Love this Easter Hymn!

Let us sing of Easter gladness
That rejoices every day,
Sing of hope and faith uplifted;
Love has rolled the stone away.
Lo, the promise and fulfillment,
Lo, the man whom God hath made,
Seen in glory of an Easter
Crowned with light that cannot fade.

When we touch Truth’s healing garment
And behold Life’s purity,
When we find in Love the refuge
That is man’s security,
When we turn from earth to Spirit,
And from self have won release,
Then we see the risen Saviour;
Then we know his promised peace.

Living meekly as the Master,
Who of God was glorified,
Looking ever to the radiance
Of his wondrous Eastertide;
Freed of fear, of pain, and sorrow,
Giving God the honor due,
Every day will be an Easter
Filled with benedictions new.

From the Christian Science Hymnal
By Frances Thompson Hill

Hope you can join us on Easter Sunday at 10 am.

Ferns Bluebells and Crabapple blossoms

Awake. Alert. Responsive.

A group of us had the wonderful privilege of attending the Midwest Church Alive Summit, in Schaumburg, on Friday evening and Saturday, April 11 and 12. Bosede Bakarey, President of the Mother Church, gave the keynote address: "Father, teach us the life of Love".

Here are a few of the inspiring points she made in her talk: 

To really understand God is to love.  Church is a waking-up center.  Trials aren't sent from God, they send us to God.  IINFIRMITY may be defined as an inability to take a firm stand for your spiritual perfection.  Try forgiveness – it heals everything!  Forgiveness is for giving everyone the virtues they truly have and for forgetting any wrong done to you.  Practice reversing every unloving thought.  We are not in church to criticize but to love.  MEEKNESS may be defined as enduring injury with patience and without resentment. 

The talk was followed by sharing thoughts and comments with others. Then, many panel discussions dug deeper into the ideas of "church without walls", sharing what we love and what church means to the 20 to 30s age group.

Workshops that followed lunch helped us expand our ideas of church in the 21st century and how to bring new vitality to our Church Manual-based activities. Today was an uplifting and beautiful experience that we hope to share with others soon!

Health Can Be Contagious

Blog Post by Tim Mitchinson March 30, 2014

From Glen Ellyn Patch

...A smile can be contagious - so can anger, gossip, worry, and fear.  The best and the worst of human emotions can easily travel from one person to another.

     But what about health?  Can health be transmittable?  We all hear about infectious diseases and how they spread.  Can health spread? Click to read the full blog post.

Tim Mitchinson writes a blog on the relationship between thought, spirituality and health. In Illinois he is the media spokesman for Christian Science.

BFFs R good for your health!

From Tim Mitchinson's Blog Post, March 16, 2014

BFFs R GEYH - Best Friends Forever Are Good For Your Health!

     On her best-selling CD, Tapestry, Carole King sang the memorable song, “You’ve Got a Friend.”  Part of it states, “When you’re down and troubled and you need a helping hand and nothing…is going right.  You just call out my name and you know where ever I am, I’ll come running…you’ve got a friend.”

     I’ve loved those lyrics for a long time.  They always make me feel comforted and good inside.  The words of that song are full of compassion.  Did you know that compassion is good for your health?  Click to Read More.

Tim Mitchinson is the media spokesman for Christian Science in Illinois. He writes a blog and publishes articles that deal with the relationship between thinking and health.

Take the Plunge

Maybe you've seen the news on Mayor Rahm Emanuel and comedian Jimmy Fallon taking the "polar plunge" in Lake Michigan. How brave! How freeeeezing!

Jimmy Fallon emerges from the water after taking the Polar Plunge. (Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune)

Jimmy Fallon emerges from the water after taking the Polar Plunge. (Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune)

Mary Baker Eddy talks about another plunge – the mental plunge Jesus took – on page 313 of her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:

Jesus of Nazareth was the most scientific man that ever trod the globe. He plunged beneath the material surface of things, and found the spiritual cause.

Jesus taught that God, the one Spirit, made us in His own image and likeness, contrary to all surface appearances. Then he proved, by his fantastic healings, that we are spiritual and perfect, not material. This was indeed a brave plunge taken in behalf of all God's children everywhere!

Taking our personal bests to the "next level"

From Tim Mitchinson's Blog on Feb. 28

People all over the world have enjoyed the 2014 Winter Olympics.  We have seen athletes exceed beyond “personal bests”; in Nike’s current campaign, it’s: “Take it to the next level”. To me, it’s all about breaking through our own limitations and doing or being the best we can…

How about embracing a new level in the good emotions we cultivate and express in our lives?  Maybe we can express more affection, compassion and gratitude than we have in the past.

Kory Floyd, an associate professor at Arizona State University's Hugh Downs School of Human Communication has studied the effect of affection on one’s health.  "Being affectionate is good for you," Floyd says. "Affection can be a simple, non-pharmaceutical, cheap way to reduce stress."

Click here to read more.

Shine the Light on Corruption

After watching the news last night I was lamenting to myself that there is so much corruption in society – in governments, businesses, churches and individuals. Then, when reading our weekly Bible Lesson, I realized that one of the missions of Christ is to show us how to escape from corruption. (2 Peter 1: 2-4)

What a relief that people can feel the Christ presence, which is continually shining the light on whatever is corrupt, exposing it to the Truth and renovating human thought to be in sync with the divine Principle, Love.

Following the example of Jesus, we can see beyond human corruption to the spiritual idea – indestructible and incorruptible – which is standing strong as the real nature of all individuals and institutions, even though they may not perceive it at the moment. And, we can actively identify everyone with this, even before it is apparent.

Mary Baker Eddy wrote in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, on page 476:

Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick.

Having One Mind

Mind, with a capital "M", is a synonym for God. When we find ourselves in need, having exhausted the resources of material things, the divine Mind impels our movement into a new place of Spirit where the economy is always good. Abraham followed God's direction and moved to a new land of unlimited resources. (Genesis 12 and 13)

We are generally moving in the direction towards what we regard as having the most value. And, sometimes we "halt… between two opinions", as described by Elijah in I Kings, not wanting to give up our own personal mind-set.

When we finally make a whole-hearted decision to move beyond trust in the limitations of our own ego or material sense, a newly enlarged consciousness of spiritual understanding appears. But we need to stake our claim to this new territory! Mary Baker Eddy puts it this way on page 275 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "To grasp the reality and order of being in its Science, you must begin by reckoning God as the divine Principle of all that really is." She also says: "The straight and narrow way is to see and acknowledge this fact, yield to this power, and follow the leadings of truth."

When I was just starting my career as an art director, early on I received a bad performance review. I realized, with the help of a Christian Science practitioner, that I had to move to a deeper understanding of divine Mind's attributes of conception, perception, comprehension and insight; to know that Mind expresses these in His ideas. In reality, I only had one Mind and, as Paul counseled to the Philippians, I had to: "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus". Natural aptitude flowed into my work and it put me in good stead for the future, knowing where all useful and beneficial ideas really come from – the one infinite divine Mind.

The Healing of the Paralytic, National Gallery

The Healing of the Paralytic, National Gallery

Every challenge can become an opportunity to make a shift in our thinking from having a separate mind in matter to oneness with divine Mind. I recently saw this 16th Century Netherlandish painting called "The Healing of the Paralytic" at the National Gallery in Washington D.C. This man was obviously ready for a change in his thinking. Men had lowered him down through the roof on his couch to get in front of Jesus! Though many were sitting by to judge Jesus' actions, it didn't stop him from instantly healing the man, saying, "thy sins are forgiven thee", indicating a need for change in thought. Jesus proved the power of Mind when he said "Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house." The man did it, glorifying God which was the healing Mind-power that Jesus acknowledged was behind his wonderful works.

Join us any Sunday, at 10 am, and learn more about the Mind-power that heals when we acknowledge it as supreme and allow ourselves to be guided by it.