(PART 1) - The First Church of Christ, Scientist
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

CHAPTER II: The Extension of The Mother Church of Christ, Scientist:
page 554

in thanks to you, my beloved brethren, who at our last
annual meeting pledged yourselves with startling grace
to contribute any part of two millions of dollars towards
the purchase of more land for its site, and to enlarge
our church edifice in Boston.  I never before felt poor
in thanks, but I do now, and will draw on God for
the amount I owe you, till I am satisfied with what my
heart gives to balance accounts.
                                        Mary Baker Eddy
  Pleasant View, Concord, N.H.,
  July 21, 1902

MY 10

hristian Science Sentinel, May 16, 1903]

   It is inevitable that the transforming influence of
Christian Science should improve the thought, enlarge the
favorable expectation, and augment the achievements of
its followers.  It was inevitable that this mighty impulse
for good should have externalized itself, ten years ago,
in an edifice for The Mother Church.  It is inevitable
that this same impulsion should now manifest itself in a
beautiful, ample building, embodying the best of design,
material, and situation.
   Some money has been paid in towards the fund, and
some of the churches and other organizations have taken
steps in this direction, but the time is at hand, now, for
this entire donation to be specifically subscribed as to
amount and date of payment.  No appeal has ever been
made in this behalf, and it is probable that none will be
made or ever be needed.  It is doubtful if the Cause of
Christian Science could prosper, in any particular, on the
basis of fretful or reluctant sacrifice on the part of its
people.  Christian Scientists are not expected to contribute
money against their will or as the result of importunity
or entreaty on the part of some one else.
   They will provide the money necessary to this end,
because they recognize the importance of The Mother
Church to the Cause.  They realize that there must be
a prosperous parent church, in order to insure the prosperity
of the branch churches; indeed, they know that
it is the prosperous growth of this movement which
now necessitates this onward step.  They know that
their own individual welfare is closely interwoven with
the general welfare of the Cause.

MY 11

   Notwithstanding the fact that as Christian Scientists
we are as yet but imperfect followers of the perfect Christ,
and although we may falter or stumble or loiter by the
way, we know that the Leader of this movement, Mrs.
Eddy, has been constantly at her post during all the
storms that have surged against her for a generation.
She has been the one of all the world who has encountered
the full force of antagonism.  We know, too, that during
these years she has not tried to guide us by means of
forced marches, but has waited for us to grow into readiness
for each step, and we know that in all this time she
has never urged upon us a step that did not result in our
   A year ago she quietly alluded to the need of our
Mother Church.  She knew that we were ready; the response
was instant, spontaneous.  Later on she expressed
much gratification because of prompt and liberal action,
and it needs no special insight to predict that she will be
cheered and encouraged to know that, having seized upon
this privilege and opportunity, we have also made good
the pledge.

ditorial in Christian Science Sentinel, May 16, 1903]

   Our readers have been informed of the purchase of the
land upon which the new building will be erected, and

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