The Christian Science Committee for Institutional Work in Texas
Date: January 15, 2018
Subject: 2017 Year End Report
To: The Christian Science Branch Churches and Societies in Texas
Thank you all for your dedicated support and participation in answering the call from those seeking salvation through the teachings, practice and understanding of Christian Science.
Distribution Activity: The thirst for our Pastor and subscriptions to the publications is constant. Distribution results for 2017 from the State office are as follows:
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures – 90 English and 35 Spanish mailed; 260 provided to volunteers to distribute at lectures and chaplain visits
Bibles – 68 English, 3 Spanish mailed
The Christian Science Monitor – 45 facility & 182 one-year subscriptions for individuals; 183 donated copies distributed to the inmates from this office
Christian Science Sentinel – 278 donated copies mailed from office; 129 subscriptions
Herald of Christian Science – 96 mailed from office
myBibleLesson – 600 subscriptions through bulk license; 440 weekly recipients – 160 copies are mailed to volunteer chaplains
149 new requests to be added to the Bible lesson mailing list. 154 names were removed
Spanish Full Text edition – 218 mailed – began with 12 recipients, now have 23 recipients
750 Thanksgiving lessons
Letters from this office to inmates – 1,214
6 new members of The Mother Church
2017 Annual Meeting: We’re so grateful to have had Chaplain (Colonel) Janet Yarlott Horton US Army (Retired) inspire us with her experiences and heart felt prayers. Everyone can listen to her comments and the reports given the first half of the meeting on the New Braunfels Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/firstchurchcsnb/videos/506317483049371/ Begin at 8 minutes
Here is your new State Committee:
Chair – Eleanor Bigbie – East At Large Member – thru 2019
Vice Chair – George Nutwell – Houston Zone – thru 2019
Suzanne Davis – Austin Zone – thru 2020
Hal Shrewsbury, CS – San Antonio Zone -thru 2020
Patty Woodard, CS – DFW Zone – thru 2018
Shellie Evans – West At Large Member – thru 2018
San Antonio Zone
Two chaplains visit the Bexar County Jail twice a month to conduct a Bible study class and introduction to Christian Science. 30 or more men fill the room to capacity every time.
First Church San Antonio and area volunteers have been faithfully providing services at Lackland Air Force base for 25 years!
The Applewhite Substance Abuse Training Facility has a very active volunteer who provided 50 Bible classes to 219 individuals, giving away 26 Bibles and 15 Science and Health.
The Laurel Ridge Treatment Center volunteer conducts Bible classes for the Wounded Warrior program at the facility. 60 attendees participated in classes this year. 4 Bibles and 1 Science and Health were given away.
22 youngsters at the Bexar County Juvenile Detention Center have participated in Bible classes offered by the volunteer. 2 Bibles and 1 copy of Science and Health were given away.
37 church services, complete with music, were conducted at the Torres Unit in Hondo by the New Braunfels branch volunteers providing 13 Science and Health, 2 of which were Spanish, 4 Prose Works, and 3 Bibles. While three of the regular attendees have been transferred, six new men have joined the dedicated group. Two church members also provide spiritual support through the mail with letters and articles.
Eight volunteers serve in this highly populated zone with chaplain visits at Harris County Jail and state prison units, church services at 4 prison units and letter writing.
The Huntsville Unit formerly known as the Walls Unit receives bi-weekly services on Saturday morning when a volunteer is available. The Ramsey Unit has weekly services on Sunday night at 6 p.m. The Wynne Unit has weekly chaplain visits on Tuesday afternoon. The Estelle Unit has bi-weekly services on Saturday afternoon.
The chaplain visits at the Harris County Jail have reached over 2,400 people. 427 Science and Health, 470 Bibles, 1200 myBibleLesson, 849 Christian Science Sentinel, and 160 copies of The Christian Science Monitor were distributed by the volunteers, as well as Prose Works, Manuals, Hymnals and many other Reading Room items.
They report, “Over 100 inmates in the Houston area are receiving and studying the weekly myBibleLesson. Some of them are also receiving periodicals and other Christian Science books. This group, for us, really represents a new congregation in our community. While some may be disappointed that churches have closed the past few years, it is clear from our work that new ones are appearing.”
20 volunteers provide 18 services per month at five facilities: state units, Coffield and Michael; federal units, Seagoville and FMC Carswell; services at two locations and chaplain visits at Dallas County Jail; and literature at the Denton County Jail.
The Coffield Unit volunteers held their 4th Annual Thanksgiving service with 125 inmates in attendance. The testimony portion of the service was filled with heartfelt gratitude and healing.
Nine lectures were given in the zone in 2017. “Lectures are one of the keys to the success that we are having in the DFW zone” wrote volunteer Bob Woodard.
Three volunteers mentor through the mail.
Volunteers from 1st and 3rd Church, Austin continue to support of the Gardner-Betts Juvenile unit. One volunteer is available to visit the females in the local state facilities. The branch members in this zone provide constant metaphysical support for all the work going on throughout the state.
At Large areas
Abilene, McAllen and Lubbock members are answering letters and embracing the seekers drawn to reach out to them.
Two wonderful ladies are volunteer chaplains at the El Paso County Jail.
Where We Serve: The Committee is in contact with individuals in 93 facilities throughout the state encompassing federal, state, and county jurisdictions!
There are weekly church services at two Federal Units in the DFW zone.
Four county facilities- Dallas, Harris, El Paso, and Bexar have weekly church services and/or chaplain visits.
Facilities with large groups of offenders receiving the weekly Bible lessons.
Coffield Unit in Tennessee Colony has 101 men – has weekly services.
Michael Unit in Tennessee Colony has 43 men – has weekly services.
Clements Unit in the Amarillo area has 21 men – needs volunteers.
Ramsey 1 Unit in Rosharon has 12 men – has weekly services.
In the Amarillo area the Neal Unit has 7 men – needs volunteers for new services.
In the Beaumont area we have 16 men at the Stiles Unit and 10 at the Polunsky Unit. These Units need volunteers– would you consider reading the Lesson here?
The Huntsville area facilities – Estelle 28, Huntsville 8, Eastham 7, Ellis 6 and Wynne 3.
Additional volunteer chaplains in the Beaumont, Huntsville, and Amarillo communities.
Your individual support! The per capita was set at $3.50 of the actual cost of $9.98 per member per month. We have budgeted for 600 subscriptions to myBibleLesson. The lesson’s subscription, printing, packaging and postage are a monthly expense of $2,973.00 or $35,674.00 for the year.
We have committed to providing 200 Christian Science Monitor subscriptions and 135 Christian Science Sentinel subscriptions totaling $31,165.00 and need your help to do so.
Checks can be made payable to the committee and mailed to the Executive Secretary at the address below or you can contribute online thru Pay Pal at: https://christiansciencedallas.com/programs/outreach-to-prisons/
Thank you for your continued metaphysical and financial support of this statewide activity.
Every year, Tenacre Foundation, a Christian Science nursing organization in New Jersey, creates an inspirational calendar and sends it to Christian Science churches and societies. The theme for the 2019 calendar is the spiritual significance of child-likeness, so we invite you to create the art! This opportunity is open to all who were Sunday School student in 2017 or 2018.
We strongly encourage sending a good photocopy of your artwork instead of the original piece because we cannot guarantee return shipment. Please mail physical submissions to the address:
Att: G Bergeson – 2019 Calendars
PO Box 632
Princeton, NJ 08542
You may also submit your artwork digitally by emailing it to Genevieve Bergeson at email@example.com. Please put “2019 Calendar Art Submission” in the subject line. To be considered, digital submissions must have an image resolution of 300 dpi or greater.
Each student may submit one piece of art.
Submissions must be received by Friday June 1, 2018.
Your name and address
The name and email address of one of your parents or guardians
Your email address ( if you have one)
The name of your church / Sunday School
If you are under age 14, a statement of your parent or guardian’s permission to submit your art. ( A sentence with a signature will suffice.)
By submitting your art, you (or your parent) give Tenacre permission to print, publish and otherwise display your artwork for the calendar and related purposes.
If you have any questions about this opportunity, you may contact Genevieve: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Inspiration anytime/ anywhere/ everyday of the year
To Listen to:
Weekly Bible Lessons
Christian Science SentinelRadio
The Daily Lift
The weekly Bible Lesson offers deep and insightful study for spiritual growth. Healing experiences and practical applications of Christian Science prayer are shared in the Sentinel Radio Program by people from all over the globe. The Daily Lift is a two – three minute inspiring thought for the day.
Adventure Unlimited and The Albert Baker Fund (ABF) have a deep appreciation for our shared values, and the way that our missions bless so many in our Christian Science family.
This is especially true with our newest programs. When Adventure Unlimited launched the National Leadership Council (NLC), ABF stood with us from the outset, providing encouragement and substantial financial support to help bring this wonderful idea to fruition. With every class, DiscoveryBound’s (DB) NLC program is proving the power and value of meaningful connections between outstanding program participants and adult mentors.
When The Albert Baker Fund first presented the ABF Career Alliance, Adventure Unlimited immediately recognized the benefits of “a career alliance for the extended Christian Science community”, especially if those who love and value Adventure Unlimited were to become involved. We also saw how it would bless our young alumni and the summer staff at the A/U Ranches. As the Career Alliance progresses, we’re seeing that ABF Career Allies, like DB NLC mentors, are making a big difference in the lives of young people.
The Career Alliance needs individuals who can share their own career experience and insights with new college graduates and those in a mid-career transition. It’s often a simple phone conversation, but it can be immensely helpful to someone just starting out or navigating a new course. ABF’s Career Allies are also finding it incredibly satisfying to help others in this way.
The ABF Career Alliance is a tremendous way to build connections that strengthen our community, including the Adventure Unlimited family. We encourage you to to take these steps to get involved:
Our Bible Lessons: Understanding Them and Reading Them Expressively and Effectively with Don Feldheim, presenter and author of Principles of Expressive Reading
Saturday, February 17, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
1230 W. Spring Valley
Richardson, TX 75080
Please register by Feb. 9. Registration instructions are at the bottom of this page.
Mary Baker Eddy says the Christian Science Bible Lesson is “…a lesson on which the prosperity of Christian Science largely depends.” Church Manual Art III, Sect. 1 (31:4)
While the bylaw is directed toward Readers in our churches, it’s also important for every student of Christian Science to thoroughly understand and effectively read—audibly and silently—our Bible Lessons.
This unique seminar will benefit any student of Christian Science
Readers (former, current and future), the general membership, regular church attendees,
and senior Sunday School students.
You’ll receive tools that will help you:
deepen your scholarly understanding
elevate scholarly understanding to heartfelt understanding
gain the freedom to express the spirit of the word with heartfelt fervor
You’ll also learn about the reading standards set by Mary Baker Eddy and the Holy Bible, and get ideas about how our Bible Lessons can help us become better healers and ensure the prosperity of our church.
Some of the more serious barriers that animal magnetism attempts to impose on our understanding of God’s Word, and on our reading from our platforms.
The standards of effective reading—straight from the Hoy Bible and from our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy.
How to set God’s word free from the pages on which it was written.
Both silent and oral readers will receive expressive reading “Tools for Understanding” that will help us:
Improve a scholarly understanding of the text, and elevate that scholarly understanding to a more spiritual dimension of heartfelt understanding of God’s word.
Identify clues writers have left—clues that reveal important insights into God’s inspiration.
Pay special attention to the nuances created by the writers choice of words and the structure of their writing.
Gain a clearer and deeper understanding of the heart and soul of the writer’s work.
We’ll also receive expressive reading “Tools for Delivery” that will help us:
Use all our God-given communication tools to the best of our abilities.
Deliver inspired messages with the same depth of feeling and richness of expression with which the writer might have actually spoken the words.
Eliminate self-consciousness and learn how to “get yourself out of the way.”
The $25 cost of this seminar includes lunch and a PDF copy of the 220-page book,
Principles of Expressive Reading, by Don Feldheim.
Though walk-ins are welcome, it will be helpful if you register and pay in advance. Here’s how:
1. By February 9, send an email to email@example.com or call 214-361-1625. Provide the names of the attendees for February 17.
2. Visit https://christiansciencedallas.com/donate/ and donate the $25 fee for each attendee (includes lunch and a PDF copy of Principles of Expressive Reading) with a credit card via PayPal. Note: this will not show as a registration, just a donation. We will match the name(s) on the registration with the name of the credit card and you’ll be all set.
We look forward to seeing you at The Leaves on Saturday, February 17!
This seminar is sponsored by Christian Science churches in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Lisa Wyly & John Graham 214-526-5906 (Third Church); Kelly McCutcheon 469-865-7376 (Fifth Church); Alexis Spradling 214-632-0217 (Arlington); Laurie Milner 817-999-6686 (Irving);
Elizabeth Arnett 817-439-2005 (N Richland Hills);
Marcy& Tim Best 214-732-0478 or firstname.lastname@example.org (Plano); Debbie & Tony Janssen 972-802-7036 (Richardson)