Christian Science Committee on Institutional Work in Texas 2019 Mid Year Report

Summer 2019 CHRISTIAN SCIENCE COMMITTEE ON INSTITUTIONAL WORK IN TEXAS Amplifying the message of the Christ and Christian Science in OUR COMMUNITIES -in juvenile, state, federal, county, substance abuse, and nursing facilities. What you should know about January –June 2019 ❖We have a bulk subscription for 600 myBibleLessons currently being mailed into 74 different facilities … Continue reading Christian Science Committee on Institutional Work in Texas 2019 Mid Year Report

Summer 2019 CHRISTIAN SCIENCE COMMITTEE ON INSTITUTIONAL WORK IN TEXAS

Amplifying the message of the Christ and Christian Science in OUR COMMUNITIES -in juvenile, state, federal, county, substance abuse, and nursing facilities.

What you should know about January –June 2019

❖We have a bulk subscription for 600 myBibleLessons currently being mailed into 74 different facilities
❖47 new names were added to the mailing list for the Bible lesson mailing; 44 were removed
❖We have 142Christian Science Sentinel subscriptions
❖We have 329 The Christian Science Monitor subscriptions and adding more weekly
❖This office distributed 81 Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures; 68 Bibles; 16 Prose Works; 18 biographies; 11 Hymnals
❖Spanish material distributed:9 Science and Health;5 Bibles; 177 El Heraldo; 166 Spanish FullText; 18 Spanish translated biographies or other writings by Mary Baker Eddy
❖66 donated periodicals were mailed to individuals
❖Three lectures -Fujiko Takai Signs, CSB, Kari Mashos, CSB, Brian G. Pennix, CSB
❖Three new applications for membership in The Mother Church
❖Austin Zone has four volunteers serving at Gardner Betts Juvenile facility
❖DFW Zone has 17 volunteers providing services at two federal, two state, and one county jail; provides one-on-one chaplain visits; has four “mentor through mail” volunteers
❖Houston Zone has eight volunteers providing services at four state facilities and one county jail; provides one-on-one chaplain visits to three additional state facilities
❖San Antonio Zone has seven volunteers providing classes in two county jails, one treatment center and occasionally at a juvenile detention center, and “mentors through mail”
❖Individuals in Abilene, Amarillo, College Station, El Paso, Lubbock, Midland, and Tyler are providing one-on-one chaplain visits, writing letters, visiting county jails, and starting new services at state facilities

EXCITING NEWS!
1. We are so grateful for a $20 gift from an inmate, a$5,000 grant from the Solvang Christian Science Society, and the generous contribution from the members of the former Corpus Christi branch.
2.Third Church Dallas is holding a men’s night for parolee and home-less men at their Reading Room. The men meet once a month to help provide mentorship and acting as role models.
3.The Veterans group at the Michael Unit were able to listen to a copy of the podcast “Helping to Overcome Gun Violence”that addresses PTSD with Military Chaplains Matthew Schmidt and Terri Erickson interviewed by The Christian Science Journal’s Roger Gordon. There were between 50-75 attendees.
4.The Principle Foundation is offering support for Christian Scientists incarcerated and newly released citizens. Funds are available for basic needs like shoes or hygiene items. For the citizens newly released, funding for housing, bus transportation,and food allowances will be made on a case by case basis. Contact –Jeff Harbin
5.There is a new cell phone App “under construction” that will help connect volunteers with newly released citizens to assist them in housing, job searches, church connections, and even free legal advice. More information will be available at the State Committee Annual Meeting in Austin on Saturday, October 26th.
6.The Mother Church held a national meeting for Institutional workers in Boston during Annual Meeting weekend. Christina Huston, CS and Rita Robles, CS represented Texas at this year’s meeting.

GRATITUDE FROM INSIDE
Patrick at the Clements Unit in Amarillo wrote, “The Bible lessons improve my theology. Every Bible lesson is a classroom and I’m enjoying the lessons. I’m very glad that it’s God’s master plan for me to absorb the theology contained in the Bible lessons.I know that God’s thoughts are born in our silence. I’ve learned not to take matters into my own hands because I could be responding to a difficulty in an inappropriate way that’s going against what God is doing. So, I wait on God’s perfect timing for Him to give me provision, vision and guidance. Every mailing of myBibleLesson is a victory. They are indispensable and vital to my spiritual life.”

Institutional Committee Meeting Notes on: How do I stay Inspired?

Institutional Committee Workers Meeting at Annual Meeting 2018 Discussion Notes for top 3 questions submitted Question 1: How to remain inspired, even when there doesn’t seem to be any progress, no one is interested in meeting with a chaplain, or prison authorities are resistant to CS ministry. And we’d love to hear about maintaining relationships … Continue reading Institutional Committee Meeting Notes on: How do I stay Inspired?

Institutional Committee Workers Meeting
at Annual Meeting 2018


Discussion Notes for top 3 questions submitted

Question 1:

How to remain inspired, even when there doesn’t seem to be any
progress, no one is interested in meeting with a chaplain, or prison authorities are
resistant to CS ministry. And we’d love to hear about maintaining relationships
with institutions through our own workers’ turnover!

-Remember chaplain who sat outside prison gate for 1.5 years
-seen administrative resistance healed; reach out to head chaplains at prison; help them
understand that CS is a Christian religion; go in with open hearts; bring periodical article
-sometimes delay gives time to resolve things and open path for Pastor to have impact
-Interfaith chaplain did not want CS in prison; volunteers went every week and sat
outside jail and read Bible Lesson to the jail; volunteers made efforts to maintain good
relations with prison chaplain; got support from inmates; eventually difficult prison
chaplain was replaced; work of CS chaplains acknowledged by prison admin and
inmates
-one branch church has members write to inmates; share metaphysical ideas with them
-“Corresponding Chaplains” in CA; has brought many into institutional work; could
include SS students as well; Telmate system for communicating with inmates


Question 2:

Are there options for more comprehensive training before
volunteering at institutions? So far I have heard of training by the facility one is
serving at, but not much from the church – either The Mother Church or branch
churches. We obviously base our ministry on Christian Science, but additional
information and training from a CS perspective would be helpful as well. Any
advice to “newbies”.
-take interested members into prison as observers first;
-have group and individual training of new volunteers
-assess potential volunteers: accompany new volunteers before they begin work
themselves
-one group wrote detailed handbook for new volunteers;
-mentor over Skype; hold workshops for new volunteers;
-go into prison with love; look for spiritual growth of inmates; listen for God’s guidance;
-remember that Christ has gone in before you; Mind will guide you in what to say; you
are not going in alone;
-don’t get pulled in by argument of fatigue; the good work gives fresh energy
-remember the Pastor speaks to all; with motive to bless, we will be lead to find in the
Pastor what will speak to the situation; Pastor a complete preparation for this work;
everything you will need you will find in our Pastor;

Question 3:

How can we help discharged prisoners find their feet and continue
with Christian Science? Is giving money to them an appropriate step? If money
is appropriate, how to do it in a way that makes it so that provision is not taken
advantage of?
-Be proactive! Let soon-to-be-released inmates know of existence of our churches and
services
-help inmates understand true, spiritual source of supply; same source of employment;
prison rules may forbid giving money to released inmates(?)
-lightinprison.org website has ideas someone said
-let churches in area know ahead if an inmate is about to be released in their community
-big need for released inmates is finding employment; perhaps write recommendation for
them; be wise and cautious in giving money; give for specific purpose; if you wish to give
a loan be discerning

2017 Year End CSCIW for Texas Report

The Christian Science Committee for Institutional Work in Texas Date:               January 15, 2018 Subject:        2017 Year End Report To:                   The Christian Science Branch Churches and Societies in Texas Thank you all for your dedicated support and participation in answering the call from those seeking salvation through the teachings, practice and understanding of Christian … Continue reading 2017 Year End CSCIW for Texas Report

The Christian Science Committee for Institutional Work in Texas

Date:               January 15, 2018

Subject:        2017 Year End Report

To:                   The Christian Science Branch Churches and Societies in Texas

Thank you all for your dedicated support and participation in answering the call from those seeking salvation through the teachings, practice and understanding of Christian Science.

Distribution Activity:  The thirst for our Pastor and subscriptions to the publications is constant.  Distribution results for 2017 from the State office are as follows:

  • Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures – 90 English and 35 Spanish mailed; 260 provided to volunteers to distribute at lectures and chaplain visits
  • Bibles – 68 English, 3 Spanish mailed
  • The Christian Science Monitor – 45 facility & 182 one-year subscriptions for individuals; 183 donated copies distributed to the inmates from this office
  • Christian Science Sentinel – 278 donated copies mailed from office; 129 subscriptions
  • Herald of Christian Science – 96 mailed from office
  • myBibleLesson – 600 subscriptions through bulk license; 440 weekly recipients 160 copies are mailed to volunteer chaplains
  • 149 new requests to be added to the Bible lesson mailing list. 154 names were removed
  • Spanish Full Text edition – 218 mailed – began with 12 recipients, now have 23 recipients
  • 750 Thanksgiving lessons
  • Letters from this office to inmates – 1,214
  • 6 new members of The Mother Church

 

 

2017 Annual Meeting: We’re so grateful to have had Chaplain (Colonel) Janet Yarlott Horton US Army (Retired) inspire us with her experiences and heart felt prayers.  Everyone can listen to her comments and the reports given the first half of the meeting on the New Braunfels Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/firstchurchcsnb/videos/506317483049371/    Begin at 8 minutes

Here is your new State Committee:

  • Chair – Eleanor Bigbie – East At Large Member – thru 2019
  • Vice Chair – George Nutwell – Houston Zone – thru 2019
  • Suzanne Davis – Austin Zone – thru 2020
  • Hal Shrewsbury, CS – San Antonio Zone -thru 2020
  • Patty Woodard, CS – DFW Zone – thru 2018
  • Shellie Evans – West At Large Member – thru 2018

Zone Update

San Antonio Zone

  • Two chaplains visit the Bexar County Jail twice a month to conduct a Bible study class and introduction to Christian Science. 30 or more men fill the room to capacity every time.
  • First Church San Antonio and area volunteers have been faithfully providing services at Lackland Air Force base for 25 years!
  • The Applewhite Substance Abuse Training Facility has a very active volunteer who provided 50 Bible classes to 219 individuals, giving away 26 Bibles and 15 Science and Health.
  • The Laurel Ridge Treatment Center volunteer conducts Bible classes for the Wounded Warrior program at the facility. 60 attendees participated in classes this year.  4 Bibles and 1 Science and Health were given away.
  • 22 youngsters at the Bexar County Juvenile Detention Center have participated in Bible classes offered by the volunteer. 2 Bibles and 1 copy of Science and Health were given away.
  • 37 church services, complete with music, were conducted at the Torres Unit in Hondo by the New Braunfels branch volunteers providing 13 Science and Health, 2 of which were Spanish, 4 Prose Works, and 3 Bibles. While three of the regular attendees have been transferred, six new men have joined the dedicated group. Two church members also provide spiritual support through the mail with letters and articles.

Houston Zone

  • Eight volunteers serve in this highly populated zone with chaplain visits at Harris County Jail and state prison units, church services at 4 prison units and letter writing.
  • The Huntsville Unit formerly known as the Walls Unit receives bi-weekly services on Saturday morning when a volunteer is available. The Ramsey Unit has weekly services on Sunday night at 6 p.m.  The Wynne Unit has weekly chaplain visits on Tuesday afternoon.  The Estelle Unit has bi-weekly services on Saturday afternoon.
  • The chaplain visits at the Harris County Jail have reached over 2,400 people. 427 Science and Health, 470 Bibles, 1200 myBibleLesson, 849 Christian Science Sentinel, and 160 copies of      The Christian Science Monitor were distributed by the volunteers, as well as Prose Works, Manuals, Hymnals and many other Reading Room items.
  • They report, “Over 100 inmates in the Houston area are receiving and studying the weekly myBibleLesson. Some of them are also receiving periodicals and other Christian Science books.  This group, for us, really represents a new congregation in our community.  While some may be disappointed that churches have closed the past few years, it is clear from our work that new ones are appearing.”

 

DFW Zone

  • 20 volunteers provide 18 services per month at five facilities: state units, Coffield and Michael; federal units, Seagoville and FMC Carswell; services at two locations and chaplain visits at Dallas County Jail; and literature at the Denton County Jail.
  • The Coffield Unit volunteers held their 4th Annual Thanksgiving service with 125 inmates in attendance. The testimony portion of the service was filled with heartfelt gratitude and healing.
  • Nine lectures were given in the zone in 2017. “Lectures are one of the keys to the success that we are having in the DFW zone” wrote volunteer Bob Woodard.
  • Three volunteers mentor through the mail.

 

Austin Zone

  • Volunteers from 1st and 3rd Church, Austin continue to support of the Gardner-Betts Juvenile unit. One volunteer is available to visit the females in the local state facilities.  The branch members in this zone provide constant metaphysical support for all the work going on throughout the state.

 

At Large areas

  • Abilene, McAllen and Lubbock members are answering letters and embracing the seekers drawn to reach out to them.
  • Two wonderful ladies are volunteer chaplains at the El Paso County Jail.

 

Where We Serve:  The Committee is in contact with individuals in 93 facilities throughout the state encompassing federal, state, and county jurisdictions!

  • There are weekly church services at two Federal Units in the DFW zone.
  • Four county facilities- Dallas, Harris, El Paso, and Bexar have weekly church services and/or chaplain visits.
  • Facilities with large groups of offenders receiving the weekly Bible lessons.
    • Coffield Unit in Tennessee Colony has 101 men – has weekly services.
    • Michael Unit in Tennessee Colony has 43 men – has weekly services.
    • Clements Unit in the Amarillo area has 21 men – needs volunteers.
    • Ramsey 1 Unit in Rosharon has 12 men – has weekly services.
    • In the Amarillo area the Neal Unit has 7 men – needs volunteers for new services.
    • In the Beaumont area we have 16 men at the Stiles Unit and 10 at the Polunsky Unit. These Units need volunteers– would you consider reading the Lesson here?
    • The Huntsville area facilities – Estelle 28, Huntsville 8, Eastham 7, Ellis 6 and Wynne 3.

2018 Needs:

  1. Additional volunteer chaplains in the Beaumont, Huntsville, and Amarillo communities.
  2. Your individual support! The per capita was set at $3.50 of the actual cost of $9.98 per member per month.   We have budgeted for 600 subscriptions to myBibleLesson.  The lesson’s subscription, printing, packaging and postage are a monthly expense of $2,973.00 or $35,674.00 for the year.
  3. We have committed to providing 200 Christian Science Monitor subscriptions and 135 Christian Science Sentinel subscriptions totaling $31,165.00 and need your help to do so.

Checks can be made payable to the committee and mailed to the Executive Secretary at the address below or you can contribute online thru Pay Pal at: https://christiansciencedallas.com/programs/outreach-to-prisons/

Thank you for your continued metaphysical and financial support of this statewide activity.

Elizabeth Arnett

Executive Secretary/Treasurer

P.O. Box 1381

Roanoke, TX 76262

elizarnett@att.net

817-996-2285