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By NANCY PLUM TUTHILL
One day, during my high school years, my dad slammed his hand on the table and said, “You see this table? You think it’s solid but it’s not; it’s moving molecules!” That startling lesson has stayed with me. What appears to be is often so different from what actually is.
Several years later I learned in Christian Science that the substance of man, or woman, is not in the material facade of that person, but in the Godlike, spiritual qualities the person expresses as the image and likeness of Spirit, God.
“I learned that what we hold in consciousness is embodied and expressed in us — that is, thought manifests itself in and as body.” Considering what my dad taught me, this concept was easy to understand.
In “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” author Mary Baker Eddy writes, “Consciousness constructs a better body when faith in matter has been conquered. Correct material belief by spiritual understanding, and Spirit will form you anew” (page 425).
Elsewhere she writes, “The body improves under the same regimen which spiritualizes the thought; and if health is not made manifest under this regimen, this proves that fear is governing the body. This is the law of cause and effect, or like producing like” (page 370).
Today we see so much effort put into molding and chiseling bodies into better health through external means. I have learned that an effort to look away from matter to Spirit through prayer, to find true spiritual identity, can effectively serve to improve the body as well as the thought.
Childbirth had not been a very harmonious experience for me the first three times. When the fourth child was on the way, I wanted it to be different, better. So a few months before the birth, I asked a Christian Science practitioner to pray. Christian Science practitioners are experienced Christian healers. I understood that this prayer would help me experience more of my true spiritual nature as God’s daughter. I expressed to her my fears of childbirth and we prayed together to heal my concern.
The Bible tells us in Isaiah, Chapter 40, “Be not afraid! Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.”
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God’s Creation Not What It Appears To Be, But It Is Very Good
This proved to be the case. After our precious little girl arrived, I thought about my long list of fears and realized that every single one had been healed. In fact, the experience was completely painless and quick. It was a truly glorious event. And like icing on the cake, I was back to my original dress size within three weeks.
What was different this time? My concept of what was really going on!
Turning to God through prayer during the preparation for the birth allowed me to experience something of my spiritual nature as God’s image or reflection. As the reflection of Spirit, I was not originating or creating a child, but rather was showing forth or expressing the unlimited creative capacities of Spirit, God.
The practitioner’s prayers helped me experience what was spiritually true about the event. The fears dissolved and my body expressed natural strength, elasticity and resilience.
Some years later, during and after the unexpected birth of twins, I found strength and joy in remembering that God was abundantly meeting my needs and caring for his creation. Each time a complication in the pregnancy surfaced, I turned to God in prayer for a spiritual perspective and the birth proved to be natural and safe. Although I gained 70 pounds during this pregnancy, the day after the twins’ arrival my legs resumed their normal size. And very quickly after, so did the rest of me.
The following statement from the Bible often comes to mind: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians, Chapter 4).
To me, this doesn’t mean that we should ignore challenges or look at the world through a rosy lens. Rather, it serves to remind me that right where fear and concern has the upper hand, the spiritual fact of God’s allpower and goodness resides to be discerned.
Through prayer, we can look past the facade of a limited, material sense of things. And by understanding the harmonious relationship between God and His creation, we can experience freedom from fear and enjoy better health.
* * * * * Nancy Plum Tuthill is First Reader at First Church of Christ, Scientist, 422 East Broad Street, Westfield.
Ecumenical Training Event Slated at Presbyterian Church
Torah Center Reveals Simchat Torah Event
WESTFIELD – The Union County Torah Center will hold its Simchat Torah celebration with Hakafot, open to the public, this Saturday, October 21, at 6: 30 p. m. There will be L’Chaims and refreshments, and all children will receive their own Simchat Torah flag.
Members of the public are invited to attend, for a special evening of dancing in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah, or Rejoicing with the Torah in Hebrew.
The holiday marks the completion of the yearround public reading of the Torah (Bible) scroll in synagogues.
For more information, please call (908) 7895252.
Gardenaires’ Meeting To Feature Program
By Floral Assistant
SCOTCH PLAINS – The monthly meeting of the Gardenaires will take place on Wednesday, October 25, from noon until 3 p. m. at the Scotch Hills Country Club on Jerusalem Road in Scotch Plains.
Helene Miller, a longtime club member with 10 years of experience as a floral assistant, will be the speaker.
She will demonstrate how to create centerpieces using fresh silk and dried flowers and share some “tricks of the trade” to make arranging easier.
The general meeting of the Gardenaires is held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Refreshments such as cookies and cake, coffee and tea are served before each meeting. Everyone is invited and there are no geographic limitations.
WESTFIELD – The Ecumenical Training Associates will once again offer a training program on Saturday, October 28, at The Presbyterian Church, located at 140 Mountain Avenue in Westfield.
This year’s featured speaker will be the Reverend Kathy Stolz, Interim Associate Council Director for the Greater New Jersey Conference of the United Methodist Church. Her topic will be “Children: Present, Presents and Presence.”
Two hourandahalf sessions focusing on a variety of workshops for church teachers, leaders and administrators will follow. The leadership for these workshops will come from sponsoring Presbyterian, American Baptist, United Church of Christ, Reformed, African Methodist Episcopal Zion and United Methodist churches.
This year’s workshop titles will include “No More Sunday School as Usual,” “Singing God’s Praise and Sharing Christ in Music,” “Creative Children’s Programming,” “Everyone Loves a Story,” “Living with the Stranger” and “Effective Youth Ministry for the 21st Century.”
Other topics will include “King David’s Cinema,” “Administering the Church School Program” and “Children and Worship: A Teaching Approach.”
In addition, David Mueller, the Family Life Director at the Westfield Y, will lead “Asset Building in Congregations: Intentionally Developing Youth.”
Registration is $8 for the 9 a. m. to 12: 45 p. m. event. Coffee and a booksforsale table will be available. To register or for other information, please call the Reverend Norma Hockenjos at (908) 2321935, the Reverend Darla Turlington at the First Baptist Church at (908) 2332278 or the Reverend Wendy Thode at The Presbyterian Church at (908) 2330301.
Scotch Plains Business Association Donates $500 to Rescue Squad A BIG DONATION... Ray Pardon, right, President of the Scotch Plains
Business & Professional Association presents a check from for $500 to Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Members (left to right), Geri Samuel, Liz Cena and Joan Lozowski.
The Scotch Plains Business and Professional Association (SPBPA) recently made a donation to the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad to help offset donations not received by the Rescue Squad due to the cancellation of the Freddie Spencer Bike Race earlier this year. The Race which caused the township to incur significant costs in the past and never quite caught on as a community event was not run this year as race
sponsors could not pick up the cost of running the event.
The SPBPA, which was one group opposed to the event, did not want to see the Rescue Squad suffer from the race cancellation this year. The SPBPA matched donations from the following businesses; Little Shop of Comics, Florence Ravioli, Quick Stop and Nuts n' Plenty and presented a check for $500 to Rescue squad members.
CSH Continues Involvement In Child Care Food Program
MOUNTAINSIDE – The Rosemary Cuccaro Pediatric Medical Day Care Center, operated by Children’s Specialized Hospital (CSH) in Mountainside, has announced its continuing participation in the Federal Child Care Food Program.
According to Kevin Sullivan, Dietary Manager at CSH, children age 12 and under who are enrolled in the program receive free meals, based on an income eligibility scale.
The “Eligibility Income Scale,” effective July 1, 2000 through June 30, 2001, is as follows:
Eligibility for a free meal, listed by family size and yearly income, is: one person, $10,855; two people, $14,625; three people, $18,395, and four people, $22,165. For each additional family member, the qualifying yearly income increases by $3,770.
Eligibility for a meal at a reduced rate by family size and yearly income
is: one person, $15,448; two people, $20,813; three people, $26,178, and four people, $31,543. For each additional family member, the qualifying yearly income increases by $5,365.
The Child Care Food Program is a federal program of the Food and Nutrition Service, United States Department of Agriculture (U. S. D. A.). It is operated in accordance with U. S. D. A. policy, which does not permit discrimination because of race, color, national origin, disability, age or sex, in the meal service admissions policy or use of any Child Care Food Program facility.
Anyone who believes they may have been discriminated against in any U. S. D. A.related activity is advised to write to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D. C., 20250.
SP Baptist Church To Honor Seniors
SCOTCH PLAINS – The Senior Citizens of Scotch Plains Baptist Church, 333 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains will be honored during a special Senior Citizen Day worship service and luncheon on Sunday, October 22.
A “Hymn Sing” and guest speaker will honor the seniors from the church ages 60 and over during the 11 a. m. service.
Chaplain Homer Tricules from the Meadowlands Race Track will be the guest speaker. Chaplain Tricules pastored Scotch Plains Baptist Church from 1982 to 1988.
During the luncheon, volunteers from the congregation will honor the seniors by serving as waitresses and waiters for the tables. Chaplain Tricules will reminisce with the seniors about some of their favorite church memories.
For more information, please call (908) 3225487.
Flu Inoculation Slated By Health Department
WESTFIELD – The Westfield Regional Health Department will sponsor a Flu Inoculation Program on Thursday, October 26, from 6 to 7: 30 p. m. in the Court Room of the Westfield Municipal Building, 425 East Broad Street, Westfield.
The program is strongly recommended for the following individuals: all persons who are at increased risk of infections of the lower respiratory tract due to preexisting conditions such as acquired or congenital heart disease; any chronic disorder or condition affecting respiratory function; chronic kidney disease; diabetes; chronic anemia; conditions or therapy that would lower an individual’s resistance to infections.
The program is also recommended for senior citizens, particularly those aged 55 or over who are at increased risk for medical problems as a result of flu infection.
Registration will be conducted on site, on a first come first serve basis. This program is open exclusively to residents of Westfield, Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside and Springfield.
All individuals participating in the program, who are Medicare or Medicaid eligible, must present their cards at the time of registration.
SPF Historical Society To Hold Tinsmithing Discussion on Tuesday
SCOTCH PLAINS – The Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood will welcome George Pierson, tinsmithing expert, to its next meeting on Tuesday, October 24, at 8 p. m. at the Fanwood Train Station.
Mr. Pierson, who developed a personal recycling plan known as tinsmithing, has collected antique tools and joined the New Jersey Crafts Organization. He will provide a demonstration wearing colonial metalsmithing garb.
The program is open to the public. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the meeting.
For more information, please call Society President Richard Bousquet at (908) 2321199 or write P. O. Box 261, Scotch Plains, 07076.
B’nai B’rith to Convene At Local Restaurant
SCOTCH PLAINS – The next event of the B’nai B’rith Ketubah Married Couples Unit (40plus) will be at Spain Inn Restaurant, 1707 7th Street and Rock Avenue in Piscataway on Sunday, October 22, at 5 p. m.
Participants pay their share of the bill. Ketubah Unit is open to Jewish couples who are 40 years of age and older. Prospective members are welcome to attend.
Please respond to Elaine at (908) 2320062 by tomorrow, Friday, October 20.
African Violet Society Plans Meeting Today
SCOTCH PLAINS – The Union County Chapter of the African Violet Society will convene today, Thursday, October 19, at 1 p. m. in the Scotch Plains Library, 1927 Bartle Avenue in Scotch Plains.
The program is entitled, “How Are They Doing?” All are invited to attend.
Westfield Library Sets Lyme Disease Lecture
WESTFIELD – The Westfield Memorial Library will present a special discussion on the prevention of Lyme Disease on Tuesday, October 24, at 7 p. m.
Ed Peta, Master Gardener of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County, will offer the program.
For more information and to register, please call the library at (908) 7894090 or visit 550 East Broad Street in Westfield.
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