Fall 2009 Newsletter
Links of Love: e-News from High Ridge House

We’re Going Green!


We’re so pleased to bring you the inaugural issue of the High Ridge House e-newsletter! Ultimately, we plan to publish our electronic newsletter several times a year. Meanwhile, we’ll continue to publish a paper newsletter as well, giving us time to collect more e-mail addresses from friends of High Ridge House across the country.

In the process of switching from a paper newsletter to an electronic version, we expect to save thousands of dollars on production and distribution costs. As we always need to keep an eye on our bottom line, we believe this is the most practical and cost-effective way to stay in touch with you on a regular basis.

This new way to communicate helps further our vision as a “God-centered, joy-filled sanctuary” for healing and renewal. In the words of Isaiah, it helps us “enlarge the place of [our] tent, and … stretch forth the curtains of [our] habitations.” (Isaiah 54:2)

You can help by forwarding this e-newsletter to anyone you know who would be interested to hear about inspiration, healings, developments, and activities at High Ridge House.

Those interested in receiving future newsletters may either join our mailing list [see the left bar on any webpage] or send a note to info@highridgehouse.org.

Thank you for your cooperation and support!

Kevin Massey, Executive Director

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Publishing the Good News: Healing Support from HRH


Here is a testimony from one who called on High Ridge House for help.

Being a long-time student of Christian Science, I often chide myself when faced with a challenge. “I know the principles of Christian Science, so I should be able to heal myself right now,” I think to myself. But sometimes the healing doesn’t come right away, and I begin to feel disappointed in myself—even ashamed.

This happened recently, when it seemed right to purchase a walker. The cane I had been using just didn’t seem stable enough. But I was afraid that my commitment to Christian Science might be questioned if I bought the walker, so I hesitated.

Then it occurred to me that it might be a good idea to talk with a Christian Science nurse at High Ridge House, and I’m so glad I did! She was really supportive. In fact, after speaking with her only a few minutes, I felt totally free of guilt and shame.

My new walker has been extremely helpful to me. I can get around much better at the office. And at home, taking out the trash, doing the laundry, grocery shopping—and going to church!—are so much easier now. For these reasons, I’m so grateful for the wonderful nurses at High Ridge House! They’re always there for us—whatever our need.

Christian Science nurses at High Ridge House are available 24/7 and can provide answers and support over the phone. Please call 718-796-4200 and select option 1.

You can hear more testimonies from High Ridge House in audio format here.

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Giving a Hand: Volunteering in Support of Christian Science


Scott Higgins wears two hats: He’s not only a dedicated Christian Science nurse at High Ridge House, but also an active and enthusiastic volunteer at our nursing facility! Scott took time from his busy schedule to answer some questions about volunteering at HRH—an experience that obviously has enriched him as well as the patients he works with.

Since you’re employed as a Christian Science nurse at HRH, what inspired you to offer to volunteer as well?

I actually volunteered for several months at HRH before I became an employee. I love volunteering in support of Christian Science in various ways, and volunteering at HRH seems a natural part of expressing the love that is God.

Before you begin a volunteer activity with a patient, do you pray about it—or think of any particular citation from the Bible or Mrs. Eddy’s writings?

This prayerful activity is almost identical to the way I pray as a Christian Science nurse. I affirm the omnipresence and omnipotence of Love with the patient even before I enter the room or see the patient. Each circumstance might call forth different references from our Pastor.

What kinds of activities do you participate in with patients as a volunteer at HRH?

I especially love hymn sings, because they so often have a visible healing effect for patients. They help me lift my thought, too. I also love to walk with patients and give wheelchair rides—especially outside, when the weather cooperates. The grounds at High Ridge House are beautiful! I also love reading with patients and helping them do research into Christian Science literature, which they request or their practitioner suggests. The computer in the HRH Study Room is a tremendous resource, by the way.

You can find out more about volunteering at HRH here, or contact Barbara Phillips, volunteer coordinator, at 718-796-4200, ext. 203. We’d love to have you!

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Always More Grace!


How gratefully we accept the tender touch, the unexpected and comforting phone call, the day clearly governed by God, despite human planning! This is grace in action, providing a feeling that cannot be easily expressed in words, but is recognized in a strong sense of being loved. Not just a happy-go-lucky, isn’t-it-nice kind of love, but a powerful, comprehensive assurance. You can rest in this feeling because of its power!

Our campaign theme of Abounding Grace is discovering the many qualities of grace. In previous mailings we mentioned the speed of grace and the constancy of grace, referring to the quick response of contributors last spring and the steady generosity of a monthly contributor. High Ridge House is resting in the power of grace right now—trusting in the understanding that it is supplied and sustained by God’s graceful power.

Although monthly contributions are still short of our goals, we are not discouraged. Rather, we are grateful for every evidence of God’s goodness. For example, we were touched by an individual who was inspired to lift thought to express abundance in her life and help fulfill High Ridge House’s daily mission at the same time. Her testimony follows. There is power in one from the power of One.

From a Cherished Contributor

I wanted to contribute to the Abounding Grace Campaign for High Ridge House, but being a single individual living for the most part on Social Security, I knew I couldn’t give the kind of contribution I wanted to with one check. I had had a very expensive repair in my home recently, and I felt I needed to be prudent.

Then I heard about Christian Scientists pledging funds on a monthly basis, and it dawned on me that I could do that, too! So this is what I’ve decided to do—send a $30 check to High Ridge House on the day I receive my Social Security check, the fourth Wednesday of every month—a date that will be easy for me to remember. I’ve asked that $20 of each check go to the General Fund and $10 go to the Employee Fund. That will equal $360 each year, which is more than I could have given in one check at this time.

In making this pledge, I’m reminded of what Mrs. Eddy said: "Giving does not impoverish us in the service of our Maker, neither does withholding enrich us." (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures 79:31-32) This surely applies to all of us—including retirees and others living on fixed incomes.

What's nice about pledges is that they can be any amount. And the way I look at it, any gift that will help High Ridge House remain in operation is a big plus. It’s a haven for those seeking healing and spiritual renewal through reliance on God alone, and I hope it will always be open.

- A grateful supporter of High Ridge House
New York State

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Need Information about Advanced Directives?


If you’d like to learn about living wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies, and insurance—important topics all Christian Scientists should be familiar with and discuss with their loved ones—High Ridge House is happy to help.

Contact Lynn Meyerson at 718-796-4200, ext. 258, to schedule a group meeting in your home or church, or email Lynn at LMeyerson@highridgehouse.org

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Come Home to High Ridge House


Looking for a peaceful place to stay while you’re in the New York City area? Whether here for Class Instruction or your Association Day, for a business trip, or to spend time with friends, consider staying in one of our comfortable guest rooms. High Ridge House is a haven set within scenic wooded grounds—an inspiring place to relax or study after a joy-filled day.

The cost includes meals, free parking, and 24/7 use of our well-equipped Study Room. That’s a lodging package you certainly won’t find anywhere else in New York City! For details and reservations, call 718-796-4200, ext. 204.

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Happy Holidays at High Ridge House!

We'd love to see you at one of these special events:

Thanksgiving November 26

Dinner, 12:00-1:30 p.m. ($20 for adults, $10 for children 5-12)

Church service, 3:00 p.m.

Christmas Party December 10

Starts at 5:00 p.m.

Please call
718-796-4200 ext. 204,
to let us know
you're coming.

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