This Christmas season, we are again partnering with SAFE’s Sponsor a Family program. SAFE is a merger of Austin’s Children Shelter and SafePlace, a non-profit organization providing safety and counseling for families affected by domestic violence and abuse. Paper angels will be hanging from the garland in the Children’s Room hallway, holding the personal wishes of individuals living in SafePlace transitional housing or those served through its counseling program.
To participate, simply take an angel shopping with you and purchase the item listed on the back (suggested spend is $25-$50 per angel). Bring your unwrapped gift to the Sunday School’s gift-wrapping, hymn-and-carol-singing, lunch-and-Christmas-cookie-par
Join us as we paint Henry Acosta’s house as part of the iACT (Interfaith Action of Central Texas) Hands on Housing program. All are welcome! (Children 16 and under are not encouraged to attend). We will be working with the Olivet Baptist Church and the Shepherd of the Hills Christian Church.
Alex Carter, a Sunday School student at First Church Austin, is organizing this event for his National Leadership Council (NLC) capstone project. This event is also co-organized by Asher House, Austin and is part of the “Asher in Action” volunteer initiative.
Food and supplies will be provided.
WHEN: Saturday, October 28, 2017 — begins at 9:00am (can arrive/depart anytime between 9am and 4pm).
WHERE: 2011 Holly Street, Austin TX 78702
RSVP: Register at handsonhousing-oct28.eventbrite.com.
Also, please fill out THIS WAIVER.
(If you cannot fill it out online, there will be paper copies if necessary)
“iACT’s Hands on Housing utilizes volunteers and skilled professionals to repair the homes of senior citizens and disabled individuals who are living in deep poverty. Our goal is to keep our homeowners safe and help them remain in the homes and neighborhoods they love. We believe that repairing homes restores hope to those who need it most and changes the hearts of those who do the work. Hands on Housing is a transformational expression of compassion in action.”
The Mother Church and the Committee on Publication Manager’s Office are so grateful for the outpouring of unified prayer and support we have been seeing for those impacted by the hurricane in Texas and Louisiana in the U.S. Because we have been receiving inquiries about donation opportunities, we thought it would be helpful to provide information about how one can donate.
If one would like to make a donation to financially support branch churches or societies in need as a result of this storm, donations can be made to The Mother Church’s fund to aid emergency relief for branch churches and societies. Donations should be made by check written to “The First Church of Christ, Scientist” with “Disaster Relief Fund” noted the memo line and mailed to:
The First Church of Christ, Scientist
Treasurer – PO Box 239103
Boston, MA USA 02123-9103
If one would like to make a donation to financially support individual Christian Scientists in need as a result of this storm, the Principle Foundation has a Disaster Relief Fund, which responds to natural disasters in all states. One can learn more by visiting www.principlefoundation.org or by calling +1 816-561-5955.
To help relief efforts more broadly, donations can of course be made directly to one’s charity of choice, such as the American Red Cross, America’s Second Harvest, Salvation Army, Oxfam, Habitat for Humanity or other on-the-ground relief agencies.
For any other questions, please be in touch with The Mother Church’s Customer Contact Center at +1 617-450-2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please do not send funds directly to the Committees on Publication for Texas or Louisiana. Those Committees have been very helpful in providing information related to funding for those in need, but future inquiries can go to the Customer Contact Center as noted above.
Please feel free to share the information from this Bulletin with anyone.
“Human mentality, expressed in disease, sin, and death, in tempest and in flood, the divine Mind calms and limits with a word.” (My. 106:19-21). How wonderful it is to know that the word of God calms the storms and instructs “the proud wave, ‘Thus far, and no farther.’”
Keith Wommack, Committee on Publication for Texas
3615632559 / Texas@compub.org
Asher House, Austin has chosen to volunteer at Community First! Village, which is a part of the Mobile Loaves and Fishes organization. We will work in the village on Saturday, June 3 from 9am-12pm. Work may include laying pathways, harvesting the gardens, tending the chicken coop, prepping micro-homes for new neighbors, or beautifying the property.
Participants will get one of our new ASHER IN ACTION t-shirts! 🙂
WHEN: Saturday, June 3rd from 9am – 12pm
WHERE: Community First! Village – 9301 Hog Eye Rd. Austin, 78724
*Specific information about parking, carpooling, etc. will be emailed to volunteers the week before.
RSVP: Space is limited, so please RSVP soon to Jessica Dunlap (Austin Asher House Manager) by May 31. Call/text (707) 287-3645 or email asher.austin@asherstudentfound
In addition, every participant must register here by May 31: https://mlf.secure.force.c
WHAT IS COMMUNITY FIRST! VILLAGE?
Community First! Village is a 27-acre community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for homeless in Central Texas. The transformative residential program exists to love and serve our neighbors who have been living on the streets, while also empowering the surrounding community into a lifestyle of service with the homeless. Find out more about Community First! Village at mlf.org/community-first/.We are excited about this project and hope you will join us!
Feel free to invite your families and friends!
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Jamboree is in July 2017 at the new National Jamboree site near Beckley, West Virginia.
There will be a Christian Science booth as part of the Duty to God and Country area of the Jamboree. There is a need for adult Christian Scientists, who are Class taught, that are planning to attend all or part of the Jamboree, that could spend part of their time staffing this booth. One person is staffing the booth from 7/19-7/22, but a second person is needed, and another two people from 7/22 to 7/27 at 4 pm. “Room and Board” is available on site, for BSA members.
If you know of any of Christian Scientists who may be attending the Jamboree, please ask them to contact John Hanson or Bridget Bailey:
John C. Hanson
12513 Fostoria Way
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Christian Science Committee on Publication for West Virginia
214 Pine Circle
Dunbar, WV 25064
Cell (304) 549-8754
For background – and an idea of what the booth is like – below is part of the report from the Christian Science Booth at the last (2013) National Jamboree:
2013 Jamboree Report: The Booth: As you know from the earlier email, the Scouts support spirituality (part of the Boy Scout code is “A Scout is reverent”). There was a Faith and Beliefs area at the central location of the Jamboree– the Summit Center area. 35 different religions presented in booths and programs there. (I had previously reported to you that 57 religions would be presenting, but the actual tally was 35.) Some had their own tent, like the Mormons, which were celebrating 100 years of involvement with Scouting. We were in a large tent which had booths for about 20 smaller faiths. The Scouts were able to earn a badge at the Jamboree for Faith and Beliefs, however, it seemed like most of the Scouts who visited were not working on the badge, but just there because they were interested.
The activity at our booth was amazing!! There was a nearly constant, brisk, pace of visitors to our booth. We could hardly keep up with them all. They usually came in groups–two, three, four, five boys at a time, as well as many who came individually. We usually had 2 booth workers at a time, and both would be talking to groups at the same time. While talking to a group, more boys would be coming, listening in to the end of our talk with that group, and we would immediately launch into it again with the newcomers. We were keeping a notebook where we were tallying the number of visitors and the type of literature being taken, but the pace was so brisk that often I found I’d talked to four groups without a pause inbetween before I could get over to the notebook to jot them down.
The two words I would use to describe the Scouts visiting our booth, is that they were serious, and they were innocently unprejudiced. They were not idly passing by. They were looking to learn about religions. Most came right up to us and said “So what is Christian Science?” Probably 85-90% had never heard of it. Of the 10-15% that thought they had heard of it, I was surprised at how widespread the confusion with Scientology was–about 30% thought we were Scientology. We corrected this misunderstanding right away, then gave about a 4-6 minute introduction to Christian Science. After the initial introduction, they then started to ask questions, and we had a back-and-forth, sharing various testimonies, telling them about the church websites, reading favorite citations from S&H to them, inviting them to the lecture, and so on. These teenage boys listened carefully, and asked smart questions. We talked with most groups about 10-15 minutes, and the most common response we got was “This is interesting.” And they genuinely meant interesting– they emphasized the word interesting– they were clearly intrigued by the whole idea of Christian Science. In fact, we started to notice that there were maybe 8-10 visitors a day who were return visitors– and most of the return visitors brought their friends and said they had been telling their friends about what we’d said and they wanted us to tell their friends about CS. Many had looked us up on the web and then come back with questions. Others who came back alone engaged in deeper back and forth conversation with us. Because the Scouts were limited to one daypack for the Jamboree, the only literature given out was Science & Health (approx. 275), the Bible (approx, 75), and MyBibleLessons (approx. 300)– special editions from the CS Publishing Society for the Jamboree (see your Life and Truth lessons, with pictures of Scouting activities and testimonies by Scouts).
It seemed to me like our booth was one of the most active in the tent. Often, the other booths would have no visitors at them, while we were talking to 7 boys. The Sikh booth was busy, because they were wrapping Scouts heads in turbans, and the Jewish booth was busy, helped by a contest to give away the 4 TVs and some tablet computers used in their display. But it seemed to me that the Field’s prayers were having a big impact in holding up the Christ and drawing so many sincere inquirers to our booth. The conversations we had felt infused with the Christ and seemed to be really reaching these teenage boys. Your prayers also supported the energy of the booth workers in keeping up the nearly relentless pace of so many important conversations, in overcoming inadequate sleep, the heat, and so on. The preliminary count is about 700 visitors (600 Scouts, 100 adults) to our booth, though that number may be understated by 10% or more due to the pace not allowing us to jot down each visitor. This exceeded the visitors at the 2010 Jamboree, when 455 Scouts and 173 adults visited the booth, despite the fact that our booth hours this year were cut short.