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The council voted in executive session ‘that in view of the statements offered and the Articles of Faith and Covenant adopted by the brethren in West Medford, desiring to form a Congregational Church, we deem the organization of such a church expedient, and that, after a recess till 7 1/2 o'clock, we proceed by suitable services to recognize them formally as a church of Christ.’

The services of recognition consisted of:—

Scripture Reading and Prayer.Rev. Charles R. Bliss.
Sermon.Rev. E. C. Bissell.
Prayer of Recognition and Consecration.
Rev. D. R. Cady, D. D., Arlington.
Right Hand of Fellowship.Rev. Solon Cobb.
Address to the Church.Rev. Charles R. Bliss.
Benediction.Dr. Cady.

The officers of the church were, clerk and treasurer, David H. Brown; deacons, John H. Norton and Ira P. Ackerman; members of standing committee, Abner J. Phipps, H. S. Judkins and A. E. Ansorge.

The charter members were twenty-six:—

Abner J. Phipps.

Elizabeth F. A. Phipps.

Margaret A. Phipps.

Ira P. Ackerman.

Eliza A. Ackerman.

Herbert N. Ackerman.

Samuel Teele.

Elizabeth C. Teele.

Sarah E. Teele.

Hattie B. Teele.

Abbie F. Teele.

John H. Norton.

Martha R. Norton.

Adeline C. Barrett.

Clarissa D. Jellerson.

Clarissa W. Samson.

David H. Brown.

William C. Craig.

Herman S. Judkins.

Alfred E. Ansorge.

Elizabeth Ansorge.

William H. White.

Hester A. R. White.

Albert Leavitt.

Ellen Leavitt.

Abbie S. Leonard.

Sixteen of these brought letters from the First Trinitarian Church of Medford, the other ten being from seven churches elsewhere. Public worship was held in Mystic Hall Sabbath morning and evening, and week-night prayer meeting on Saturday evening. The Mystic

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