Experiencing heaven now
In college, I was suddenly hit with a feeling of being disconnected and alone. Maybe it was because I was the only female physics major. Maybe it was because my work schedule meant I was seeing less of my friends. Whatever the reason, I knew that a change in circumstances wouldn’t solve anything. It was at that point that spirituality became of primary importance in helping me find a lasting solution. For me, spirituality means our connectedness to God and whatever practice we have that helps us recognize that. So perhaps it’s not surprising that one day, after an insight about God and the ever-presence of God’s love dawned on me, the disconnect vanished. Since then, I’ve felt a conviction that divine Love is here for me, and for everyone.
In spite of the hyper-connectedness of social media and technology, we live in an era in which many are feeling this same disconnect. We all yearn to find meaningful relationships, or a more lasting connection with peace, contentment, even health. In my lecture, I’ll discuss how anyone can become genuinely aware of God’s presence and experience heaven–harmony, health, and happiness–here and now.
I’ll also share how the study of the Bible, and a book that explains the healing relevance of the Bible, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, can open up a new meaning of heaven to each of us. This heaven isn’t a place, but a tangible feeling of being enveloped in love and spirituality that comes from understanding more about God. We’ll explore the new perspectives that come from this understanding of God–healing perspectives that can resolve all kinds of difficulties, and transform our lives for good.
Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 7:30pm
Museum of Biblical Art
7500 Park Lane
Dallas, TX 75225
Sponsored by Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist
Questions? Call 214-361-1625
IS THERE A SPIRITUAL REVOLUTION
CHANGING HOW PEOPLE EXPERIENCE LIFE?
Have you ever asked yourself, Is there more to life than what I am experiencing? How do I find a deeper, lasting, and more satisfying peace or happiness that might fill the emptiness inside?
A free talk and discussion, “A Spiritual Revolution: The Quest to Experience God,” explores the search for individual meaning in relation to an expansive source of goodness: God.
Speaker Giulia Nesi has spent years studying the subject of life and identity for herself and others, first as a psychotherapist and subsequently through cultivating an understanding of spirituality as a practitioner of Christian Science healing.
“Despite professional accomplishments in psychotherapy and having achieved everything I had been told would make me happy, I still had this empty feeling inside, and felt dissatisfied and restless,” Nesi shared recently. “I wanted to feel and actually experience a power or influence that was larger than what I knew, and that I could lean on this power no matter what I was dealing with.”
In the talk, Nesi will share how she experienced a “spiritual revolution” in her own life by reading the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, written by Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Christian Science movement. The ideas in the book, along with a fresh view of the Bible, gave her an entirely new perspective on life that resulted in deeper meaning and even physical healings, not only for herself but also for others. In this role she has served on the faculty and conducted seminars at Harvard Medical School’s Conference Spirituality and Healing in Medicine. She is now a member of the international speakers’ bureau, the Christian Science Board of Lectureship.
November 21, 2019, 7:15 PM
Grand Hall, NRH Centre
6000 Hawke Ave.
North Richland Hills, TX 76180
This talk is sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist, North Richland Hlls. Questions? Call 817-281-2436.
Humility is powerful?
True humility empowers us to do good and overcome evil
Mark McCurties, practitioner of Christian Science healing and international speaker, will present his talk, “Humility that ‘overcomes the world’,” on Sunday, November 17 at 2pm at the Northwest Library, Meeting Room B, located at 5600 NW 122nd Street, Oklahoma City, OK, 73412. The talk focuses on universal healing precepts found in the Holy Bible, especially in Christ Jesus’ life and teachings, and shows how they are available for anyone to understand and experience through the lens of Christian Science. The talk is free, open to the community, and sponsored by Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist, Oklahoma City.
“A central theme of Christ Jesus’ ministry was to teach and show that the power of God’s love can help us overcome the various injustices in the world,” McCurties says. “Yet, for all the remarkable healing work that Jesus did, he always gave the credit to God. Based on Jesus’ example, we will define true humility, how it links us to God, and how it connects us with God’s healing laws. There is great need for healing in the world today, and living with more Christ-like humility can help us to meet that demand.”
McCurties will share healings to explain why Christian Science is both Christian and scientific, meaning that people can prove its effectiveness for themselves. The practice is fully described in the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, written by the founder of the Christian Science movement, Mary Baker Eddy.
McCurties will also touch on the life of Mary Baker Eddy, and how she came to understand, confirm, and teach what she felt was original Christian healing. Eddy herself said she was especially inspired by Jesus’ demand, “He that believes on me, the works that I do will he do also; and greater works than these will he do, because I go unto my Father” (from the Gospel of John 14:12 in the Bible).
Mark McCurties has been a Christian Science practitioner for many years, daily helping people through this scientific approach to prayer. He travels from his home base in Michigan, to speak to audiences as a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship.
The lecture is free, open to the public, and will last approximately one hour. Childcare will be provided.
Program for Aaron Tan’s organ concert,
November 7 at 7:30 p.m. at
Third Church of Christ, Scientist
4419 Oak Lawn, Dallas, TX 75219.
Nicolaus Bruhns Præludium in G
Johann Gottfried Vierling Trio no. 5 in D
Johann Seb. Bach Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr, BWV 664
Joseph-Ermend Bonnal Paysages Euskariens
- La Vallée du Béhorléguy, au matin
- Le Berger d’Ahusquy
- Cloches dans le ciel
Jeanne Demessieux Étude no. 5: “Notes répetées” (Six Études, op. 5) 4\
Georges Bizet, Farandole (L’Arlésienne Suite No. 2), trans. Joel Hastings
William Bolcom Jesus Loves Me (Gospel Preludes)
Louis Vierne Final (Symphony No. 6, op. 59)
The kind of news that makes a difference
Sources of good news can be hard to find these days. Reading the headlines might make us want to curl up with cute animal videos online to cope! So where can we turn for the news that doesn’t shy away from problems, but lifts our view to help us make permanent progress?
“What we’re looking for,” says practitioner of Christian Science healing, Patricia Woodard, “is a view that uplifts our thoughts, changing our perspective to one that makes a difference for the better, that heals. To me, this is what Christian Science is about: finding a spiritual perspective of God that reveals the goodness, wellness, and freedom flowing from God every day, helping those take tangible and reliable shape in our lives and the lives of others. That’s the ultimate good news!”
Woodard will give a talk, “BREAKING NEWS: FREEDOM IS OURS NOW”, Thursday, October 3rd at 7:30pm at the Museum of Biblical Art 7500 Park Lane, Dallas 75225. Her lecture will explore the practicality in today’s world of Christ Jesus’ life and works as recorded in the Bible and as discussed in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, written by the founder of the Christian Science movement, Mary Baker Eddy.
“I’ll share the way Christian Science has brought healing to my own life,” says Woodard, “rescuing me from a troubling situation with my teenage daughter and freeing me from the effects of an accident. and I’ll also give examples of how it has helped others from different walks of life.”
Woodard explains, “The common thread through these experiences is a clearer view of the reality of God’s good news that God derived freedom is inherently ours now, releasing us from fear and pain in our lives and causing us to soar!”
For many years, Patricia Woodard has been a Christian Science practitioner, praying with people for divine help and healing. She loves to travel and has lived in many parts of the US and twice in Brazil. Each new culture and environment has taught her more about God, universal Love, and how all people are made to reflect God’s goodness. More recently, Woodard has been active in taking the healing ministry to those in the prison system in Dallas, Texas, where she now resides.
This lecture is sponsored by Third Church of Christ, Scientist, Dallas thirdchurchdallas.org
Introduced in December 2018, hymnstream.com is a gathering place to find inspiration through song. Most of the hymns on hymnstream are from the Christian Science Hymnal, others are sacred songs from other sources that “gives voice to the universality of truth.”
Visit hymnstream.com to listen to hymns sung by individual artists, hear collections of traditional or contemporary hymns, and more.
From the website, “Mary Baker Eddy wrote this in her pathfinding text on healing, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: ‘The truth is the centre of all religion’ and ‘Whatever inspires with wisdom, Truth, or Love — be it song, sermon, or Science — blesses the human family with crumbs of comfort from Christ’s table, feeding the hungry and giving living waters to the thirsty.’ Our vision is to let these ‘living waters’ flow out to the world freely. “
Summer 2019 CHRISTIAN SCIENCE COMMITTEE ON INSTITUTIONAL WORK IN TEXAS
Amplifying the message of the Christ and Christian Science in OUR COMMUNITIES -in juvenile, state, federal, county, substance abuse, and nursing facilities.
What you should know about January –June 2019
❖We have a bulk subscription for 600 myBibleLessons currently being mailed into 74 different facilities
❖47 new names were added to the mailing list for the Bible lesson mailing; 44 were removed
❖We have 142Christian Science Sentinel subscriptions
❖We have 329 The Christian Science Monitor subscriptions and adding more weekly
❖This office distributed 81 Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures; 68 Bibles; 16 Prose Works; 18 biographies; 11 Hymnals
❖Spanish material distributed:9 Science and Health;5 Bibles; 177 El Heraldo; 166 Spanish FullText; 18 Spanish translated biographies or other writings by Mary Baker Eddy
❖66 donated periodicals were mailed to individuals
❖Three lectures -Fujiko Takai Signs, CSB, Kari Mashos, CSB, Brian G. Pennix, CSB
❖Three new applications for membership in The Mother Church
❖Austin Zone has four volunteers serving at Gardner Betts Juvenile facility
❖DFW Zone has 17 volunteers providing services at two federal, two state, and one county jail; provides one-on-one chaplain visits; has four “mentor through mail” volunteers
❖Houston Zone has eight volunteers providing services at four state facilities and one county jail; provides one-on-one chaplain visits to three additional state facilities
❖San Antonio Zone has seven volunteers providing classes in two county jails, one treatment center and occasionally at a juvenile detention center, and “mentors through mail”
❖Individuals in Abilene, Amarillo, College Station, El Paso, Lubbock, Midland, and Tyler are providing one-on-one chaplain visits, writing letters, visiting county jails, and starting new services at state facilities
1. We are so grateful for a $20 gift from an inmate, a$5,000 grant from the Solvang Christian Science Society, and the generous contribution from the members of the former Corpus Christi branch.
2.Third Church Dallas is holding a men’s night for parolee and home-less men at their Reading Room. The men meet once a month to help provide mentorship and acting as role models.
3.The Veterans group at the Michael Unit were able to listen to a copy of the podcast “Helping to Overcome Gun Violence”that addresses PTSD with Military Chaplains Matthew Schmidt and Terri Erickson interviewed by The Christian Science Journal’s Roger Gordon. There were between 50-75 attendees.
4.The Principle Foundation is offering support for Christian Scientists incarcerated and newly released citizens. Funds are available for basic needs like shoes or hygiene items. For the citizens newly released, funding for housing, bus transportation,and food allowances will be made on a case by case basis. Contact –Jeff Harbin
5.There is a new cell phone App “under construction” that will help connect volunteers with newly released citizens to assist them in housing, job searches, church connections, and even free legal advice. More information will be available at the State Committee Annual Meeting in Austin on Saturday, October 26th.
6.The Mother Church held a national meeting for Institutional workers in Boston during Annual Meeting weekend. Christina Huston, CS and Rita Robles, CS represented Texas at this year’s meeting.
GRATITUDE FROM INSIDE
Patrick at the Clements Unit in Amarillo wrote, “The Bible lessons improve my theology. Every Bible lesson is a classroom and I’m enjoying the lessons. I’m very glad that it’s God’s master plan for me to absorb the theology contained in the Bible lessons.I know that God’s thoughts are born in our silence. I’ve learned not to take matters into my own hands because I could be responding to a difficulty in an inappropriate way that’s going against what God is doing. So, I wait on God’s perfect timing for Him to give me provision, vision and guidance. Every mailing of myBibleLesson is a victory. They are indispensable and vital to my spiritual life.”
Information from bibleroads.com…
Bible Talks – Cedars Camps
Oct 17-21, 2019 – “Genesis: Where it all Began” Part I (Chapters 1 – 25)*
The Registration is now open. Contact Cedars directly. (This program fills up so do register early if interested.)
Our in-depth Biblical study for 2019 is the book of Genesis. Its Greek meaning, “origin, source,” conveys its unique place in the Biblical Canon. Here is the beginning story of God’s creation and the community called to bear witness to the Creator, Israel. Because Genesis is fifty chapters, the study will be divided into two parts: Part I, 2019, will cover chapters 1 – 25. Part II will address the remaining chapters of 26-50 in 2020. Handily, many commentaries divide Genesis into four parts, so this is a natural division.
In addition to examining content, authorship, the creation and flood stories, we’ll begin a deep look into Abraham and his heir, Isaac, one of the patriarchs of Israel Jesus referred to so often. Part I of our study will take us through the Isaac stories, and part II will pick up with the Jacob narrative to the end, concluding with Joseph. As always, the intent is to look not only at the historical, political and religious context of Genesis, but also to see how the themes of promise and faithfulness weave throughout the narratives into our lives today.
A workbook with study questions per chapter will be provided, as well as a PowerPoint to illustrate key points. Those interested in attending should contact CedarS soon as space fills up, and begin rereading Genesis, noting fresh insights. I look forward to this deep dive into the Scriptures with you. This is a tremendous opportunity to study a Biblical text in depth with fellow Christian Scientists, in a beautiful setting. We are thrilled to be at the Bible-loving Cedars camps for the third time this Fall and hope you can join us.
From a participant:
“When I first signed up for one of Madelon’s Adult Bible Seminars I expected to learn a little bit about the featured book, Daniel. What I didn’t anticipate was the depth and excitement of the learning, the camaraderie with the other participants, the total camp experience (what fun after all these years!) and did I mention the FOOD! Since that first session several years ago, we’ve taken a deep dive into Mark, Isaiah, Psalms, Paul’s letters and Revelation, and I can’t wait for Genesis! I wouldn’t miss it for anything!” Cindy Zwick, CS
* Part II (Gen. 26-50) will be in October 2020, also at Cedars!
This summer we (Third Church of Christ, Scientist, New York City) are sharing with the world a free talk entitled “Making Right Decisions: Immigration, Health, Finance” given by Leide Lessa, CSB at Third Church of Christ, Scientist, in New York City, August 13th, 2019. Leide is a Christian Science teacher and member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship.
Is there a way to know the right choice, when making decisions? Is there a way to have a breakthrough when no solutions are in sight? Come join us and gain an understanding of God’s goodness for all.
For the first time, this talk will be broadcast live in Spanish and the English speaking audience will have a simultaneous translation provided by headphones.
A musical performance by Max Francisco begins at 7:00pm (all times listed are Eastern), followed by Leide Lessa’s inspirational talk at 7:15pm.
We invite you to experience the healing energy of this lecture in person at our historic church edifice.
We hope to spend this cherished time with you in person at 583 Park Avenue, where childcare will be lovingly provided for those too young to join in.
If you aren’t able to attend in person, wherever you are in the world, you can join us for the live online webcast of this event at ThirdChurchNYC.com. You can also listen via conference phone for English at 1 (310) 372-7549 & access code 607611 and for Spanish at 1 (310) 372-7549 & access code 7474.
For more information, contact us at (212) 838-1870. We look forward to seeing you!
JOIN US ONLINE AT THIRDCHURCHNYC.COM
We invite your prayerful support for this talk.