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November 16, 2006
The members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in La Cañada Flintridge invite their friends and families, and the public, to the church's annual Thanksgiving Day service of gratitude on Thursday, Nov. 23. "Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: for his mercy endureth for ever." (Psalms 106:1) will be read at the Thanksgiving Day service. Testimonies of thanks given by the congregants will conclude the service, which consists of readings from the King James version of the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures", by Mary Baker Eddy.
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November 17, 2005
First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge welcomes everyone to a Thanksgiving Day service on Nov. 24 at 10 a.m. at 600 Foothill Blvd. The one-hour service is open to the public. The church invites the community to join in singing praises to God, and recalls the words of Paul: "Rejoice evermore ... In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." (I Thessalonians 5:16, 18) The service features the Bible lesson, which is read worldwide from the King James version of the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.
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August 1, 2013
First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Canada Flintridge, announced this week the election of new readers for their church services. Longtime La Cañada resident Jennifer Essen is the church's new first reader. Jane Boessen, a Sunland resident, was elected second reader. They will both serve one-year terms. Essen runs the 10 a.m. Sunday service and reads from “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy. Boessen reads from the Bible. The Sunday service also includes hymns and prayers.
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By Graham Bothwell | February 25, 2010
The tradition of Lent, with its customary prayer, fasting and almsgiving, leading up to Easter, is observed by many Christian denominations. Over the years, individual church practices during Lent have evolved, and today some churches do not specifically celebrate a Lenten season. Such is the case with my own church, where Easter is nevertheless an important occasion of promise and fulfillment, a message about life rather than death. Jesus was surrounded by opposition. Established society of the time, envious of his popularity, believed they could kill him; but he knew that his real life was in God and could not be destroyed.
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April 30, 2009
First Church of Christ, Scientist Lecture by John Q. Adams May 2 John Q. Adams of New York City is speaking at 2 p.m. May 2 on the topic “Does Christian Science Really Heal Sin and Sickness?” Adams will help the audience explore how healing is possible through the practical application of prayer. He will also share real life experiences that show how people have put this prayer-based healing system into practice Adams is a national speaker, practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing.
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January 31, 2008
On science, Creationism [Re: In Theory, Religion Section, Valley Sun, Jan. 24] The recent release of “Science, Evolution, and Creationism” by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, is again raising the question whether Creationism or “intelligent design” should be taught in public schools. The authors of the report conclude that it should not, because the theory of evolution, as part of the biological sciences, can be proven, while Creationism by any name is a belief that cannot.
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April 23, 2009
What advice do you give your congregants for God to take a greater role in their lives? Are there Bible studies, retreats, or service projects in your church that help your congregants turn their lives toward God?   The Church of Christ, Scientist, was founded in the late 19th century by Mary Baker Eddy and her students, who were known as Christian Scientists. Since her early years, Mrs. Eddy experienced a calling from God that led her progressively into the field of spiritual healing, an understanding of the spiritual relationship each of us has to God, which empowers us in relying on divine Love for every need.
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March 26, 2009
CNN recently reported that America is a “less Christian nation than it was 20 years ago.” There has also been an increase in the number of people expressing no religious affiliation at all, according to the report. What do you believe is the reason or reasons some people are stepping away from the church? And what can we do to encourage those people to come back?   Many churches have been asking themselves these questions over several decades. Society is changing faster than at any time in history, and people today are not thinking, communicating, or participating as they once did. Many have loosed themselves from what they regard as mere tradition and are looking beyond what they perceive as the limited scope of previous generations.
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July 30, 2009
Q. The Rev. Ethan Maple of Indianapolis, Indiana, recently started The Movie Theater Church. His idea was not to build a physical church but to build a worship community in a comfortable and unintimidating place, like a movie theater. Churches rent theater facilities every week for worship, paying up to $1,000 for three hours. However, some critics of this believe that holding church in a movie theater sends the message that the church is not going to be there for the long run and “not here to stay,” according to a recent CNN article.
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August 1, 2013
First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Canada Flintridge, announced this week the election of new readers for their church services. Longtime La Cañada resident Jennifer Essen is the church's new first reader. Jane Boessen, a Sunland resident, was elected second reader. They will both serve one-year terms. Essen runs the 10 a.m. Sunday service and reads from “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy. Boessen reads from the Bible. The Sunday service also includes hymns and prayers.
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August 18, 2010
British theologian Daphne Hampson, author of "Theology and Feminism," argues that "religions have proved the ultimate weapon in keeping woman in her place. " How would you answer the question "Is religion bad for women?" Religious traditions are intimately tied to our social structure, and the place of women in society is much influenced in that way. I can understand how Daphne Hampson reached her conclusions with respect to women's rights, for example, that Christianity "is neither true nor moral," that there is "need for a paradigm shift in religion," even her decision to "discard Christianity," as she defines it. And yet she retains her deep conviction of God's existence.
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March 18, 2010
A February episode of NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” reported that a survey from the Pew Forum on Religion showed that a vast majority of Americans, nearly 80%, believe in miracles. The results are from a wider study, “Religion Among the Millennials.” What is, in your opinion, the definition of a miracle? What does your religion teach about miracles? And have you ever been witness to one?   Graham Bothwell : In the context of this week’s question, the word “miracle” brings to mind divine intervention, or other phenomena not explainable by nature.
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By Graham Bothwell | February 25, 2010
The tradition of Lent, with its customary prayer, fasting and almsgiving, leading up to Easter, is observed by many Christian denominations. Over the years, individual church practices during Lent have evolved, and today some churches do not specifically celebrate a Lenten season. Such is the case with my own church, where Easter is nevertheless an important occasion of promise and fulfillment, a message about life rather than death. Jesus was surrounded by opposition. Established society of the time, envious of his popularity, believed they could kill him; but he knew that his real life was in God and could not be destroyed.
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July 30, 2009
Q. The Rev. Ethan Maple of Indianapolis, Indiana, recently started The Movie Theater Church. His idea was not to build a physical church but to build a worship community in a comfortable and unintimidating place, like a movie theater. Churches rent theater facilities every week for worship, paying up to $1,000 for three hours. However, some critics of this believe that holding church in a movie theater sends the message that the church is not going to be there for the long run and “not here to stay,” according to a recent CNN article.
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May 14, 2009
La Cañada Korean Church  La Cañada Korean Church youth group This summer the La Cañada Korean Youth Group will learn what the Bible teaches about prayer. The group will learn the what, why, when and how of this indispensable Christian discipline. All teaching is done in English. Junior highers and above are welcomed. The group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays at Lutheran Church in the Foothills, at 1700 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada. For more information, call Anthony Melicharek at (858)
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March 26, 2009
CNN recently reported that America is a “less Christian nation than it was 20 years ago.” There has also been an increase in the number of people expressing no religious affiliation at all, according to the report. What do you believe is the reason or reasons some people are stepping away from the church? And what can we do to encourage those people to come back?   Many churches have been asking themselves these questions over several decades. Society is changing faster than at any time in history, and people today are not thinking, communicating, or participating as they once did. Many have loosed themselves from what they regard as mere tradition and are looking beyond what they perceive as the limited scope of previous generations.
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January 31, 2008
On science, Creationism [Re: In Theory, Religion Section, Valley Sun, Jan. 24] The recent release of “Science, Evolution, and Creationism” by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, is again raising the question whether Creationism or “intelligent design” should be taught in public schools. The authors of the report conclude that it should not, because the theory of evolution, as part of the biological sciences, can be proven, while Creationism by any name is a belief that cannot.
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