Christian Science Journal – “Being a force for good”

The Christian Science Journal Website published excerpts from the 2019 TMC Youth Summit that will be featured in next month’s issue: The following is an edited transcript of a panel discussion on “Why Church?” that took place during the “Being a force for good” summit of 20- and 30-somethings held at The Mother Church in […]

Being A Froce Of GoodThe Christian Science Journal Website published excerpts from the 2019 TMC Youth Summit that will be featured in next month’s issue:

The following is an edited transcript of a panel discussion on “Why Church?” that took place during the “Being a force for good” summit of 20- and 30-somethings held at The Mother Church in October 2019. On the one-year anniversary of the summit, we hope you will join us in reflecting on the ever-expanding idea of Church, especially as we all continue to discover new ways to experience church in person, online, and by phone…

To read these excerpts on https://journal.christianscience.com for free,
please click here. 

 

Lecture – ‘The How, Why and Wonder of Spiritual Healing’

‘The How, Why and Wonder of Spiritual Healing’! … A free, live webinar given by International speaker and Christian Science healer Beth Packer from New South Wales, Australia. The webinar will take place Tuesday April 28th at 3:00 PM Central Daylight Time. It is sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist, The Woodlands, TX. All […]

Beth Packer‘The How, Why and Wonder of Spiritual Healing’! … A free, live webinar given by International speaker and Christian Science healer Beth Packer from New South Wales, Australia.

The webinar will take place Tuesday April 28th at 3:00 PM Central Daylight Time. It is sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist, The Woodlands, TX.

All are invited to register (see below ♥ ) for this wonderful opportunity as we come together to explore the phenomena of spiritual healing as recorded throughout the Bible – healing that for centuries had allowed people to live their lives with dominion and not be victims to their circumstances. The talk will show by present-day examples, that such healing is not something of the past, but is a present possibility – an accessible transforming power for good in our lives today.

You can also find information on our Facebook page at: CSTW and Spirituality@csthewoodlands.

♥ Registration is required for this event and open to all, up to the time of the talk.  Click here to register (https://bit.ly/3bVjhfe

 

 

 

 

Christian Science Journal – Does it matter what others think of us?

Susan Booth Mack Snipes wrote an article recently shared on the Christian Science Journal website titled, Does it matter what others think of us? The article begins: I’m continually surprised by how much I still struggle with this question. For the most part I’m not aware of being concerned about what others think of me, and […]

Does It Matter What Others Think Of Us?Susan Booth Mack Snipes wrote an article recently shared on the Christian Science Journal website titled, Does it matter what others think of us? The article begins:

I’m continually surprised by how much I still struggle with this question. For the most part I’m not aware of being concerned about what others think of me, and then, bang—something comes up that makes me question my goodness, adequacy, or ability, and I find that there’s still more egotism there than I realized. 

But I can tell I am making progress, because these days I find myself actually grateful for those wake-up moments, even though they’re uncomfortable. I see them as opportunities to keep surrendering to how God sees me, to rest secure in the steady approval that God has for all of Her children, to realize that this is what really matters most, and to experience the tangible benefits of this realization…

To view this full article on https://journal.christianscience.com for free, please click here. 

 

Reminder! This Saturday Join Us For A Talk by Phillip Hockley, CS

Are you seeking healing? Come hear Phillip Hockley, CS tell of his complete healing of a longstanding debilitating illness. He will share how he was healed, and how you can be healed and your life transformed by a new understanding of your relationship with God. The lecture will take place on Saturday, December 7th, 2019 […]

Phillip Hockley Picture Newer (003)Are you seeking healing? Come hear Phillip Hockley, CS tell of his complete healing of a longstanding debilitating illness. He will share how he was healed, and how you can be healed and your life transformed by a new understanding of your relationship with God.

The lecture will take place on Saturday, December 7th, 2019 at 11:00 AM, at Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist, Houston.

  • Free parking and child care
  • Free Bibles, Christian Science literature and the textbook – Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy
  • Plan to stay afterward for an opportunity to visit one-on-one with Phillip.

No offering or donation to our church will ever be solicited by us. We only invite you to come hear the talk.


⇒ Click HERE to download a PDF flyer for this event

⇒ Click HERE for further details, including a map to Seventh Church

⇒ Click HERE to watch an interview with Phillip Hockley


A few facts about Phillip

Things can seem bleak when we see all the kinds of suffering going on in the world, perhaps even among our family members or neighbors. But sometimes these very circumstances spur individuals to find new ways to help and heal.

Phillip Hockley is a practitioner of Christian Science healing and international speaker. After sustaining a debilitating injury which was diagnosed as rendering him permanently disabled, Hockley began investigating ways to improve his situation.  Along the course of his search, he attended a lecture on Christian Science.

‘During that lecture,’ he says, ‘I found something that was indeed life-transforming. Christian Science gave me a new view of God that I’d not had before: a view of God as Love itself, divine Love that loved me fully. I also discovered that this loving God was not the source of my troubles (which were many) but the solution to them. My life began to improve quickly and I became a healthy man.’

Now Hockley speaks on Christian Science, introducing the core principles to audiences all over the world. In this talk, Hockley will draw on concepts from the Bible, especially Christ Jesus’ life and teachings, as well as explanations from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the textbook of Christian Science written by Mary Baker Eddy.

After the difference Christian Science made in his own life, Phillip Hockley knew he needed to share it with others dealing with similar mindsets of discouragement.  ‘From that moment on I knew I had found something very special and could hardly wait to explain this experience to others—this ability to love and be loved by God,’ he says.  Now, he maintains a healing ministry and is a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship.

 

 

New Technology Supports Our Healing Mission

“I held my little ‘pancake’ on my chest, which was reading to me Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. When I woke up the next day, I was healed. After being bed-ridden for more than two weeks, I stood up on my feet and walked out to attend the Easter church service at Fern Lodge.…

“I held my little ‘pancake’ on my chest, which was reading to me Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. When I woke up the next day, I was healed. After being bed-ridden for more than two weeks, I stood up on my feet and walked out to attend the Easter church service at Fern Lodge. I can’t tell you how much inspiration I have gained from listening to my speaker every day. It opened a whole new world for me” —Testimony from a current patient

The “little pancake” from this patient’s testimony is what she calls Alexa, Amazon’s smart speaker, which was recently installed in every patient’s room. By using a third-party application, Fern Lodge was able to create their own playlists that play Science and Health, the weekly Bible Lesson, hymns, Daily Lift, Sentinel Watch, and other Christian Science-related talks and lectures. Patients can now listen to anything whenever they want to without any set schedule.

After taking down our old nurses’ call system, we no longer had the ability to broadcast content through pillow speakers. We know it’s important for patients at Fern Lodge to have access to Christian Science audio content in support of their healing demonstration.

“It was not an easy solution to reach,” Jamie Stock, who introduced Alexa to Fern Lodge, recalls. “ I knew I wanted the patients to have a choice as to what they listen to and when they can listen to it. At first, I had trouble finding the most cost-effective and user-friendly solution. Then, it dawned on me that a smart speaker could do all of that if I was able to upload our own content. After hours of researching, testing, and programming, we finally found a way to make it work, while maintaining privacy for each patient. Introducing such a new device to every patient and Christian Science nurse takes time and patience. But I was amazed by how open and receptive everyone was.”

What Robin, our Director of Activities, loved most about Alexa is that, instead of tuning into audio programs at certain time, patients now have the freedom to listen to whatever they feel inspired to at any time. That’s a huge blessing to those who are not able to leave their rooms to join group activities. God’s words and spiritual truth are an “ever-present help in trouble.”

“Besides Christian Science-related content, Alexa can also play all types of music, make jokes, tell the time and forecast the weather,” Jamie added. “One day, I passed by one patient’s room and heard her asking Alexa to play Frank Sinatra. As soon as the music started, her face lit up and she started to sing along. We sometimes take for granted the technology we use. For many residents at Fern Lodge, who have never used a computer in their life, being able to listen to their favorite songs really makes their day.”

Getting to Know our Volunteers

by Robin Barben
Marsha Lutz is a volunteer at Fern Lodge and she says her main goal is to make people happy, to give comfort, and to make someone’s day a little better. So what drives a woman who, among many, many accolades, was a three time All-American Champion in diving, was the first female inducted in the U.C.…

by Robin Barben

Marsha Lutz is a volunteer at Fern Lodge and she says her main goal is to make people happy, to give comfort, and to make someone’s day a little better. So what drives a woman who, among many, many accolades, was a three time All-American Champion in diving, was the first female inducted in the U.C. Davis Athletic Hall of Fame, played in over 35 U.S. National Golf Championships, and was a worldwide Military racquetball champion, to volunteer twice a week for 5 1/2 years?

“I love moving, sports and activities,” Marsha says, “and I love sharing that love with others.” Marsha is the Fern Lodge champion at taking residents for walks or wheelchair rides up the hill, and she shares her love and understanding of nature along the way, and the patients always come back smiling and refreshed. She also leads a movement class at Fern Lodge, where residents rediscover that movement is natural with God, because that’s where all movement originates.

“When I first came to Fern Lodge, I wanted to find out more about Christian Science and why it was so important to my Mom. Because of Christian Science she had a wonderful life and  I wanted that same kind of life. It ended up changing my life. I learned here that God really does heal. Between the reading of the Christian Science Journal and Sentinel articles, and Lectures which I read weekly to the residents here, and the prayers I received from a nurse when I had some challenges, I have seen many healings. I am growing, and learning to be a better person, One day after a nurse, a dear friend, prayed for me, I noticed on the way home that some tumors I had on my face had just vanished.”

The clarity that Kathleen, Donna, and I all saw on Marsha’s face that day (and since then) reflected a clarity that is springing up spiritually within her. It’s a softer touch, a sweeter love, a compassion and kindness, which were already there, but are finding a deeper daily expression in fulfilling the needs of others.

When I first met Marsha, I was aware of her military background, (she served in the Air Force for 13 years),  and I saw how her leadership qualities were very helpful in encouraging residents to come to activities. But what I have learned lately is to appreciate her achievements in the military in a more spiritual way. Knowing that she was the first female assigned remote duty (in Turkey), the first female to command a squadron, the first female director in the Strategic Air command, and the first woman to lead  air traffic control operations in the Pacific air forces, opened my eyes spiritually to the qualities she was expressing. She had demonstrated strength and excelled in a culture where women were fighting to be recognized.

Marsha often has told me, “The feeling I get when I come to Fern Lodge is ‘this place is love.’” She said, “Although I have a had a tremendously rewarding life, there is more to life than personal achievement. It didn’t make me a complete person. When I am at Fern Lodge, I feel I am contributing. Nothing is as rewarding as helping people.” That’s why we are here: to help each other, and to learn to love.

A New View of God and Its Effect on Well-being – A Talk by Phillip Hockley, CS

Are you seeking healing? Come hear Phillip Hockley, CS tell of his complete healing of a longstanding debilitating illness. He will share how he was healed, and how you can be healed and your life transformed by a new understanding of your relationship with God. The lecture will take place on Saturday, December 7th, 2019 […]

Phillip Hockley Picture Newer (003)

Are you seeking healing? Come hear Phillip Hockley, CS tell of his complete healing of a longstanding debilitating illness. He will share how he was healed, and how you can be healed and your life transformed by a new understanding of your relationship with God.

The lecture will take place on Saturday, December 7th, 2019 at 11:00 AM, at Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist, Houston.

  • Free parking and child care
  • Free Bibles, Christian Science literature and the textbook – Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy
  • Plan to stay afterward for an opportunity to visit one-on-one with Phillip.

No offering or donation to our church will ever be solicited by us. We only invite you to come hear the talk.


⇒ Click HERE to download a PDF flyer for this event

⇒ Click HERE for further details, including a map to Seventh Church.


A few facts about Phillip

Things can seem bleak when we see all the kinds of suffering going on in the world, perhaps even among our family members or neighbors. But sometimes these very circumstances spur individuals to find new ways to help and heal.

Phillip Hockley is a practitioner of Christian Science healing and international speaker. After sustaining a debilitating injury which was diagnosed as rendering him permanently disabled, Hockley began investigating ways to improve his situation.  Along the course of his search, he attended a lecture on Christian Science.

‘During that lecture,’ he says, ‘I found something that was indeed life-transforming. Christian Science gave me a new view of God that I’d not had before: a view of God as Love itself, divine Love that loved me fully. I also discovered that this loving God was not the source of my troubles (which were many) but the solution to them. My life began to improve quickly and I became a healthy man.’

Now Hockley speaks on Christian Science, introducing the core principles to audiences all over the world. In this talk, Hockley will draw on concepts from the Bible, especially Christ Jesus’ life and teachings, as well as explanations from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the textbook of Christian Science written by Mary Baker Eddy.

After the difference Christian Science made in his own life, Phillip Hockley knew he needed to share it with others dealing with similar mindsets of discouragement.  ‘From that moment on I knew I had found something very special and could hardly wait to explain this experience to others—this ability to love and be loved by God,’ he says.  Now, he maintains a healing ministry and is a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship.

 

 

Christian Science Journal – Healing through coming to Christ

Sue A. Spotts wrote an article from August 1992 that was recently shared on the Christian Science Journal website titled, Healing through coming to Christ. The article focuses on our connection with Christ: Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to have met Christ Jesus or to have been able to go to […]

Healing Through Coming To ChristSue A. Spotts wrote an article from August 1992 that was recently shared on the Christian Science Journal website titled, Healing through coming to Christ. The article focuses on our connection with Christ:

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to have met Christ Jesus or to have been able to go to him for healing?

How would we approach this holiest of all men, the Son of God? Tentatively perhaps, not knowing quite what to expect—unsure of what might be required of us by the gospel he was proclaiming. Or we might see ourselves as coming to the Master with a bright sense of hope that not only would our bodies be restored but our thinking and our lives would also be touched by his healing prayer. Still others of us might imagine what unutterable humility we would feel in the presence of his spirituality, what a distance we would sense between our own meager expression of goodness and the sheer radiance of his light and love…

To view this full article on https://journal.christianscience.com for free, please click here. 

 

Christian Science Journal – Consistency in healing practice

DeWitt John wrote an article originally published in June 1982 that was recently shared again on the Christian Science Journal website titled, Consistency in healing practice. The article focuses on the consistencies seen through Christian Science and is worth a read: One of the outstanding characteristics of Christian Science is its consistency—in metaphysical teachings, method […]

Consistency In Healing PracticeDeWitt John wrote an article originally published in June 1982 that was recently shared again on the Christian Science Journal website titled, Consistency in healing practice. The article focuses on the consistencies seen through Christian Science and is worth a read:

One of the outstanding characteristics of Christian Science is its consistency—in metaphysical teachings, method of practice, and ethical standard. This consistency rests on unqualified acceptance of the omnipotence and goodness of God, divine Principle, as the only creator and source of man’s being.

To illustrate: If we start with the foundational truth that God, the creator of all that exists, is infinite Mind, this leads in Science to the logical conclusion that all that really is created is Mind’s manifestation, and hence divinely mental. And from the basic fact that the all-creating God is Spirit, not matter, flows the conclusion that all is in reality spiritual, not material…

To view this full article on https://journal.christianscience.com, please click here. 

 

Night had fallen when the call came to my squadron’s ready

Night had fallen when the call came to my squadron’s ready room to fly two helicopters to the Marine Corps base at Khe Sanh, Vietnam. It was December 1967, and this had been a long day of flying. Click the link below to read this article. Night had fallen when the call came to my […]

Night had fallen when the call came to my squadron’s ready room to fly two helicopters to the Marine Corps base at Khe Sanh, Vietnam. It was December 1967, and this had been a long day of flying.

Click the link below to read this article.


Night had fallen when the call came to my squadron’s ready

From the May 18, 1987 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel