2017 Year End CSCIW for Texas Report

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

Zone Update

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.

Houston Zone

  • 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.”

 

DFW Zone

  • 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.

 

Austin Zone

  • 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.

2018 Needs:

  1. Additional volunteer chaplains in the Beaumont, Huntsville, and Amarillo communities.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Elizabeth Arnett

Executive Secretary/Treasurer

P.O. Box 1381

Roanoke, TX 76262

elizarnett@att.net

817-996-2285

Tenacre, a Christian Science Ministry, invites Sunday School Students to create the art for their annual calendar

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:

Tenacre Foundation
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 gbergeson@tenacre.org.  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.

Include:

  • 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: gbergeson@tenacre.org.

We are very excited to see your art!

 

Michael Fisher, President and CEO

Camps Leelanau & Kohahna presentation March 25, 2018

Join us for a presentation about Camps Leelanau & Kohahna

Summer Camps Serving Christian Scientists in Beautiful Northern Michigan

Sunday, March 25, 2018 12:00 PM

Hosted by:  Diane and Mike Holland
3834 Waldorft Circle
Dallas, Tx  75229

All are invited to learn about:

  • Camps Leelanau & Kohahna,
  • Family Camp
  • Christian Science Military Weekend, Christian Science Men’s Weekend
  • Harvest Weekend for Women

Lunch and snacks will be provided and the pool will be open so bring your swinsuits!

Please RSVP to Diane by emailing her at dianedholland@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you soon!!

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Learn about God, Good. Come to Sunday School!

Everyone preschool to 20 years old is welcome in the Christian Science Sunday School.

Classes are free and held every Sunday from 10:30-11:30 AM

Come to learn how much God loves you. You are his image and likeness, His loved creation.  Learn how Knowing God and your relationship to him can help and heal  you every day  in every way.

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

Parents can attend our uplifting Church services at the same time.

Inspiration 24-7-365

For Inspiration anytime/ anywhere/ everyday of the year

Call:     214-447-9675

To Listen to:

  •  Weekly Bible Lessons
  •  Christian Scien5thChurch-52ce Sentinel Radio 
  • 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.

The Albert Baker Fund – An Opportunity to Serve

 

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:

  • Go to www.abfcareeralliance.org and click the gray oval “Sign up to become a Career Ally”,
  • Create a New Account, and save your Profile,
  • Post a Connection to offer an informational interview; this step is vital as it opens the door to help another.

For all that you’re doing for us at Adventure Unlimited and our broader community, we are deeply grateful!

 

Gina Lindquist-Bailey
Executive Director, Adventure Unlimited

 

Visit the Mary Baker Eddy Library from anywhere

 

 

 

You can visit the Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity and learn about her incredible life on line.

https://www.marybakereddylibrary.org

The Library offers a view into her life, ideas, and accomplishments through exhibits, documents, letters, photographs and objects.

You can submit questions to “Ask a researcher”

You can  Listen to a podcast, follow blogs, or receive a monthly newsletter.

Take a virtual visit and find all this at  http://mbelibrary.org

Upcoming Seminar: Our Bible Lessons – Understanding Them and Reading Them Expressively and Effectively

 

UPCOMING SEMINAR

Our Bible Lessons: Understanding Them and Reading Them Expressively and Effectively with Don Feldheim, presenter and author of Principles of Expressive Reading

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DETAILS

Saturday, February 17, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Leaves
1230 W. Spring Valley
Richardson, TX 75080

Please register by Feb. 9. Registration instructions are at the bottom of this page.

Cost $25.00

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.

We’ll explore:

  • 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.

Registration

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 fifthclerk@sbcglobal.net 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.

 

Our Bible Lessons: Understanding them and reading them expressively and effectively

Cedars Camp Show – Feb 11 – Dallas Tx

YOU are invited to a CedarS event in Dallas!

February 11, 2018 at 2pm

Alcuin School, Wyly Theater
6144 Churchill Way
Dallas, TX 75230

  Schedule:

2pm:  Meet campers, staff, and directors. Play GAGA. 
2:30pm:  Watch the CedarS and Principia videos
3pm:  Snacks and fellowship

  RSVP:  David & Laurie Matthews (7th Church) 214-926-9220 

david@revtechaccelerator.com

Cedars Camp Junior Leadership Program

  Assistant Hosts:  

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 marcybest@gmail.com (Plano); Debbie & Tony Janssen 972-802-7036 (Richardson)

Cedars Camp Musical

  Meet Warren Huff, CedarS Camps Executive Director,

  Holly Huff Bruland,CedarS Director of Operations, and

  Patti Fox, Principia National Field Recruiter

 

Cedars Camp Fishing trip

Welcome to our healing church!