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Christian Science Institutional Committee members to convene during the 2017 Annual Meeting Weekend

What is the Christian Science Institutional Committee?
Volunteers who visit, write and hold services for those in prisons and other institutions who are interested in studying Christian Science.

Dear Chaplains, volunteers and committee Representatives,

This is a special invitation just for you!

Member of Christian Science Institutional Committees as well as those who are sincerely interested in learning more about this work are invited.  As space is limited, please RSVP for this event to cusacktheodulec@csps.com by Friday, May 12, 2017

Meet in the Christian Science Publishing Society
210 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA
3rd Floor Rm # P03-132

Saturday June 3, 2017
9:00-12:00 pm

Ushers will meet you in the lobby

You may also email question and topics that you would like to have discussed at the meeting to TMC Institutional Liaison, Cara Cusack-Theodule at cusacktheodulec@csps.com by Friday May 12, 2017

 

BoyScouts 2017 Jamboree needs Christian Science Volunteers

Duty to God and Country Booth needs Three Christian Scientists to Volunteer

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Jamboree is in July 2017 at the new National Jamboree site near Beckley, West Virginia.

There will be a Christian Science booth as part of the Duty to God and Country area of the Jamboree. There is a need for adult Christian Scientists, who are Class taught, that are planning to attend all or part of the Jamboree, that could spend part of their time staffing this booth. One person is staffing the booth from 7/19-7/22, but a second person is needed, and another two people from 7/22 to 7/27 at 4 pm.  “Room and Board” is available on site, for BSA members.
If you know of any of Christian Scientists who may be attending the Jamboree, please ask them to contact John Hanson or Bridget Bailey:

 
John C. Hanson
12513 Fostoria Way
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Hansonest@comcast.net
Cell: 301-807-2844

Bridget Bailey
westvirginia@compub.org
214 Pine Circle
Dunbar, WV  25064
Cell    (304) 549-8754

 

For background – and an idea of what the booth is like – below is part of the report from the Christian Science Booth at the last (2013) National Jamboree:

 

2013 Jamboree Report:  The Booth:  As you know from the earlier email, the Scouts support spirituality (part of the Boy Scout code is “A Scout is reverent”).  There was a Faith and Beliefs area at the central location of the Jamboree– the Summit Center area.  35 different religions presented in booths and programs there.  (I had previously reported to you that 57 religions would be presenting, but the actual tally was 35.)  Some had their own tent, like the Mormons, which were celebrating 100 years of involvement with Scouting.  We were in a large tent which had booths for about 20 smaller faiths.  The Scouts were able to earn a badge at the Jamboree for Faith and Beliefs, however, it seemed like most of the Scouts who visited were not working on the badge, but just there because they were interested.

 

The activity at our booth was amazing!!   There was a nearly constant, brisk, pace of visitors to our booth.  We could hardly keep up with them all.  They usually came in groups–two, three, four, five boys at a time, as well as many who came individually.  We usually had 2 booth workers at a time, and both would be talking to groups at the same time.  While talking to a group, more boys would be coming, listening in to the end of our talk with that group, and we would immediately launch into it again with the newcomers.  We were keeping a notebook where we were tallying the number of visitors and the type of literature being taken, but the pace was so brisk that often I found I’d talked to four groups without a pause inbetween before I could get over to the notebook to jot them down.

 

The two words I would use to describe the Scouts visiting our booth, is that they were serious, and they were innocently unprejudiced.  They were not idly passing by.  They were looking to learn about religions.  Most came right up to us and said “So what is Christian Science?”   Probably 85-90% had never heard of it.  Of the 10-15% that thought they had heard of it, I was surprised at how widespread the confusion with Scientology was–about 30% thought we were Scientology.  We corrected this misunderstanding right away, then gave about a 4-6 minute introduction to Christian Science.  After the initial introduction, they then started to ask questions, and we had a back-and-forth, sharing various testimonies, telling them about the church websites, reading favorite citations from S&H to them, inviting them to the lecture, and so on.  These teenage boys listened carefully, and asked smart questions.  We talked with most groups about 10-15 minutes, and the most common response we got was “This is interesting.”  And they genuinely meant interesting– they emphasized the word interesting– they were clearly intrigued by the whole idea of Christian Science.  In fact, we started to notice that there were maybe 8-10 visitors a day who were return visitors– and most of the return visitors brought their friends and said they had been telling their friends about what we’d said and they wanted us to tell their friends about CS.  Many had looked us up on the web and then come back with questions.  Others who came back alone engaged in deeper back and forth conversation with us.  Because the Scouts were limited to one daypack for the Jamboree, the only literature given out was Science & Health (approx. 275), the Bible (approx, 75), and MyBibleLessons (approx. 300)– special editions from the CS Publishing Society for the Jamboree (see your Life and Truth lessons, with pictures of Scouting activities and testimonies by Scouts).

 

It seemed to me like our booth was one of the most active in the tent.  Often, the other booths would have no visitors at them, while we were talking to 7 boys. …… it seemed to me that the Field’s prayers were having a big impact in holding up the Christ and drawing so many sincere inquirers to our booth.  The conversations we had felt infused with the Christ and seemed to be really reaching these teenage boys.  Your prayers also supported the energy of the booth workers in keeping up the nearly relentless pace of so many important conversations, in overcoming inadequate sleep, the heat, and so on.  The preliminary count is about 700 visitors (600 Scouts, 100 adults) to our booth, though that number may be understated by 10% or more due to the pace not allowing us to jot down each visitor.  This exceeded the visitors at the 2010 Jamboree, when 455 Scouts and 173 adults visited the booth, despite the fact that our booth hours this year were cut short.

 

Albert Baker Fund Career Connections Event

Get Connected / Be a Connection

WHAT IS THE ABF CAREER ALLIANCE?

The Albert Baker Fund (ABF) facilitates meaningful one-to-one connections within a diverse and inclusive community of professionals who have the desire to “pass their blessings forward.” Whether you’re starting your career, growing your career, or changing your career, the Career Alliance can connect you to “allies” who can help you move forward on your career path. The ABF Career Alliance is open to the entire extended family of Christian Scientists and those friendly to Christian Science.

There will be 3 events in Texas:

Dallas: Thursday, April 27

Houston: Saturday, April 29

Austin: Saturday, May 6

Register now: http://abfcareeralliance.org/2017-career-workshops/

 

Its time to Share your Love, Inspiration, and Healing

Have you thought about writing for the Christian Science periodicals but never quite got around to it because you just didn’t know where to start?

Please join us on Sunday April 23 at 2:00pm, as two representatives from the Christian Science Publishing Society walk us through:

  • Mission of magazines
  • The Writing process for
    • Articles
    • Testimonies
    • Audio option
  • How to write
  • Editing – what’s involved
  • JSH process–what happens to your article after we receive it
  • Writing exercise – get that pen or computer running
  • Next steps

Get Prepared:

  • Read the March 2017 Journal interview with Barbara Vining and Tony Lobl and the submission guidelines for articles and testimonies ( found at https://jsh.christianscience.com/submit)
  • Begin that first draft and bring it with you.

Where:

Fifth Church of Christ Scientist
5655 W Northwest Highway
Dallas Tx  75220

Sunday April 23 at 2pm

RSVP: 214-361-1625 or fifthclerk@sbcglobal.net
(Please RSVP to our Clerk so we will know how many chairs to set up and water/snacks to have on hand)

There will be small follow up meetings to help you edit and fine tune your submissions via Skype.

This is the first meeting of its kind in the US.  We may be recording the session to help the Publishing Society team develop these meetings for others.

 

Principia Arts On Tour Blew us Away!

The Principia Jazz band blew us all away today at the Dallas Arboretum along the the A Capella Choir.  The first response to their smooth and jazzy beat was – Are these kids really just in high school?

Their talents are impressive.  Especially given the fact that their director , Martha Stitzel, gave them a 1-2-3 to start them off then just walked away as the kids took the music and ran with it.  She returned once or twice during the concert but more often a student member of the band gave the direction to the rest of the group.  For Stitzel to have that much confidence in the talent and cohesiveness of the group, shows the work, practice and polish that has gone on in her classroom.  But the looks on each students’ faces, they were truly enjoying their performance as much as the audience did.

The A capella group who joined the stage was equally as talented in their rendition of “Take Me Home” by Kevin Olusola, Kirsten Maldonado, and Audra Mae.

Principia A Capella Group Greta Johnson, Madison Ouellette, and Amanda Brenenman
Principia College A Capella
Principia College A capella Dr Mok, Parker Tibbetts and Denny Veidelis

They also sang:  Route 66, In the still of the Night and The Lord Bless you and Keep You.

Liam Frager and Greta Johnson Tap dancing at the Tour of Arts

 

The surprise of the show was the tap dancing duo of Greta Johnson and Liam Frager. When was the last time you saw tap dancing to a Jazz band that really worked?  Today we did!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUPUwvWgdiw

Also featured at the venue was original art works by students at Principia

The whole event was a bright spot in our rainy drizzly day. Everyone there thoroughly enjoyed the show!

 

Principia “Arts on Tour” Free Concert – March 5 – Dallas Arboretum

Bring your family and friends, and join us for a  Free live musical -instrumental and vocal – performance and an exhibit of artwork by current students.  This year’s tour features the Upper School Jazz Band and College a cappella group, directed by Martha Stitzel, Mike Griswold, and Dr Joe Van Riper.  Get ready for an exciting musical Journey.

Sunday, March 5th 2:00 PM

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
8525 Garland Road
Dallas, Tx

Admission to the Arboretum and parking are Free when you mention the Principia Arts on Tour 2017

RSVP on line : http://www.principia.edu/artsontour

or Call 314-514-3146

Austin March 3

Houston March 4

Cedars Camp Show in Dallas 2/12/17 including Warren Huff and Special Guest Patti Fox of Principia

The Cedars Camp Show is Sunday February 12th.

Come  find out about the fun and adventurous summer programs for kids at Cedars.

Pizza will be served at 12:00 and 1:00 during the camp video.

Patti Fox,  Principia  National Field Recruiter, will also show a video on Principia to explain the high quality education offerings at both schools.

The Show will be at:
The Mathews Home
4945 Crooked Lane Dallas

Please contact the Fifth Church Clerk to RSVP. (Go to contact us page)

For more details on The Cedars Camp show & Principia Video in Dallas (and Austin)  click here:   http://www.cedarscamps.org/information/video-shows/?id=119389167

 

 

The new 2017 Christian Science Hymnal Supplement is available on CD

Hymns are a vital part of The Christian Science Church services and a source of inspiration that heals.  In 2017, a new expanded Hymnal supplement will be released by the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston.  If you would like to check on the progress of this new Hymnal, go to the Hymns 2016 section of JSH- ONLINE.

Right now, you can purchase the CD “Celebrations” that features these new hymns at the Fifth Church Reading Room/ Book Store.

Click here for details and location: Book Store