Christmas hymn sing – Dec 19 at Noon (First Church)

Join us for an hour of Christmas hymn singing!
right after church on Sunday, December 19th.
Invite your family, neighbors, and friends to sing their favorite Christmas hymns. You are welcome to bring a plate of cookies to share afterward.
Update:
Our annual Christmas Hymn Sing had a different pace this year. With a good attendance, the audience was divided into teams for a game of Christmas Song Pictionary. Laughter and happy noise accompanied the activity. Sunday School students graced us with their musical talents and narration of the Christmas Story interspersed with Christmas hymns. Following the Christmas Story the students read the Lord’s Prayer along with Mary Baker Eddy’s spiritual interpretation as written in Science and Health. The group then sang the Lord’s Prayer followed by a raise-the-roof musical procession of our younger students with handheld instruments to the Siyahamba hymn.
Below are photos of the event:

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.

AAIM INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION – Nov 21

AAIM’s premiere event is the Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration, bringing together over 1000 people to share gratitude for the gifts and blessings of our world. This is a longstanding tradition in Austin and has been going on for the past 25 years.First Church, Austin, has participated for a number of years.Celebrating over two and a half decades! AAIM’s 26th Annual Interfaith Celebration will be held on Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 3:30 pm at University Baptist Church, followed by the reception at 5 pm. Participating congregations are encouraged to bring food dishes that can be shared by all and include an ingredients list.

COME EXPRESS, EXPERIENCE, AND CREATE…CHURCH ALIVE!

COME EXPRESS, EXPERIENCE, AND CREATE…CHURCH ALIVE!
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.

Children on psychotropic medicines — spiritual possibilities restore young lives

The 10/27/2010 News 8 Austin headline news included a segment about institutionalized children in the Texas foster care system and how “one in five children in foster care in Texas is on psychotropic medicines for an extended time.”  It’s a sobering statistic.  http://www.news8austin.com/content/top_stories/274885/tots-to-teens-medicated-under-state-foster-care-system

In an article excerpted from www.Spirituality.com, Linda Bargmann writes about being a new foster mom and caring for a baby boy who was classified at birth with positive toxicology and had a long list of diagnosed and anticipated problems.  She shares how she and her husband turned to God for guidance and healing. “Every morning and evening as I held Eddie and rocked him, I would sing hymns to him from the Christian Science Hymnal. I felt such peace and inspiration from those times, and it helped me see past some of the seemingly unsolvable diagnoses we were continually facing.”  Linda goes on to state that  “within three years, the diagnosed and anticipated conditions we’d been given were healed. The visiting nurse came only a couple of times, and then decided she was no longer needed. The symptoms of drug withdrawal Eddie experienced were quickly gone. He went from being stiff as a board to being cuddly and affectionate.”  Read the entire article here: http://www.spirituality.com/article.jhtml?ElementId=/repositories/shcomarticle/Aug2010/1281989286.xml&ElementName=A%20young%20life%20restored

Fort Hood Shootings – and the need for prayer

Peace and healing in the aftermath of the Fort Hood tragedy

Excerpt from www.Spirituality.com

The November 5th shootings at Fort Hood in Texas, the worst military on military attack on American soil, have stirred a number of reactions and emotions around the world. Grief for the 13 lives lost and the 42 wounded, anger, and speculation about the alleged gunman’s motivation have left people searching for answers. For ideas about how to pray, listen as Sentinel managing editor Ingrid Peschke speaks with Ginny Luedeman, a Christian Science practitioner and lecturer, who once lived on the Fort Hood base with her husband, a retired military chaplain.  Click on the photo to go to the audio discussion.

Watch video of Book Talk by author Robert Warneck – Mary Baker Eddy, Christian Healer

Click on the photo to the left  where you can view Robert Warneck, one of the authors of Mary Baker Eddy, Christian Healer – as he discusses the book.

Then join us in our salute to the Texas Book Festival, as we host a panel discussion of the biography on Sunday October 17th at 2pm (DoubleTree Hotel 15th & Guadalupe).   Copies of the book will be available to purchase at the event.

We also have a booth at the Texas Book Festival – #218 where we are promoting the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy’s primary literary work. Stop by and say “Hi”.

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).

Christian Science Churches in Austin, Texas, Welcome You!