June 2010
Links of Love: e-News from High Ridge House


High Ridge House Gardening

Vitality. From the Latin word "vita," meaning "life." Vitality, vigor, activity, and strength are a few of the manifestations of Life we are privileged to witness at High Ridge House. In this issue of Links of Love you can read about some of the healings we have witnessed recently. They are testimonies of Life expressed. See especially the articles about home nursing and volunteering. They are filled with vitality.

Here are just some of the powerful ideas about Life that Mary Baker Eddy has given us in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and that we strive to see every day at High Ridge House:

  • Life is God
  • Life is the everlasting I AM
  • Life is reflected in existence
  • Life is, like Christ, "the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever"
  • Life is never for a moment extinct
  • Life is not subject to death
  • Life is not in matter
  • Life is not limited
  • Life is the origin and ultimate of man
  • Life is without beginning and without end
  • Life is continuous and harmonious

As we get clearer views of divine Life, we see these ideas expressed in ourselves and others. We experience life in new, fresh ways that are both healing and progressive.

Back here at High Ridge House, we have been expressing Life in many ways—both in our Christian Science nursing and in other activities. It’s been an active spring—and an active last 12 months!

We wrote you about a year ago regarding a financial shortfall we were facing at the time. Although this is an area of continuing demonstration, we are pleased to report that we have seen good unfold in many wonderful ways. First, we received generous contributions from you and others for the continued support of our mission. Second, we saw the resolution of some long-standing issues with Medicare that we had been working on persistently. These issues were resolved in a principled way that was also very helpful financially. Third, we have been able to make several organizational and operational changes that have lowered our overall expenses. We are seeing more every day that "Life is not limited." (469:4)

And then there are always new opportunities to demonstrate that "Life is continuous and harmonious." (157:30) Wonderful volunteers and professional resources are coming to our aid as we rebuild after March’s storm. High Ridge House has hired a consultant to explore possible residential services. Our annual metaphysical meeting featured The Bread of Life, a workshop conducted by The Principle Foundation, which used Biblical examples to discover the "recipe" for all healing. We supported the TMC Youth Summit in NYC this April by providing accommodations and refreshments. We have also begun our own series of youthful events that show the vitality of our facility. If you, too, would like to support our efforts, please check out our website or contact me. Your support in all ways is so appreciated!

Our daily work at High Ridge House is to understand that Life, Love, good is "the origin and ultimate of man." Nothing comes between God and man—between Life and Life's manifestation. As our Leader writes in Science and Health, "Let us rid ourselves of the belief that man is separated from God, and obey only the divine Principle, Life and Love. Here is the great point of departure for all true spiritual growth." (91:5)

Now, that is vitality!

Kevin Massey, Executive Director
718-796-4200, ext. 243

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Volunteering at High Ridge House: A Wonderful Way to Give Back

Volunteering at High Ridge House

When asked why she volunteers regularly as a Reader at Christian Science services at High Ridge House, Joann Amparan-Close, C.S., replies without a moment's hesitation, "It's a way of giving back. It's love of the Cause."

Though she has a very busy schedule, Joann, a Christian Science practitioner and active member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Manhattan, has committed to serving as a Reader at HRH once a month. In addition, she has filled in ably when another Reader has had to cancel.

Joann also has responded to calls from High Ridge House for a practitioner when a patient's regular practitioner was unavailable. In fact, she's always pleased to visit patients, which is appreciated by the patients as well as their families. "To 'love one another,' as the Bible tells us, is to provide comfort and warmth, which defeats a sense of loneliness," says Joann.

Another enthusiastic volunteer speaks about how High Ridge House assisted her and a relative. "A member of my family needed Christian Science nursing support and received excellent care at High Ridge House. And recently, when I had an emergency, HRH staff came to the rescue.

"My family has received a lot of help from the devoted nurses at High Ridge House, and I'm deeply grateful there is a quiet, beautiful place for Christian Scientists to go when they need healing or Rest and Study. That's what urges me to serve this healing haven in whatever measure I can—when I can."

Adds this New England resident, "I like to do anything that's needed that's possible for me to do—from photocopying to gardening to organizing things in the storage room. Supporting in some small measure the mission of High Ridge House makes whatever I do as a volunteer a joy."

How You Can Help

At this time High Ridge House has a particular need for these volunteers:

  • Gardeners who can assist in cleaning up the property after major storm damage and planting new flowers and trees
  • Substitute Readers who can fill in at our 3:00 p.m. services on Wednesday or Sunday when there are last-minute cancellations
  • Administrative Assistants who can give us a hand with mass mailings, reorganizing files, database entry, etc.

For detailed information about volunteering and any opportunities to use your skills and experience, please call Barbara Phillips, volunteer coordinator, at 718-796-4200, ext. 203. All are welcome!

Note: A $15 travel stipend is available, if needed.

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Christian Science Home Nursing: Helping the Individual and the Community

Christian Science Home Nursing

When called on for home visits, Christian Science nurses at High Ridge House have witnessed a number of joyful healings. These demonstrations not only helped the individuals in need, but also showed family members, neighbors, and even concerned bystanders that Christian Science heals. Here are three recent healings.

  • A woman whose husband had just fallen at home called High Ridge House from her office. Having just finished a case nearby, our Christian Science nurse arrived within minutes and began to share with the patient the uplifting metaphysical principles she had been thinking about en route. The bleeding from the wound quickly stopped and she was able to bandage the wound. By the end of her visit, the patient said, "Wow! That was the most amazing experience! It's like a living Christian Science treatment." That’s what our Home Nursing Service represented to him.

  • A family member called HRH, because she was concerned about a relative. The individual needed care, but was hesitant to call on her own because she recalled a family member had passed on at a Christian Science nursing facility many years ago.

    On the first visit our Christian Science nurse met the individual with such love that the patient’s thought changed and she could see the obvious value of Christian Science nursing. She also accepted ideas on how to improve her home environment, which gave her more freedom. This, in turn, allowed her to spend more time with her family and increase her work for her church. The patient’s family also benefited from these new ideas. As a result, relationships improved and many fears were eliminated.

    Arrangements were made for the individual to come to High Ridge House as an outpatient for an afternoon of tender care. She was grateful for the efforts of each person she met—staff as well as Christian Science nurses—to embrace her independence.

  • A Christian Scientist had fallen on the street, and concerned neighbors called 911. When the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) arrived, the man who had fallen explained that he was a Christian Scientist. The EMT respected that, but said he couldn't leave until he was assured of care. The EMT left after hearing that the patient's wife had called High Ridge House for home nursing assistance. When our Christian Science nurse arrived, she attended the patient with great compassion and practical care, all the while bathing him with strong metaphysical truths and accounts of wonderful healings. He slept soundly that night and, after only one more visit from a Christian Science nurse, needed no further nursing care. Several neighbors were thrilled and impressed by the speed of the healing.

Do you need Christian Science home nursing care? Or do you know a Christian Scientist who does? If so, please call High Ridge House at 718-796-4200 and press 1 to reach the Nurse's Station.

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The Bread of Life: 2010 Metaphysical Meeting

Eric Bashor

High Ridge House hosted a Bible workshop on May 8, 2010, as its annual metaphysical meeting. The inspiring workshop, which gave participants plenty of food for thought, was conducted by Eric Bashor, Director of Advancement and Field Service for The Principle Foundation.

As Eric mentioned, the foundation chooses a new Biblical theme each year, and this year’s theme is based on a passage from John 6:35: "And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst." This theme inspired Eric to develop a workshop about the "bread of life" and how it relates to the activity of the divine economy.

"Every loaf of bread has to start somewhere," Eric told the group. "So I began to think about all of the steps that must be taken in order to bake a loaf of bread. We begin with sowing the seed, which leads to the harvest. After the harvest there is threshing, sifting, winnowing, and burning. Finally, there is milling, mixing, proofing, fermenting, baking and cooling. Bread is the nourishing result of the combination of all these steps. When viewed through a spiritual lens, each of these steps must relate to the activity of the Christ for Jesus to call himself 'the bread of life...'"

In discussing various parables from the Bible—the parable of the sower, the parable of the tares and wheat, the parable of the mustard seed, and the parable of the leaven that a woman hid in the meal—Eric beautifully correlated passages from the writings by Mary Baker Eddy to every Bible passage throughout his presentation. Citing Mrs. Eddy’s statement that "The Bible contains the recipe for all healing" (S&H 406:1), he added that "once we have the recipe in thought, we will cast our bread on the waters and discover how this bread nourishes and sustains mankind by the understanding of the divine economy. I understand the divine economy to be the activity of the kingdom of heaven." As Eric made clear, Christian Science is the leaven.

In an interesting exercise at the end of the workshop, Eric divided the attendees into four groups and asked each group to work with one parable and see how it relates to the divine economy. This generated lively discussion, all of which underlined the connection between spiritual discernment and supply. Or as Mrs. Eddy put it, "When a hungry heart petitions the divine Father-Mother God for bread, it is not given a stone,—but more grace, obedience, and love. If this heart, humble and trustful, faithfully asks divine Love to feed it with the bread of heaven, health, holiness, it will be conformed to a fitness to receive the answer to its desire..." (Miscellaneous Writings 127:11-16)

The Principle Foundation comes to the aid of individual Christian Scientists who may be facing one or more challenges, including mortgage payments or rent, paying the costs of a Christian Science practitioner, and disaster relief. You can reach The Principle Foundation at 800-873-2843 or www.principlefoundation.org

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Something We All Can Do


The opportunity to express and reflect Love is everywhere, and it is often desperately needed by those we encounter. You're invited to share your experiences in this new column, which will appear in the High Ridge House e-news periodically.

Often when I'm traveling in New York City, I see people along the way begging for money or food. I'm grateful for my experience as a Christian Science nurse as I acknowledge these individuals. I see them as God's beloved children, embraced and cared for by Love.

I've learned to carry food with me that they'll be likely to accept. As I give them the food, they often express delight and/or gratitude for a humble gift of food. It's certainly true that "Love is reflected in love." *

Scott Higgins, Christian Science nurse
High Ridge House

Our first contribution is from a Christian Science nurse, but please don't feel you have to be a Christian Science nurse to have your expression of love and caring published! All submissions are welcome. Please send your submission, along with your name and a phone number or e-mail address where you can be reached, to LMeyerson@highridgehouse.org.

* This is a line from the Lord's Prayer, as interpreted by Mary Baker Eddy in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, 17:7.

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Does Your Employer Match Gifts to Nonprofits?

Abounding Grace Campaign

God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work. (II Cor 9:8)

Throughout the Abounding Grace Campaign for High Ridge House, we have been exploring the many examples of how grace is revealed in our lives as well as in the community. Your "good work" at a large corporation may serve to double the financial support you give to High Ridge House.

Companies that have matched gifts include IBM, Gartner Group, and Colgate Palmolive, where HRH qualifies as a healthcare institution, rather than as a religious organization, in a matching gift program. Companies gracefully serve their employees by giving to the organizations that they cherish. Everyone benefits by this. To find out if your company has a matching gift program, check with your Human Resources Department.

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Have You Made Your Health Care Choices Known?

Picture of pen signing document

Should the need arise, have you completed the necessary paperwork to make sure your legal rights and wishes as a Christian Scientist will be honored? To assist Christian Scientists to take this important step, High Ridge House is sponsoring free workshops that provide basic information and a spiritual perspective about advance directives—living wills, health care proxies, and durable powers of attorney. The agenda for these meetings includes the opportunity for participants to ask questions about these documents, learn about relevant Medicare rules as they apply to Christian Scientists, and take home necessary forms.

Thus far, Christian Science churches in Darien, CT, Rockville Centre, NY, and Montclair, NJ, have hosted these workshops. Plans are underway to hold future workshops in central Connecticut, Long Island, other areas of New Jersey, and New York City.

If your Christian Science church or organization is interested is sponsoring this workshop—titled “Making Your Health Care Choices Known: A Workshop with a Spiritual Perspective”—please contact Lynn Meyerson at 718-796-4200, ext. 258, or LMeyerson@highridgehouse.org. She and a team from High Ridge House will be happy to come to your church or organization, or to a group meeting in a private home, to share information about advance directives and offer support to those who wish to make their health care choices known.

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Upcoming Events Hosted by High Ridge House:

Gardening Days

June 19, July 17, July 24, August 21, and September 18. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – To let us know you’re coming, please call Catherine Byers at 914-202-9707.

June 26, Saturday: A summer stock program of songs

by Classical Productions, 3:00 p.m.

July 1, Thursday: Independence Day Picnic

An annual event appreciating our volunteers! 4:30-6:30 p.m. All welcome!

July 31, Saturday: Mid-Summer Fun

2-10 p.m. Games, pool, hot dogs, and s'mores.
Ages 16 +

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