Director of Christian Science Nursing — Deborah Messmer

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When I was newly Journal-listed as a Christian Science nurse, I worked in the field on private duty cases. I remember my eyes being opened to the possibilities of Christian Science nurses working together more as a team. I had several cases I was visiting every day and found the calls just kept coming. I started to feel overwhelmed. Then … Read More

Gratitude from the Fern Lodge Staff

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This past year my husband (who worked at Fern Lodge years ago) has been battling a serious illness. It has been a tough and painful journey for all of our family. With the knowledge I have gained from Fern Lodge I was able to make sure he stayed strong and healthy. Even though he was unable to eat solid foods … Read More

Our Neighborhood — a staff housing opportunity

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Fern Lodge is in a lovely, quiet, semi-rural setting, on a narrow, dead end lane in suburban Castro Valley. The patients we serve regularly take walks up the road, and others who live and drive on the road have to slow down and pull over to make way for us. Our staff and visitors account for much of the lane’s … Read More

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Redwood Community Open and Busy Redwood Community opened a year ago in 2020, just before the California shelter-in-place order.  In 2019, Redwood Community had a significant remodel, including a redone kitchen and ADA compliant bathrooms, to help serve future patients better.  Redwood Community now has five patients, which is close to its full capacity.  Fern Lodge continues to help Redwood … Read More


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Cherishing and nurturing our Christian Science nursing ministry affords so many opportunities to witness God’s healing presence. In a time when the world seems full of fear and uncertainty, and while we are sheltering in place and practicing social distancing, we also are witnessing people coming together in new ways. Thanks to the technology, families and friends are staying in … Read More

2019 Internship

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by Zachary Vandermude My summer was much different than I expected. This internship has exposed me to many different tasks, so a word of advice for someone looking for an internship at Fern Lodge—stay open-minded. Fern Lodge has many opportunities. When I arrived in California, I was thrown into a new environment. The West Coast is a completely different culture … Read More

February Workshop

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Saturday, February 2, 2019 An interactive workshop by Joan Bernard Bradley, Ed.D. 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. In the Sunday School room at First Church of Christ, Scientist 1814 B Street, Hayward Lunch will be provided The Vital Role of Testimonies in the Christian Science Church This researched-based presentation shows how the mid-week meetings evolved over an 18 year period … Read More