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Experience divine Love through Forgiveness!

Craig L. Ghislin, C.S., Glen Ellyn (Bartlett), IL
Posted Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Experience God's Love through Forgiveness!
Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on "Love"
January 26-February 1, 2009
By Craig L. Ghislin, C.S. of Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Editor's Note: The following application ideas for this week and the Possible Sunday School Topics that follow are offered primarily to help CEDARS campers and staff (as well as friends) see and demonstrate the great value of daily study and application of the Christian Science Bible lessons year-round, not just at camp! You can sign up to have them emailed to you free -- in English by Monday each week, or by each Wednesday you can get a FREE TRANSLATION in French from Pascal or in Spanish from Ana. (We no longer have a translator available for German.) JUST SIGN UP at www.cedarscamps.org/newsletters

How would you define love?  Do you think of it more as a noun or as a verb? Do you think of it as one-sided or reciprocal?  The Student's Reference Dictionary defines the verb form as "to regard with affection on account of some qualities which excite pleasing sensations, or desire of gratification...."  The noun is defined as, "an affection of the mind excited by beauty and worth of any kind, or by the qualities which communicate pleasure...."  In both instances the affection is based on good attributes in the object of affection.

Love is expressed in a variety of ways, but the emphasis in this Lesson is on forgiveness.  The Golden Text tells us that God has shown His love for man by sending His Son to forgive our sins.  This implies that if God loves us enough to forgive us, there must be something in us worth loving.

The language used in the Responsive Reading is very straightforward.  It reminds us that the initiator of love is God.  God is Love itself.  If we don't know love, we don't know God.  We show our love for God by our love for our fellowman.  We can't talk about God and neglect to back up that talk with action. If God expresses His love for us through forgiveness, we should also show our love for man by embracing the spirit of forgiveness.  Do you find it hard to forgive?  Is there anything in your life that you find unforgivable?  Perhaps the study of this Lesson will be of help to you.

Section 1: God's Tender Love Is All We Can Ask
Do you feel there is anything standing between you and God?  Do you find yourself searching for that "one big sin" that's holding you back from being healed?  Many people feel separated from God.  While they may concede that the Bible tells us that God is Love, they tend to hold on to the concept of God as more of a stern disciplinarian rather than a loving nurturer.  On one extreme there are those who have done some pretty awful things and feel they don't deserve to approach God.  On the other extreme there are those who are so self-righteous they think everyone else undeserving of God's love.  Wherever you may find yourself on that scale, this Lesson has a big message for you: God loves you and everybody else with an everlasting love (B1).  Isaiah tells us to fear not, and be not dismayed.  God will help us and uphold us (B2).  Even if the whole natural order of the material world would be disrupted and pass away, God will never leave us (B3).

As John writes, "God is Love." Mary Baker Eddy states that there's nothing more we could ask or expect (S1, 2).  More than being the human idea of God as the unpredictable "father of the gods" laden with lightning bolts for transgressing humans, God is the all-loving Father-Mother. God's relationship to His creation is not stern, but "tender" (S4).

Section 2:  Love's Forgiveness Reforms Us
God's tenderness is expressed in merciful forgiveness even to those who rebel against him (B5).  No matter what condition one may be in, turning to God will open the door to God's grace and mercy (B7).  If the afflictions we face are the result of sin, and those afflictions force us to turn from sin and get closer to God, those afflictions are a blessing to us (B6).  In context, the verse before Bible citation 8 mentions that the law of the new covenant between God and men will be written in men's hearts.  The law will be followed not due to fear of punishment but from an inward conviction.  There is no longer any need to impose the law from without, because there is an inward change in the hearts of men.  In this purified state all iniquity is washed away and sin is forgiven (B8).

Our Leader points out that it is in God's nature to forgive.  No amount of asking for forgiveness makes any difference (S5).  However that forgiveness is contingent upon our reformation (S6, 7).  It's comparatively easy to be sorry for wrongdoing.  But unless we change our course of action, our sorrow is insincere.  Sometimes there is very little effort made to correct sin, because sin is not taken seriously.  One might incorrectly reason that since God will forgive eventually anyway, there's no need for urgency in resisting and overcoming sin.  But Mrs. Eddy warns that if not corrected sin will "crush out happiness, health, and manhood" (S8).  Christian Science shows the necessity to rise above sin and provides courage and strength to do so.  Jesus taught that we can expect forgiveness, but as we find out in the Section 3 we need to stop sinning in order to be forgiven (S9).

Section 3:  Tattling and Whistle Blowing
The stories in this Lesson are very familiar to most of us.  The three accounts of Jesus forgiving sin have appeared several times in the Lesson recently. Consider the various points of view of those involved in the story of the "adulterous woman" (B9).  We have the accused, the accusers, those tagging along, and then we have the response of Jesus.  We've all played one of those parts at one time or another.  It's been pointed out that the accusers really were sticking their noses where they didn't belong.  They had no legal right to condemn the woman.  According to Dummelow, that right was reserved for her husband, or in this case husband-to-be since it is believed that the woman was not yet married, but betrothed.  The accusers were also more interested in tripping up Jesus than in the woman.  They thought they had him in a position to either advocate breaking Roman law or neglecting Jewish law.  But Jesus raised the question to a higher level, and by challenging their right to condemn her, he claimed his own right not to.  Through it all, Jesus remained at her side.  The right interpretation of God's law included protection and redemption.  In this incident Jesus demonstrated the Mother love that steadfastly sees the child through a difficult challenge.

What would you do if you found someone you knew-perhaps even a fellow church member-engaging in sinful behavior?  Would you chomp at the bit to condemn them?  Or if you heard a rumor that something illicit was taking place, would you hop on the bandwagon without investigating and demand punishment?  How would you feel if you had made a serious mistake and everyone was condemning you?

Jesus elevated our understanding of God and His loving nature (S10).  He challenged the rabbinical view of God as having human characteristics-some good and some bad (S11).  This higher understanding enables man to break free from tyrannical laws.  There is nothing in human experience stronger than a mother's love for her child (S13).  Neither is anything stronger than the bond between God and Her children.  The divine Mother-Love is constant.  Regardless of how far we try to stray, that Mother-Love is ever-present.  Jesus' demonstration of that Love should be an example to us in our dealings with others.  If you find yourself on the accusing side of a moral question, remember that while Jesus did not permit the sin to continue, he demonstrated compassion and protection.  If you find yourself on the condemned side, be willing to correct your actions and know that the Mother-Love will protect you and lead you to do what's right.

Section 4: "And Love is reflected in love"
The story of the woman washing Jesus' feet in the house of Simon the Pharisee (B12) is another example of Jesus forgiving while those around him were critical.  Once more, we can place ourselves in the various circumstances of each role.  Have you ever been critical or judgmental about someone whom you thought was less than desirable?  Perhaps you have been uncomfortable when a homeless person enters your church?  Jesus did say that harlots and tax gatherers would enter the kingdom before the Pharisees.  Jesus' response to Simon's critical attitude was to expose Simon's ingratitude.

Mrs. Eddy saw fit to place her interpretation of this story at the beginning of the chapter on "Christian Science Practice" in our textbook (S 16-18).  Why do you think she put the story in that chapter?  While Jesus' compassion for the woman is certainly an example of how we should respond to the wayward stranger longing for a better approach to life, Mrs. Eddy also asks her readers to measure themselves against the motives of the woman and Simon.  This challenge to Christian Scientists (S18) is a sobering one.  Do we seek Truth "through material conservatism and for personal homage?"  Or do we come to God with broken, repentant hearts, "expressed by meekness and human affection..."?  The story calls into question the tenor of our love for God as well as the quality of love for our fellow man.

Section 5:  Forgiveness Heals
Have you ever felt that a physical illness was the result of your sin?  Or have you been tempted to think someone else was sick or not recovering quickly because of their sin?  Jesus' approach in the healing of the palsy (B13) cuts right through both of these states of thought.  Can you imagine how comforting it was for that man to know that his sins could be cleared away and no longer be a barrier between him and God?  Once again, the self-righteous religious establishment of the day was standing by, quick to judge the man unworthy of healing and Jesus as unauthorized to forgive.  Jesus didn't condemn the man by confirming his false belief that he didn't deserve to be healed.  He addressed the root of the problem and healed both the man's sin and sickness.

If someone is suffering, they don't need to be given validation for their illness.  They need encouragement and support for health.  Jesus only saw man as God created him-in His image and likeness (S20).  This correct view healed both sin and sickness (S21).  The genuine Christian Scientist does everything to help uplift the patient, not tear him down (S22).  Divine Love does not see sin or sickness.  Rather than taking the human approach and looking for some cause of sickness, utilize the power of divine Love.  This approach-Love bearing witness to the truth- brings instantaneous healing (S23).

Section 6:  Love's Forgiveness in Action
Perhaps no other conversion experience in history is as well known as that of the Apostle Paul (B15).  Previously known as Saul, he went about wreaking havoc on the early Christian church.  During a trip to arrest and capture more "followers of the way," as they were known, he was knocked off of his horse by a great light.  He heard the voice of Jesus calling him to task for his behavior. Astonishingly, he's given directions to become a Christian himself.  Being struck blind by the experience, he is led to a man named Ananias who had also received a vision of his own.  Ananias is told to find Saul and heal him.  Fully aware of Saul's reputation he is afraid to go.  But he's assured that Saul is a "chosen vessel" of the Lord.  After receiving his sight, Saul starts preaching and then goes to join the disciples.  They too are rightfully wary of him.  But then Barnabas supports him and eventually Saul changes his name to Paul.  This name change indicated that he had totally repudiated his past, confessed his misdeeds, and took immediate steps to correct his course.

Think for a moment of the courage it took for Ananias, Barnabas, and the rest of the Christian community to accept Paul.  These people were putting into practice what the Master had exemplified-tenderhearted forgiveness (B16).  Their unfolding understanding of God as Love demanded a different standard than that of the Pharisees.  The old order, pompous and judgmental, with its emphasis on rules and regulations had given way to religious practice that reflected the love of God they proclaimed to serve.  Would you have the courage to take a renowned enemy of the church as a patient?  What standards do we set for accepting new believers into our churches?

Of course the key to Paul's conversion and eventual acceptance in the Christian community was that he actually repented and began life anew.  His change of heart was genuine.  Considering himself "chief among sinners" he became the major spokesman for the doctrine of repentance and forgiveness.  How must he have felt being chosen by God despite his drastic mistreatment of the early church?  Mrs. Eddy beautifully states that Paul "beheld for the first time the true idea of Love, and learned a lesson in divine Science" (S24).  What a lesson it was! God's forgiveness of sin is simultaneous with the destruction of sin (S25).  While traditional Christian thought often views God's forgiveness as undeserved grace bestowed upon unworthy sinners, Christian Science explains that God's Love cannot abide evil.  Man is forgiven as sin is destroyed.  In a way, to our sense, the forgiveness is earned.  This is a blessing.  It allows for regeneration of human thought, enables us to put off false personality traits of material sense, (S26) and is definitely cause for rejoicing in the certainty that God is Love (S27).

Our world faces many challenges and conflicts.  On all levels-individual, local, national, and global-we are faced with violence, corruption, and mistrust.  Governments may attempt political, economic, and social solutions, but only the understanding of the oneness of God has the power to permanently bring down all the barriers, dissolve the resentment, and bring us the unity of brotherly love (S28).  Getting a glimpse of God as Love and understanding His method of forgiveness enables us to practice it ourselves.  True forgiveness is motivated by Love and nothing can withstand it (S29).

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Camp Director's Note: This sharing is the latest in an ongoing, 8-year series of CedarS Bible Lesson "mets" (metaphysical application ideas) contributed weekly by a rotation of CedarS Resident Practitioners and occasionally by other metaphysicians. (To keep the flow of the practitioner's ideas intact and to allow for more selective printing the "Possible Sunday School Topics" come on a following page or subsequent email.) This weekly offering is intended to encourage further study and application of ideas in the lesson and to invigorate Sunday School participation by students and by the budding teachers on our staff. Originally sent JUST to my Sunday School students and to campers, staff and CedarS families who wanted to continue at home and in their home Sunday Schools the same type of focused Lesson study, application and inspiration they had felt at camp, CedarS lesson "mets" are in no way meant to be definitive or conclusive or in any way a substitute for daily study of the lesson. The thoughts presented are the inspiration of the moment and are offered to give a bit more dimension, background and new angles on daily applicability to some of the ideas and passages being studied. The weekly Bible Lessons are copyrighted by the Christian Science Publishing Society and are printed in the Christian Science Quarterly as available at Christian Science Reading Rooms or online at eBibleLesson.com or myBibleLesson.com. The citations referenced (i.e. B1 and S28) from this week's Bible Lesson in the "met" (metaphysical application ideas) are taken from the King James Version of the Bible (B1-24) and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. (S1-30) The Bible and Science and Health are the ordained pastor of the Churches of Christ, Scientist. The Bible Lesson is the sermon read in Christian Science church services throughout the world. The Lesson-Sermon speaks individually through the Christ to everyone, providing unique insights and tailor-made applications for each one. We are glad you requested this metaphysical sharing and hope that you find some of the ideas helpful in your daily spiritual journey, in your deeper digging in the books and in closer bonding with your Comforter and Pastor. Enjoy!
Warren Huff, Camp Director, director@cedarscamps.org (636) 394-6162

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First Round of Possible Sunday School Topics (from anonymous CedarS Sunday School teachers)
for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on "Love" for February 1, 2009
(Coming later this week--Look for Super Bowl Sunday "Commercials" for Forgiveness inspired by Bible events in the lesson that could be reenacted with scripts to come)

Possible Sunday School Topic (P.S.S.T.) -Golden Text and Responsive Reading - With Valentine's Day fast approaching it's a great time to ask ourselves: What is love? How do we show our love for God? What causes us to love one another? What are some ways that we show our love for one another? How does this then demonstrate our love for God?
[Quote and Questions from Craig Ghislin's CedarS "Met": "If God expresses His love for us through forgiveness, we should also show our love for man by embracing the spirit of forgiveness. Do you find it hard to forgive? Is there anything in your life that you find unforgivable?"]

P.S.S.T. - Section 1 - What kind of a love is an everlasting love? (B1) What are some ways that you can see examples of that Love in your life? How do we dwell in love? (B4)

What is "enough"? (S2) Can Love ever run out? How does the name Father-Mother make you feel connected with the divine Love? (S4)

P.S.S.T. - Section 2 - How does forgiveness fit into Love? (B5, B8) Can you have one without the other? When is it our responsibility to forgive? God never stops loving us, despite what we do. How does that help us love him more?

How does Love heal and reform? (S6, S8) What do forgiveness and mercy do to change how we see others and ourselves?

[Quote and Questions from Craig Ghislin's CedarS "Met": Mrs. Eddy warns that if not corrected sin will "crush out happiness, health, and manhood" (S8)." Do you love enough to try to protect friends from self-destructive behavior? Are you faithful enough to be willing to give a friend loving warning? Mrs. Eddy says: "Designate those as unfaithful stewards who have seen the danger and yet have given no warning." (S&H 571: 13)]

P.S.S.T. - Section 3 - How did Jesus help the woman accused of adultery? (B9) How did his compassion heal her? What was the woman's responsibility in the account?

How is God's Love similar to a mother's love (S&H 13)? Are there other ways that we see God loving us in this same way? Does this only happen if we make mistakes?

[Questions from Craig Ghislin's CedarS "Met: "What would you do if you found someone you knew-perhaps even a fellow church member-engaging in sinful behavior? Would you chomp at the bit to condemn them? Or if you heard a rumor that something illicit was taking place, would you hop on the bandwagon without investigating and demand punishment? How would you feel if you had made a serious mistake and everyone was condemning you?"]

P.S.S.T. - Section 4 - Would you have the courage of the outcast woman to wash Jesus' feet? (B12) What was the love that she showed by washing his feet?

Who do you connect most to, the woman or Simon? (S18) How do we love as much as the woman? How do we love like Jesus did and see past everything the woman brought with her? How do we forgive that freely?

[Questions from Craig Ghislin's CedarS "Met:": "Have you ever been critical or judgmental about someone whom you thought was less than desirable? Perhaps you have been uncomfortable when a homeless person enters your church?]

P.S.S.T. - Section 5 -
Why do you think that Jesus forgave the sins of the man? (B13) Why did it have the same result as Jesus telling the man to rise and walk? What was the power of that forgiveness?

What is it that heals? (B20. B21) How do we follow that example? (B22) How do we cast out evil and heal the sick? What is the truth that we are bearing witness to (S&H 23)?

[Quote and Questions from Craig Ghislin's CedarS "Met":  "Have you ever felt that a physical illness was the result of your sin? Or have you been tempted to think someone else was sick or not recovering quickly because of their sin? Jesus' approach in the healing of the palsy (B13) cuts right through both of these states of thought. Can you imagine how comforting it was for that man to know that his sins could be cleared away and no longer be a barrier between him and God?]

P.S.S.T. - Section 6 - What was Saul's role in his healing? (B15) What changed in his thought? How did he go from destruction and selfishness to the greatest preacher of Christianity? What did Ananias have to do in order to heal Saul? What kind of forgiveness, compassion and courage must he have relied upon? After Saul was healed, who still needed to change their thought? Do we ever still hold on to old views even when a change has occurred?

How can we love enough to transform and heal others like Saul of Tarsus? Are we prepared to go out and embrace even those who would seek to destroy the Christ? What is it that destroys hate? Do we truly trust that Love? Are we ready to love unconditionally?

[Quote and Questions from Craig Ghislin's CedarS "Met": Think for a moment of the courage it took for Ananias, Barnabas, and the rest of the Christian community to accept Paul. These people were putting into practice what the Master had exemplified-tenderhearted forgiveness (B16). ... Would you have the courage to take a renowned enemy of the church as a patient? What standards do we set for accepting new believers into our churches?]

1st of 2 Bible-based Super Bowl Sunday Commercials selling Forgiveness from the C.S. Bible Lesson on "LOVE" for 2-1-09 (possible script from Warren to "Ready for a Good Time" Players in your Sunday School)

1st Commercial for Forgiveness -based on the 5th Section healing of the paralyzed man (B13, Mark 2)
For a possible reenactment:
Print out scripts; Highlight parts; Gather props: sleeping pad or exercise mat; optional: clear tarp (w/shingles taped on as roof); stick of "Tide to Go; Assign/get volunteers from classes for your Cast of 10+: Narrator; Jesus; paraplegic (lightest); 4 friends (strong); 1 or 2 religious scholars alternating lines; 2+ "crowd"

Possible INTRODUCTION (by a student, teacher, or superintendent): In a 2008 Super Bowl commercial "Tide to Go" Silences a (talking) Stain Instantly. You'll soon see how God's "Forgiveness to Go" is way better because it removes every stain, scar and memory of mistakes and heals every disease instantly.

Narrator: Four men carry a paralyzed man to Jesus in hopes that he will heal him. When crowded conditions prevent them from getting inside Peter's house where Jesus is teaching, the 4 friends remove part of the roof and lower him on his mat. (friends pretend to, or do, peel off a couple of modern shingles, remove the "roof" held over Jesus & lower man) Jesus is Impressed by the friends bold belief and says:

Jesus: "Son, your sins are forgiven you and the sense of guilt is removed. You are made upright and in right standing with God."

Religion scholars (whispering among themselves): "He can't say that! Only God can forgive sins."

Jesus (looking at the paraplegic), "Get up. Pick up your mat and go home."

Narrator: And the man did it-got up, grabbed his mat & walked out, with everyone watching him and saying:

Crowd: Wow! "We have never seen anything like this before!"

God's "Forgiveness to Go" beats "Tide to Go" hands down--it instantly removes every stain of sin and heals every disease. Plus, it's always available for free to help us to revise the past and erase mistakes!
As Mrs. Eddy says: "human history needs to be revised and the material record expunged." Retro. 22:2 &
"If ... the power of divine Love bear witness to the truth ... the healing is instantaneous" S23, S&H 411:10

Possible follow-up questions for students to answer-ideally in writing before discussing (can be private):
1. What noisy stains (scars, blemishes) or patterns of mistakes (that may have paralyzed progress) would you like to see healed by God's forgiveness?

 

2. What's your part in the needed re-visions and in expunging (deleting, erasing, wiping out) the mistakes recorded in memory? (Read S20, S&H 476:32 "Jesus beheld in Science the perfect ..." Also Neh. 2:20 Declare "you have no portion or right or memorial in (my) Jerusalem" --"Home, heaven," S&H 589:15)


3. Where can you (and your friends) get the bold persistence to do whatever it takes to break down any obstacles that would prevent you from getting to the Christ-from "obtain(ing) and retain(ing)" Christ's "exalted view" that forgives and heals? (S&H 598:24)

2nd of 2 Bible-based Super Bowl Sunday Commercials selling Forgiveness from the C.S. Bible Lesson on "LOVE" for 2-1-09 (possible script from Warren to "Ready for a Good Time" Players in your Sunday School)

Commercial #2 "selling" the healing value of Forgiveness -based on Saul's 6th Section conversion (Acts 9)

For a possible reenactment: Print out scripts; Highlight parts; Gather props for Saul or Saulina: scales (could draw scales on 2 eye-size pieces of paper to tape to eyebrows); empty spray bottle, hearty meal (empty pizza boxes?); Assign or ask for volunteers from classes for your Cast of 7-8+: Narrator; voice of Jesus; Ananias; Saul; interpretive actors: disciples at Damascus; disciples at Jerusalem, incl. Barnabas

Possible INTRODUCTION (by a student or teacher or superintendent):
"Bud Light" (with its usually funny Super Bowl commercials) claims "this Bud's for you" with its "Superior Drink Ability." But having a forgiving God as your "best and ever friend" (CS Hymn#224)--as your "Best Bud"-- is way better than the so-called friend of alcohol that promises happiness only to let you down and enslave you. Your true "Best Bud" of divine Light really IS for you and INcreases instead of decreases your ability to think. That's Superior Think-Ability! Plus, your "Best Bud-- Light" has Zero calories & keeps a steady stream of angels & forgiving friends coming to help you as shown in Saul's skit.
Before we start, here's an explanation of 2 of our props: First, this empty water spray bottle for Saul's baptism. We could have filled it to get him wet, but according to Dick Davenport: Baptists dunk; Methodists sprinkle; but Christian Scientists dry clean. Next prop: These scale-like things that fall from Saul's eyes were made to look like scales on "The Biggest Loser" to symbolize Saul's losing the weight of guilt from his focus. (Stick them on Saul, kneeling in prayer.)

Offstage Narrator: There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Master spoke to him in a vision:

Offstage Voice of Jesus: "Get up Ananias. Go ask for Saul at the house where he's praying. He just had a dream where he saw a man named Ananias enter the house and lay hands on him so he could see again."

Ananias protesting, "Master, you can't be serious. Everybody's talking about this man and the terrible things he's been doing to Christians in Jerusalem! And now he's here to do the same to us."

Voice of Jesus: "Don't argue. He's my chosen representative to non-Jews & kings as well as Jews. So, Go!"

Narrator: So Ananias went and found the house, placed his hands on blind Saul and said,

Ananias: "Brother--Saul, the Master sent me, the same Jesus you saw on your way here. He sent me so you could see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit." (DON"T READ: Ananias, on the Narrator following cue to: remove taped-on scales; baptize Saul; and have a pizza party with him and your fellow disciples.)

Narrator: No sooner were the words out of his mouth than something like scales fell from Saul's eyes-he could see again! (cheer?) He got to his feet, was baptized, and sat down with them to a hearty meal. Not long after that these same forgiving friends of Saul's, the disciples at Damascus, lowered him over the city walls in a basket to help him escape from those who were out to kill him. Saul again found in Jerusalem that the disciples didn't trust him at first because of all the rumors about his past. But Barnabas told them how Saul had seen and spoken to the Master on the Damascus Road and how in Damascus itself he had laid his life on the line with his bold preaching in Jesus' name. So they forgave and embraced him as a friend and before long saved him from another plot to kill him. Such forgiving and protective friends are waiting to be your Best Buds and a Light for you too! Look for them and look for ways to be one too!

Possible follow-up questions for students to answer-ideally in writing before discussing (can be private):
1. What guilt and "scales" need to leave you so you can see and be all that you were meant to be?


2. Who needs your forgiveness and help? How you can be a friend for them?


3. What so-called friends (besides Bud Light) promise good but can never really deliver it?



Warren Huff, Executive Director The CedarS Camps Website: www.cedarscamps.org Email: warren@cedarscamps.org Tel: (636) 394-6162

PS My "met" and Sunday School input will decrease for a couple of months while I'm on the road--coast to coast--sharing with Sunday School students and their families the joyous spiritual-growth opportunities offered to them this summer at CedarS. We still need many more 2009 campership donors to sponsor the development of the next generation of eager workers in the Christian Science Movement. Click here to add your support and here to see our current video show schedule. Hope you can come to a show near you or contact us about sponsoring one for the potential campers and supporters in your area! Go to http://www.cedarscamps.org/giving/default.htm?id=1 to give camperships and to http://www.cedarscamps.org/information/shows.htm for our video show schedule.)

 

 

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