Newsletter
January 2017

HAPPY NEW BEGINNINGS!

1. Lectures: Our Church will be sponsoring a lecture by Michelle Nanouche, entitled "Finding God, Finding Health", on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. at Whaley Park, 5620 Atherton Street, Long Beach. The Lecture Preparatory Meeting will be after the church service at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, January 15th via conference call. Ms. Nanouche will give a lecture on Sunday, January 22, at 2:00 p.m., at the Palos Verdes Church, entitled "Christian Science: What it is and How it Heals," and will also give a prison talk co-sponsored by the Palos Verdes Church and our church on Saturday morning.

2. Special Lecture Event: On Saturday, April 8th, the Orange County churches are jointly presenting an event at Orange Coast College, Robert B. Moore Theater, 2701 Fairview Road (at Arlington Drive), Costa Mesa, CA 92626, free parking. This event will include two lectures about "Spiritual Healing Today" and address the question "Have you ever wondered how Christ Jesus healed?--curing disease, destroying addiction, eliminating violence, inspiring relationships, balancing finances, removing fear." The speakers will be Mary Alice Rose and Chet Manchester, members of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. Audience submitted questions will be answered by the lecturers. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. and the event is from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Advanced tickets are available for $12.00 online at GodTalksCS.org. Tickets purchased on site will be $15.00. Join them for a picnic lunch at 12:40 p.m., after the morning talks. Pre-paid box lunches will be available (sign-up online) for $11.00 or bring a sack lunch. For additional information, call 714-801-7953 or check them out on facebook -- https://www.facebook.com/GodTalksCS.

3. Wendell: For those of you who knew Wendell Danielson, I'm sad to inform you that he passed away last month. Wendell was a member of our church for many years and served on the Executive Board before he moved to The Willows after the passing of his wife, Sallie.

4. Institutional Committee: This is the Committee that assists in obtaining permission for us to present lectures at the Terminal Island Correctional Facility. They are asking for your prayerful support.

5. Fruitage: From the Committee on Christian Science Work in Los Angeles County Institutions: "The Bible states in Isaiah 55:3 'Incline your ear and come unto me: hear and your soul shall live.' This passage has been extremely helpful. Several men on one floor have issues with hearing and cannot speak.
They started coming to the church services every week about six months ago. They were all very happy and eager to learn. They had some ability to read and write and took Science and Health, literature and Bible passages. They often stay after and in their own way ask me to pray for them using their hands to indicate their need. One young man was appointed a trustee and about a month ago was released. He expressed so much gratitude and love in his own way. He truly made a lot of progress and was even making an effort to talk. The other men continue to come each week, The Lord's Prayer and listen to the Bible Lesson. One young man hears only a little and is able, through sign language, to encourage the other men. It is a joy to see their enthusiasm for Christian Science and express so much love. As I've mentioned before, I'm not able to get to a floor one week, due to security issues, the men always ask me where I was.
A young man believed that people could perform voodoo and that he had been the victim of voodooism.
As we talked about the allness of God, good, and the fact that there is only one God, one Mind, he became very quiet and began to understand the truth that, since God, good, is the only Mind, there could be no evil mind and no evil power because God, good, is the only power. He realized this Truth and was healed. He knew he could not be tempted to believe in anything opposite to God, good. We both rejoiced in his freedom from this false belief. He expressed his gratitude for Christian Science."
And from our local Institutional Committee from their visits to the Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institution: "This month we had two new visitors. Both were overheard to say during the ensuing week that they enjoyed our service and will be coming back. The next weeks proved this to be true.
Good news! An attendee of several months admitted that he is a compulsive gambler. He will gamble on anything anytime at the slightest urging. The other men in his cell know his weakness and tempted to entice him to gamble with whatever he has--money, soup, toiletries, etc. He gives in, but he really wants to quit! We had talked about gambling as breaking the very first commandment, that it is having more than one God. It is saying that God can't supply my needs as well as chance. This is dishonoring God, his power and omnipotence. Well, last week he said, 'Good news!, I have gone a whole week without gambling.' To him this seems like an eternity and a miracle. I noticed as he sat there reading that he did not look at all like the same man from last week. He had more character in his expression--more manliness, and I told him so. I said even your face expresses more dominion. He smiled when I said that. This is a big step for him, and he seems to feel the support from the others in our group who know his struggle.
On another note, since the religious books have been sequestered in a closet under lock and key by one of the previous chaplains, making accessability to all books religious very inconvenient. The need to know more about Mary Baker Eddy's life is something which needs to be covered at our services from books that I bring in. In order to educate them, we have started viewing a vintage VCR tape on her life which the men are enjoying very much.
More good news from an inmate who has found it difficult to keep his temper when talking to the mother of his child on the phone. But this last week he said that their conversation went very smoothly despite the negativity she kept interjecting into the conversation. Before, he would take offense and fire back defensively, but not this week! He attributes this to what we talk about in our services, that to not personalize insults or criticism, but rather know it to be mortal thinking coming from mortal reasoning, not from Godly thinking, and no part of anyone's true being. Try always to speak to the highest concept of that person, and that of course is their spiritual self. He said it was the most harmonious conversation that they had in a long time. We also discussed the wisdom in not 'blowing up' and swearing--it just isn't manly. He has apparantly learned a lesson from our talks. Another bit of good news is a recently released inmate now has a job with Goodwill Industries in his home town. This will tide him over until he can find work in his field as an electrician. It is good that he keeps in touch by letter to encourage others due to leave soon.
As an aside, it is interesting to note one meets people from all walks of life here in the institution. One man bears the name of a very distinguished, early-day settler here in southern California who is a close relative.
The Lesson Sermons continue to be our main course of spiritual nourishment at our visits from which we all draw strength and comfort for the coming week. There is much progress going on thanks to God!"