Principia Club Christmas Sing – Sunday, Dec. 21 – 12:30 pm

The Principia Club of Austin invites you, your family, and friends to our annual Christmas Sing as we jingle and mingle in celebration of the season.

Sunday, December 21, 2014
12:30 pm

First Church of Christ, Scientist, Reading Room
102 Trinity Street
Austin, TX 78701

Snacks and drinks will be provided.
Please bring cookies to share, if you would like. 

All are welcome!

Due to limited parking, please park at First Church,
1309 Guadalupe,
and carpool to the Reading Room.

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Christmas Wrapping Party – Sunday, Dec. 14 – Thanks to all who participated!

This Christmas season, the Sunday School at First Church, Austin, will again have the opportunity to exemplify “the self-forgetful heart that overflows; the veiled form stealing on an errand of mercy, out of a side door.” (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 250). We will be sponsoring families from SafePlace this season, to ensure needs are met and Christly love is felt. SafePlace is an organization providing safety for families affected by domestic violence and abuse.

Our Sunday School classes will be studying the idea of spiritual giving this season to coincide with the project.

Starting Thanksgiving Day, angels will be strung from a garland in the hallway at First Church. Each angel will contain information to help you shop for individuals living in SafePlace transitional housing or whom they serve through its counseling program.

Come to our Thanksgiving Service, or any church service thereafter but before December 14, to select your angel:

  1. Select an angel(s) and untie it from the garland.
  2. Look for the angel number(s) on the posted checklist, and print your name next to that number.
  3. Shop for that person (suggested spend is $25-$50 per angel).
  4. Bring your unwrapped gift, with the angel taped to it, to the Sunday School for storage.
  5. Come to our gift wrapping party on Dec. 14 after church services to help wrap presents.

Join us in sharing the joy of giving!


Tuesday Nights at the Reading Room – Dec. 9 – 7:30 pm

Screen Shot 2014-02-01 at 8.42.37 PMCOME JOIN US!
All meetings are open to the public.

Tuesday, Dec. 9,
7:30 PM
Doors open at 7 PM
The Miscellaneous Writings Book Club
pages 237 – 256.


  • At the Christian Science Reading Room  – 102 Trinity,  Austin 78701  (across from the convention center) 512-472-8109.
  • Anyone can join in at any point – just be ready to discuss pages 237-256 in Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy.

Prayerwatch: Ferguson

The verdict’s in. Please join us as we continue to pray for peace to prevail in Ferguson, and the world over.

What our community says…

  1. Emma says:

    In the events that have happened around and after the verdict, which have shown so clearly the need to work harder to eradicate racism, I’ve been interested to read Mary Baker Eddy’s powerful and extremely relevant statement that eradicating human slavery is only the tip of the iceburg. Instead, we have an ongoing civil responsibility on insisting on and witnessing Mind’s thorough eradication of mental slavery, and on upholding the divine rights of man here and now – as in heaven so on earth:
    Science & Health 225: “Legally to abolish unpaid servitude in the United States was hard; but the abolition of mental slavery is a more difficult task. The despotic tendencies, inherent in mortal mind and always germinating in new forms of tyranny, must be rooted out through the action of the divine Mind.
    Men and women of all climes and races are still inbondage to material sense, ignorant how to obtain their freedom. The rights of man were vindicated in a single section and on the lowest plane of human life, when African slavery was abolished in our land. That was only prophetic of further steps towards the banishment of a world-wide slavery, found on higher planes of existence and under more subtle and depraving forms.
    The voice of God in behalf of the African slave was still echoing in our land, when the voice of the herald of Liberty’s crusade this new crusade sounded the keynote of universal freedom, asking a fuller acknowledgment of the rights of man as a Son of God, demanding that the fetters of sin, sickness, and death be strickenfrom the human mind and that its freedom be won, not12through human warfare, not with bayonet and blood, butthrough Christ’s divine Science.”

  2. Joy H in Canada says:

    A perfect pairing of prayer- thoughts to stand with now,

    and –in any conflicts . Thanks Grant.

    I Kings 19: 11-12 The still, small voice of God IS and CAN BE  heard in (everyone’s) consciousness

    And page 563 in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures!  Not to get caught up in Human sense which “stands aghast” at discord, and hate… the “great red dragon”… standing for the sum total of human error…


  3. Rachel says:

    As I pray for peace, I’m making sure that there is no doubt or pessimism to cripple my prayers. Mrs. Eddy pointed out the powerlessness of prayer when contaminated by any secret doubts or “opposing elements” when she wrote about the unsuccessful prayers to save President McKinley from an assassination attempt: “Had prayer so fervently offered possessed no opposing element, and President McKinley’s recovery been regarded as wholly contingent on the power of God, — on the power of divine Love to overrule the purposes of hate and the law of Spirit to control matter, — the result would have been scientific, and the patient would have recovered.” First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany 293:21

    Let’s be absolutely sure that no photographic evidence, no passionate commentary, no pessimism based on historical trends of racism or hatred be allowed to interfere with our quiet, confident acknowledgment of divine Love’s impartial and universal power. Peace is ‘wholly contingent on the power of divine Love to overrule the purposes of hate’ and fear. It is not contingent upon many warring minds and their actions in the streets. Love is doing this peacemaking work, no matter what the media reports. Let’s be totally convinced of that.

  4. Ginny says:

    I watched as the not guilty verdict was revealed last night.  I was impressed by the sincerity of the one making the announcement. Clearly, the justice system had investigated all witnesses thoroughly and fairly. The 12-person jury had given up their own lives to attend to this civic duty.  No bit of evidence is to be withheld from anyone who wishes to go through it. I thought it was a wonderful demonstration of impartiality, due process, and democracy.

    My heart goes out to the Brown family and to all the jurers and everyone involved. Each one deserves to be heard. Each one has a responsibility to listen for divine direction for next steps, and to let love rule in their hearts. Our God is good — a God of justice and love. No one is outside of God’s blessing; He treats all His children to be Christlike, wise, worthy of help. As a verse from Psalms points out, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” His help does not depend on age or race.  The spirit of forgiveness has to motivate our next steps. As protestors, family of Mr. Brown, as citizens of Ferguson and of the world, we now have this opportunity to wait on God, and let him lead us in peaceful ways to bring change to outdated attitudes. We are all kin, you could say, as expressions of divine Love and divine Principle. We are equal in His sight.

  5. Emma says:

    With the events unfolding in Ferguson following the jury decision, I think it’s important to acknowledge our reactions to what is happening. It is a good thing to earnestly desire to see justice and peace: MBE says many times that desire is prayer. I’m working on making this desire more than a human reaction, and pushing it up higher so that it is a prayer that results in change.

    Science and Health encourage us to engage at times of persecution: “Christian experience teaches faith in the right and disbelief in the wrong. It bids us work the more earnestly in times of persecution, because then our labor is more needed.”

    I am insisting silently that Principle has a grip on this situation and that law of equal love must prevail.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you for helping me ground my thought spiritually.

    • Joy H in Canada says:

      Amen. Thanks Emma.

    • Robbie says:

      Emma, your quote from S&H

      “Christian experience teaches faith in the right and disbelief in the wrong. It bids us work the more earnestly in times of persecution, because then our labor is more needed.”

      helps me to focus more concretely on the Allness of justice that underlies the conditions in Ferguson and everywhere, and my prayer to see  that justice as a divine actuality, regardless of any of the innumerable human opinions related to the grand jury decision.

  6. Grant says:

    A couple ideas I’m standing with tonight:

    “a furious wind … split the hills and shattered the rocks—but the Lord was not in the wind. The wind stopped blowing, and then there was an earthquake—but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was a fire—but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the soft whisper of a voice.”

    -I Kings 19:11-12 (GNT)

    “Human sense may well marvel at discord, while, to a diviner sense, harmony is the real and discord the unreal. … We may well be perplexed at human fear; and still more astounded at hatred, which lifts its hydra head, showing its horns in the many inventions of evil. But why should we stand aghast at nothingness? The great red dragon symbolizes a lie, — the belief that substance, life, and intelligence can be material.”

    -Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.563

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