Loving God, Loving Your Neighbor
The most important commandment is this: … you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these. (Mark 12:29-31, NLT)
What does it mean to love God supremely, and love your neighbor as yourself? Who is your neighbor? In the news today, we hear stories of bullying, divisiveness, and terrorism. What does Christ Jesus teach us through the two great commandments about how to respond to these issues? As servant leaders, we aim to express the humility and charity modeled by Jesus in thought and action. Let’s dive deep into this topic with mentors and parents, within your class, and during peer-led discussions at ACR.
WHO: All NLC teens, mentors, and parents of the 2017 classes
- Time with your NLC class
- Inspiring speakers and discussions
- Graduation of the 2017 classes
- Welcoming the new 2021 classes
- Mentor training and time with classes
- Great food and winter fun!
NLC teens, parents, and mentors – please check your email for a link to the registration form, sent Dec. 15th.
Registration fee includes transportation to/from the Denver airport to the A/U Ranches. Please submit travel information through the registration website by January 15.
Plan to arrive at DEN by 2:00 pm Friday, February 17, and depart after 2:00 pm Monday, February 20.
Dec. 15 – Dec. 31
Jan. 1 – Jan. 15
The NLC Alumni Initiative’s 2017 Memorial Day volunteer trip is on Catalina Island off of the coast of Los Angeles, California! We will be working alongside The Catalina Nature Conservancy to maintain trails, recover from The Catalina Fire of 2007, foster the growth of native plants, and enjoy the beauty that Catalina has to offer.
The Portland DB Chapter is hosting their annual camp show at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Come hang with other families, hear about all the great programs offered by the A/U Ranches and Camp Bow-Isle, and enjoy a day at museum.
9:30am – Arrive at OMSI
10:00am – Camp Show meeting
Explore OMSI after meeting
Admission to OMSI is $5/person – DB will underwrite the balance of admission. (Admission ticket is valid all day, until closing at 5:00pm.)
Parking is typically $5/car but we have secured free parking. In order to get free parking you need to
bring you parking spot number with you when you head through admissions.
RSVP to Mary Taylor (contact info above) – it helps with ticket ordering.
Join Alison Peticolas, Ranch Director, at the Seattle DB Chapter’s annual camp show, featuring a potluck lunch, outdoor games and presentations by the A/U Ranches and Camp Bow-Isle. All ages welcome!
Bring a dish or dessert to share (beverages and dinnerware provided).
RSVP to Ruth Marsh (contact info above).
Fun, games, food and presentations from DiscoveryBound and the A/U Ranches about our year-round programs for all ages.
RSVP for pizza with Diana Virgil (info above).
NLC All Class Retreat 2018
You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. (II Cor. 9:7-8, NLT)
Who: All Teens, plus Mentors and Parents of the graduating 2018 classes. Mentors from the 2019-2021 classes are invited if you have not previously attended an ACR (the 2021 class is encouraged to attend)
When: February 16th-19th, 2018 (Presidents Day Weekend)
Where: A/U Ranches in Buena Vista, CO
Travel: DiscoveryBound NLC staff will meet everyone at the airport and transport them between there and the A/U Ranches, both ways. Please plan for your flights (DEN) to arrive before 2 pm on Friday, Feb. 16th, and depart after 2 pm on Monday, Feb. 19th. Save your travel information to input during the registration process.
Registration: Online registration is open from December 15th to January 15th. Each person must register so we can have an accurate headcount for the weekend. You will be responsible for covering your travel expenses and a nominal adult registration fee. You received an email with the registration link – we don’t announce it publicly.
Financial Assistance: All teen financial aid runs through registration, so be sure to apply there if there’s a need. We aren’t able to offer separate parent or mentor assistance.
Adult Housing Options
As an Adult guest at the All Class Retreat, you have three housing options listed below. The A/U Ranch housing facilities are filled by the many teens in NLC, so we provide hotel accommodations in Buena Vista for all adults. Our staff manages the group reservation, resides at the hotel to provide guidance throughout the weekend, and provides shuttle transportation between the hotel and Ranch. We hope that all parents and mentors will appreciate this opportunity to be together. Due to the number of expected participants, we are not able to provide private, single-occupancy rooms. Please be in touch with our office if you have special housing needs that preclude you from sharing a room. We will do our best to honor roommate requests, or one will be assigned to you if you leave the text block blank.
In registration, you will select one of the following housing options:
- Provide your own housing and transportation to/from the A/U Ranches each day.
- Room with your spouse, or an adult mentor or parent of the same gender (requests accepted, or one will be assigned to you)
- Cabin Chaperone – not guaranteed, and need to be approved by NLC staff – Chaperones share teen cabins with bunk beds and communal restroom facilities. Chaperones are expected to help manage wake-up and bedtime activities.
Meet other Christian Scientists and talk with representatives from DiscoveryBound and the A/U Ranches about our year-round programs for youth, teens, families, 20s/30s and adults. Everyone is welcome – bring your friends to play GaGa and visit over pizza.
RSVP to Suzanne Swinnerton (contact info above) for our pizza count.
Please join us for our spring DiscoveryBound (DB) Outreach webinar and conference call on Tuesday, April 10th. You can choose from the following times:
1st Session – 5:00pm (PT), 6:00pm (MT), 7:00pm (CT), 8:00pm (ET)
2nd Session – 7:00pm (PT), 8:00pm (MT), 9:00pm (CT), 10:00pm (ET)
We want to share with you what’s happening in DiscoveryBound and find out from you how best we can be supporting you. By sharing in a webinar format, this gives everyone the opportunity to see each other and hear what others have to say.
We invite you to share any recent or upcoming local activities with your chapters as well as any fundraising ideas for camperships, local activities and DB weekend events. We would love your input and we will be sharing our own local chapter ideas.
Please be in touch if you’d like to join the webinar and we will send you the information to join the call.
We look forward to your participation and insights. See you soon!
DiscoveryBound National Leadership Council (NLC) Alumni are invited to spend four days in Boston ahead of the College Summit at The Mother Church to engage with and support the homeless community in Boston. One evening we will be pairing up with Miracle Messages to host a simple dinner and conversation for the homeless and key supporting community members. Alumni are then encouraged to stick around in Boston for the TMC college summit.
What Miracle Messages is all about: “Miracle Messages reunites homeless with their loved ones, and the rest of us as their neighbors. … To date, we’ve reunited 111 loved ones. 25% of reunions have led to stable housing, and more than 80% have led to a positive outcome. And we are just getting started.”
Alumni are launching a campaign to raise funds and help offset the cost of the trip. We can invest in our community now, knowing we can support future alumni down the line. Please help spread
the world about our online fundraising efforts! Fundraiser will run in mid May (help spread the word!) and is found at this link: https://adventureunlimited.ignitecx.com//NLCAlumni2018
If you are an alumni and are considering joining us, please send an email to [email protected] with your interest!
Arrive – Wednesday, August 8th
Flights should arrive to BOS by 12 PM
Depart – Saturday, August 11th (or join Summit Friday night)
Tentative timing based on plans.
For info about driving, email [email protected]
Christian Science in Careers – A panel discussion for High School and College Age Christian Scientists and their friends.
When: Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 12:30-3:00 p.m.
Where: CSO at UCLA, 560 Hilgard Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90024 (free parking onsite (entrance to parking lot on Strathmore Drive)
Complementary Lunch: 12:30-1:15
Panel Discussion/Q&A: 1:15-2:15
Dessert and Fellowship: 2:15-3:00
Get career insights from experienced CS’s representing a variety of industries and professions.
This event is organized by high school seniors Wesley Dale and Ryan Schultz as their capstone project for DiscoveryBound’s National Leadership Council (NLC).
Please RSVP to Wesley Dale at 714-310-4993 or [email protected]
(parents are welcome to join you – please RSVP with numbers)
Mother Church NLC & 20s/30s Interns BBQ Lunch
When: Sunday, July 28th following church service at TMC
Where: Lori Selby’s home, 439 Morton Street, Stoughton, MA 02072
Who: TMC College Interns & NLC High School Interns
Pick Up & Drop off: Transportation provided – Pick up is at TMC following church service and then return in the late afternoon.
Cost: Free – The DiscoveryBound Boston Chapter will be providing 2 (15) passenger vans for transportation to and from Lori’s home and all food for the BBQ. We will be providing hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, appetizers, salads, drinks and dessert!
RSVP & Contact: by Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Brooke Engel 303-638-0006 or
Hannah Hathaway 323-901-9173