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Place your Trust and Faith in a Proven Understanding!
Metaphysical application ideas for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

“God the Preserver of Man”
for the week ending June 14, 2020

By Christie C Hanzlik, CS, of Boulder, Colorado
ccern@mac.com • 720.331.9356 • christiecs.com

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While we probably know that we’re supposed to trust and have faith that “God is the preserver of man,” it is difficult to have trust and faith—especially during challenging times—if it isn’t grounded in reason and understanding. This week’s Lesson connects trust, wisdom, faith, and understanding to help us discover how to gain more and more certainty as healers. As you study this week’s Lesson, consider looking for these terms and/or writing a one-sentence statement on what you find to be the theme.

INTRODUCTION

Our faith helps us find safety and peace in difficult moments. And our faith must be grounded in understanding. Faith is not just wishing something were true. Faith is not just hoping something might change. “God IS the preserver of man,” and we can have faith in this, sure. But to truly ground our faith so that it is anchored to something real and tangible, we need understanding.

For me, this Bible Lesson connects faith and understanding to give us a greater sense of certainty that God is an ever-present power and protection—for everyone—in every circumstance.

I find great comfort knowing that the more troubling the events of the world seem to be, the more I can turn the stillness and comfort and inspiration of Christ—our awareness of God—an ever-present friend. In what seem to be uncertain times, with what seems to be ever-cascading calamities in the news, we do have a place of safety right at hand. We are all capable of feeling the comfort of knowing more deeply the truth behind this week’s subject: “God the Preserver of Man.”

Understanding is a gift from God. Understanding is not a far-away thing that we have to work really hard to get. God gives us understanding. We already have all the understanding needed to feel the power of all-loving God in our lives now.

GOLDEN TEXT (GT) and RESPONSIVE READING (RR)

One of the most difficult things in today’s world is not knowing which news sources to trust. Every news source seems to have a bias, and it can feel as if the print, TV, and Internet media are all trying to shock and disturb with the latest and worst news. If we turn to the news for understanding, we often come away feeling more stirred up.

When we want true peace, comfort, and a real sense of knowing what’s happening, we can take the advice of the Golden Text from this week, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart;” Of course, the full verse is “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own [or newspapers for] understanding [what is true].” One way of thinking of this is that we need to let go of a limited sense of understanding—like we need to let go of the idea that understanding is about brain power or mental acumen. Understanding is a noun, and an attribute of God. It is like peace or beauty or strength. We do our best prayer as we realize we ALREADY have an ample supply of peace, beauty, strength and understanding, rather than thinking that we have to chase after it as if it’s some far-away goal.

The Responsive Reading continues this theme of leaning on God for direction, strength, and protection. The verses from II Samuel are a victory song…our victory song that we can sing as we gain peace in the midst of turmoil. Look at the way God is described here…

The Lord is ….

• my rock

• my fortress

• my deliverer

• my shield

• the horn of my salvation (indicates the saving power of the king)

• my high tower

• my refuge

• my savior

In 2013, during what was called a 1,000-year flood that happened here in Boulder, Colorado, my sons were at a house with their dad in a canyon while I was at home in town. They had missed calls to evacuate, and their dad had climbed a bluff with them to get above the usual water mark of the creek in the canyon. Starting at 6pm they were camping atop bushes on a bluff in the pouring rain. At 11pm, I heard the news that a 30-foot wall of water was crashing down the canyon where they were, carrying debris and even cars along with it. It was impossible to reach the children and I couldn’t even reach them by phone. I definitely felt a bit of what the Psalmist wrote about here…."When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid;” (II Sam. 22:5, RR)

As the rain pelted down on the roof above my room, I literally dropped to my knees and yelled “no, this cannot be.” I felt so deeply in that moment that the divine Law of Harmony was governing this —and every—moment. Right in the face of the news coming across the screen, I protested as I yelled “NO!” These words of the Psalmist capture the essence of my prayer: “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.” (II Sam. 22:7, RR)

While I was still kneeling—around midnight—I heard a distinct angel voice say, “the boys will be with you by noon tomorrow.” While this was way more specific than the messages I had heard from God previously, I knew it was God’s message of comfort for me, and somehow, I knew it was true even if I didn’t believe it (there were emergency blockades preventing travel to and from the canyon so it seemed unlikely that anyone could get up and down the canyon roads). And even though I was a mom separated from her children who were out in the torrential rain, I was able to fall asleep peacefully before 1 am—shortly after I got that calming message.

In the morning, the report from the news said that the “30-foot wall of water inexplicably dissipated.” The reports offered no physical explanation. Here’s a link to an article that contains information about that wall of water flattening: CLICK HERE

For me, these words from II Samuel and the Psalmist felt very true, “He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters;” (II Sam. 22:17, RR and Ps. 18:16)

The next day, I was indeed able to make contact with the kids and their dad, and by 11am I was driving up toward the canyon as far as I could go. At first it looked as though the blockade wouldn’t allow them to get down, but at this point I thoroughly trusted the angel message, and didn’t doubt for a second that they would get down past the blockade. Soon, they biked out across a log on a creek and past mudslides. When I saw them, I cried with happy tears, and ran and hugged them all close. The kids were with me before noon.

Surely, this is something of what II Samuel and the Psalmist felt when he wrote, “He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me.” (II Sam. 22:20, RR and Ps. 18:19)

While this is a story of my children’s safety, it also helped me to understand that as a mother I could always feel safe and comforted too. I too am a child, God’s child, Mind’s idea. This experience gave me that understanding. I didn’t experience comfort because I had read 1,000 textbooks and learned Greek and Latin. I gained this understanding of “God the preserver of man” because I was willing to let go of a limited perspective and discover the might and omnipotence of God. I was willing to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart;” (GT)

Each of us may currently feel as if we and our friends and family are in a so-called “danger zone.” Whether we seem to be surrounded by a flood, a virus, racial injustice, the threat of violence, political turmoil, loneliness, depression, pain, or any other sorrow, we have a place to turn. We are not alone. We are children with a caring Parent ready to comfort, guide and protect. We all have the understanding we need to feel safe and healthy and to be “the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:14)

As the Responsive Reading (RR) says of our divine Parent, “. . . thou art my lamp, O Lord: and the Lord will lighten my darkness.” (II Sam. 22:29, RR)

In truth, the darker things seem to be, the more we can see the lamp, the light, and the more that we can rejoice as the Lord “lightens [our] darkness.” The Darker things seem to be, the brighter the light of understanding will dawn in our experience.

Along with II Samuel and the Psalmist, we can sing, “The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.” (II Sam. 22:29 (RR) and Psalm 18:46) We can lean on divine Love during any difficulty and say, “Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.” (Psalm 16:1, RR)

SECTION 1: God leads us to understanding

The first section of this week’s Lesson describes the power and omnipotence of God, and then how Abram, who became Abraham, needed to discover that power and omnipotence. It was always there, but Abraham needed to discover it. And then later, the children of Israel also needed to discover it as they found that God heard their “cry by the Red sea” and saved them. Even after the children of Israel witnessed God’s preserving power once, they still needed their experiences in the “wilderness” to discover that “they lacked nothing.” (Nehemiah 9:9, 21, B2) All along God was present, providing for them, and they lacked nothing, but it had to be discovered. God led Abraham and then the children of Israel to their understanding that they had an ever-present help in trouble.

The power and might of God are an ever-present source of strength and preservation, and yet we seem to need to go through struggles to be able to tune in to God’s ever-presence. While we can discover God’s strength without these struggles, most of us seem to need the extra nudge before we’ll actually understand God’s presence.

We learn the lesson of God’s ever-presence most efficiently to the degree that we are most obedient to the principle,” Thou shalt have none other gods before me.” (Deut. 5:7, B3) In other words, to the degree that we turn to God first and foremost, we most quickly find the Source of ever-present comfort.

Abraham is a good example of a Biblical prophet who readily turned to God first and foremost. Mary Baker Eddy learned from the example of Abraham (and the children of Israel). She defined Abraham as:

“Abraham. Fidelity; faith in the divine Life and in the eternal Principle of being.

This patriarch illustrated the purpose of Love to create trust in good, and showed the life-preserving power of spiritual understanding.” (SH2, 579:10-14, italics added)

The phrase that stands out to me here is “…the purpose of Love to create trust in good…” I haven’t thought of divine Love’s purpose this way before. The (or a) purpose of Love is to create in us a trust in good. This is a concept worth pondering.

Another concept worth pondering is Mary Baker Eddy’s distinction in citation SH3 between two different types of faith…

1) “One kind of faith trusts one's welfare to others.” (this would be a limited type of faith)

2) “Another kind of faith understands divine Love and how to work out one's “own salvation, with fear and trembling.” (SH3, 23:24-27)

Faith #2 is about understanding. It is anchored and grounded and solid.

Understanding is like other attributes of God…beauty, grace, intelligence. God gives these attributes to us freely—gifts!—and we express and reflect these attributes. These attributes are not something we have to strive to get. Understanding is something we already have as a gift from God. It is not something we have to strive to get.

Again, understanding is something we already have as a gift from God. It is not something we have to strive to get.

I’ve repeated this statement in multiple ways because it seems like so many of us feel like if we just understood Christian Science, then we would have our healing. STOP. Affirm that you ALREADY have understanding. This is real faith.

God does not keep understanding from us.

Just as God led Abraham, and then later the children of Israel to accept their understanding (gift), Mary Baker Eddy was also led to discover the understanding of God which was always present. Mary Baker Eddy did not invent Christian Science. Her understanding of Science was revealed.

Mary Baker Eddy made a “spiritual discovery,” which was, in essence, the discovery of the understanding of God, which was already true and available to her—and all of us—all along. She did not discover it because of a heightened IQ or special brain power. She discovered her understanding because she was willing to let go of thinking that she had to do it herself.

We do not have to work hard to get the understanding of God. We already have it.

We do not have to work hard to have God be our preserver. It is already true.

SECTION 2: “…lean not unto thine own understanding…” about food & nutrition

(Prov. 3:5, B7)

It appears that all of us need to eat. We can turn eating into a prayerful activity by being grateful for our “daily bread.” But there’s probably much more we can do to pray for ourselves and the world regarding food.

Many of us find it a daily struggle to know what to eat, how much to eat, whether or not we should eat something. We may worry about eating too much or worry about not having enough to eat. On a bigger scale, we may look at the world and see the imbalance between cultures that throw away large quantities of food and cultures that are starving and malnourished.

These are thorny issues, and definitely worth praying about. For me, Section 2 is a great starting point for purifying and elevating our understanding about food and nutrition.

The section opens with the extended version of the Golden Text, and raises again the concept of “understanding”—that gift that we already have. When we apply this verse to food and nutrition, it could read

• “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding [about food].

In all thy ways [of thinking about food] acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths [of what to eat and how to think about food].” (B7, Proverbs 3:5, 6)

• “For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding…. Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee” [and everyone satisfied]:

(B8, Proverbs 2:6, 11)

It may be tempting to think, what good does it do for me to have an understanding of God if other people around the world don’t have it? But, this is starting from a false premise. Remember that understanding is an attribute, a gift, from God, and we all have it.

Section 2 includes the story of Elisha and the poisonous soup. This story happens in the context of a great famine, so there was not plentiful food. So, when someone unintentionally put a poisonous plant in the pot, it wasn’t just a boo-boo. It poisoned what might have been the group’s only meal for a long while. While scholars don’t know the exact poison that went into the pot, it’s clear that Elisha throwing some meal into it would not have neutralized it.

Elisha was not using his understanding of food chemistry.

The meal represents the power of God, the understanding that God is the preserver of man.

But can you imagine being the first person to take a bite of that porridge? Would you have the faith (understanding) to do so? The group Elisha was traveling with must have had this understanding, and thus overturned the common accepted wisdom of food nutrition.

For me, faith without understanding would not have been enough to take a bite of that porridge. I find it interesting to ponder what it would take for me to let go of my 21st-century knowledge about food nutrition. I “know” meal couldn’t neutralize poison, so would I have the faith (understanding) to take the first bite? Maybe this is something I’ll work toward in my prayer…letting go of nutrition knowledge enough that I would feel confident taking the first bite of Elisha’s porridge.

The Psalmist captures what Elisha’s group might have been thinking….”What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what [knowledge about] flesh [or poison] can do unto me.” (B10, Psalm 56:3, 4) “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (B11, Psalm 46:1)

Arguably, our current times represent the “most educated” generation when it comes to food. And yet we also seem to also have more and more health problems related to food. Clearly, we need a better understanding.

In Science and Health, Mary Baker Eddy introduces Laws of God that neutralize false knowledge like that “meal” neutralized the poison in the pot. For example, she writes, “‘All things work together for good to them that love God,’ is the dictum of Scripture.” (S7, 444:4)

This Law applies to Elisha’s porridge-making group because they were all working together to understand God better—all working to do good and love God more, so it makes sense that all things, including the porridge, could only work together for good.

Maybe I’m being too hard on myself thinking about whether or not I’m ready to take the first bite of that porridge. I mean, Elisha was the leader of the group, and as a good prophet, would have led the way in both understanding and taking the first bite. God doesn’t ask us to do more than we are ready. Instead, “Step by step will those who trust Him find that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (S7, 444:10)

Mary Baker Eddy explains how a false and limited understanding seems to undermine our progress. She writes, “Admit the common hypothesis that food is the nutriment of life, and there follows the necessity for another admission in the opposite direction, — that food has power to destroy Life, God, through a deficiency or an excess, a quality or a quantity.” (S9, 388:12-16)

And she offers helpful divine laws about food: “The fact is, food does not affect the absolute Life of man, and this becomes self-evident, when we learn that God is our Life.” (S9, 388:22-24)

And Mary Baker Eddy even offers a nutritional guide…our right nutrition is “peace, patience in tribulation, and a priceless sense of the dear Father's loving-kindness.” (S10, 365:31) I could eat a whole buffet of that meal every day of the year! [W: 365 days a year from page 365]

If we found ourselves in that situation with Elisha, we would have the step-by-step understanding we needed to overcome fear and doubt to take a bite of that perfectly good porridge, and accept the right nutriment. We would “Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow [our] clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious — as Life eternally is — can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not. Let Christian Science, instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding of [our existence], and this understanding will supplant error with Truth, replace mortality with immortality, and silence discord with harmony.” (S11, 495:16)

The daily practice of letting go of a limited view of food and nutrition prepares us to release other false human laws. The discipline of turning to Mind to ask “what we shall eat” is good practice for the rest of our daily activities.

SECTION 3: Remember….Love is here for you already

Section 3 feels to me like a mid-lesson reminder that God is an ever-present comfort. It begins, “Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies and thy loving kindnesses; for they have been ever of old.” (B12, Ps. 25:6) Remember, you’re already cared for.

“I put my trust in thee” (B12, Ps. 25:20)

This section uses the metaphor of God as a strong tower where we can feel safe and protected. (B14, Prov. 18:10) “The power [tower] of God brings deliverance to the captive. No power can withstand divine Love.” (S13, 224:29)

SECTION 4: God causes us to trust and understand

It comforts me to know that even if I’m not paying attention very well, Love will still get my attention and remind me that I am protected. The same is true for each one of us. At camp, if a camper starts to wander around and not pay attention to where her cabin and counselors are, the counselors will make sure to get that camper’s attention and still make sure to watch over and protect her. In fact, the counselors pay even more attention if the camper isn’t being alert. Watchful counselors don’t stop paying attention to campers just because the campers aren’t paying attention. Likewise, Love is always comforting, guiding, and protecting us even when we’re not paying attention.

And when we need the reassurance—just like that wandering camper with the watchful counselors—God is ready. We can all have the constant prayer, “Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust:” (B15, Ps. 143:8)

In the fourth section, we find the story of Peter’s prayer to raise Tabitha from death. (B17, Acts 9:36-41)

Usually, the Bible Lessons first include an Old Testament story, then a healing involving Christ Jesus, and then another New Testament story. This is a fairly standard outline. This week’s lesson, however, does not include a healing with Christ Jesus. As I pondered this, I realized that for Peter— “the rock”—there must have been a point at which he could not rely on the physical presence of Christ Jesus when healing was needed, and there was a point at which he had to gain the faith—grounded in understanding—that he too could heal (become aware of Love’s ever-presence).

Prayer-based healing is not dependent on having a person named Jesus present. Prayer-based healing is about faith and understanding. Peter proved this. God gave Peter the gift of understanding. And God has given us this gift too. Understanding is one of the precious, divine presents that we all have received (note here the double meaning with the word “presents”).

Right in the face of the news of Tabitha’s death, Peter protested. Peter had the understanding of Life, a grounded faith. .” [W: Clearly Peter remembered what Jesus did in Mark 5:37-40 to clear out the mourners surrounding Jairus’ daughter and followed the Master’s method—starting by clearing out the funereal thought of the mourners. He “put them all forth” (Acts 9:40) as Jesus did in Mark 5:40. Then, after praying, he, like Jesus, was able to say to the body with certainty “arise.” And Tabitha also did. (B17, Acts 9:40)

We too can have this certainty. As Mary Baker Eddy states, “A demonstration of the facts of Soul in Jesus' way resolves the dark visions of [limited] sense into harmony and immortality. Man's privilege at this supreme moment is to prove the words of our Master: “If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.” To [let go] of false trusts and [limited] evidences in order that the [unlimited] facts of [existence] may appear, — this is the great [gift of understanding] by means of which we shall sweep away the false and give place to the true.” (S16, 428:4-12)

SECTION 5: God’s thoughts reassure us of our safety and salvation, and cannot be ignored

“[Look], [divine Love] is my [safety]; I will trust, and not be afraid” (B19, Isa. 12:2)

Section 5 includes the story of Paul and the shipwreck in Acts (B21, Acts 27:1-44). According to the story, they hadn’t seen the sun or stars for many days—this was their primary means of navigation in those days, so this suggests that they were lost along the coasts of Asia. And then a huge storm came. Everything about the situation seemed awful, and I’m sure if there had been modern-day newspapers covering the story, it would have been bleak headlines….”whole ship of prisoners and guards doomed at sea!”

But Paul protested. He rejected the predictions…with certainty. After praying and receiving comfort from God, he told everyone, “…take courage! None of you will lose your lives, even though the ship will go down.” (B21, Acts 27) This seems like a very specific message, and it must have taken faith for Paul to say this to the soldiers on the ship. And yet his faith was grounded in understanding—the understanding that angels (God’s thoughts) don’t lie.

We can all gain the faith to accept angels—God’s thoughts—by tuning into them with small things, and acknowledging them in everyday moments. As we learn to tune into them for littler things, then it is much easier to trust them as Paul did. In my experience, I haven’t actually had a choice in accepting angel messages…it’s more like a thought that governs me, and I haven’t needed to wrestle with whether or not it’s a thought from Love, or whether or not it’s true. In my experience, a true angel message makes itself heard and known and understood. The “power of the angel voice” seems consistent with Paul and the shipwreck story too, as Paul heard and trusted the angel message despite the loud storm all around him and despite all the physical evidence that suggested it was not true.

Of course, we know that the angel message—as always—was true.

Mary Baker Eddy shares this idea about Paul’s experience: “When the evidence before the [limited] senses yielded to spiritual sense, [Paul] declared that nothing could [separate] him from God, from the sweet sense and presence of Life and Truth….

It is ignorance and false belief, based on a [limited] sense of things, which hide [unlmited] beauty and goodness. Understanding this, Paul said: ‘Neither death, nor life, . . . nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, [nor shipwreck] nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God.’ This is the doctrine of Christian Science: that divine Love cannot be deprived of its [expression], or object; that joy cannot be turned into sorrow, for sorrow is not the master of joy; that good can never produce evil; that matter can never produce mind nor life result in [an end of goodness].” (S21, 303:30-14)

As Mary Baker Eddy declares, “Nothing can interfere with the harmony of being nor end the existence of man in Science.” (S22, 427:14-16)

“The lightnings and thunderbolts of error [in the form of a virus, shootings, violence, economic collapse, etc.] may burst and flash till the cloud is cleared and the tumult dies away in the distance. Then the raindrops of divinity refresh the earth. As St. Paul says: ‘There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God; (of Spirit).” (S23, 288:14)

SECTION 6: Our safety and salvation is already true

It seems like we often struggle with thinking that we have to do more, read more, learn more, and be better before we can feel Love’s presence take care of us. But this is backwards. It’s exactly when we need our divine parent—the “preserver” that Love is there for us.

Think about a young child who needs help from his parents. The parents don’t wait until the child is independent and can drive and graduates from high school before they begin caring for the child.

The parents are most attentive when the child needs them the most.

We seem to get trapped into thinking—now that we’re adults, more or less, we should be expected to be on our own. Nonsense. God doesn’t distinguish between people who have seen 5 trips around the sun from people who have seen 50 trips around the sun. Love loves us all as children. There never was a time before Love cared for us. There never was a time in which Love existed and we did not. And there never was a time in which we existed and Love did not. We co-exist with Love. (S25, 516:21)

There never was a beginning, and there never is an end. “[Divine Love] shall preserve [our] going out and [our] coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.” (B23, Ps. 121:8)

Each situation we face is a new opportunity to discover more about “God the preserver of man.” We already have the light of understanding—it is a gift. And the darker the situation seems to be, the more the light of understanding is apparent. It shows up most when we most need it. We already have the light of understanding with us, and we cannot possibly let go of it because it is a gift from God, which means it’s a part of our being, a part of our existence.

It was Mary Baker Eddy’s understanding, her gift from God, that enabled her to declare, “The relations of God and man, divine Principle and idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He creates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history.” (S24, 470:32)

This understanding—this gift—has been revealed to us all.

“Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!” (2 Corinthians 9:15, NLT)


[Warren:] Click again later for (still in-progress) inspiring Bible Lesson GEMs from Cobbey Crisler & others.


Summer Update (as of May 31st):
As we pray with the motives of loving our neighbor, being law-abiding, acting with wisdom, and offering a camping experience that is consistent with our Christian Science foundation, we are feeling led to cancel our June programs onsite and to make several additional adjustments to our summer schedule and operations. At this time, we are still awaiting what we'd consider acceptable guidelines from the state and county related to overnight summer camps, still actively preparing for July programs, and still listening for God’s guidance each step of the way. Here are decisions we have been led to make thus far:

CedarS Camps Schedule for Summer 2020:

  • Session 1 (June 7-20): Cancelled
  • Session 2 (June 21- July 4): Cancelled
  • Session 3 (July 5 – July 17): Currently Proceeding (one day shorter)
  • Session 4 (July 19 – July 31): Currently Proceeding (one day shorter)
  • Family Camp (August 2-8): Currently Proceeding

We will be in touch with additional specifics about 3rd and 4th Session programs as soon as we know more. Thank you for your patience and support of CedarS as plans for this summer continue to unfold.

Until June 9, we've been pausing all new enrollments for 3rd and 4th Sessions in order to accommodate transfers from already-enrolled 1st and 2nd session campers. In order to accomodate as many families as possible, we plan to limit future enrollees to just one rather than both sessions. We will re-open for new enrollments on June 9th. We’re happy to answer any questions at 636-394-6162 or office@cedarscamps.org.

With great love for each of you,
Holly, Warren, Gay, Kim, and the CedarS Team

PS: Sign up for CedarS fun, Online Camper Programming (for June 15-20) TODAY!
This will enable us to mail to you in advance a Care Package with activity starters for this "Take CedarS Home" week.
We are offering this option of an introductory online CedarS experience to support our mission: “to give each camper an appreciation of spiritual sense and an abundance of wholesome, joyous activity.” We are developing programs for elementary, middle, and high schoolers. These will be part-day virtual programs, led by eager CedarS counselors, that include daily Bible Lesson study with a cabin cohort, camp songs, friendship-building activities, and opportunities for off-screen adventures. Click here to see more details and to enroll for only $100, which can be TOTALLY covered by Campership funding as needed!!

Continuing to Sing: We’ll continue to sing hymns with you each Sunday this summer, either from St. Louis or from Lebanon! Click here for a Zoom link and numbers for today's Hymn Sing at 7pm Central Time.

We are working to demonstrate that "Of two things fate cannot rob us, namely, of choosing the best [summer yet and best fall yet!], and of helping others thus to choose." (Miscellany, 165:2)

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  • FYI, as more CedarS families are able to go back to work and enrollments pick-up in coming weeks, we plan to forward CedarS phone line 636-394-6162 so you can reach us at nearly any time to discuss your interests or to share your support.

    or you also can MAIL your tax-deductible support to our St. Louis area office address:
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