Calendar

Sep
27
Thu
HOW TO MAKE CHANGE FOR THE BETTER @ Charlevoix Public Library
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm

 

Janet Hegarty

Janet Hegarty, CSB — I may not be an architect, but I know the value of a strong foundation. My life improved when I began building on new views of myself and my identity, which sprang from a better concept of God than I’d had before. This better concept of God brought healing changes to my life in a way that was deep and lasting.

Building this new foundation began when my mother-in-law introduced me to Christian Science. As I explored the ideas in the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, I began to get a very different view of God. Never before had I encountered the idea that God is not merely sometimes good or just a little bit good, but all good, only good, always. To think of God as pure goodness, and to discover that this same all-good God was the source of what I am and what everyone is without exception, was, to me, a new and life-changing way to think about existence.

These new ideas showed me the power of God, divine goodness, at work in all of our lives–providing solutions to challenges such as sickness, dishonesty, and career setbacks, which often seem like they can shake our foundation and connection to what’s good. This had a practical effect in my own life, bringing a quick healing of a long-standing food allergy. And, as time has gone on, this foundational understanding of God as pure good has transformed my life in many ways, including the healing of a serious illness and the restoration of my career.

I invite you to join me in discovering how you can establish your own strong foundation and experience the life-changing effects of building on this solid basis for yourself and the world.

Sep
30
Sun
SPIRITUAL CHRISTIANITY THAT RESTORES HEALTH @ Midland Center for the Arts
Sep 30 @ 3:30 pm

Kari Mashos

Kari Mashos, CSB

— In this lecture, Kari Mashos of Cape Neddick, Maine, and Athens, Greece, will share healings from her own life that shed  light on a spiritual approach to restoration, and on the system of healing that allows each of us to feel more of the regenerating power of God in our lives: Christian Science.

“I love seeing the Acropolis every time I go home to Athens, but what’s really captured my attention is the careful restoration of its monuments.

“Restoration is a theme that most of us can relate to. Whether it’s the restoration of a relationship, financial restoration after a hardship, or a restoration of our bodies, the desire to bring some aspect of our lives back to wholeness is a fairly universal one. But is restoration always possible? And if so, how?

“Through my study of the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy—the textbook of Christian Science, which has helped me understand the practicality and spiritual significance of the Bible—I’ve learned that the restoration of our bodies and lives is actually completely natural. Yet unlike the restoration of the Acropolis, this spiritual restoration—the regeneration of our lives through the power of God—is not the effort to bring back an object to a close version of its original. Instead, the divine healing method that restores lives is a spiritual awakening. This holy inspiration does not restore us from a lost state; instead, it is the revelation that we can never lose what our divine, loving Father gives us: health, wholeness, peace.”

 

 

Oct
7
Sun
MAKING MEANINGFUL CHANGE: HOW GOD’S LOVE CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND THE WORLD @ Flint CS Church
Oct 7 @ 2:30 pm

Mark McCurties

Mark McCurties, CS — “The desire to change ourselves, to improve our character, our relationships, our life prospects can also go beyond just the boundary of our own lives and the four walls of our home. Many men and women around the world have a sincere yearning to improve the collective experience of mankind,” says Speaker Mark McCurties. “In this lecture, I will explain how God’s loving and saving power is the greatest agent for change, and that through a right understanding of God, His power can be seen and felt right here and now, bringing health and peace to the world.”

The ideas in this lecture are based on the teachings of Jesus as recorded in the Bible, and as discussed in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy.

McCurties has had a life-long love of the Bible and its inspiring message of individual triumph over adversity. After graduating from college he spent a number of years in the field of education where he worked as a camp director, experiential educator, resident counselor, and athletics coach. While working with young people, he had many opportunities to witness the healing power of God, and these inspiring experiences eventually led him into the full-time public practice of Christian Science.

Mark McCurties is a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. He travels from his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Oct
9
Tue
LEARN TO PRAY AND HEAL (A SPIRITUAL ADVENTURE) @ Traverse City Opera House
Oct 9 @ 7:30 pm
Nate Frederick

Nate Frederick

Nate Frederick, CS — Are prayer and healing for you? I mean, if you have no experience with spirituality or religion, or you’re not even sure what you think about God, can you still pray and be healed?

Yes. Because prayer and healing are natural to us, and I say this as one who didn’t even grow up in a religious household. But what I’ve discovered as I’ve studied Christian Science is that a willingness to shift perspectives, to see things in a new, more spiritual way, has an effect–for anyone.

Like in the case of an inmate I worked with. As I shared the basics of Christian Science with him he said it all sounded great but he was just a bad person. He seemed pretty convinced that healing wasn’t for him. But as we talked about the fact that he wasn’t defined by his past, but by God, his source, who is completely good, I could tell his thought about himself was changing.

And then he wanted more. So he took a copy of the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, back to his cell and started to dive into these books. Six or seven weeks later, I ran into him again and he told me that he’d been healed of a serious illness–just from studying the Bible and Science and Health. His study helped him grasp God and his life in a new way and his disease was cured.

In my lecture, I’ll share more about the fundamentals of effective prayer, as I’ve learned from studying Christian Science, as well as how healing is truly possible for everyone.

Oct
28
Sun
GOD’S LAW OF INNOCENCE AND OUR WELL-BEING @ Royal Oak CS Church
Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm

Brian Pennix

Brian Pennix, CSB — I love all sorts of people, and for me a great joy is helping others appreciate their closeness with God and their right to health and peace as God’s innocent children.

This appreciation started for me as a boy in Christian Science Sunday School. There was a teacher who, both by words and example, taught me to think more clearly about Christian healing. He showed me we each have the God-given capacity to help others with healing, and as early as high school, I found occasions to help friends through Christian prayer. This has remained at the core of my life through its numerous turns.

After college I went into US Army Intelligence where I learned to speak Russian and served in Germany. Then back home in California, I completed law school and practiced law there and also in Massachusetts. This included two terms as General Counsel of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston.

While practicing law, I frequently set aside separate office hours to pray for my community and also for those who asked me for prayerful help with specific problems. Eventually, I traded my law practice for the public practice of Christian Science healing. My happiest vocation is being a Christian Science practitioner and teacher. The most rewarding aspects of the work are the wonderful feeling of learning more about how God is caring for all of us; getting a deeper awareness of that; and seeing it manifested as healing in someone’s life who has asked me to pray with them.

Nov
4
Sun
SPIRITUAL CHRISTIANITY THAT RESTORES HEALTH @ Grand Rapids CS Church (1st)
Nov 4 @ 3:00 pm

Kari Mashos

Kari Mashos, CSB

— In this lecture, Kari Mashos of Cape Neddick, Maine, and Athens, Greece, will share healings from her own life that shed  light on a spiritual approach to restoration, and on the system of healing that allows each of us to feel more of the regenerating power of God in our lives: Christian Science.

“I love seeing the Acropolis every time I go home to Athens, but what’s really captured my attention is the careful restoration of its monuments.

“Restoration is a theme that most of us can relate to. Whether it’s the restoration of a relationship, financial restoration after a hardship, or a restoration of our bodies, the desire to bring some aspect of our lives back to wholeness is a fairly universal one. But is restoration always possible? And if so, how?

“Through my study of the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy—the textbook of Christian Science, which has helped me understand the practicality and spiritual significance of the Bible—I’ve learned that the restoration of our bodies and lives is actually completely natural. Yet unlike the restoration of the Acropolis, this spiritual restoration—the regeneration of our lives through the power of God—is not the effort to bring back an object to a close version of its original. Instead, the divine healing method that restores lives is a spiritual awakening. This holy inspiration does not restore us from a lost state; instead, it is the revelation that we can never lose what our divine, loving Father gives us: health, wholeness, peace.”

 

 

THE HEALING POWER OF STILLNESS @ Fenton Community & Cultural Center
Nov 4 @ 3:00 pm
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Lari Snorek-Yates

Speaker: Lari Snorek-Yates, CS

— Lari will talk about how everyone can discover a stillness that brings rest and healing to our everyday lives. Christian Science healing teaches how to find a deep-settled calm within ourselves that cannot be disrupted by fear or any outward disturbance. The talk will include examples of how the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy have brought lasting peace and complete healing to individual lives.

Nov
13
Tue
PRACTICING CHRISTIAN HEALING TODAY @ Rochester CS Church
Nov 13 @ 7:30 pm

Mary Alice Rose

Mary Alice Rose, CSB — My hope is that you’ll be able to walk away from this lecture with the essence of true Christianity in your own heart: love that reforms, transforms, and heals.

What do you think of when you hear the word Christianity? For some today, Christianity may have negative connotations, or perhaps provoke something other than an entirely positive response. But the Christianity I know—the Christianity I understand that Christ Jesus taught—is a vital, crucial agent for healing in the world.

My heart yearns for people to know what Christianity truly means: To me, it’s so about love. And there is no better example in human history of genuine, unconditional love—and its healing effect—than Christ Jesus’ own life. The love he taught and demonstrated actually transformed lives—so it must have been more than mere sympathy or kindness. It must have been the inspiration of divine Love, God, that enabled him to embrace each individual as the beloved child of God.

Living Christianity is about how we can do the same—how Jesus himself expected us to do the same. He taught that those who followed him by living and loving according to his teachings could heal as he did. And he left us with the promise that spiritual healing is possible for everyone to experience and practice.

At the heart of this healing is love—the true vision of our neighbor which flows from God, Love itself. In this lecture, I’ll share how this love impels us to go beyond our preconceived notions and discover more of each individual’s God-derived nature in order to help others. I’ll also discuss some other ideas basic to Christian Science—which is founded on Jesus’ words and works—that allow any of us to heal and be healed.