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Summer 2014 Bible Camp: June 23-26 Austin

2014BibleCampTheme:  An Attitude of Gratitude

Come join us this year as we explore how an Attitude of Gratitude brings benefits to every aspect of your life.  We will be exploring Jesus’ healings and parables as well as the Psalms for examples of how giving thanks and being grateful bring healing into our lives.  Bible Camp is open for kids ages 3 years* through high school, with age appropriate activities and crafts for each class, including snacks.

Middle and High School students are invited to be a part of a special art project for the church and community, as well as an opportunity to delve into the Bible stories through scripting and acting. Older children may also be Shepherds, helping with the younger classes, and adults are needed to participate in various ways.

WHERE:  Bible Camp will be held at First Church of Christ, Scientist, Austin, 1309 Guadalupe.

WHEN:  June 23-26 (Monday-Thursday) 10am-1pm

For more information or to volunteer, email ckheroy@yahoo.com or Click here to download REGISTRATION FORM. Donations gratefully accepted.

*Children should be potty trained or have a parent attend with them.

Balaam – Bible Film Camp

Balaam and the Talking Donkey from Numbers 22, 24, 31

When the donkey saw the angel and felt the presence of Love, she stopped in her tracks, which prevented Balaam from going to Moab to curse the children of Israel. The donkey seemed to be more willing to listen to God than Balaam and was able to communicate with Balaam in a language he understood. By listening to the angel thoughts, and obeying them, the donkey saved not only the children of Israel, but Balaam as well. That’s an example of God’s protecting power — what cannot God do?

Two more points:

  • Balaam knew God and carried out his commands, but he was an evil man, driven by money rather than love of God.
  • The angel threatened Balaam because Balaam was obeying God in his actions, but in his heart he was rebelling, thinking only of the bribe.

This video was created as part of the 2013 Christian Science Austin Summer Bible Camp – which held a 4 day film and video camp for middle and high school kids in conjunction with a Bible camp for younger kids. The overall theme for this year’s camp was “God’s Protecting Care”.

2013 Bible Camp

2013 Bible Camp – God’s Protecting Care

This video was created as part of the 2013 Christian Science Austin Summer Bible Camp – which held a 4 day film and video camp for middle and high school kids in conjunction with a Bible camp for younger kids. The overall theme for this year’s camp was “God’s Protecting Care”.

Paul – Bible Camp Video

God’s care of Paul      from the book of ACTS

This video was created as part of the 2013 Christian Science Austin Summer Bible Camp – which held a 4 day film and video camp for middle and high school kids in conjunction with a Bible camp for younger kids. The overall theme for this year’s camp was “God’s Protecting Care”.

2013 Bible Camp

Elisha – Bible Camp Video

Elisha the prophet

Elisha was a prophet (Important Bible Dude).  His teacher was Elijah (another prophet).
Elijah, with God’s help, divided the waters of the river Jordan.  He taught Elisha how to talk with God, and let God’s light shine in him.  Elisha divided the waters of the Jordan river.  Elijah was taken up into heaven in a fiery chariot, leaving Elisha to continue to show God’s great works.
 Elisha was a leader.  He taught his people what to do, where to go, how to make the soil and water better.
He was bullied for being friends with Elijah.  Elisha knew this was wrong.  They should not tease about God’s great prophet Elijah.    And immediately two fierce she-bears rushed out of the wood, and killed forty-two of them.
God enabled Elisha to do many miracles. He brought a dead child to life again. He healed the Syrian general, Naaman, of an incurable disease; fed a hundred of the prophets with a small quantity of bread; and did many other wonderful works.
Elisha shows us friendship!   And the concept of Prophesy — what does it mean to know what God knows?
This video was created as part of the 2013 Christian Science Austin Summer Bible Camp – which held a 4 day film and video camp for middle and high school kids in conjunction with a Bible camp for younger kids. The overall theme for this year’s camp was “God’s Protecting Care”.
2013 Bible Camp

Listen to God!

By Omid H (age 10) from Austin, TX

Yesterday I was riding my bike. An intuition told me to pressure my breaks immediately. I didn’t do anything. But then i heard it again, to put on my brakes. And this time I listened. Just as I put my brakes on, a squirrel ran right in front of my bike. You should listen to intuition because if you don’t, bad things might happen. You might blame God for the bad stuff, but actually God is always telling us what to do that keeps us safe. Even if something bad does happen, you can pray to God and your prayer can act like an unwinding of the problem.

ReadingRoomBuzz: Harry Potter, Lord Voldemort, and Jesus

ReadingRoomBuzz: Harry Potter, Lord Voldemort, and Jesus

By Elaine Ratliff

 The last of the Harry Potter movie series opened this weekend, and now that Harry and Lord Voldemort have finally met in the long anticipated battle of life and death, good and evil, light and darkness, we have to wonder if there is anything from Harry’s wizard world of make-believe that applies to our very ordinary muggle lives to resolve the issues of good and evil that we face every day. While Harry resolved issues of getting lost, making mistakes, being afraid, facing the unknown, and even death itself through magic, that’s all fiction. What can WE face all those issues with—and triumph?

This week’s Buzz links you to a wonderful answer from Warren Huff, the director of Cedars Camps in Lebanon, Missouri. Cedars is a summer camp for Christian Science kids, as well as a conference center for adult activities throughout the year. Metaphysical articles about the Christian Science Bible Lesson are posted on the Cedars website weekly. “Life—and the Deathly Hallows” is the title of Warren’s bonus article following last week’s Bible Lesson on Life.

“As entertaining as Harry Potter’s fictional feats of wizardry are, they don’t compare to all the real life wonders performed by Jesus in ‘the greatest story ever told,’” he writes. While Jesus’ works are even more amazing than Harry’s, Christian Science shows them to be repeatable by all of us. See how by clicking the link to read Warren’s one-page summary of “the greatest story ever told.”

Marine Recruits in Sunday School

Yesterday, seven US Marine Recruits from San Diego joined our Sunday School in Austin TX – thanks to laptops, web cameras, wifi and Skype.  Steve W, a retired Navy pilot and English High School teacher, fielded questions from the recruits about God, spirituality, healing and sexuality.  The feedback from both sides afterwards was that the hour long class was a huge success.  The recruits took away several key spiritual ideas that will help them during their demanding physical and emotional training.

So how did this come to be, you might ask? Carolyn S. is a local Christian Science Practitioner who for the past 5 years has joined other faith-based volunteers and chaplains in providing religious services and spiritual support to the MCRD-SD recruits for 3 hours each Sunday morning. Carolyn contacted us several weeks ago because our church worship services are being teleconferenced with easy Skype access AND we are in a time zone that matches the early morning Sunday free time when the recruits are encouraged to reach out and learn about different faiths.

We talked about different ways that we could support the recruits and their interest in spirituality and healing. The first venture occurred two weeks ago when we arranged for Carolyn and the recruits to Skype into our Sunday worship service at 11am CST (9am PST).  We were fortunate to have Chris C., a recently retired US Army Chaplain, join us in person at the Austin church. Chris video-chatted via Skype with the recruits, making introductions before the church service and answering questions afterwards.  This initial dialogue led to yesterday’s Sunday School class in which the recruits, most of whom are 17-19 year olds, participated in a Q&A discussion format.

Carolyn later emailed feedback,  “…The fact that they are responsible for their decisions in the most challenging situations is amazing. But then they are made in the image and likeness of God and have all that God knows at hand (omni-Science) – so all is well! The point of needing to lift the weakest member for the good of all was especially relative. [After Sunday School] we continued to consider how to apply the Science Jesus demonstrated – one Recruit shared how that has worked in his platoon. He has been “healing” that challenge over the past few weeks.”

It seems fitting that this experience is being written today, Memorial Day, a national day of remembrance for those who have sacrificed so much for the ideals of freedom and sovereignty. Here is a link to an article published on www.Spirituality.com on topic for today, “Remembering our Heroes”.