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Presidential Proclamation — Thanksgiving Day, 2011


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One of our Nation’s oldest and most cherished traditions, Thanksgiving Day brings us closer to our loved ones and invites us to reflect on the blessings that enrich our lives.  The observance recalls the celebration of an autumn harvest centuries ago, when the Wampanoag tribe joined the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony to share in the fruits of a bountiful season.  The feast honored the Wampanoag for generously extending their knowledge of local game and agriculture to the Pilgrims, and today we renew our gratitude to all American Indians and Alaska Natives.  We take this time to remember the ways that the First Americans have enriched our Nation’s heritage, from their generosity centuries ago to the everyday contributions they make to all facets of American life.  As we come together with friends, family, and neighbors to celebrate, let us set aside our daily concerns and give thanks for the providence bestowed upon us.  Read More. 

Thanksgiving Day Celebration – Nov 24

We hold a special Thanksgiving Day Service on Thanksgiving day each year. There is a special Bible lesson provided for this service, and all in the community are invited to attend.

At this service there is a special time for the congregation to share their gratitude. The service also includes the reading of the Thanksgiving Proclamation of the President of the United States. In other respects the service is similar to our Sunday service, but there is no collection taken.  Children are welcome to join their family in this joyous and special occasion. Child Care is provided for those too young to attend the service.


First Church (Downtown) 1309 Guadalupe at 14th – 11am
Third Church (Lakeway)  – 3575 Ranch Road 620 S, Austin 78738 – 9:30am

Church Alive Workshop – June 4th 1-8pm

CHURCH ALIVE WORKSHOP  Saturday afternoon, June 4 – First Church, Austin is hosting the workshop in parallel with those being conducted at The Mother Church prior to Annual Meeting. It is open to First and Third Church congregations in Austin as well as other Christian Science churches in Central Texas. Please see the survey to give your input on Discussion Topics…your feedback is still welcome. Watch for further information, and please plan to come for part or all of the workshop.

Preliminary Agenda:
1 pm – Arrival and Sign-In
1:30 – Audiocast of The Mother Church Opening Session: Church Alive NowMoved by the Spirit of Church: A discussion with the Christian Science Board of DirectorsActive Witness, Larger Love,
2:30 – Break
2:45 – Discussion I: Concurrent Sessions from which to choose + Debrief with entire group
3:30 – Discussion II: Concurrent Sessions from which to choose + Debrief with entire group
4:15 – Break
4:30 – Talking with Others About Christian Science
5:30 – Dinner
6:30 – Live Audiocast of The Mother Church “ExpandingOur Music – a workshop on church solos”
8:00 – Thank you for coming!

Texas Drought and Wildfires: How Prayer Can Help (Live audio chat: May 3-1pm)

Jan Keeler, C.S.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
1:00pm CDT – 2:00pm CDT

As firefighters from 34 states work together to battle wildfires spread over a million acres in Texas, they have also had to deal with the severe drought and dry winds that turn vegetation into fuel. In our prayers for their success and safety, the Bible’s message of God’s care for all of His people is a powerful promise. As the prophet Isaiah put it, “When thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” (43:2).

Join this chat and bring your questions to a Christian Science healer who lives in the area affected by the fires. Together, our prayers can help to prove the truth of this promise of God’s help for the firemen and the people living in that area.

About Jan Keeler: Jan is a native Texan. She did venture up to Boston to get a graduate degree in speech communication from Emerson College, work at The Mother Church, and teach classes at Emerson College and Suffolk University. Shortly after graduation, she went into the full time practice of Christian Science healing and has continued to enjoy this work. She has made frequent contributions to the Christian Science periodicals. She and her family now live in Austin, Texas where she enjoys the vistas and sunsets of the Texas Hill Country.


God is Speaking to You – Austin Event, Feb 6 at 2:00pm

When Elise Moore was 10 years old, a man attempted to kidnap her from a movie theater.  By listening to God, she escaped unharmed.  As an adult, Moore began collecting experiences of ordinary people who have been protected and physically healed through prayer and listening to God.   She will tell 9 of these real stories in her talk

“God is Speaking to You” Sunday, February 6 at 2:00 p.m. at 1309 Guadalupe Street, Austin TX 78701

“This talk is full of experiences about everyday people hearing God’s voice,” says Moore.  “There’s a dramatic story of a teenage boy being saved from an explosion.  Half the stories are about kids listening to God.  Then there are physical healings like a woman currently in prison being healed of a stroke. “

Residing in Nashville, Tennessee [Tucson, Arizona] Moore has been in the Christian healing ministry for over 20 years.  Fluent in Spanish, she has an international ministry and lectures in both languages throughout the US, Canada, Puerto Rico and Spain.  During the year, Moore will speak in convention centers, universities, civic, church and youth groups in more than 50 cities.

Moore has appeared on television, radio and live internet programs.  She is a regular guest on live webcasts on  A prolific writer, Elise has published more than 200 articles on prayer and healing, and has written a regular newspaper column.  She also teaches classes in Christian healing.

Moore has put her faith into action by being chaplain for a homeless shelter, organizing an after-school program for black youth and shepherding adult literacy programs.  Additionally, she has organized interfaith programs and activities, and led participatory workshops.

“Anyone can learn to hear God’s voice,” Moore says.  “I open by talking about a homeless man.  No one is beyond God’s help.”

“We’ll talk about discerning the difference between tuning into God and just your own wishful thinking,” added Moore.  “I’ll give specific tips on how to pray for yourself and others.  We’ll even talk about what gets in the way of healing.”

Moore is appearing in Austin only once at 1309 Guadalupe Street, Austin TX on Feb 6 at 2:00pm. Be sure and bring your children and teens.  The stories are for all ages.

To read articles by Elise Moore or hear recent radio programs, visit

Click here to listen to a recent podcast interview with Elise Moore by 5th grade students Kayla and Kenna:

Christian Science Thanksgiving Day Services in Austin

Join us on Thanksgiving morning as we give thanks and testimonials of blessings.  The downtown Austin (First Church) is holding their service at 11am.  The Lakeway church (Third church) will hold its service at 9:30am.  Each service includes reading of the 2010 Thanksgiving Day proclamation from President Obama, followed by short readings from our pastors, The Bible and also Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures; and then an invitation to the congregation to share testimonies and blessings.  See the Calendar tab for more specific information.


One of the ideas that came out of the Church Unconfined: Exploring Our Concept of Church meetings was holding interactive meetings to aid in spiritual awakening and growth. The Mother Church is also asking us to focus this year on the concept of Church Alive with essentially the same purpose. So let’s get going! The first meeting is open to all and will be held in our Sunday School on
Sunday, Nov 14 at 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. One of the main focuses will be reading and discussing the previous week’s bible lesson, mixed with contemporary music, media from the “my Bible Lesson”, and other material provided by the Publishing Society and The Mother Church. Please invite young adults in Sunday School and those that may not have made the transition from Sunday School to the Church Service, friends new to Christian Science, and everyone seeking spiritual insight and inspiration through fellowship and participation. Following the meeting there will be an opportunity for feedback and to volunteer to help organize the next meeting. A restaurant will also be selected for those who would like to have dinner together.

Texas Book Festival – Science & Health Booth Oct 16 & 17 2010

Are you planning on attending the 2010 Texas Book Festival?  We’ll be there too – promoting the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

Since the first publication of Science and Health in 1875, its readers have testified that reading and studying this book has not only given them a spiritual sense of the Bible and a clearer recognition of their permanent relationship to God, but has resulted in physical and spiritual healing. Letters from readers that testify to healing from simply reading the book can be found in the last chapter of Science and Health. Available in multiple editions and formats, as well as in 17 languages and English Braille, the book is dedicated to thinkers and “honest seekers for Truth” (Science and Health, p. xii:23).