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, to which the First Baptist Church contributed thirty of its most loved and valued members.
This child of their love, as also the South Medford Baptist Church, and the Shiloh Baptist Church of like kinship of faith, represent with them today the Baptist
interests of Medford
In January, 1898, at Rev. Mr. Abbott
's request, the pastoral relations uniting him and the church he had lovingly and faithfully served for twenty years were severed.
Rev. Mr. Abbott
, after the farewell reception tendered him by the church, made a tour to the Holy Land
, and on his return accepted a call to the large and flourishing First Baptist Church in Oshkosh, Wis.
In September, 1898, the Rev. M. F. Johnson
, an independent thinker, a keen and logical reasoner, a man of tender and earnest feeling, assumed the duties of the position, which he retained for two years, resigning in October, 1900, to take charge of the First Baptist Church in Nashua, N. H.
From that date until June, 1901, the ripe experience and rare talents of Rev. Henry C. Graves, D. D.
, of West Somerville, were dedicated to the service of the church, as acting pastor.
On the first Sunday of June, 1901, the loved ex-pastor, Rev. George M. Preston
, received into the fellowship of the church the Rev. Maurice A. Levy
Rev. Mr. Levy
, just graduated from Newton Theological Institution, had resigned the charge of the Baptist Church at Hingham, Mass.
, to assume the duties of this pastorate.
Rev. Mr. Levy
has already become so well and so favorably known in our community that nothing further need be said of him.
The auxiliary organizations within the church, or subject to its control, are: the Bible
School—with its various departments, including the Home Department
's Missionary Circle, the Social Gathering
of the Church
, the Christian Endeavor Societies
, Senior and