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Sunday declared National Day of Prayer

President Trump and Texas Governor Abbott Have proclaimed Sunday as a National Day of Prayer See their statements below:

From President Trump:

President Trump has declared Sunday a “National Day of Prayer” in honor of Texans and others affected by Hurricane Harvey

Surrounded by leaders from the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, Trump signed a proclamation from the Oval Office on Friday inviting “all Americans to join us as we continue to pray for those who have lost family members or friends, and for those who are suffering in this time of crisis.”

 

From Governor Abbott

James A,

Throughout our history, Texans have been strengthened and lifted through prayer, and it is fitting that Texans join together in this time of crisis.

I proclaimed this Sunday, September 3rd a Day of Prayer in Texas to provide an opportunity for Texans of all faiths and religious backgrounds to come together and offer prayers for the safety of first responders, public safety officers, and military personnel, and for the healing of individuals, rebuilding of communities, and the restoration of the entire region struck by this disaster.

Throughout this disaster, we have seen the power of Texans helping Texans. We have remained strong throughout this ordeal, and this Day of Prayer will make us even stronger.

Prayer is a source of strength and guidance for many Texans of faith. In times like these we learn that our lives are not determined by the ways we’re challenged when tragedies occur, but by how we respond those challenges.

I’m proud to see how Texans have responded to this challenge—with neighbor helping neighbor by wading into flood waters or sorting through damage to help fellow Texans. As we begin this process of healing and rebuilding, I know this support will continue.

I would encourage you to let your faith community know about the proclamation. The First Lady and I invite you to join us this Sunday, along with your fellow Texans and those across this country and around the world, to seek God’s wisdom for ourselves and our leaders and ask for His merciful intervention and healing in this time of crisis.

May God keep you safe.

Sincerely,

Greg Abbott

Totality Awesome Eclipse Viewing at Principia

Principia perfectly planned the eclipse watching  Party

Suns and planets teach grand lessons –  Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy

Here are some highlights ………

Professor and SETI Scientist, Laurence Doyle, leads the day for over 2,500 viewers.  Thank You!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was totality picnics …..

family picnic

 

Totality fun Games to play ….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totality Educational Exhibits by Principia Students….

Principia student run booth
Prin student run exhibits – robotics
Prin student run exhibits – Science
Student run Exhibits – Robotics
Award winning Principia Solar car program
Award winning Principia Solar car program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photographers capture the totality moment……

Just totality Fun……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totality Wow!….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

stars came out

 

 

 

 

 

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Thank you to the totality awesome staff and the wonderful work Principia did in organizing this grand event!

Principia Eclipse Event

 

 

 

 

 

DiscoveryBound National Leadership Council Sign up begins NoW

Are You Entering 8th Grade? Know Someone Who Is?

Applications are now available for DiscoveryBound’s National Leadership Council (NLC)!

As you look ahead to high school and think about who you want to be as a friend, student and spiritual seeker, DB NLC encourages you to apply for this four-year program dedicated to developing leadership skills, spiritual growth and service to others. NLC is filled with exciting summer adventures, an annual retreat with all NLC classes, a supportive relationship with your own local CS adult mentor and monthly conference calls with your class family of up to 20 other teens from around the country and two dedicated class leaders.

This is the opportunity to learn and live true leadership in high school, create lasting friendships, take memorable trips and work toward earning the Congressional Award from your U.S. Representative.

Applications are due in two months (October 10). Apply now!

NLC changes who you are! It allows you to reach out of your comfort zone, helps build your confidence and leadership skills, and allows you to grow spiritually and connect with teens your age… People should consider NLC because it gives them a second family, a second home, and in that home they are able to learn and grow in such a loving and positive environment.
– DB NLC Participant

Make a Difference with NLC!

Since 2004, NLC students have accomplished the following:

  • 50,213 community service hours have been volunteered
  • 193 Congressional Awards have been earned
  • 146 teen articles have been published in the Christian Science periodicals

Questions?

Contact the NLC office by email or call 888.416.7348 x135.

dbinfo@discoverybound.org

Join DB Outreach in San Diego!

This Labor Day weekend, join your friends and other Christian Science teens and adults in San Diego, CA. Registration closes Monday, August 14, so sign up soon! – Details

DiscoveryBound Compass is another opportunity to meet and connect with Christian Science peers. Learn more about this one-year program for those in 10th-12th grade on the DB website.

888.416.7348   |     Email

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.

Visit the Mary Baker Eddy Library from anywhere

Mary Baker Eddy:  The woman who never gave up!

Did you know that you can visit the Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity on line and learn about her incredible life?

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

Your input is welcome

We have a great opportunity to reinvent our reading room.  A new Central Market will be taking over our old space.  Our new location will be around the corner in the space that was previously Subway. The goal is to be into the new space by Oct 15th – Oct 30th!

Would you like to share your ideas for this new space?  You are invited to attend a meeting Monday, July 10th at 7 PM in the current reading room location to share your ideas.

Check this website for updates as the project makes progress.

Solar Eclipse: Viewing Party! !

The last time a total solar eclipse went solely across the US coast to coast was 1918.  So don’t miss it!

When:  Aug. 21, 2017 11:41 AM

Where: Principia School  Campus in St Louis, MO
(Principia School K-12 is a school uniquely For Christian Scientists.)

What:The day will include a talk by astrophysicist Dr. Doyle, lunch, info booths created and hosted by Upper School students, and your own pair of Principia eclipse glasses.

For more information and to RSVP visit: http://www.principia.edu/eclipse

Dr Laurence Doyle, astrophysicist, has said “I’ve never heard anyone who saw an eclipse say ‘ Gosh, I’m sorry I saw that”.

Here is a quick list of what you will see:

  • Shadow Bands
  • Bailey Beads
  • The Diamond Ring Effect
  • Prominences and Flares
  • Totality
  • and Most importantly: The eclipse!
Can’t make it to St Louis?

You can view a talk by Dr. Doyle about the history of solar eclipses at http://www.principia.edu/eclipse

Dr. Doyle with Principia College Students

 

Are you impressed with the incredible offerings at Principia, a school uniquely for Christian Scientists, and would like to give to this amazing place?

http://www.principiagiving.org/donate

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.

A Painless Birth

A Painless Birth

I was expecting my second baby.  I was determined that this birth would be a better experience than the birth of my first child which had been difficult and long.  I have to say that I was unprepared for the first birth.  I had not done the mental preparation that is required.  I thought that just because I was a Christian Scientist that the birth would be easy.

So as I said, I was expecting my second child. I decided to take a much more focused approach.  I contacted a Christian Science practitioner that I has worked with many times.  As we talked, I told him my fears and concerns about the previous birth.  He suggested that a deep sense of calm handles pain.  So I decided to spend the next several months understanding calm.  I began by making a list of qualities of calm. What did the concept of “calm” really mean? Did I have to wait for some sort of emergency to be calm? If not, how could I bring a greater sense of Calm into my life even before the birth? 

In the beginning of my study on Calm, I thought there was a lot about calm that I did not admire.  I thought being calm was doing nothing.  I was a go-getter.    I admired energy and vivaciousness. I thought calm people were boring.  I began to get a whole new view of calm that included peace, harmony, and tranquility as I began my research into what “calm” really included.  I began to appreciate a quiet sense of calm in others. A calm Reserve was a good quality that allowed one to think before speaking and to be considerate of others by putting others needs before their own.  I began to start appreciating the qualities of peaceful calm.  I tried to put calmness into practice in my life. For example, I would sit on my bed after a long day at work and practice stilling my thought and enjoying the quiet.  I had never been able to do this before.

During the first pregnancy, I chose not to take special classes to prepare for the birth that the midwife offered.  I was afraid that the classes would just be a lot of talk about the medical aspects of birth. This time, I decided to take all the classes and to translate the material circumstances into spiritual ideas.  Instead of being worried about what to eat and what not to eat, I studied Hymn 20 in the Christian Science Hymnal that has this line; “Fed by thy love divine we live for Love alone is Life.”  During the class on breathing, I thought of Hymn 49 “Breath through the pulse of desire (prayer) Thy coolness and thy balm. Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire, speak through the earthquake wind and fire (pain), O still small voice of calm.” When we had a class that discussed special exercises, I prayed to see that I already expressed flexibility, openness and inspiration – Qualities of God that are mine because I reflect him.

There were a few other fears that I had to face too.  First, the fear of emergency.  I lived 45 minutes away from the midwife.  What if I went into labor during rush hour and I couldn’t get to the midwife on time? Would we have to deliver the baby ourselves?  What if something terrible went wrong and I couldn’t get to her clinic?  I conquered these fears with the fact of my oneness with God.  God is ever-present, all knowing, all seeing, all acting, and all wise.  How could I be in better hands than those of God? I was his expression I could never be too far from God.  I calmed down and stopped worrying about an emergency.

I was afraid of Pain. During the first birth, I was in labor for 2 days.  I ended up in the hospital.  I had felt chaotic and out of control.  I had been absorbed into the mental picture of pain.   To overcome these fears, I reminded myself of those qualities of peace I had begun to cherish.  A favorite Bible verse helped me through this fear.  It goes “Fear not little flock it is God’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”  His kingdom is harmony, peace, fearless, and painless calm.  Pain is Hypnotism of mortal mind.  There is no mortal mind since God is the only Mind.  That Mind, God, knows only Good. Recognizing this freed me from the hypnotic sense that pain was inevitable.

As I handled some of the more superficial fears, others began to emerge.  I realized I had to admit that I had to handle the fear of failure.  I felt I had failed in my practice of Christian Science during the first birth because I went to the hospital instead of being able to rely on prayer alone. I threw in the towel and took the drugs and the epidural instead of praying.  Would I fail again?  This line from a favorite article in Prose Works written by Mary Baker Eddy tenderly lifted me out of that fear: “Divine Love is an ever-present help and if you wait, never doubting, you will have all you need every moment….  More we cannot ask: more we do not want: more we cannot have.  This sweet assurance is the ‘Peace, be still’ to all human fears, to suffering of every sort.”  What is that sweet assurance of peace that handles suffering i.e. pain?  Omnipresent Love.

The last fear I had to handle was not my own fear but the fear of the midwife.  My husband recognized this.  He told me that even though the midwife was wonderful and supportive she still believed this was a human process – natural but also painful.  I thought “No, she is completely supportive of my beliefs and prayers.”  My husband reminded me that yes, that was true, but I still had to handle the mortal concept that though this was a natural process it was a material and painful experience that she held in thought.  I saw that he was right.  I handled the last fear with this Truth by Eddy “The foundation of mortal discord is a false sense of man’s origin.  To begin rightly is to end rightly. Every concept which seems to begin with the brain begins falsely, Divine Mind is the only cause or Principle of existence.  Cause does not exist in matter, in mortal mind or in physical forms.”  I followed that idea with this one “A logical and scientific conclusion s reached only through the knowledge that there are not two bases of being, matter and mind but one alone, — MIND.”

During every checkup leading up to the birth the baby was in a “Posterior” position.  This meant he was facing the wrong way.  This type of positioning was known by the midwife to be especially painful to the mother causing a lot of back pain. I had prayed continually about this issue.  I finally thought, I have done the prayer I am not going to worry about that problem anymore.  I am simply going to let God handle it.  I was inspired by “Mind is the source of all movement, and there is no inertia to retard or check its perpetual and harmonious action.” I looked up these words inertia – tendency to remain in a fixed position, unchanged, disinclination to move or act. Retard – delay, slow the advance or progress.  Check – to hold back.   I decided I would just yield, surrender all to the Divine Mind, the source of all movement.  He would handle the rest.

The day came for the baby to be born.  At 10 am my water broke.  I had arranged for the midwife to come to my home for a home birth.  I would not worry at all about getting to her or her getting to me.  I had control of the complete environment in my home.  I asked everyone to be quiet – a quality of calm. I had my husband read to me a list that included the previous quotes to keep my thought focused on these truths. The first contraction my stomach looked like an alien invasion was taking place, the baby had completely flipped and was now in the correct position for birth.  In just 4 short hours my son was born.  After that first contraction flip, I felt absolutely no pain.

When he arrived I thought; “that was so much fun. I want to do it again!”  God is so good.  I wanted to stand on a chair and shout it to the world.  But instead, I will share it with the world by sharing my experience with you.

 

Karen Christian McMullen

 

 

A talk on WWII by Victor Hancock

Victor Hancock,a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Richardson and WWII veteran,
will give a talk on World War II at:

The Leaves
1230 W Spring Valley Road
Richardson Tx 75080

Tuesday, June 20th 11:30-12:30

click here for more information

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