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"History of Eau Claire County Wisconsin, 1914, Past and Present"

Chapter  38 - Eau Claire Churches

The First Church of Christ, Scientist

(-as transcribed from pages 524 - 525)

On May 11, 1891, at the close of a class which was taught by one of Mrs. Eddy's students the Eau Claire Christian Science Society was organized for the purpose of holding regular Sunday services, and these have been held since that time. In July, 1894, another of Mrs. Eddy's students was called to this field, and the following year, on January 5, 1895, the Church of Christ, Scientist, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, was legally organized and incorporated under the laws of the state of Wisconsin. The church was later called The First Church of Christ, Scientist. On April 12, 1898, the building on the corner of Gray and Farwell streets was purchased from the Unity church, and on April 12, 1905, the final payment was made, and a clear title acquired in exactly seven years. Since that date many improvements have been made inside and outside. A reading room and Sunday school have been maintained, as also yearly lectures, and much time devoted to the work in many ways. These labors in behalf of the cause they love so well were recognized and commended by Mary Baker Eddy in a letter received by one of her students in the class of 1899:

" 'Pleasant View,' Concord, New Hampshire, July 15, 1909.

"My Beloved Body Guard: Your brief, brave, tender lines of loyalty to truth are reassuring to the woman in the wilderness. Like song of birds at evening, they reach my ear and heart. God bless you, dear ones, and accept my thanks and prayer for your prosperity to be continued. With love, Mother,
"M. B. EDDY."

The church is prospering under the able leadership of Rev. Martin Sindell.

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