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Wednesday Service 7:00 pm, Meditation 6:30 pm

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Membership

Becoming a Member

Membership implies a deep affiliation with our teaching and a commitment to becoming a steward of this community, its assets, and its future. It is expected, therefore, that an individual will become a member after becoming familiar with the teaching and culture of the Center by taking the foundational course entitled "Beyond Limits" or by regularly attending services at the Center for a period of six months before making the commitment to become a member. Furthermore, prospective members are either already contributing financially to the Center in an identifiable way, or are ready to begin contributing in an identifiable way. Members of the Center are expected to complete an Annual Giving Intention Card letting us know what their estimated contribution for each calendar year might be. This is only an estimate and may be changed at any time during the year. Information about the process is included in the membership class. 

The benefits of membership include workshops at reduced prices, voting privileges, access to the Member Assistance Program (MAP), and a free spiritual checkup with a Professional Prayer Practitioner. In summary, membership is a whole lot like everything else in your life. It moves you from sitting on the bench, observing the action, to actually participating on the playing field. 

Membership classes are typically held in the Spring and Fall of each year. To become a member, you agree to attend the three consecutive classes. The first two are orientation classes; the third class is the induction ceremony (if you choose to join). The following Sunday you will be introduced to the congregation at the third service.

The membership class is designed to give you sufficient information to make a decision about becoming a member; however, the decision to become a Religious Scientist is something that happens in your heart as a result of your careful exploration of the teachings and practices of Science of Mind.
 
Everyone is welcome to take these free orientation classes without the obligation to become a member.  If you decide you wish to become a member, we ask that you prayerfully consider this self-administered questionnaire to help you decide if this is the right time for you.  If you have recently started attending services (within the last six months) you may want to still complete these classes and then sign on to membership in six months time at the next Membership Orientation Class. You won’t have to retake these classes. We’ll keep record of your attendance. Whatever your decision is, we welcome you and hope that you will continue to enjoy the Center at whatever level of participation suits you.

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Membership Classes

Joining the Center for Spiritual Living
A philosophy, a faith, a way of life

To assist you in making your decision, the Center offers a free Membership Orientation Class to introduce you to the structure and vision of the Center and the expectations and benefits of membership. Whether or not you become a member, you are welcome to attend this orientation class.

 

My Personal Check List: Am I ready?

1. I have completed the foundational course "Beyond Limits" or I have attended services regularly (missing very few weeks) for six months or more. (Although not required for membership, it is strongly recommended that prospective members take adequate time to learn about the Science of Mind before committing to membership.)

2. I have served as a volunteer at the Center in the past six months. (Although not required for membership, it is strongly recommended that prospective new members familiarize themselves with our volunteer opportunities as a way of becoming familiar with the culture.)

3. I have made, or I am planning to make, a financial giving intention by completing a giving intention card and by giving in an identifiable manner. (Financial contribution is a condition of membership. Annual giving intention cards give you the opportunity to let the staff and board know what your approximate contribution for each calendar year will be. The amount of your contribution is personal to you and there is no minimum or maximum contribution.)

4. I am ready to commit to attending the Annual Member Gathering which is the business meeting of the Center. (For business to be conducted a quorum of 15% of the membership must be present at each business meeting. As membership grows in size, so does the size of the quorum. Therefore it is very important for members to be present at the Annual Member Gathering.)

5. I understand that attendance at the three weekly Member Orientation Classes is mandatory.

 

 

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In the Spotlight

We Are a Teaching and Learning Community

Pictured here is Ernest Holmes, 1887-1960. He authored the Science of Mind and Spirit philosophy, which forms the basis of our teaching here at the Center. Science of Mind addresses how to use our thoughts and our everyday spiritual practices to embody and express our essential spiritual nature. As we are all part of, and expressions of, the One Divine Source, then we naturally possess Its qualities of Peace, Joy, Love, Power, and Good. As we study and practice together, more and more of these qualities are revealed in our own lives – peace in all circumstances, uncaused joy in our daily lives, love for all, personal power to shape our lives, and the awareness of ever-available good. The path of developing these qualities involves increasing our understanding, and changing any habits that may be limiting our good.
 
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Free Introduction: Compassionate Communication

First Sunday of every month from 1 to 3 pm in Room 7 (upstairs), a free introduction to nonviolent communication. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a way of relating to ourselves and others, moment to moment, free of past reactions. By learning to identify your needs and express them powerfully, as well as to bring understanding to the needs of others, you can stay connected to what is alive in you and create a life that is more fulfilling.

For more information, contact Rev. Carol Chase at 707-542-6188, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Grief and Loss Spiritual Support

pink-carnation-1-f8uq0vzfz0-2048x1536.jpgEvery Sunday in Room 8, starting promptly at 12:45 pm, a facilitated support group is available to anyone experiencing grief or loss. In this safe and supportive environment, you can feel at home and free to explore your own unique journey through the grief process. You will be listened to and held in the loving, accepting awareness that Spirit is present and with us in every moment of our eternal lives.

If you are experiencing the complex feelings and emotions of the grief process due to the loss of a loved one or other major life transition, know that there is support for you here at the Center with your spiritual family.

For more information, contact Rev. Joyce Duffala, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Free Events at Stepping Stones Books & Gifts

Stepping Stones Books & Gifts presents regular free events with authors and artists. You can read current information about our book and gift store at www.steppingstonesbookstore.blogspot.com.

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We Are a Teaching and Learning Community

Pictured here is Ernest Holmes, 1887-1960. He authored the Science of Mind and Spirit philosophy, which forms the basis of our teaching here at the Center. Science of Mind addresses how to use our thoughts and our everyday spiritual practices to embody and express our essential spiritual nature. As we are all part of, and expressions of, the One Divine Source, then we naturally possess Its qualities of Peace, Joy, Love, Power, and Good. As we study and practice together, more and more of these qualities are revealed in our own lives – peace in all circumstances, uncaused joy in our daily lives, love for all, personal power to shape our lives, and the awareness of ever-available good. The path of developing these qualities involves increasing our understanding, and changing any habits that may be limiting our good.
 
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Prayer Support

We are here to help!

You can call the Telephone Prayer Ministry at 707-546-4561 or submit an online prayer request by clicking [here].