Reading Room Returns to Regular Hours

Fifth Church’s Reading Room returns to its regular hours of operation on Sunday, September 16th.

Hours are:

M-F 10am-4pm; Saturday 10am-3pm; Sunday 1-3pm

4347 West Northwest Highway, Suite #150
Dallas, Tx  75220

Thank you to all our patrons for accommodating our reduced hours during the summer.

 

Web Lecture The healing power of stillness

You’re invited to a Christian Science webinar lecture hosted by Third Church of Christ, Scientist, San Antonio, TX.

Larissa Snorek-Yates will give her lecture titled, “The healing power of stillness” over the web on Saturday, September 15th at 1:30 pm Central time.

Although Larissa will not be here in person, Third Church will be hosting a group viewing in its auditorium. More information on the group viewing can be found at the bottom of this email.

All are welcome to attend or tune-in from anywhere with the following link:

  http://bit.ly/StillnessSept15

Feel free to register any time prior to the lecture.

Please share this link with anyone you think would benefit from it. The lecture will be available for replay for 90 days following the live event.

We look forward to gathering with you either in person or online on September 15!

Group gathering:

11914 Rustic Lane

San Antonio, TX 78230

Last chance to sign up for Discoverybound Scavenger Hunt in Austin

Last Chance to Sign Up! – Registration Closes Sept. 21

Calling all 7th – 12th graders for a scavenger hunt in Austin, TX! We’ll explore the city, have fun on the water and spend an evening at the Austin Asher House. Financial aid is available for registration and air travel. Registration closes soon, so sign up today. See you there!

Register Now here: https://www.discoverybound.org/event/db-outreach-road-rally-for-teens-austin-tx/?instance_id=883

International Christian Science Nursing Days at The Leaves

Everyone is invited to celebrate International Christian Science Nursing Days on Saturday, September 29th at The Leaves. Event begins at 1:30pm.

International Christian Science Nursing Days has been established to inspire awareness of the opportunities that YOU have to care for members of your family and church. Come learn practical skills that will truly help you love your neighbor. The provision for the Christian Science nurse in the Manual of The Mother Church is for every member. Everyone is welcome at this event!

1:30pm Guest Speaker: George Strong
George Strong’s experience in Christian Science nursing shows his great love for this Manual-based activity. A Christian Science nurse since 1975, he has served as a private-duty nurse, trainer, Assistant Director and now Administrator at Fern Lodge. George loves sharing his knowledge of Christian Science, whether in Sunday School, at a Christian Science Association or at local hospitals and colleges. George’s talk will be titled “Christian Science Nursing—Who Needs It?”

2:30pm Break for Snacks/Option to Tour the CS Nursing Wing

3:00pm Christian Science Nursing Arts Training Overview + Hands-on Practical Skills Everyone Can Learn Now
– How to help someone stand up from a chair, pew or car
– Ideas for helping someone put on a coat or sweater
– Helpful ideas for bathing someone
– Learn to easily remove a band-aid or bandage
– Ideas to safely help someone walk

4:00pm Closing Speaker: John Rinnert, CS

The Leaves, Inc.
1230 West Spring Valley Road
Richardson, Texas 75080-7709

(972) 231-4864
info@theleaves.org

Institutional Committee Meeting Notes on: How do I stay Inspired?

Institutional Committee Workers Meeting
at Annual Meeting 2018


Discussion Notes for top 3 questions submitted

Question 1:

How to remain inspired, even when there doesn’t seem to be any
progress, no one is interested in meeting with a chaplain, or prison authorities are
resistant to CS ministry. And we’d love to hear about maintaining relationships
with institutions through our own workers’ turnover!

-Remember chaplain who sat outside prison gate for 1.5 years
-seen administrative resistance healed; reach out to head chaplains at prison; help them
understand that CS is a Christian religion; go in with open hearts; bring periodical article
-sometimes delay gives time to resolve things and open path for Pastor to have impact
-Interfaith chaplain did not want CS in prison; volunteers went every week and sat
outside jail and read Bible Lesson to the jail; volunteers made efforts to maintain good
relations with prison chaplain; got support from inmates; eventually difficult prison
chaplain was replaced; work of CS chaplains acknowledged by prison admin and
inmates
-one branch church has members write to inmates; share metaphysical ideas with them
-“Corresponding Chaplains” in CA; has brought many into institutional work; could
include SS students as well; Telmate system for communicating with inmates


Question 2:

Are there options for more comprehensive training before
volunteering at institutions? So far I have heard of training by the facility one is
serving at, but not much from the church – either The Mother Church or branch
churches. We obviously base our ministry on Christian Science, but additional
information and training from a CS perspective would be helpful as well. Any
advice to “newbies”.
-take interested members into prison as observers first;
-have group and individual training of new volunteers
-assess potential volunteers: accompany new volunteers before they begin work
themselves
-one group wrote detailed handbook for new volunteers;
-mentor over Skype; hold workshops for new volunteers;
-go into prison with love; look for spiritual growth of inmates; listen for God’s guidance;
-remember that Christ has gone in before you; Mind will guide you in what to say; you
are not going in alone;
-don’t get pulled in by argument of fatigue; the good work gives fresh energy
-remember the Pastor speaks to all; with motive to bless, we will be lead to find in the
Pastor what will speak to the situation; Pastor a complete preparation for this work;
everything you will need you will find in our Pastor;

Question 3:

How can we help discharged prisoners find their feet and continue
with Christian Science? Is giving money to them an appropriate step? If money
is appropriate, how to do it in a way that makes it so that provision is not taken
advantage of?
-Be proactive! Let soon-to-be-released inmates know of existence of our churches and
services
-help inmates understand true, spiritual source of supply; same source of employment;
prison rules may forbid giving money to released inmates(?)
-lightinprison.org website has ideas someone said
-let churches in area know ahead if an inmate is about to be released in their community
-big need for released inmates is finding employment; perhaps write recommendation for
them; be wise and cautious in giving money; give for specific purpose; if you wish to give
a loan be discerning