Keith Wommack of the Christian Science Committee on Publications for Texas will be giving talks in the Metro-plex

Our neighbors should know what Christian Science is able to provide them. How do we help them to know?  We do so by erasing misconceptions regarding Christian Science and the Church of Christ, Scientist.  This is what Committee on Publication work is all about.  Keith Wommack, the Christian Science Committee on Publication for Texas, will be giving short talks in the DFW area​ in October​.  The talks will touch on how each of us has a role in Committee on Publication work, and how our work strengthens the church and us as church members.  As well, there will be an update on our continuing response to Harvey – how we can help churches and individuals.  At the close of the talk, there will be time for questions and answers.

The talks will be:

Sunday, October 8, at 11:30 AM

Second Church of Christ, Scientist,
2112 Forest Park Blvd,
Fort Worth, TX 76110

​Saturday, October 14, at 2 PM

First Church of Christ, Scientist
7318 NE Loop 820,
North Richland Hills, TX 76180

Sunday, October 15, at 12:00 PM

Third Church of Christ, Scientist
4419 Oak Lawn
Dallas,TX 75219




Its a Great Time to stock up for the Holidays at the Reading Room 20% off In Stock items

20% off of In Stock items!

Shop Now while supplies last!

The Sale will last until we begin moving to the new location around the corner in the same Preston Hollow Shopping Center  approximately 2-3 weeks.

The reading room will not be ordering any new products.  The 20% off will apply to existing stock only.  Periodicals are not included in the discount.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Bibles – an all languages, Bible Reference books, Music CD s, The New Hymnal, Biographies, Books for Kids and more are included in the sale!

5th Church Reading Room is still located at
4345 W Northwest Hwy #230
Dallas, TX 75220

There is a dedicated group that serves those who ask for Christian Science services, information or help while in Prison or other institutions. This group will meet to share inspiration










For questions contact Executive Secretary Elizabeth Arnett

817-996-2285 Email:

The meeting will be from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Chaplain Horton will have her book Cracking the Camouflage Ceiling available after the meeting.

DiscoveryBound activity for 20s and 30s in Austin

Join us Friday, October 6 – Sunday, October 8, 2017 in the beautiful Texas Hill Country for a weekend full of inspiration, swimming, hiking, games, nature, socializing, star gazing, s’mores, relaxing, chatting, and exploring!

Christian Science adults in their 20s & 30s (and their friends) are invited to join us.

We will be staying in the gorgeous D6 Retreat in Dripping Spring, Texas. The retreat is located 45 minutes from Central Austin, 2.5 hours from Dallas, and 3.5 hours from Houston. The closest airport is the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

The cost is $150 for the weekend, which includes activities, food (Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast) and lodging. Please visit for more detailed weekend information (including a weekend schedule) and to register.

Space is limited, so register soon! And please share our downloadable flyer with anyone in their 20s and 30s who you think would be interested in attending.

Please email questions to

Please be mindful that Prisons/ Prisoners are in need after Harvey


Texas prisons take hit from Harvey, complaints of water, sewage problems surface

Hurricane Harvey dealt a beating to prison and jail facilities in southeast Texas, triggering evacuations, marooning staff and depriving prisoners of toilets and running water as it cut a bruising path across the state.

Thousands of inmates remained in limbo Monday, including hundreds who fled rising floodwaters only to be taken to a Navasota facility a federal judge had deemed too dangerously hot for inmates with medical conditions.

The crisis now centers on Beaumont, where flooding compromised the water supply at three federal and three state prisons inside the city limits. While city officials scrambled to get treatment facilities up and running, many correctional officers couldn’t cross the swollen Neches River to get to their jobs.

“It’s a dire situation,” said Lance Lowry, who heads the Texas Correctional Employees union in Huntsville. “Several hundred officers in the Beaumont area are unable to get in and staffing is critical at those units.”

Lowry said staff-to-inmate ratios don’t allow for wiggle room when there is an emergency. A guard said in one online forum that those who made it in to work have been spread very thin.

However, Jason Clark, spokesman for Texas Department of Criminal Justice, said he thought Lowry’s estimate that hundreds of prison guards were out of pocket was high.


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The state shipped in more than 90 officers from across the state to fill the gap at Mark W. Stiles Unit, Larry Gist State Jail and Richard P. LeBlanc Unit, providing enough personnel to run the facilities safely. He said many guards in the Beaumont and Houston areas had lost their homes and were still making it to work.

In the meantime, however, worried family members have fielded a range of complaints from relatives at the Beaumont prisons — including minimal access to drinking water, barebones meals and poor access to medicine.


At least one inmate reported the floodwaters were immediately at hand.

Clifton Cloer, 42, who is housed in a first floor unit at the Stiles unit, told his wife Lindsey Disheroon there was standing water up to his kneecaps when the storm came through. On Monday, Sept. 4, he called to say the water was calf-high.

But Clark, the TDCJ spokesman, said that he toured the three state facilities in Beaumont on Sunday with top prison administrators and said floodwaters did not get into the facilities.

“There is no water near the units,” Clark said. “I spoke with offenders and given the situation they were in good spirits.”

At Beaumont’s federal units, family members shared complaints from inmates that their health had been severely compromised since the flooding.

Johnathan Grimes, 37, a diabetic with high blood pressure, told his mother, Margaret Greene, that he could not get his medication for days at the low-security federal facility because the infirmary was so understaffed.

David Vergara, 32, an inmate at the medium security federal prison who also has diabetes and hypertension, told his wife Rachel he’d seen people faint from a lack of drinking water. He told her he had resorted to drinking discolored and possibly contaminated toilet water to stay hydrated.

“In the mornings his eyelids will stick to his eyeballs. His tongue is dry — it sticks to the top of his mouth,” she said.

Bureau of Prisons officials at the Beaumont facilities do not respond to multiple requests for comment.

However, a website for the facility said that power had been restored to the Federal Correctional Facility on Friday and generators were no longer needed.


Ongoing transfers

The first facilities impacted were four county jails on the Gulf Coast near Aransas Pass that voluntarily evacuated before Harvey made landfall on Aug. 25, said Brandon Wood, executive director of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.

All four jails were built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, but wardens opted to evacuate as a precaution, Wood said. Inmates were back on site at all but one of those facilities, he said. The Aransas County Jail sustained some structural damage, he said, but officials expected said it should be operational within a couple of weeks.

Parolees were also evacuated from halfway houses in Gulf Coast communities, Houston and in Beaumont and taken to facilities around the state. Clark, from TDCJ, said that 13 female parolees had been taken from a halfway house in Beaumont to the Goree unit and 158 male parolees were staying at the Stiles Unit.

He said another 232 parolees from the Southeast Texas Transitional Center in Houston, which sustained flooding, were housed during the storm at the Holliday Transfer Facility in Huntsville and the Gib Lewis Unit in Woodville. On Monday, that entire Houston group was moved to Chasefield in Beeville, to a separate building outside the perimeter fence.

“As soon as those halfway houses are operational, we will move them back,” Clark said.

‘Historic magnitude’

Most of the hastily emptied state prison buildings along the swollen Brazos River were spared the brunt of the storm but outbuildings, a trusty camp and training academy at the Ramsey unit were inundated. The C.T. Terrell and A.M. “Mac” Stringfellow units and training academy also sustained damage, Clark said.


Some buildings also had roof and fence damage.

Before the deluge, the state evacuated 5,900 inmates by the busloads from several prisons along the swollen Brazos River in Rosharon and Richmond and took them to facilities with room generally in gyms and multi-use areas.

On Monday, TDCJ began bringing 1,400 evacuated inmates back to the Jester 3 and Carol S. Vance units in Richmond. The Ramsey, Stringfellow and Terrell Units were not yet operational as of late Monday, Clark said.

Those removed from the Brazos River area went to several state facilities including the Wallace Pack Unit, which is under an emergency federal court order to keep heat-sensitive inmates out of housing areas that do not have air conditioning. More than 1,000 inmates from Stringfellow were sent to the Pack Unit, Clark said.

There was plenty of room for them, since in mid-August, TDCJ moved more than 1,000 heat-sensitive inmates to facilities with air-conditioned dormitories.

“The department evaluated the projections related to the Brazos River and determined that three units needed to be evacuated immediately — 4,500 offenders were moved within 24 hours,” Clark said. “Inmates were moved quickly and safely to units that could accommodate them appropriately, including the Pack Unit.”

Clark said the placement of Stringfellow inmates at Pack was meant to be temporary.

“This is an unprecedented flood of historic magnitude,” he said. “The agency will continue to take appropriate steps to ensure staff and offenders are not in harm’s way and are safe.”

But Jeff Edwards, the lead attorney for the Pack inmates’ civil right lawsuit, said he was told that about 600 inmates who came over from Stringfellow may be heat sensitive, which he said could mean they are in violation of U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison’s order.

“While Harvey undoubtedly had devastating effects on many parts of Texas and several prisons, the idea that the leaders of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice have chosen to violate a federal order and expose hundreds of its most vulnerable inmates to dangerous heat levels at the Pack Unit that Judge Ellison has already ruled were unconstitutional is beyond disappointing,” Edwards said. “It reflects a callousness and indifference not just to the inmates but also to the federal courts.

“You can’t fix one dangerous situation with one that has already been ruled unconstitutional,” Edwards said.


2017 Mid Year Report

The Christian Science Committee on Institutional Work in Texas

Date:               July 31, 2017

To:                   Christian Science Branch Churches and Societies in Texas

Subject:           2017 Mid-Year Report

Sincere seekers of the Christ, Truth as explained in Christian Science contact the State Committee and the volunteers daily!  We take this opportunity to express our deep gratitude for your support and to report on the progress we see and the needs we must meet.


The myBibleLesson is mailed out every three weeks to those we serve.  This healing message is an indispensable tool in sharing Christian Science.  130 myBibleLesson go to volunteers to distribute during their visits.  The last direct mailing had 456 recipients.  These individuals are in 77 different facilities.   Several men receiving the myBibleLesson have written to the office asking for a list of units providing volunteer mentoring or for help to get transferred to a unit with church services.  Would you consider volunteering once a month to provide a church service?

Church services, Chaplain visits, and “Mentors thru mail”

Volunteers serve on a regular basis at:

  • two federal facilities – Seagoville and FMC Carswell
  • five state facilities – Torres, Huntsville (Walls), Ramsey, Coffield, and Michael
  • four county jails – Bexar, Dallas, El Paso, and Harris
  • two juvenile detention centers – Bexar County and Gardner Betts
  • one substance abuse facility – Applewhite Substance Abuse Training Facility
  • one veteran facility – Wounded Warrior section at Laurel Ridge Training Center
  • eight volunteers are available for one on one visits in Abilene, College Station, Austin, Houston, DFW, El Paso
  • seven volunteers support inmates in 10 facilities through letter writing


We are so grateful for the generosity of the branches that sponsored lectures with Fujiko Signs, CSB, Nate Frederick, CS and Patricia Woodard, CS: The Woodlands, Tyler, Richardson, Irving, and 3rd Dallas.  Over 100 men were introduced to Christian Science and Mary Baker Eddy. Comments from volunteers in attendance included, “The room was just filled with love, you could feel it!” and “all (the men at the lecture) were leaning in.”  One lecturer commented, “I looked out on not only receptive hearts but smiles”.  One offender wrote, “I was disappointed that our unit went on lockdown on the very day that Nate Frederick was to be here.  I have been able to tune in to WRR (radio station) and hear Christian Science (Sentinel radio).  I’m enclosing a small donation to help your church to cover postage expenses.  You are truly a blessing in my life.  Thank you, God bless, Dave”

Subscriptions and Books provided by State Committee

  • 238 subscriptions for The Christian Science Monitor. This includes inmates and facilities, 12 of which are for VA hospitals.
  • 100 inmate subscriptions to the Christian Science Sentinel.
  • 600 subscriptions to the   This covers inmate mailings and volunteer distributions.  Volunteers are not to distribute copies from their personal subscriptions.
  • 26 bilingual Ciencia y Salud con Clave de las Escrituras by Mary Baker Eddy have been given out.
  • Spanish Full-Text have increased from 11 recipients to 18 recipients.
  • Over 250 Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy have been given out.
  • 49 Bibles have been mailed out.
  • 5 Prose Works, 3 Manuals, 3 Hymnals, 13 Biographies, along with Concordances

Other Activities

The third annual national Institutional Committee meeting was held in Boston during Annual Meeting weekend for active volunteers.  Executive Board member Patricia Woodard, CS represented the State Committee along with three other volunteers from Houston and San Antonio.  We are grateful for the appreciation, recognition, and support from The Mother Church for the work being done by the workers in the institutions.  There is a growing demand for Christian Science, and the Bible gives the authority to serve the institutions, Isaiah 42:6, 7 “I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.”

Hal Shrewsbury, CS and Sandra Shrewsbury, CS represented their branch church at the University Hospital Center’s Festival of Faith.  12 of the 40 attendees took a Science and Health home with them.  Hal and Sandy wrote about the experience, “This was the first time the hospital had sponsored such a program and we felt it had been a worthwhile event.  It was also humbling to realize Christian Science was included.  While guests would take home some 50 handouts including ours from their visit, they would remember the one-on-one conversations they had without researching those handouts.

“We found ourselves talking with individuals in 5-15 minute conversations from the time we got there until we left.  After explaining Christian Science had nothing to do with Scientology we focused on explaining how Christian Science was founded by Mary Baker Eddy, as a reinstatement of primitive Christianity with its lost element of healing and tried to illustrate how they could utilize their understanding of God as good and perfect to correct life problems and find healing much as they used the science of mathematics to correct mathematical errors. We asked them to share their concerns and demonstrated how knowing the truth about God could be part of their prayers and heard some very interesting issues.

“Just about all from the other religions visited our table asking about Christian Science. All were very friendly and we enjoyed learning about them as well. The Muslim lady explaining her religion even asked prayers for her husband who was ill.”

Gratitude from inmates

  • P. at the Wynne Unit, “I really enjoy reading The Christian Science Monitor and I have a long line of inmates who read them as I’m thru with them. Everybody loves them.  Thank you!”
  • H. at the Michael Unit, “Every lecture I attended since I’ve been assigned to the Michael Unit I have been able to take away fresh ideas about myself as God’s image and likeness. Especially from the Bible lessons (BLs), I have been able to take away fresh ideas upon my study.  The BLs have been pertinent to my situation and circumstances in regards to the atmosphere and relations of the men who attend the Christian Science service meetings.  I know that I must be an alert Christian Scientist who does not lend himself as the tool of an aggressive mental suggestion. The alert Christian Scientist does not let error use him to bring dissension, division, or disloyalty into the Christian Science movement.  I was so astounded how the BLs have seemed to be made especially to comfort me!”


San Antonio Zone:  Weekly visits are again being made to Bexar County Juvenile Detention Center.  Additionally, we are grateful for the ongoing work at the Torres Unit, Bexar County Jail, Wounded Warrior section at Laurel Ridge Training Center and the Applewhite Substance Abuse Training Facility.

Houston Zone: Volunteers provide weekly services on Sunday evenings at the Ramsey Unit in Rosharon, bi-monthly services at the Walls and Estelle Units in Huntsville, one on one pastoral visit upon request at any of the more than ten state units in the zone, and weekly cell visits three days a week at the Harris County jail.

Austin Zone:  The dedicated volunteers continue their long-standing support of the Gardner-Betts Juvenile unit.

DFW Zone:  This group maintains its support of weekly services at the women’s Federal Medical Center at Carswell, the Coffield Unit and Michael Unit in Tennessee Colony and the male federal facility at Seagoville.  Multiple services are provided within the Dallas County Jail system.  There is a need for additional individuals to volunteer in all of these facilities.

Annual Meeting 2017

First Church of Christ, Scientist, New Braunfels, will be hosting the 2017 Annual Meeting for the State Committee on Saturday, October, 7th at 1 p.m.  Joining us from Florida, 12-year volunteer institutional chaplain and former military chaplain Janet Horton will be our keynote speaker.  In addition to reports from the State Board and Executive Secretary there will be time for attendees to share fruitage or ask questions. All volunteers will be sharing ideas and healings and will be available to answer questions.  The meeting will adjourn by 4 p.m.

Executive Secretary activities

In addition to answering requests for books, Bible lessons, or prayer, this office manages the subscriptions to the Christian Science Sentinel, The Christian Science Monitor and the myBibleLesson mailings; supports and provides information on how to work with chaplains, wardens and facilities. As Executive Secretary, I am in contact with committee workers around the state supporting their work and providing materials for their services and lectures.  Over 600 letters to offenders have been mailed out this year.  I would be happy to visit your branch and share more details on opportunities for you and your branch to participate in this holy work.

Gratitude for gifts

The State Committee is grateful for the generosity of the members of First Church Brownsville for $25,000, College Station Society for $2,400 and Third Church Dallas and the DFW Zone for the contributions in addition to the per capita that support the healing mission of this Committee.  We have also been blessed with individual contributions ranging from $20.00 – $3,000.00.   A special thanks to Charlene Carrington, 7th Church Houston Reading Room and 8th Church Houston Reading Room for sending donated periodicals to share. Each contribution is a precious gift providing powerful tools to those we serve!

Areas of Needed Support

  1. Additional volunteers are needed to help provide weekly services at the Torres Unit, in the San Antonio Zone, the Estelle Unit and Huntsville Unit in the Houston Zone where there is currently only one volunteer serving at each unit. New volunteers are needed for services at the Wynne Unit in the Houston Zone!  We would like to be able to continue and strengthen the programs in place since it often seems a struggle to be allowed to serve in the facilities.
  2. SPANISH translators, volunteers and “mentors thru mail”. There are 18 individuals receiving the Spanish Bible lessons and El Heraldo.
  3. Funding from The Mother Church specifically for subscriptions to The Christian Science Monitor has ended. Please consider making an individual donation to the State Committee, in whatever amount inspired, to help us to renew the individual subscriptions and allow for more requests to be fulfilled.  We have been granted a special institutional gift rate of $89 for The Christian Science Monitor and $99 for the Christian Science Sentinel.

Thank you for your continued metaphysical and financial support of this healing statewide activity.  Contributions to the committee are welcomed and can be mailed to the address below or through Pay Pal at: Each member is a vital part of the success of this healing ministry.


State Committee Board

Eleanor Bigbie – Chair, At Large Member

George Nutwell – Vice Chair, Houston Zone

Suzanne Davis – Austin Zone

Patty Woodard, CS – DFW Zone

Hal Shrewsbury, CS – San Antonio Zone

Shellie Evans – At Large Member


Elizabeth Arnett, Executive Secretary/Treasurer

Christian Science Committee on Institutional Work in Texas

P.O. Box 1381, Roanoke, TX 76262   817-996-2285

Updates on Christian Science Churches in Houston Area

Here is what we know so far..

2 Christian Science churches in the Houston area have been damaged by the floods: Bellaire and 9th Church.

I have spoken to the clerk at 9th Church.  Yesterday they were able to get into the church and begin salvaging items.  Today they expect a crew to come and remove the drywall to prevent further damage to the structure.

The Christian Science church in Bellaire will need need new flooring and may have gotten damage to their organ and piano but are still sorting things out. Right now they are quickly removing items for cleaning.

No need to come to Houston at this time due to fuel issues, traffic and blocked roads.  We can address offering help by organizing and coordinating with other area Chrisitan Science churches in a few weeks. There is a great desire to reach out and help.

How can you help now?

Prayer is, of course, number 1. There are some very inspiring articles to be found by clicking on:

If one would like to make a donation to financially support branch churches or societies in need as a result of this storm, donations can be made to The Mother Church’s fund to aid emergency relief for branch churches and societies. Donations should be made by check written to “The First Church of Christ, Scientist” with “Disaster Relief Fund” noted the memo line and mailed to

The First Church of Christ, Scientist
Treasurer – PO Box 239103
Boston, MA USA 02123-9103

For any other questions, please be in touch with The Mother Church’s Customer Contact Center at +1 617-450-2000

The Principle Foundation, an organization founded to help Christian Scientists in times of need, is accepting donations to help individuals in the effected areas. Brian Stock is the contact at 800-826-7756. To make a donation to the Principle Foundation or to request help click here:


Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist, Dallas also has a designated fund to accept donations specifically for hurricane relief at our donation page on this website, through the mail, or at our church services.

You can click: Donate

You may also donate by sending checks to:

Bellaire branch Church Reading Room
5105 Bellaire Rd
Bellaire Tx 77401

The Texas Committee on Publications, Keith Womack,  has asked that all donations be directed to the above locations.  In that way, donations can be directed with more focus to meeting those in need.

Here is a note from Keith:

“Human mentality, expressed in disease, sin, and death, in tempest and in flood, the divine Mind calms and limits with a word.” (My. 106:19-21). How wonderful it is to know that the word of God calms the storms and instructs “the proud wave, ‘Thus far, and no farther.’”


More Help Available

Principia Schools

“Recognizing the impact on Christian Science families with school- and college-age children residing in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, Principia is offering tuition-free enrollment (including no charge for room and board) for the 2017–2018 academic year.

Both Principia School and College are ready to welcome all qualified Christian Science students—preschool through college—from families who may be displaced or are in areas where schools and colleges may not be operational. Students from grade 7 through senior year of college can board on campus; school-age students can also be accepted as day students if their families relocate to the St. Louis area, either short- or long-term.

To obtain assistance and information on qualifying and applying, please use the following contact information:

  • Families with school-age children (preschool through grade 12) may contact Director of Admissions Adriane Fredrikson ( or call the School Admissions Office at 314.434.2100, ext. 3610.

College-age students and their families should contact Director of Admissions Tami Gavaletz at or 618.374.5187



The Mother Church is providing financial assistance to Christian Science churches in Texas and Louisiana to repair and rebuild. You may refer anyone you know who may need this help to:

Suzanne Reidel at 617-450-3425 or 720-236-8597

Extraordinary Love is being shown by all

Thank you for your prayerful support

News from The Christian Science Church in Victoria TX

Here is a letter We received:

Good Afternoon,

Last weekend, the Victoria Church got about one foot of water in the sanctuary.  Our amazing congregation has made a lot of progress cleaning up.  We’ve been in contact with The Mother Church and Keith Wommack.

Please continue supporting us and the entire Houston area metaphysically.  There have been some wonderful healings in the past week.

If anyone would like to make a donation to our church, they can be mailed to

First Church of Christ, Scientist

Attn. Clerk/Treasurer
302 W. Stayton St
Victoria, TX  77901-6456

From the Glossary of Science and Health, “Rock. Spiritual Foundation; Truth.”  “…and upon this rock I will build my church” (Matt 16:18).

Thank you so much.
Sally Palmer

Hymn Sing from the New Hymnal

The Music Committee at Fifth Church of Christ,
Scientist, Dallas, is planning a series of programs
based on the new Christian Science Hymnal –
Hymns 430-603.

The first program is scheduled for Sunday,
September 24th, after the conclusion of the Sunday

An explanation of the new hymnal will be presented.
Then, the congregation will sing several of the
hymns from the new Hymnal.

You are lovingly invited to attend and participate!