5 things you need to know about the BA in November

November is all about gratitude, lots and lots of gratitude, and Graduation. I hope you have already registered for the Online 2020 Graduation on Saturday at 11:00 EDT, but if not, here is the registration link for graduation.   Gratitude for our new red truck… and for the donor that gave us the down payment […]

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November is all about gratitude, lots and lots of gratitude, and Graduation. I hope you have already registered for the Online 2020 Graduation on Saturday at 11:00 EDT, but if not, here is the registration link for graduation.

 

Gratitude for our new red truck…

Red Truckand for the donor that gave us the down payment for it.  With leaf pickup season here and snow season almost upon us, we had to replace our ancient white truck. On our 24-acre campus our trucks are in constant use. The Facility Department moved quickly to find a fabulous used red truck. And who doesn’t love a red truck! The Facility Department loves driving it, and we love seeing it around campus!

 

Gratitude for gracious and loving donors providing meals for Christian Science nurses

We are grateful for the many tender, loving acts of kindness from those that support the BA. We were so touched by the gift of meals for the BA’s Christian Science nurses that started arriving this spring and were delivered twice a week. The Christian Science nurses were able to choose from a menu of soups, salads, and sandwiches, all from fresh produce from Idylwilde Farms. This arrived along with fresh fruit and flowers for the café in the Christian Science Nursing Building.  

 

Gratitude for our campus community

Our community at the BA is filled with such joy. It is inspiring to come to work each day. Though we have restrictions and requirements for social distancing and masks, those restrictions have not stopped the workers and residents from finding new and fresh ways to support each other and to move forward. We are all learning new skills, for instance, around the technology of video conferencing. Our residents have for a couple of years met together to read the Sermon on the Mount each Sunday. This continued last spring, though with masks and separate and smaller groups because of the need for social distancing. Then came the idea to meet by Zoom for the reading to allow for all residents to be together virtually. And this last month they presented it over Channel 16 (an internal BA sound channel) which allowed patients to tune in and hear it.

 

A Record of Healing

Record of HealingYou may remember that about a year ago we announced that we were preparing a collection of healings that were supported by Christian Science nursing at the BA, from the Christian Science periodicals and from testimonies shared directly with us. The booklet, A Record of Healing, has just been printed and the copies have arrived. Many of you requested a copy when we first announced it, and you will be receiving your copy soon. They are being mailed next week. If you would like a copy, let me know. Just click on this link  and give me your name and mailing address.

 

Oodles of red noodles 

We added a bit of fun to social distancing with our new oodles of red noodles. Imagine a pool noodle but exactly 6 feet long and only 2 inches in diameter. They are light weight and perfect for measuring the six foot distance. It’s a great visual for seeing exactly how long six feet really is…usually longer than you think. And some of our residents take them on walks around the campus.  

 

AND…

I’m reading – Bible Stories as told to very little children by Bessie Edmond Andruss

I’m listening toFeed my sheep–Words by Mary Baker Eddy, Music by Lyman Bracket, Hymn #304 from the Christian Science Hymnal, Performance by Emma Kieran Schaefer

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Janiva’s Post

It is such a privilege to work at the BA along with the many spiritually minded individuals that support this organization. It is an unusual and challenging time and yet every day I see more joy, kindness, creativity, and resilience expressed across the campus. And there is such gratitude and support from our Field. Our […]

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It is such a privilege to work at the BA along with the many spiritually minded individuals that support this organization. It is an unusual and challenging time and yet every day I see more joy, kindness, creativity, and resilience expressed across the campus. And there is such gratitude and support from our Field. Our hearts have been touched by the donations, gifts, and loving notes that arrive at the BA. We are so blessed.

5 things you should know about the BA in September

Our active Christian Science nursing services. We are grateful that we continue to be able to admit patients at the BA and to respond to calls for the Visiting Service while staying in compliance with guidelines and restrictions for Brookline and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

CSNAIII (Advanced Christian Science Nursing Arts) started on September 1st. For five weeks Christian Science nurses from California, Missouri, and New Jersey (along with those from the BA) will call the BA home while they participate in the classroom portion of this course. With social guidance and ongoing restrictions in place for Massachusetts, we have needed to be creative and flexible as we set up classroom space. With desks 6 feet apart, we are using the Living Room (below the Chapel) in the Original Building for classroom sessions.

#HALFMYDAF  
Through these challenging times, it is rewarding to see the increase in charity and giving back, especially for nonprofits. And this is a time when nonprofits especially can use the added support. The #HALFMYDAF movement caught our attention because over $120 billion is sitting in Donor Advised Funds* and community foundations. A *Donor Advised Fund (DAF) is a simple, flexible and tax-efficient way to give to your favorite charities. A DAF is like a charitable investment account for the sole purpose of supporting charitable organizations you care about. These accounts may be held at an investment firm like Fidelity Charitable or a community foundation.

Restoring the portrait of Mrs. EddySo many BA Friends have been checking in on the progress of the restoration of Mrs. Eddy’s portrait that hung in the Reception Room at the BA for many years. The latest update is that the canvas has been cleaned and next week the portrait goes to the framer. And it should be ready to hang in October. We welcome your gifts to finish this wonderful project.

CSNA Graduation is virtual in 2020 – We will be celebrating online this year rather than meeting together in the Chapel for Graduation. Current guidelines do not allow us to gather in one place for our traditional Christian Science Nursing Arts graduation. We will be online with all the graduates and our keynote speaker in November. We will be announcing the exact date in the coming week.

 AND

 I’m reading in September – With Gratitude – The Power of a Thank You Note by Jennifer Richwine

 I’m listening toA Psalm for you –a new children’s video from TMCYouth

 

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Janiva’s Post

It is such a privilege to work at the BA along with the many spiritually minded individuals that support this organization. It is an unusual and challenging time and yet every day I see more joy, kindness, creativity, and resilience expressed across the campus. And there is such gratitude and support from our Field. Our […]

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It is such a privilege to work at the BA along with the many spiritually minded individuals that support this organization. It is an unusual and challenging time and yet every day I see more joy, kindness, creativity, and resilience expressed across the campus. And there is such gratitude and support from our Field. Our hearts have been touched by the donations, gifts, and loving notes that arrive at the BA. We are so blessed.

5 things you should know about the BA in September

Our active Christian Science nursing services. We are grateful that we continue to be able to admit patients at the BA and to respond to calls for the Visiting Service while staying in compliance with guidelines and restrictions for Brookline and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

CSNAIII (Advanced Christian Science Nursing Arts) started on September 1st. For five weeks Christian Science nurses from California, Missouri, and New Jersey (along with those from the BA) will call the BA home while they participate in the classroom portion of this course. With social guidance and ongoing restrictions in place for Massachusetts, we have needed to be creative and flexible as we set up classroom space. With desks 6 feet apart, we are using the Living Room (below the Chapel) in the Original Building for classroom sessions.

#HALFMYDAF  
Through these challenging times, it is rewarding to see the increase in charity and giving back, especially for nonprofits. And this is a time when nonprofits especially can use the added support. The #HALFMYDAF movement caught our attention because over $120 billion is sitting in Donor Advised Funds* and community foundations. A *Donor Advised Fund (DAF) is a simple, flexible and tax-efficient way to give to your favorite charities. A DAF is like a charitable investment account for the sole purpose of supporting charitable organizations you care about. These accounts may be held at an investment firm like Fidelity Charitable or a community foundation.

Restoring the portrait of Mrs. EddySo many BA Friends have been checking in on the progress of the restoration of Mrs. Eddy’s portrait that hung in the Reception Room at the BA for many years. The latest update is that the canvas has been cleaned and next week the portrait goes to the framer. And it should be ready to hang in October. We welcome your gifts to finish this wonderful project.

CSNA Graduation is virtual in 2020 – We will be celebrating online this year rather than meeting together in the Chapel for Graduation. Current guidelines do not allow us to gather in one place for our traditional Christian Science Nursing Arts graduation. We will be online with all the graduates and our keynote speaker in November. We will be announcing the exact date in the coming week.

 AND

 I’m reading in September – With Gratitude – The Power of a Thank You Note by Jennifer Richwine

 I’m listening toA Psalm for you –a new children’s video from TMCYouth

 

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Janiva’s Post for June 2020

    IN JUNE     1. The Christian Science Nurses Training School is active. – CSNAI (Introductory Christian Science Nursing Arts) started on June 16. With ongoing restrictions in place for Massachusetts, it calls on us to be more flexible in conducting the classroom and mentored portions of the class. All is going well! […]

 

 


IN JUNE

 

 

1. The Christian Science Nurses Training School is active. – CSNAI (Introductory Christian Science Nursing Arts) started on June 16. With ongoing restrictions in place for Massachusetts, it calls on us to be more flexible in conducting the classroom and mentored portions of the class. All is going well!

2. Interviewing and Hiring – There are five new staff members working at the BA in June. We have conducted all our initial interviews with video conferencing, with the final interview at the BA and following social guidance. The process is working well And we’re so grateful for the additional support!

3. Patient admissions – We continue to be able to admit patients at the BA and to respond to calls for the Visiting Service. While we do have restrictions in place, our Christian Science nursing services and responding to requests continue with no interruptions.

4. A new BA Trustee – We recently welcomed a new Trustee to the BA Board. Rob Collier is from Michigan and brings great expertise and appreciation for Christian Science nursing. We so value the different perspectives of our board and how that supports the BA!

5. Excellent team – How exceptionally our dedicated, resilient, flexible, and joy-filled staff have risen to the challenges of the last months! They are the best! During times like these, it reminds me that I should tell each of them, far more often than I do how essential they are to the BA and its mission. A big shout out to the BA staff, and their families that support them, as they carry out the services of the BA.

AND

 I’m reading in June – Adam Dickey: Secretary to Mary Baker Eddy, Chestnut Hill Edition.  (Mr. Dickey was from its founding one of the trustees of the BA)

 I’m listening toHymn #304 from the Annual Meeting. I love hearing everyone singing together.

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

We’re counting down the days…

It’s only 39 days until the AOCSN converges on Boston for our yearly conference. The AOCSN (Association of Organizations for Christian Science Nursing) is the trade association for Christian Science nursing organizations around the world. It meets yearly in different locations, and in 2019 it chose Boston in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the […]

It’s only 39 days until the AOCSN converges on Boston for our yearly conference.

The AOCSN (Association of Organizations for Christian Science Nursing) is the trade association for Christian Science nursing organizations around the world. It meets yearly in different locations, and in 2019 it chose Boston in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Benevolent Association.

The conference attendees will be staying in downtown Boston where they can easily attend and take tours of The Mother Church, visit The Mary Baker Eddy Library and Mapparium, and take tours of the Christian Science Plaza.

The AOCSN Conference is July 8-11, 2019, and is designed to provide a global perspective on Christian Science nursing and strong metaphysical support for our healing ministries. The theme is “Christian Science Nurse: “…a help…to maintain the dignity and defense of our Cause” (Church Manual 89th edition by Mary Baker Eddy). It includes excellent speakers on current topics, breakout sessions for in-depth discussions, and plenty of networking time. We are expecting about 120 attendees from around the world, and all representing Christian Science nursing organizations.

The BA will be hosting everyone at the conference for dinner and a tour of our Original Building and the Christian Science Nursing Building. We are so pleased that our new chiller is installed and operating and it will definitely be included on our tour.

Following dinner at the BA, we will all head over to Longyear Museum to complete the evening with a book talk by Heather Vogel Frederickson and a visit to special exhibits.

For attendees that arrive early or stay over for a couple of days, we are partnering with Longyear Museum and The Mother Church for special tours. There will be a half-day trip to Mrs. Eddy’s historic homes in Swampscott and Lynn MA along with Red Rock. There will be a guided tour for our group of The Mother Church following the Sunday service and a walking tour of Mrs. Eddy’s Boston.

We are so honored for the Benevolent Association to be recognized on the 100th anniversary of its opening. And we are especially grateful to be able to share Boston and the BA with all of our many loved colleagues.

Do you have your new Medicare card?

By now everyone should have their new Medicare cards. The new card has a new Medicare number that is unique to you, instead of your Social Security number. The new cards were issued to help protect your identity. CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) has finished mailing the new cards to all the U.S. […]

By now everyone should have their new Medicare cards. The new card has a new Medicare number that is unique to you, instead of your Social Security number. The new cards were issued to help protect your identity. CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) has finished mailing the new cards to all the U.S. states and territories.

What can you do if you have not received your new card?

 Here is a great link on medicare.gov that outlines the steps to take if you don’t have your new card.

  1. CMS suggests that you take a look around your house for old or unopened mail. The new Medicare cards were sent in a plain white envelope from the Department of Health and Human Services.
  2. You can also sign in to gov to get your new number or print your official card. If you have not created an account at MyMedicare.gov, you can sign up for an account.
  3. If you had rather talk directly to someone, call 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227).
  4. You may not have received your new Medicare card because CMS does not have your correct mailing address or other information. Corrected mailing information can be done online or by calling.
  5. You can still use your old Medicare card to get health care services until January 1, 2020.

Click here to learn more about your Medicare card.

 

 

 

 

ORH – Helping Christian Scientists find homes

  In September I attended the yearly conference of the ORH (Organization of Residential Homes), which was held in San Francisco at Arden Wood. If you are not familiar with this organization, ORH has been helping Christian Scientists find residential homes since 1973. The 19 member-organizations are located primarily in the US, with the exception […]

 

In September I attended the yearly conference of the ORH (Organization of Residential Homes), which was held in San Francisco at Arden Wood.

If you are not familiar with this organization, ORH has been helping Christian Scientists find residential homes since 1973. The 19 member-organizations are located primarily in the US, with the exception of McNeil House in the UK.

I especially enjoy the ORH conferences and meeting with the members because of the rich diversity among the organizations and their homes and facilities. These range from large to small. In the US, members are primarily from the East and West Coasts, although there are homes in Texas, Missouri, Kansas and Ohio. In some instances the homes are embedded within a larger community, enabling the Christian Science group to take advantage of the many amenities of a larger facility.

Adding to the diversity are more specialized homes represented by Asher Student Foundation, Twelveacres, and Rainbow Valley Resource Network.

If you are searching for a residence with other Christian Scientists, there is a handy tool on the ORH website that allows you to locate homes by location as well as amenities. You can search for homes based on a variety of criteria, such as: activities, meals, laundry, benevolence, pets, housekeeping, transportation, and Christian Science nursing. For those of you who are looking for completely independent living, the listing includes facilities in that category as well.

In 2013, when the ORH conference was held in Boston at the Benevolent Association, we interviewed Daystar Northwest Foundation, which supports the Christian Science community at Daystar Retirement Village in Seattle. Click here to listen to that interview.

And if you are interested in independent living in Boston with like-minded Christian Scientists, please check us out at The Residences at 910. You might be interested in our two-night complimentary stay to give you an idea of what living at The Residences at 910 is all about.

 

International Christian Science Nursing Days — coming soon to a location near you!

We are so pleased to be participating in the worldwide International Christian Science Nursing Days that are being held September 29 & 30, 2018. Organizations around the globe are preparing for this special focus weekend with different types of events. Information on all of the locations and events will be posted on the AOCSN (Association […]

We are so pleased to be participating in the worldwide International Christian Science Nursing Days that are being held September 29 & 30, 2018. Organizations around the globe are preparing for this special focus weekend with different types of events.

Information on all of the locations and events will be posted on the AOCSN (Association of Organizations for Christian Science Nursing) website.

Here at the Benevolent Association we have a wonderful day planned on Saturday, September 29 with events beginning at 10 AM and ending at 3:30 PM and a complimentary lunch from 12 noon to 1 PM in the Dining Room in the Original Building. There will be a look into the healing services of the BA and a hands-on workshop.

The presentations will be held in the Christian Science Nursing Building and will be given by Christian Science nurses from the BA. Here is a link to the day’s events.

All are welcome! We would love for you to join us. And for you living outside of the Boston area, be sure and check out the events in your area.

Save the Date — International Christian Science Nursing Days

International Christian Science Nursing Days is coming on September 29 & 30, 2018. No matter where you live, please save the date for the worldwide events. The International Christian Science Nursing Days were organized by the members of the Association of Organizations for Christian Science Nursing (AOCSN). The purpose is to bring focus to Christian […]

International Christian Science Nursing Days is coming on September 29 & 30, 2018. No matter where you live, please save the date for the worldwide events.

The International Christian Science Nursing Days were organized by the members of the Association of Organizations for Christian Science Nursing (AOCSN). The purpose is to bring focus to Christian Science nursing and its healing ministry by holding events for two days around the globe. Each organization’s presentations will be unique to their region and their facility or service.

Each Christian Science nursing facility and organization will have an event on one or both of these days. There will be many formats for these events depending on the organization:

  • Open houses 
  • Combining the Christian Science Nursing Days with Annual Meetings
  • Workshops
  • Panel discussions
  • Luncheons with presentations
  • Events and presentations held at local branch churches

For those who do not have a facility close by, there will be live-streaming of some of the events.

If you do not have a Christian Science nursing organization near you, and you are interested in a presentation, and think there would be others interested, please let us know. There is a group working on providing speakers for those areas with no facilities.

In the next few weeks there will be more information on this worldwide event, including a website with information for your area. We will also be adding information to the BA’s website about our own events. Watch for advertisements for the events in the Christian Science Sentinel, Facebook, csdirectory.com, and csnnetwork.org.