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From the Board of Trustees
Ministering through joy and affection are the hallmarks of our visiting Christian Science nurse, Jeanne Troutman. During this time of “sheltering in place” that joy and affection has not faltered. While Noontide must obey the COVID-19 mandates as carefully as the medical facilities, we do not give in to fear. Mary Baker Eddy assures us, “Fear never stopped being and its action” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 151).
For 35 years since its inception Noontide has been like a flowing stream throughout the year carrying nurturing Truth-sustaining support to wherever the call for aid has been requested. Thank you for being a part of this Life- giving stream.
Currently, we are replacing our Christian Science nurse’s computer with newer, state-of-the-art technology, and are adding an off-site storage unit to house nursing supplies and equipment.
Noontide needs your help to continue to meet the calls of those who choose to rely on Christian Science nursing. With your generous support we can meet those needs. “Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not” (Isa 35). You are a big part in this call of the prophet.
The Power of Gratitude
As the holidays approach, it is pure joy to remember these loving individuals that mean so much to Noontide’s operations, and what a tremendous blessing they are—donors, volunteers, and staff. Gratitude is powerful; it gives us strength, joy, worth, love, and healing. Gratitude keeps Noontide’s eyes open to God’s ever present goodness for us all. —Natalie Wright, Board of Trustees
A Christian Science Nursing Student's time with Noontide
By Abigail Strub
I had considered Christian Science nursing as something I could do ‘later,’ perhaps as a second career, when I would have more life experience and spiritual fortitude. But when a relative suddenly needed at-home care, I found myself doing ‘later’ for the summer. My relative made progress, so I went back to school, but I was no longer satisfied with my career choice. It just wasn’t fulfilling in comparison to that summer.
Months of prayer led me to take a job as a camp housekeeper, where I was able to talk with and observe the work of several Christian Science nurses. When I got home, I took the Home Helper course with Noontide’s Christian Science Supervising Nurse, Jeanne Troutman. I was then quickly accepted to the Christian Science Nursing Assistant Class at Tenacre School of Christian Science Nursing in New Jersey.
The two-and-a-half years that I spent at Tenacre greatly strengthened my skills and my understanding of proper Christian Science nursing practice. Jeanne continued to provide mentoring and support from afar throughout my time away.
After returning home to Michigan, I spent two-and-a-half weeks working directly under Jeanne at Noontide. I helped with inventory, familiarized myself with the administrative work behind the scenes, observed and then provided care on visits to several different cases.
My favorite experience was a couple of visits several days apart, that we made to a new patient. The second visit was wonderful because progress was already apparent, both in the home and in the patient's uplifted thought. I’m very excited to be home in Michigan again and to finally have had the opportunity to work with Noontide!
Learn more about what our Visiting Christian Science Nurse Service offers
Many Christian Science branch church communities might not be aware of all that Noontide, Visiting Christian Science Nurse Service of Michigan has to offer. We’d love to remedy this by visiting your branch church and sharing some encouraging and helpful information. The visit can be either virtual or in-person. Given the current restrictions, you may opt for a Zoom or WebEx meeting.
Our Supervising Christian Science Nurse, Jeanne Troutman, and a member of our Board of Trustees conduct these meetings. We have two presentations. We can schedule a short presentation, which would be appropriate for a church business meeting, an interested group, or for a Sunday School class. We also have a longer presentation with more information and time for answering questions that would work well for your entire church community.
We’d love to be invited to meet virtually or in person, whichever is most appropriate. To find out more, go to our website, . Feel free to contact Jeanne by calling (517) 582-0575 or via email . We look forward to seeing you, and giving you more news about what Noontide’s services provide—especially when this might be just the information about Christian Science Nursing that can meet a need!
We’re looking for new Board members — are YOU looking to serve?
Noontide is currently looking to fill positions on our Board of Trustees. Our mission is “to provide to patients, under the guidance of divine Love, the proper practical services necessary to support healing as demonstrated through the teachings of Christian Science.”
The board members are the “business trustees” of the service. We oversee the financial well-being of the service, as well as the Christian Science nurses, and marketing. We meet monthly by teleconference or in person (meeting locations can vary). If this is something you feel you might be interested in, we would love to speak with you and answer any questions.
Serving on the board is a very rewarding experience. We dearly appreciate your consideration of this possibility. Trustees must be a member of The Mother Church, and of a branch church. If you love and cherish the purpose and goal of Christian Science nursing, we invite you to be in touch...just call the business office (734) 459-5850, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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