annually to the same charge an indefinite number of times.
The doctrine and government of the First Methodist Episcopal Church are those of the Methodist Episcopal Church everywhere.
This branch of the Church Universal has always believed that the only infallible proof of the legitimacy of any branch of the Christian Church is in its ability to seek and to save the lost.
Chief stress has ever been laid, not upon forms, but upon the essentials of religion.
It holds that true Churches of Christ may differ widely in ceremonies, ministerial orders and government, but that the sole object should be to fulfill to the end of time the original divine vocation as a leader in evangelizations, in all true reforms and in the promotion of fraternal relations among all branches of the one Church of Jesus Christ, with whom it is a co-worker in the spiritual conquest of the world for the Son of God.
Of the prayers, the sacrifices, the loving service, the mourning and rejoicing, no record has
emperance and anti-slavery were evidences of this enthusiasm, and in the war of the Rebellion it did much through its Ladies' Benevolent Society to relieve the necessities of our soldiers, in two years making over three thousand garments which were sent to the Sanitary Commission, as well as supplying delicacies to the same benevolent agency for use in the army hospitals.
It is a church without a formal creed, having this simple bond of union, In the love of truth, and in the spirit of Jesus Christ we unite with this parish and church for the worship of God and the service of man.
On Sunday, March 5, 1909, the First Parish fittingly observed the fortieth anniversary of Pastor DeLong's settlement.
He preached, and with characteristic modesty, gave his people generous credit for his success attained.
On Monday evening the church vestry was crowded with friends who gave him a royal reception.
Orchestral music, flowers in profusion and artistic in arrangement, the presentation o