All are invited to a conference call to be held Friday, July 14th
at noon for a discussion on deepening metaphysical prayer.
The call in number is 641-552-9364 and
the access code is 373788#.
Please join us!
“What is needed, then, is to rekindle individually that fundamental spark of spiritual vitality. Then because one is so imbued with infectious delight with what one is discovering of spiritual reality, the spark ignites and the flame of spiritual purpose grows in our daily life. A great desire to share this holy glow with others impels thought and action. This cannot help resulting in a vibrant, dynamic church that is an irresistible attraction to others, because it is alive with the Christ-spirit of sharing and real love.” Increasing spirituality—growing church by Jill Gooding June 1989 issue of The Christian Science Journal.
All (church & non-church members) are invited to join the conference and prepare by reading the above wonderful article with the idea of deepening our metaphysics for the church and Reading Room in mind.
The 2nd Mets Conference Call will be Monday, July 31st at 7 pm
to continue the discussion and consider the revelation, reason and demonstration of spiritual growth.
First Church of Christ, Scientist, Austin, Texas
Reading Room Metaphysical Committee
Calling all alumni and friends! Join us at the Circuit of the Americas to cheer on Principia’s solar car team in a three-day race.
Thursday, July 6–Saturday, July 8
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. daily
The team that completes the most laps wins!
Join the Principia Club of Austin at the track on Saturday, July 8, at 9:00 a.m. for the final day of the race. Look for the Principia sign.
Circuit of the Americas
9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.
Austin, TX 78617
Can’t make it on one of the race days? Meet up with the team at the track on Wednesday, July 5, as they gear up for the race! The specific time and location will be announced in a future e-mail.
For more detailed information and directions, please visit www.principiaalumni.org/austin.
All are welcome!
Click here to read the June 2017 issue of the monthly Newsletter of First Church of Christ, Scientist in Downtown Austin.
The Reading Room –
A Spiritual Resource Center
NOTICE – THE READING ROOM HAS MOVED.
We have moved to our church building
at 1309 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78701.
Please come visit us in the church lobby
during the regular Reading Room hours :
10 am -2 pm Monday – Friday, and Sunday 12-1 pm –
3rd Tuesdays of the month 7 – 9pm.
Our Christian Science Reading Room is a place for everyone to pursue study and spiritual inspiration. We offer Bibles, concordances, and reference materials as well as various publications from the Christian Science Publishing Society for purchase or study.
held in our Reading Room on April 20th is:
New Mini-Series- Is hatred inevitable? Does it really have the power in our world that it seems to have? The new JSH-Online mini series “Conquering hate, enthroning peace” aims to answer those questions. Pieces from this series will be featured in the carousel on the JSH-Online homepage. Read the first selection of this series, “Love’s triumph over hate”.
Going somewhere? Take issues of The Christian Science Journal, Sentinel, and Herald with you wherever you go. Various formats of current issues can be downloaded within the first 90 days of their release. You can even download full issue audio for Journal and Sentinel issue
NEW! Want to use your credit card to make a Reading Room item purchase at church on Sunday? Now you can! Our Librarian, Sheri Deibert, can run your card on Paypal.
JSH Online – Tip: Audio of Science and Health – Listen to a continuous reading of the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, and fill your day with the truth of being. Click on the Science and Health continuous audio player found on the bottom of the Concord Express widget or within the Concord Express homepage to start listening today.
To find Concord Express Homepage, go to jsh.christianscience.com for the JSH-Online homepage and click the “More” button next to the search bar.
Listen to entire issues of The Christian Science Journal, the Christian Science Sentinel, and most collections with just the click of a button. Look for the “Listen to the full issue” button inside an issue or collection to start your experience. Turn up the volume and try it out today on this week’s issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.
Turn the homepage of your smartphone or tablet into a JSH-Online hub and gain quick access to your subscription pages of JSH-Online homepage, Concord Express, eBibleLesson Express, The Christian Science Journal Directory, and JSH Audio. To do this, go to the landing page of any of these resources, tap your mobile browser’s share icon (Apple iOS) or menu button (Android OS), and then select “Add to homescreen.” Now you’re only a tap away from your favorite content.
Things to do at the Reading Room:
> Study the lesson in marked books.
> Access online resources and reference books for digging deeper
into the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s writings.
> Listen to inspiring music CDs.
> Check on currently available books, booklets, periodicals, audio
and music CDs.
Come experience the uplifting atmosphere at the RR!
Our Reading Room FACEBOOK page has changed!
Look for us at Christian Science Reading Room – Austin.
We share spiritual thoughts, photos, quotes, links to spiritual
websites for Bible study, articles from JSHOnline; The Monitor, etc. Share it with your friends!
Is there a topic that you’ve been thinking about and want to explore? The advanced search feature on JSH-Online puts the power of customization at your fingertips. Search for editorials on peace keeping or testimonies of healing since last year. Click the advanced link on the top right of the search bar and start customizing your search today!
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!
Click here to read the May 2017 issue of the monthly Newsletter of First Church of Christ, Scientist in Downtown Austin.
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.
Register here to join the ABF Career Alliance in Austin* on Saturday, May 6, from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at First Church of Christ, Scientist. (Lunch is included.)
Learn more and register: http://www.abfcareeralliance.org
Whether you’re ready to take a step forward in your career or to help someone else, this event offers opportunities for exciting new career connections, inspiration, and the rewards that come from helping others.
Who should attend? Anyone interested in advancing their career: college students, recent grads, job seekers, career changers, and those willing to be career allies to others. ABF Career Alliance events are open to the entire Christian Science family, including those friendly to Christian Science.
*We’ll also be in Dallas on Thursday, Apri 27; and Houston, on Saturday, April 29, so please share this info with your friends and family!
- A keynote by Congressman Lamar Smith representing the 21st Congressional District of Texas.
- How to build valuable connections in informational interviews, a hands-on practice session ed by Robin Jones, Manager of the ABF Career Alliance
- Two interactive panel discussions: one with successful Austin area professionals who will offer specific examples of how Christian Science has impacted their career, and one with recent graduates sharing how they navigated their career search and what they learned
- Multiple networking opportunities, including a networking lunch
- Job and career information hosted by Austin-and-beyond employers and ABF Career Alliance sponsors
About the ABF Career Alliance
Finding the right job or career path can be challenging in today’s world of impersonal online applications. Yet the top career search experts agree: the best opportunities come from one-to-one connections. That’s why the ABF Career Alliance was created. The ABF Career Alliance connects Christian Science job seekers (and those “friendly” to Christian Science) with seasoned professionals in their fields of interest, who are also Christian Scientists. These professionals, or “career allies,” are eager to share their knowledge, and at times their contacts, with their extended family-faith community.
This ABF Career Alliance event in Texas is sponsored by individual Christian Scientists who value our work to build an active, dynamic career community whose members share the common bond of Christian Science. Learn more about the benefits of being an ABF Career Alliance sponsor.
About The Albert Baker Fund
“For fifty years The Albert Baker Fund has provided loans, scholarships, and grants for the education of Christian Scientists around the world,” says Albert Baker Fund CEO, Alan Bashor. “And through this work we encourage each of our recipients to ‘pass their blessings forward’ by contributing to the Christian Science Movement, their communities, and the world. What better extension of our purpose than to help Christian Scientists who have completed their education and now need help in the world of work? The ABF Career Alliance was created to meet this need!”