Are You Ready to Take the First Step?

Are You Ready to Take the First Step?

Enrique Smeke, CSB

What is that first step that will lead us to decide between two choices? How can we take that first step towards a more harmonious relationship with friends or relatives? And, what is that connection with God the Bible tells us we have, that enables us to enjoy a better, more stable health? It seems difficult to break through self-doubts and fears. Sometimes we can’t see how to advance forward; we may feel stuck in the problem.Come hear this talk by Enrique Smeke in which he will show that there is great value in taking a first step towards a solution. When we find ourselves in difficult situations, God is there to support and guide us. And as we look to Him for support, we witness how God unfolds the path to the solution.

Sunday, May 7, at 2:00 p.m.

First Church of Christ, Scientist
1321 W. Avenue F
Garland, TX 75040

Enrique was raised in Argentina and for a short period of time lived in Chile. In Argentina his studies included telecommunications, electrical engineering, and journalism. In the United States he graduated from Principia College with a degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, Enrique moved to Boston to work for The First Church of Christ, Scientist. In 2007 Enrique entered the full-time healing practice of Christian Science, and in 2012 he became a Christian Science teacher. From 1989 through 2012 he produced and hosted the Spanish Radio Edition of The Herald of Christian Science, and in 1995 he became the managing editor of the Spanish printed edition of The Herald of Christian Science. He currently resides in Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA.

This talk is sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Garland, TX. Here is a flyer. For more information, you may call 972-276-2617


Miembro del Cuerpo de Conferenciantes de la Ciencia Cristiana Mayo 7 @ 2pm

Miembro del Cuerpo de Conferenciantes de la Ciencia Cristiana

Enrique Smeke, CSB

Domingo, Mayo 7      

2:00 p.m.

First Church of Christ, Scientist
1321 W. Avenue F
Garland, TX 75040

Informacion: 972-276-2617

Títulos de las conferencias disponibles

¿Está listo para dar el primer paso?

¿De qué se trata esta conferencia?
¿Cuál es ese primer paso que nos llevará a decidir entre dos opciones? ¿Cómo podemos dar ese primer paso para tener una relación más armoniosa con amigos y familiares? Y cuál es esa conexión con Dios que la Biblia dice que todos tenemos, que nos permite gozar de una mejor y más estable salud? Parece que fuera difícil abrirse paso entre dudas y temores. A veces no podemos ver por dónde avanzar o puede que nos sintamos empantanados en un problema.

El propósito de esta conferencia es mostrar el gran valor que tiene dar un primer paso para encontrar soluciones. Cuando nos encontramos en situaciones difíciles, Dios está allí para respaldarnos y guiarnos. Y cuando lo buscamos para que nos ayude somos testigos de la manera en que Dios abre el camino hacia la ansiada solución.

Algunos puntos que resalta esta conferencia:
– Dios mantiene un canal abierto de comunicación con cada uno de nosotros al que todos podemos acceder para encontrar inspiración y progreso en nuestra vida.
– La oración es razonar con el corazón y dejar que Dios tenga la última palabra.
– Cada uno de nosotros hemos sido bendecidos con un único camino en la vida que Dios va abriendo a medida que avanzamos.

Enrique se crió en Argentina y vivió por un corto período de tiempo en Chile. Sus estudios en Argentina incluyen telecomunicaciones, ingeniería eléctrica y periodismo. En los Estados Unidos se graduó en Principia College con una licenciatura en Administración de Empresas. Después de graduarse Enrique se mudó a Boston para trabajar en La Primera Iglesia de Cristo, Científico. Allí trabajó desde 1983 primero en la oficina del Tesorero y luego en el Departamento Journal, Sentinel, and Herald. En 2007, Enrique entró en la práctica pública de la Ciencia Cristiana y en 2012 fue nombrado maestro de Ciencia Cristiana. Desde 1989 a 2012, fue productor y conductor de la edición radial en español de El Heraldo de la Ciencia Cristiana, y en 1995 fue nombrado redactor jefe de la edición impresa en español de El Heraldo de la Ciencia Cristiana. Sus artículos están publicados en el Christian Science Journal, el Christian Science Sentinel, y elHerald of Christian Science. En la actualidad reside en Newburyport, Massachusetts, EUA.

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
Cell: 301-807-2844

Bridget Bailey
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


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:


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
  • Begin that first draft and bring it with you.


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

Sunday April 23 at 2pm

RSVP: 214-361-1625 or
(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.


Son Saved in an Avalanche

Testimony of Protection

By David Shutler

My adult son survived an avalanche in a car near Lake Tahoe, California on January 23, 2017 at 1:30 a.m. PST.  This is my thanks to all who were awake at that hour and praying for the world.  Your “prayers did not return unto you void,” but fulfilled their mission in the protection of my son.  You may have seen the CBS news report of two young men taking selfies from inside an avalanche.  You might not have connected your prayers to that event.  I do.

My wife and I were asleep and unaware of the danger facing our son at the midnight hour.  Over forty years of parenting, we have prayed for the protection and wellbeing of our three sons.  My favorite is: “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord” Psalms 118:17.  But on this night, at that hour, I was asleep. And our son needed your prayers. Here’s what happened.

After an evening with friends working on a car, near Lake Tahoe California on January 23, my son and his roommate headed home together at midnight on Route 89. The road they were on follows the Truckee River through a wooded valley that has a steep pitch and is thus subject to avalanche in deep snow.  The area had seen over seven feet of snow in a short span. After about 10 minutes on the road, they saw a flash of white in front of them and immediately braked. In an instant, they were buried in an avalanche that turned out to be 12 feet deep and 140 yards across.

Several factors protected them in the car.  The avalanche front had crossed the road about 50 yards in front of their vehicle, so that the full force of the avalanche had occurred seconds before their car arrived. And although the avalanche traversed a wooded area, there was no debris in the snow that hit their car to puncture the windows. The snow was dry enough and light enough that it did not crash in the roof of the vehicle, nor did it roll them over.

Small avalanches are estimated to pack the force of 1000 pounds per square foot, so the vehicle had to be in precisely the right place to avoid a crushing blow and also avoid being pushed off the edge of the road, down a ravine and into the Truckee River about 50 yards to their left. Providentially, the snowplow berm, that had built up to the right of the road where their car was located, rose about 8 feet off the road. This apparently caused the force of the avalanche to largely pass above their vehicle, rather than hitting the vehicle broadside.

After the avalanche stalled to a stop, there was white stillness and silence.  The two men had the presence of mind to turn off the car ignition to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Of course, immediately the car became very cold.  But both men had been Boy Scouts as youths and recalled their training in cold weather protection, so quickly got out of wet socks and boots.  They had also prepared for winter weather by previously storing a blanket in the car. So they pulled it out and huddled under it to stay warm.

Looking around at their situation they realized they were in a tight spot, but rather than panic, they were jubilant that they had not been killed in the first wave of the avalanche. “Come now let us reason together saith the Lord,” (Isa 1:18) and that is what they began to do. Their plan was to wait for a rescue but be prepared to dig out if they became light headed, which would indicate their oxygen was getting low. Inside the car they had a shovel, but when they tried to open the door they found it was pressed tight to the car, so they realized that digging out would be a risky proposition. They were also mindful that a shift in position could cause the car to tumble and that an opened window could let in more snow than they could shovel. More problematic, since they did not know how deep the snow was above them, they did not know if they could even make it up to breathable air.  They figured that the vehicle cab contained about two hours of oxygen, which was true. So they decided to stay put, and consciously work to stay calm and preserve it.

Providentially, the exact spot in the road where the avalanche buried them had a full five bars of cell coverage. Less than a mile down the valley road, there was no cell coverage.  And providentially, their phone batteries were still charged at the end of the day. So they called 911 and made contact with a search and rescue team.  Owing to a clear cell signal, the call to the fire and rescue team was received and immediately a trained team was dispatched. Providentially, the station was located only two miles away so the team arrived at the avalanche within minutes.
After placing the 911 call, realizing they were in a very unique situation, and wanting to take their mind off the sobering aspects of it, they began streaming a Facebook live selfie from inside the car. Seeing their situation as a cosmic joke or remarkable stroke, they relaxed and enjoyed the humor in what had happened.

Outside their car, the challenge confronting the rescue team was formidable. The roadway was completely obscured in about 12 feet of snow for approximately 140 yards. In the dark of night, the blanket of snow gave no clues as to the whereabouts of the car. The crew recognized that the car had about 2 hours of air in it.  So the rescue team started a police line with 12-foot aluminum probes along the presumed road course. They had cell contact with the men, but no way to identify their location.  So they methodically worked their way across the avalanche.

After about an hour, they located the car and the men begin honking their horn. The metal probe that first hit the car glanced off the windshield. Providentially, despite the immense pressure on the glass, the metal probe did not break the windshield. The next two pole probes hit the car roof and the men began to see light from above. The rescue team began shoveling down 12 feet by hand to open the car door and allow the two man to escape.  Celebration. Shortly afterwards, snowplows began the task of clearing the roadway.

The only damage to the car, other than a couple of welcomed pole dents to the roof, was the loosening of all twenty lug nuts on the wheels, which likely occurred as the vehicle was being pushed sideways at the start of the slide. Interestingly, although two lug nuts had spun off completely, the car was still able to be driven away.

The Christian Science Lesson-Sermon that week was on the topic of Love. Several passages conveyed new meaning to me the day after I learned of my son’s rescue.

Jeremiah 23:23, 24. Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I should not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.

Joshua 1:9. Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with the withersoever thou goest.

I John 4:16, 18. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear.

Science and Health 2:4–11. Are we benefited by praying? Yes, the desire which goes forth hungering after righteousness is blessed by our father, and it does not return unto us void.

Psalm 92:5, 17. 5. I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place. 17. I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.

Deuteronomy 33:12, 27. The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders. The eternal God is thy refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms: Mathew 19:26. With God all things are possible.

In these times, as parents, we long for our children’s protection.  Particularly when we can’t be there and can’t know the danger they face. Here is a poem from Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan that captures that idea for me and conveys the deep feelings involved.


Lord, Protect My Child

Written by Bob Dylan

Copyright © Bob Dylan Music Co.

For his age, he’s wise
He’s got his mother’s eyes
There’s gladness in his heart
He’s young and he’s wild
My only prayer is, if I can’t be there,
Lord, protect my child

As his youth now unfolds
He is centuries old
Just to see him at play makes me smile
No matter what happens to me
No matter what my destiny
Lord, protect my child

While the world is asleep
You can look at it and weep
Few things you find are worthwhile
And though I don’t ask for much
Lord, protect my child

Link to the News story in Dallas: (you will see advertising on this link)

Men Survive Avalanche; Take Selfies Waiting For Help

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!

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!


Adventure Unlimited/ Discoverybond






Adventure Unlimited/DiscoveryBound representatives, Linda Clark and Alex Griffin are coming to Dallas to talk about the 2017 programs for youth , teens, families and adults.

When: March 26th, Sunday

12:30 pm for Pizza and program sharing.

Where: 2706 Stoneridge Drive Garland TX 75077


719-395-2468 Ext 101  or

614-204-1779  or

Camp Leelanau & Kohahna Presentation Sunday April 2nd

Camps Leelanau & Kohahna invite you to join us for a camp show in the Dallas Area!

Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Hosted by Diane and Michael Holland
3834 Waldorf Circle
Dallas, Tx  75229

All are invited to learn about Camps Leelanau & Kohahna, Family Camp, and Harvest Weekend for Women in October.

Snack will be provided
The pool is open and heated so bring your swimsuits

Please RSVP to Michael at or by calling him at 310-880-4540

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

Welcome to our healing church!