunday there were sixteen children, and it followed shortly that the parents met also. The service prescribed by the Manual of The Mother Church by Mary Baker Eddy was followed. Collections were taken and sent in rotation to the various Science churches in Portland.

In 1919, the group was chartered as a Christian Science Society. Later, a community hall was built, and the society rented it for services. About a year thereafter the ground on which the church now stands was purchased and the small house on the rear remodeled for church use. In a few years the debt was canceled without asking a grant from The Mother Church.

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The Lectures
July 12, 1941

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