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Christian Scientists rejoice in the prosperity of The Mother Church. One interesting waymark of progress is the steady growth in the membership of the Church. A recent check of the membership roll from 1926 to June of the present year discloses that the number of new members admitted each year during that period shows a steady, normal growth. While the yearly increases have varied slightly, it is interesting to note that with the exception of one or two years when the increases were somewhat above the average, the number of new members admitted each year during the past sixteen has been approximately the same. The admission for 1941 was, if anything, above rather than below the average, while the admission of June of this year was larger than was the admission for the same period last year.
The continued growth of the Church numerically takes on added significance when we consider that our churches in Germany have been disbanded, and those in other parts of Continental Europe have during the past two years functioned under great difficulties.
Continued growth in numbers is important only because it serves to indicate somewhat the spiritual advancement of its members and the extent to which the teachings of our revered Leader are being accepted by humankind. It is obvious that were the church as a whole not maintaining a high spiritual standard this growth in numbers would not and could not continue.
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A Call for Volunteers
MARY H. OLIVER
Maintaining Our Spiritual Standard of Living
GLENN E. DOUGLAS
Man's Harmony Intact
Expressing Life's Beauty
LINDEN E. JONES
"Capable of more than we do"
MYRTLE BIRNBAUM MC COSKER
IVA B. LINEBARGER
"The perfect Friend"
Evelyn F. Heywood
with contributions from Mary Chapman
"Columbia West Coast Church of the Air" talk over Columbia Broadcasting System, by Charles V. Winn,
As a growing child I had the...
Marie Frederricka Nelson
It is with gratitude of the utmost...
Frederick J. Richmond
I have been a student of Christian Science...
Abbie F. James
For more than thirty years I...
Alma P. Blodgett
I wish to express my gratitude...
Mildred C. Fisher with contributions from Benjamin C. Fisher
I should like to tell of the healing...
Minnie E. Johnson with contributions from Thomas E. Johnson, Wilma Johnson
For over twenty-five years...
Charles W. Ertz
I feel that I want to tell of some...
Martha M. Hubbard
Love Never Fails
NORAH M. COSTERTON
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Henry Geerlings, James Reid, C. R. McBride