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

THE ANNUAL MEETING, JUNE 12, 1906
page 574


23, 1879, and in the same month the members extended a
unanimous invitation to Mrs. Eddy to become its pastor.
At a meeting of those who were interested in forming the
church, Mrs. Eddy was appointed on the committee to
formulate the rules and by-laws, also the tenets and church
covenant.  The first business meeting of the church was
held August 16, 1879, in Charlestown, Mass., for the purpose
of electing officers.  August 22 the Clerk, by instructions
received at the previous meeting, sent an invitation
to Mrs. Eddy to become pastor of the church.  August 27
the church held a meeting, with Mrs. Eddy in the chair.
An interesting record of this meeting reads: "The minutes
of the previous meeting were read and approved.  Then
Mrs. Eddy proceeded to instruct those present as to their
duties in the Church of Christ, giving some useful hints as
to the mode of conducting the church."
   At a meeting held October 19, 1879, it was unanimously
voted that "Dr. and Mrs. Eddy merited the thanks of the
society for their devoted labors in the cause of Truth,"
and at the annual meeting, December 1 of the same year,
it was voted to instruct the Clerk to call Mrs. Eddy
to the pastorate of the church, and at this meeting Mrs.
Eddy accepted the call.  The first meeting of this little


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church for deliberation before a Communion Sabbath
was held at the home of the pastor, Mrs. Eddy, January
2, 1880.
   Most of those present had left their former church
homes, in which they had labored faithfully and ardently,
and had united themselves into a little band of prayerful
workers.  As the Pilgrims felt the strangeness of their
new home, the vast gloom of the mysterious forests, and
knew not the trials before them, so this little band of
pioneers, guided by their dauntless Leader and teacher,
starting out on their labors against the currents of dogma,
creed, sickness, and sin, must have felt a peculiar sense of
isolation, for their records state, "The tone of this meeting
for deliberation before Communion Sabbath was rather
sorrowful;" but as they turned steadfastly from the mortal
side, and looked towards the spiritual, as the records
further relate, "yet there was a feeling of trust in the
great Father, of Love prevailing over the apparently discouraging
outlook of the Church of Christ."  The Communion
Sunday, however, brought fresh courage to the
earnest band, and the records contain these simple but
suggestive words, - "Sunday, January 4, 1880.  The
church celebrated her Communion Sabbath as a church,
and it was a very inspiring season to us all, and two new
members were added to the church."  This was indeed
the little church in the wilderness, and few knew of its
teachings, but those few saw the grandeur of its work
and were willing to labor for the Cause.
   The record of May 23, 1880, more than twenty-six years
ago, states: "Our pastor, Mrs. Eddy, preached her fare-well
sermon to the church.  The business committee met
after the services to call a general meeting of the church

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to devise means to pay our pastor, so as to keep her with
us, as there is no one in the world who could take her place
in teaching us the Science of Life."  May 26 of the same
year the following resolutions were passed: "That the
members of the Church of Christ, and all others now interested
in said church, do most sincerely regret that our
pastor, Mrs. Eddy, feels it her duty to tender her resignation,
and while we feel that she has not met with the
support that she should have reason to expect, we venture
to hope she will remain with us.  That it would be a
serious blow to her Cause to have the public services
discontinued at a time when there is such an interest

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