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Onward and Upward

Published on: 01/01/2018

As our Board and staff joyfully welcome the New Year, we are grateful for the insight gained during the past year. We began 2017 with the united goal of advancing our understanding of how we can more fully cherish Christian Science nursing and our precious Upward Wing service, and to then put this wisdom gained into practice and invite our field to entertain angels with us in our committment to supporting Christian Science nursing. 

As the year came to an end, and as it closed with the Christmas season, our progress made over the last twelve months was affirmed. We have found that our advanced understanding shines newborn light on the significance of the New Year. The continuity and consecrated activity of Christian Science nursing is made clear this New Year's Day and best expressed in Mrs. Eddy's words: "Through Christian Science, religion and medicine are inspired with a diviner nature and essence; fresh pinions are given to faith and understanding, and thoughts acquaint themselves intelligently with God."  SH 107:10-14

With each New Year fresh thoughts and spiritual regeneration are expressed as celebrants witness spiritual beauty and holiness unfolding. They hear, "Well done, good and faithful servant." The calendar year marks an end, but the continuity of Good shows us that the insights gained in 2017 are but the treasured contents of our cornerstone on which to build this coming year.

The Christmas message prepares us for the New Year by providing and sustaining the hope of this blessed beginning as it manifests Emmanuel, God with us. Opportunity and change are possible because of God's boundless grace, and by having this understanding we experience progress. When we cherish the babe of Christian Science healing we find continuity, support, brotherliness, and harmony going with us into each New Year -- as we follow Paul's direction to put off the old man and put on the new man -- and these expressions of reality remain with us for continual spiritual re-birth throughout the year. 

"In different ages the divine idea assumes different forms, according to humanity's needs. In this age it assumes, more intelligently that ever before, the form of Christian healing. This is the babe we are to cherish. This is the babe that twines its loving arms about the neck of omnipotence, and calls forth infinite care from His loving heart." Mis. 370:12

The gift we are asked to bring to the nativity is a pure and open heart, and from this devotion we receive fresh pinions of understanding to soar ever higher.

Thank you to all of you who shared in our goal and supported our Mission in 2017! Please join us as we move joyfully forward with our committment to cherish, foster, and protect this precious healing ministry.

 

Visit our Blog to share your new-year's inspirations and spiritual resolutions for supporting Christian Science nursing in 2018! 

If you have not yet taken our survey presented in our 2017 newsletters, visit www.upwardwing.org/survey to participate.

Learn more about the prayerful steps we took in 2017 by reading our 3-part progressive study initiative in our July, August, and September 2017 Newsletters, which culminated in our November Annual Meeting & Workshop. Listen to the audio of the Workshop

 

 

 

Come be a part of our special team!

Published on: 08/10/2017

Each successive stage of experience unfolds new views of divine goodness and love.
(Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, 66:14)

Four SeasonsHave you been praying for a new view?

If so, we would love to hear from you! We have been praying for
Christian Science nurses to join us in Northern Ohio as we continue to grow our ministry.

Come be a part of our special team!

Relocation assistance provided

Contact: [email protected] or 855.276.4968

 

 

 

 

 

Enlarging Thy Tent: 2016 Field Training Update

Published on: 12/30/2016

One way Overlook House fulfills its Mission of providing financial, metaphysical, and physical support to Upward Wing Visiting Christian Science Nursing is through a Field Training Program. Overlook House is grateful for the generous grant it received in June of 2016 designated to refining and updating the Upward Wing Field Training Program.

The Program’s purpose is to engage the community in our Mission, and we have learned that we can best achieve this by meeting the individuals who make up our Field where each is engaged in serving the cause of Christian Science.

The primary goal for our Field Training Program is for our Christian Science community to take ownership of its nursing organization. We have this year seen a marked response to our organization's outreach.

Upward Wing Field Training & Volunteer Coordinator, Anita Lange, introduced the theme "Enlarging Thy Tent" (Isa 54:2-3) for the 2016 Field Training Program in our September newsletter fostering a focus on 'lengthening the cords' and 'stretching the tent' -- reaching out and welcoming the community -- and strengthening the 'tent stakes' by building relationships, listening to the individual's needs, and supporting his or her efforts.

The Board responded by increasing its member count this year -- from 5 to 7 and its efforts sevenfold. This affords each board member the ability to focus on a different area of the organization, including 2 members who are working on building relationships in our community -- one with our local practitioners and one with outreach to our Field.

We began by building relationships with our branch churches as well as with our local business owners who are Christian Scientists. The Upward Wing Christian Science nurses made a visit to all 19 churches in our service area this year, attending Sunday services and Wednesday evening testimony meetings, and visiting with members and visitors, as well as Care Committee Chairmen. We are grateful for the financial support we receive from our business community, including one restaurant owner who donated the venue space and luncheon for our Annual Meeting this November. 

The Overlook House Board and Upward Wing Christian Science nurses are also grateful for the opportunity to host a dinner meeting last October for the Christian Science Nursing Network (CSNN) Board of Directors who were in Cleveland planning their bi-annual conference coming up in September of 2017. We took the opportunity to have each attendee talk about their introduction to, and experiences working in, Christian Science nursing. Bruce Jeffrey of The Principle Foundation accepted our invitation to join in the conversation.

Getting to know the Christian Science nurses on the Board of CSNN and a deeper understanding of their ministry was our goal for this meeting. Especially as we are currently  inviting students to join, and are accepting applications for, the Upward Wing Mentoring Program. This program has been developed to promote better trainers and highly skilled nurses to support Christian Science nursing sustainability and succession planning within the Upward Wing Visiting Christian Science nursing service.

We further reached out by offering two Care Committee Workshops in 2016 -- one in September for the Western Ohio branch churches and the second in December for the Eastern Ohio branch churches. The Upward Wing Christian Science nurses invited Care Committees of every church in our service area to participate in one of these two-part workshops. The first session introduced Christian Science nursing and Upward Wing, and the second session explained the metaphysics and skills useful to ushers in churches.  In between the sessions the participants gathered for a box lunch and received a gift of note cards depicting scenes of The Mother Church to get them started in their service to fellow church members.

The Overlook House Board, likewise, participated in its organization's program of continuing education in Christian Science nursing.  In July, the Upward Wing Christian Science nurses provided the board members with a 1-hour instruction on the metaphysics and skills involved in cleansing and bandaging. The Board and Christian Science nurses found that this session provided inspiration and information for a future class to be taken to the Field.

One response to our outreach this year is a Home Helper advertising her services in our community after completing the Upward Wing Home Helper Class. The Home Helper Class is a 2-day 10 hour course hosted at a private home of a Christian Scientist. It is designed to enable the student to assist someone living at home with his or her daily needs while supporting Christian Science healing.

We plan to continue to offer Home Helper Classes in 2017, which were well received in 2015 when we conducted several of these classes at sites throughout greater Cleveland. Christian Scientists in Ohio and nearby states, such as Indiana, Michigan, and New York have attended, inviting us to hold this class in their communities, and we look forward to expanding our outreach even further in 2017.

In addition to the Field, Upward Wing has reached out to other Christian Science nursing organizations this year by sharing its online back-office software system it has developed. In 2016 we contracted our first license agreement with a fellow visiting Christian Science nursing service. This service is now set up and undergoing training with the Upward Wing webmaster, Business Manager, and Director of Christian Science nursing. It will begin the new year with this efficient method of communication and record keeping in place, which supports consistency in our standard of patient care and promotes service accreditation. 

The Upward Wing volunteers augment the work of the Upward Wing Christian Science Nurses and their efforts broaden our outreach. They continue to go out and visit and read to patients. Our Field Training and Volunteer Coordinator arranged their annual outing this year during Volunteer Appreciation Week at Sweet Moses Soda Fountain for an afternoon ice-cream social. At our Annual Meeting in November she shared the volunteers' healing experiences in their service throughout the year and presented the volunteers with appreciation gifts of festive tins of gourmet popcorn from our local Campbell's Popcorn Company.

The Overlook House Annual Meeting's theme this year "Open Hearts and Willing Hands" focused on the spiritual meaning of 'Willingness,' -- referring to our collective as well as individual efforts. It was exemplified in our stepping forward to bring our own "widow's mite" to Christian Science nursing, as a board member, as a Christian Science nurse, as a business manager, and as a member of the Field.

We introduced our annual meeting theme of 'Willingness' prior to the meeting in our September newsletter whose articles developed this theme. In support of these ideas we included in the newsletter an invitation to become a volunteer and participate in a survey to share thoughts and priorities regarding our currently proposed initiatives. Our intention was to engage the Field in our activities. We found through feedback from our Keynote Speaker and members of the Field that this was inspiring to them and they felt their purpose in our organization clarified and the one Mind at work as they prepared for the meeting.

Our benchmark in 2016 was to foster Christian Science nursing sustainability by expanding the awareness in our community of what Christian Science nursing is. To that end Upward Wing has visited and spoken with members of every Christian Science branch church in its service area. The feedback in the form of questions and answers from the Field is encouraging as we move forward together with gladness in the coming year.

If you would like more information about any of the program initiatives mentioned above or are 'willing' to join in our efforts, please call us at 1-855-276-4968 (855-CSN-4YOU).

Thank you to all of you who have entered our 'tent,' supported our efforts, and helped us grow this year!

 

 

 

A Call to Action for the Willing

Published on: 09/09/2016

Take our survey today!

We are introducing 4 proposed initiatives. Please share your level of willingness to support these initiatives by taking this short survey. Click here to read our latest newsletter and find out more about these initiatives.

We are very willing and eager to receive your feedback. Click here to take our survey.

 

 

 

Growing in Love!

Published on: 03/08/2016

Growing in LoveOverlook House has increased its Board of Trustees to 7 members. They are looking forward to working together this year in the Board Room and in the Church Community to further Overlook House's mission and grow its support of Upward Wing Visiting Christian Science Nursing.

Three new members have joined the Board for 2016. We would like to express our gratitude for each member's desire to serve and their individual skills they bring to this vital organization.

Welcome Linda Campana & Kathy Victor of First Church, Chagrin Falls and Julianne Wright of First Church, Medina!

"Is the heart a living power?
Self-entwined its strength sinks low;
It can only live in loving,
And, in serving, love will grow."
CS Hymnal 360:2,5-8

 

 

A Gathering to Give Thanks

Published on: 11/05/2015

Thank you all for an inspiring Annual Meeting!

Among the fifty-five attendees on Saturday, October 31st we welcomed several Christian Science Practitioners and Nurses from across northern Ohio and as far south as Lima and Columbus, including Glenmont Christian Science Nursing Facility's Director of Christian Science Nursing, Helvi Paasinen. This year's theme, "Make Channels for the Streams of Love...,"* a call to be ready to accept Love's bounty, was met with warm hearts and eager ears.   

President Jon Ferrell presented the Board Report entitled "Make Channels: For the Streams of Love," taken from the first line of Hymn 182 of the Christian Science Hymnal, and he discussed the myriad ways each attendee might engage himself or herself in the Missions of Overlook House and Upward Wing. Mr. Ferrell showed us how the particular gifts we cherish, and for which we are grateful, can be shared in gratitude through our unique and individual expressions of support. Visit our Annual Meeting page to view this PowerPoint presentation

Anita Lange, Upward Wing Christian Science Nurse and Volunteer & Training Coordinator, expressed her gratitude for the conscientiousness and generosity of the Upward Wing Volunteers. She discussed one of the "channels" Upward Wing is providing by its having offered this year two Home Helper Classes enabling the Love expressed by graduates of these classes to answer the need whether found in their own homes or in their church community. Kimberly Thorndike, Upward Wing Director of Christian Science Nursing, shared the past year's service activity, bringing to our thought Mrs. Eddy's directive to the Christian Science Nurse and Upward Wing's readiness to follow this Manual Bylaw and to serve.   

Former Overlook House President, Beth Eggers, CS, conveyed in her keynote address her "heartfelt gratitude for Upward Wing, which provides our Christian Science community the opportunity to experience the tireless expression of Christly love and comfort that the Christian Science nurse brings to 'the broken-hearted'" ("The People Wanted a King," p. 1). You can read Ms. Eggers address describing how through Love we are made "kings and priests unto God" -- as the Bible declares -- right here on our Annual Meeting page.
Following the meeting, the Overlook House Board Members, Upward Wing Christian Sciences Nurses, and attendees enjoyed a luncheon together.

*Christian Science Hymnal, 182:1


 

 

Summer 2015

Published on: 08/28/2015

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April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month

Published on: 04/01/2015

...A time to celebrate those who dedicate their time to be stewards and nurturers through volunteerism. Upward Wing recognizes its volunteers as a supportive link to its Field as well as the activities they engage in as expressions of gratitude from its Field.

National Volunteer Appreciation Month also encompasses National Volunteer Week, April 12 - 18, 2015. President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order in 1974, and every sitting U.S. president since Nixon has issued a proclamation during National Volunteer Week, urging Americans to give their time to community outreach organizations. While originally sponsored by The Points of Light Institute, the week has grown to include hundreds of organizations, and thousands of volunteer projects. This year marks its 40th anniversary!

The Overlook House Board would like to express its gratitude for the loving service provided by the Upward Wing Volunteers!

"My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass..." Deut 32:2

For information on Upward Wing's Volunteer Program visit http://www.upwardwing.org/volunteer.html

 

Find us in The Christian Science Journal!

Published on: 03/09/2015

Upward Wing received in January 2015 a full three-year accreditation from The Commission for the Accreditation of Christian Science Nursing Organizations/Facilities, Inc.

http://csncommission.org/

As an accredited organization, Upward Wing Visiting Christian Science Nursing will be listed in The Christian Science Journal beginning this April.

http://journal.christianscience.com/

 

Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit (Cor 12:4)

Published on: 02/16/2015

Overlook House President, Jon Ferrell, joins with his fellow board members to warmly thank Christe McGraw of First Church, Rocky River for graciously completing two terms of board service. Ms. McGraw brought her expertise in finance and business administration to Overlook House during its financial restructuring and organizing of the Upward Wing Visiting Christian Science Nursing service.

The Board of Trustees warmly welcomes Barbara Warsinskey of First Church, Rocky River to a three-year term of service on the Overlook House Board. Ms. Warsinskey's skill and experience in teaching is propitious as the Overlook House Board moves forward this year in growing both the Upward Wing service and field participation through expanding Upward Wing's education and field training programs.

Thank you Christe and Welcome Barb!

"Science reveals Life as a complete sphere, as eternal, self-existent Mind..." (Ret 60:3)

 

2014 Annual Meeting of Overlook House

Published on: 11/11/2014

Thank you all for a successful meeting!

The 2014 Overlook House Annual Meeting held at LockKeepers Restaurant in Valley View, OH, on November 8th, during this national month of thanksgiving, brought together an enthusiastic group of supporters representing 10 Northern Ohio churches.  

The Board Report's theme of history as inspiration for the present and future of Overlook House and the Upward Wing Visiting Christian Science Nursing Service was presented through a question and answer format engaging with the audience. We learned about Christian Science nursing through the keynote speaker's historical talk focusing on Christian Science nursing's spiritual foundations. Board President, Jon Ferrell, remarked that the venue's warm and lovely atmosphere and luncheon were an expression of Soul. Reminding us of those chilly, but faith-filled days in November 1947 when The Northern Ohio Trustees gathered to incorporate Overlook House. 

 2014 Annual Meeting 

 

Note of Thanks

Published on: 08/31/2014

Thank you to all those who helped before, after, and during the August 2nd AHCD workshop.  Your loving assistance resulted in a joyous morning of brotherhood.  “Our hearts have kept time together …” (Mis. 110:18) as we were “busy with divine Love.” (My. 252:3) 

~ Message from Anita Lange, Upward Wing Volunteer & Training Coordinator

 

Call for Volunteers

Published on: 02/17/2014

You can help support the mission of Upward Wing by volunteering with our service.

Send us an e-mail from our Contact Us page or call our business office at (216) 795-3550 to find out more about becoming a Volunteer!

 

Welcoming Our Newest Board Member

Published on: 02/02/2014

At its first-quarter board meeting on February 2, 2014 the Overlook House Board of Trustees welcomed Arleen Gardner of First Church, Cuyahoga Falls as the fifth member of its five-member Board.

Thank you Arleen for generously accepting our appointment to serve on the Overlook House Board, and we look forward to working with you in continuing to fulfill the missions of Overlook House and Upward Wing!

Jon Ferrell, President ~ Christe McGraw, Vice President ~ Jill Pescosolido, Secretary & Treasurer ~ Gayle Weber, CS, Member ~ Kimberly Thorndike, Director of Christian Science Nursing ~ Vanessa Staskus, Business Manager

 

Overlook House Annual Meeting: Postings & Call for Volunteers

Published on: 11/14/2013

Thank you to All who attended the first Overlook House Annual Meeting in conjunction with Upward Wing!

Keynote speaker, Catherine Shiel, CS of Port Charlotte, Florida presented to an inspiring group of more than sixty members of our Field on Saturday, November 9th, at LockKeepers Restaurant in Valley View's lovely and centrally-located historic district. Support for this event extended to Upward Wing's service borders with guests attending from as far east as Erie, PA and as far south as Columbus.

The Overlook House Board of Trustees and the Upward Wing Christian Science Nurses shared reports of gratitude for the year's bounty and for the Field's dedication.

Please visit our website's Media Library to view the Overlook House Board's PowerPoint presentation to the Field and return there later this month to read a transcript of Catherine's enlightening talk entitled "God, the Christian Science Nurse, and You."

You can help support the mission of Upward Wing by volunteering with our service. Send us an e-mail from our website's Contact Us page or call our business office at (216) 795-3550 to find out more about becoming a Volunteer! 

 

2012 Annual Report

Published on: 08/01/2013

The Overlook House/Upward Wing 2012 Annual Report was mailed to the field in July. In this letter we share how Upward Wing did in 2012, our goals for 2013, how you can help, an invitation to our Annual Meeting 2013, and the Upward Wing CS Nursing Report with patient testimonials.

To view the online version of the 2012 Annual Report visit our site's Media Library

 

Would you consider serving on the Overlook House Board?

Published on: 07/15/2013

Overlook House provides for the financial support of the Upward Wing Visiting Christian Science Nursing Service. Its Board of Trustees currently has 1 of 5 seats open. If you are a class-taught Christian Scientist, and would consider volunteering to serve this prayer-based healing practice, please contact our Business Manager, Vanessa Staskus: (216) 795-3550 or [email protected]

 

Reaching Beyond Northern Ohio

Published on: 06/06/2013

Helping to meet the needs of fellow Christian Scientists, in 2012 we sent our complete set of Bound Volumes to First Church of Nairobi, Kenya. This loving church, which itself has a strong outreach program, was one of the stops for The Mother Church Board of Directors during their visit to Africa in March 2012. 

Clive Madifali, Clerk of First Church, Nairobi, has shared with us his fellow members' gratitude for the opportunity to place these beloved books in their well utilized Reading Room library. 

Nairobi Church

 

Education 2012

Published on: 08/23/2012

Upward Wing sponsored Lynne Scheiern's visit to Cleveland, Ohio to teach a four-day continuing education course to its Christian Science nurses August 14th-17th, culminating in a free community workshop Saturday, August 18th from 10AM-3PM.

Lynne Scheiern, Director of Christian Science Nursing Development at Broadview in Los Angeles, California spent the week with the Upward Wing CSNs instructing them in the care for mother and infant in a home-birth environment as well as care for young children. Saturday's workshop entitled: Caring for Infants and Young Children, a Christian Science Approach, held at The Alcazar Hotel in Cleveland Heights, focused on the spiritual interpretation of conception, pregnancy, birth, and children as a guide for the expectant mother, her family, and friends through the practical stages of childbirth and care.

On-site childcare, organized by the Upward Wing CSNs, was available during the workshop, and the day included a luncheon, compliments of Upward Wing. Attendees enjoyed their boxed lunches, catered by Zagara's, in the sunny courtyard of the historic Alcazar Hotel.

Upward Wing provides its CSNs annual education reimbursements for their continuing education to keep them abreast of both the latest technology and methods of Christian Science care in order to help them provide their patients with the highest standard of care. Upward Wing CSNs provide training to the field with workshops like this one, and also through presentations about the Upward Wing service and how you, your church care committee, and your church membership can better support and care for family, friends, and fellow church members.  

We look forward to our 2013 program and seeing what unfolds for both our CSNs and for you. Let us know if your branch church would like the Upward Wing Christian Science nurses to introduce our service to its care committee and/or membership. Call 855-CSN-4YOU (855-276-4968) to schedule a date, and watch our website's calendar for our next community event.

 

Overlook House Contracts Accounting Firm

Published on: 08/20/2012

The Overlook House Board of Trustees announces its contracting Walthall, Drake & Wallace (WD&W), Certified Public Accountants, to service Overlook House, Inc. and Upward Wing, LLC. 

WD&W is a mid-size firm chosen for its ability to provide both one-on-one personalized service and a team well versed in the tax laws and complex reporting requirements that affect our unique not-for-profit organization. 

We look forward to WD&W assisting us in meeting our fiduciary responsibilities together with growing our Christian Science nursing service.    

 

2011 Annual Report

Published on: 04/25/2012

The Overlook House/Upward Wing 2011 Annual Report was mailed to the field in April. 

In the mailing we have included a refrigerator magnet with Upward Wing's toll-free number in bold print for easy reference, and a contribution envelope with information on how to send your tax-deductible contribution in support of Upward Wing. To give us your mailing address or update your contact information please click here.

To view the online version of the 2011 Annual Report visit our site's Media Library.

 

Website Launches

Published on: 11/10/2011

The new Upward Wing website is live. Please check back often as we will be posting our newsletters and upcoming events on the site.  You can also visit the Contact Us page to be added to our mailing list.

 

 

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