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5 things to know about the BA in January

1. New Trustee at the BA

We welcomed a new Trustee in December, R. Ross Collins of Wayne, PA. Ross has served on the BA’s Finance Committee for several years and brings a wealth of experience to the Board of Trustees. He has over 48 years of experience in individual, business, estate and trust tax planning and compliance. His professional experience includes 12 years with Price Waterhouse, 10 years as a Chief Financial Officer in the private sector, cofounder of the tax firm Tax Counsellors of Bryn Mawr, LLC. and founder of R. Ross Collins, Jr. Accounting Services, LLC. After years of steady growth and expansion, Ross has recently transitioned the firm to a new managing partner.

Ross is a life-long Christian Scientist and has been an active branch church member serving in many positions and committees. Ross has served on the Board of Trustees for several other Christian Science non-profit organizations. He has an undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. We are so grateful to have Ross serving on our Board of Trustees at the BA!

2. Three Countries

The latest Introductory Christian Science Nursing Arts class, CSNA I, started January 10th and includes new Christian Science nurses from Guatemala, Zimbabwe, and the United States (New Hampshire). The classroom portion of the class is four weeks and the mentored portion is six weeks. If you are interested in applying for training or learning more, CLICK HERE.

3. Handmade at the Holidays: Blankets & Shawls Update

Thank you for your interest in this project!

Last month we showed you the beautiful shawls and blankets that a former Christian Science nurse gave to the BA for patients’ use.

If you are interested in knitting for the BA, here are some recommendations regarding size and materials:

  • The yarn should be machine washable, such as acrylic

  • The ideal size would be similar to a lap blanket, anywhere between 30-50 inches wide

If you have any more questions, please be in touch!

4. Gifts-in-Kind

Gifts-in-kind are a wonderful way to bless a charity. It is a type of charitable giving in which contributions take the form of tangible goods rather than money — whether that be supplies, equipment and materials, or furnishings. The BA receives gifts-in-kind throughout the year: equipment, furniture, books, computers, televisions, and much more. Recently we received a bounty of office furniture – desks, desk chairs, desk mats, flat screens, conference tables, and file cabinets. It was Christmas in January! The BA issues a letter acknowledging the specific gifts, which can be used for tax purposes by the individual or company making the gift.

5. “And a little child shall lead them.” Isaiah 11:6

After visiting the BA with her family, an 8-year-old Sunday School student was inspired to donate.

“I wanted to help people that came there and meet their needs,” she said.  She started a lemonade stand in her neighborhood and donated $10 to the BA. We are very grateful for her support!


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    Marlin King  replied


    25.01.2023 00:00

    A Member from our Church, 1st Church Ft Lauderdale is interested in becoming a Nurse. Can you please send her information about upcoming classes & how she might apply?

    Her info is below.

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