Peaceful protest 2020-06-03 (Wed.)

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First Hymn1. Hymn. 9 The readings, from our Pastor: The Holy Bible and the Christian Science textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”, by Mary Baker Eddy: “Blessed are they &hell…

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Peaceful protest 2020-06-03


First Hymn

1. Hymn. 9 

The readings, from our Pastor: The Holy Bible and the Christian Science textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”, by Mary Baker Eddy:
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Welcome Dr. Joseph Ritter, ABF’s New CEO

Today we warmly welcome Dr. Joseph Ritter as The Albert Baker Fund’s (ABF) new Chief Executive Officer. Dr Ritter begins work immediately with us from his home office in Bemidji, Minnesota. He’ll be relocating with his family to Northern California as soon as current travel restrictions allow. In the meantime, Dr. Witter is already well-oriented […]

Today we warmly welcome Dr. Joseph Ritter as The Albert Baker Fund’s (ABF) new Chief Executive Officer. Dr Ritter begins work immediately with us from his home office in Bemidji, Minnesota. He’ll be relocating with his family to Northern California as soon as current travel restrictions allow.

In the meantime, Dr. Witter is already well-oriented to ABF and its day-to-day operations. For the past several months he has attended weekly staff meetings, participated in project planning and budgeting, attended our April Quarterly Board meting, and met individually with each member of our team.

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You can get to know more about Dr. Ritter this Friday, June 5, at 3 pm, when he shares his thoughts on the future of higher education as part of ABF’s Net Effect Career Conversations series. Register here!

Dr. Ritter is an accomplished college educator and administrator with extensive experience developing innovative programs and services for students. He is well-known to theChristian Science community through his 23-year career at Principia College, where he held a variety of positions, from Professor of Chemistry to Provost, and Dean of Academics. Most recently he was Founding Dean of the College of Individual and Community Health at Bemidji State University (BSU) in northern Minnesota. There he lead a team of faculty from eight separate academic departments in designing and building a new college that prepares students for careers such as community health, criminal justice, elementary education, psychology, and social work.

“I am excited to serve as Chief Executive Officer of The Albert Baker Fund,” Ritter says. “I am drawn to the vision and mission of The Albert Baker Fund, which includes realizing ‘unlimited possibilities’ and serving ‘the Cause of Christian Science and humanity.’ Having seen the benefits others experienced as a result of the generosity of The Albert Baker Fund, including my own children, I cherish the opportunity to have a significant positive impact on the worldwide, inclusive Christian Science movement by supporting education and career objectives.”

Dr. Ritter earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Delaware; and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware. He began his professional career as a Research Engineer and Senior Process Control Engineer with Amoco Oil Company Whiting Refinery in Whiting, Indiana, before moving to academia.

“With the addition of Dr. Ritter as our new CEO, we are well poised for future inspired growth. Joe brings a wealth of experience, and a depth of understanding of the needs of students of all generations.  He has a proven track record of innovation, collaboration, and positive results. We are excited to officially welcome him to The Albert Baker Fund today,” said Daniel Herbert, Chair of the Albert Baker Fund Board of Trustees.

Dr. Ritter and his wife Janice have five children, the two youngest about to enter college at the University of Minnesota.

A Farewell Message from CEO Alan Bashor

  As today, June 1, is the last day in my role as CEO for The Albert Baker Fund, I’d like to thank you all for the opportunity you have given me to serve you for the past 11-1/2 years. I am so thankful for the ways we have applied our spirit and resources to […]

 

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Alan Bashor, ABF CEO from 2008-2020

As today, June 1, is the last day in my role as CEO for The Albert Baker Fund, I’d like to thank you all for the opportunity you have given me to serve you for the past 11-1/2 years.

I am so thankful for the ways we have applied our spirit and resources to help our fellow Christian Scientists! I will rejoice forever, knowing that while I was here with you, we saw how the individuals ABF has touched around the world are helping and healing others. I have learned from you to trust God to point out the way.

And what a privilege it has been to see His mercy lead us along. For me, the sustaining value of ABF, will always reside in the inspired lives of the dear ones we have encouraged and supported on their education and career journey.

Being a part of this organization with you has been a great honor and privilege. Thank you!

Tomorrow we warmly welcome, Dr. Joseph Ritter as our new CEO. I so appreciate the way Dr. Ritter has already familiarized himself with our day-to-day work by attending staff meetings, being a part of project planning, and meeting individually with each member of our team (virtually). It’s going to be a very smooth transition and I know he can’t wait to get started! Please feel free to send him a welcome message at joe.ritter@albertbakerfund.org

In the meantime, you can continue to reach me for the next few months at alan.bashor@albertbakerfund.org, and after that, at bashorar48@gmail.com.

Thank you for all you have done to support The Albert Baker Fund!

 

 

 

A Thought from the Christian Science Bible Lesson

Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
King James Bible
John 4:35

Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

King James Bible
John 4:35

Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Denounced 2020-05-31 (Sunday)

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Mesmerism and Hypnotism Denounced 2020-05-31
First Hymn1. Hymn. 453 Scriptural selection1. II Pet. 1:1–12 Second and Third Hymn2. Hymn. 188 3. Hymn. 476 Benediction
“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to &helli…

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Mesmerism and Hypnotism Denounced 2020-05-31

First Hymn
1. Hymn. 453 

Scriptural selection
1. II Pet. 1:1–12 

Second and Third Hymn
2. Hymn. 188 
3. Hymn. 476 

Benediction
“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to
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Video – Gratitude: The Short Film by Louie Schwartzberg

To make your day even brighter, check out this inspiring video titled Gratitude: The Short Film by Louie Schwartzberg.

To make your day even brighter, check out this inspiring video titled Gratitude: The Short Film by Louie Schwartzberg.

With one accord 2020-05-27 (Wed.)

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With one accord 2020-05-27
First Hymn1. Hymn. 266 The readings, from our Pastor: The Holy Bible and the Christian Science textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”, by Mary Baker Eddy: “Fulfil ye my ……

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With one accord 2020-05-27


First Hymn

1. Hymn. 266 

The readings, from our Pastor: The Holy Bible and the Christian Science textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”, by Mary Baker Eddy:
 “Fulfil ye my
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5 things you need to know about the Benevolent Association

Happy Spring to everyone. The BA has remained active throughout the last few months though we have not been allowed to have visitors. Now we are joyfully working with plans to open our doors in accord with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts phased Reopening Plan. Here are five things you should know about the BA this month. […]

Happy Spring to everyone. The BA has remained active throughout the last few months though we have not been allowed to have visitors. Now we are joyfully working with plans to open our doors in accord with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts phased Reopening Plan. Here are five things you should know about the BA this month.

Janiva Toler5  THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BA 

THIS MONTH

  1. MEET OUR CHRISTIAN SCIENCE NURSES – You will enjoy hearing the great interview that Steve Carlson had with Steve Okwor, a graduate of the Christian Science Nursing Arts and long-time Christian Science nurse at the BA. It’s part of our “Meet our Christian Science nurses” series.
  2. QUARANTINE WORKS OF ART – You may have seen the incredible creativity of folks on the internet with the #gettychallenge. It may have started with a Dutch Instagram account Tussen Kunst & Quarantine (or Between Art and Quarantine.) It was picked up by the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, with some simple instructions: choose a work of art, and find three items around your house to recreate it. Our residents at The Residences at 910 had their own take on this challenge. Listen to Barbara Fay Wiese tell you the story. And here are a few of the recreations.
  3. WE’RE INTERVIEWING! I have heard from many of you that the last months have been a good time for prayer, study, and reflection. If you or someone you know is being led to make a change, please consider working at the Benevolent Association. Here is a list of our current open positions.
  4. 2020 GRADUATION for the Christian Science Nurses Training School has been rescheduled. Be sure to save the date for this year’s Graduation on November 1, 2020. Watch for more information to come.
  5. MATCHING OPPORTUNITY for Christian Science Nurses Training. Your help for making this training available is greatly needed and so appreciated. Your gift will be matched through June 30. Thank you for any support that you can give.

 

WHAT I’M READING – Century of Christian Science Healing, especially the testimonies from the period around WWI.
 
WHAT I’M LISTENING TO – NYCOS National Youth Choir of Scotland. And my favorite is The Lord of Sea and Sky

– Janiva Toler, CEO

Meet our Christian Science nurses

In a recent online interview, Steve Carlson asked Christian Science nurse Steve Okwor what he feels are the biggest rewards of this work. Steve expresses so much joy and in his work here at the BA. He especially appreciates the qualities of “humility, patience, kindness, discernment, and love”. Steve also recites one of his poems […]

In a recent online interview, Steve Carlson asked Christian Science nurse Steve Okwor what he feels are the biggest rewards of this work. Steve expresses so much joy and in his work here at the BA. He especially appreciates the qualities of “humility, patience, kindness, discernment, and love”. Steve also recites one of his poems that was published in the Christian Science Sentinel.