Advent begins November 30th and on the afternoon of Saturday the 29th, we will gather at the church at 4 pm to decorate the sanctuary and the entryway for the Christmas season. This is an event for all ages and abilities. We will share work and fellowship with one another. After decorating, we will have a meal together in the Fellowship Hall. The meal is finger food/appetizer potluck.
The Spirit of Advent: Is Christmas Worth the Wait? A 5-Session Course on Waiting, Starting November 23
Paula Gooder’s book The Meaning Is in the Waiting: the Spirit of Advent is the foundation for this 5-week course led by Julie Roberts-Fronk. It is a provocative Advent devotional, guiding readers into a time when we enter God’s divine waiting.
The book can be read on a daily basis (six days a week) or in a way that best suits you. The author divides the weeks of Advent according to biblical characters. Each session of the course will include:
1. shared reflection on biblical text
2. discussion of the material read
3. a brief spiritual practice that helps us enter more fully into God’s divine waiting.
Paula Gooder writes in an approachable, even conversational style. She is a Canon Theologian of Birmingham Cathedral in England. Her warmth and insight make the reading clear.
The sessions are as follows:
1. Introduction – Sunday, Nov. 23rd after all church luncheon for 45 minutes
2. Abraham and Sarah – Sunday Nov. 30th 8:30-9:45 am
3. Hebrew Prophets – Wed. Dec. 3rd 7-8:15 pm
4. John the Baptist – Wed. Dec. 10th 7 7-8:15 pm
5. Mary – Wed. Dec. 17th 7-8:15 pm
Reiki promotes stress reduction and relaxation that promotes physical healing. Reiki helps restore the body’s natural state of balance: people experience deep calm, reduction of pain and for some, spiritual wellness. It has been shown that stress is a significant contributor to illness. One of the most powerful aspects of Reiki is its ability to reduce stress.
A “Share Event” is a great way to get introduced to Reiki and also for people with Reiki experience to get a tune up. We begin with a brief introduction followed by a Healing Attunement. The rest of the time is spent in the practice of Reiki, giving and receiving for those who are interested. Wear comfortable clothes. Reiki is given through gentle touch or simply holding the hands over the body.