Labyrinth Walk: 5pm (Fellowship Hall)
Taize Service: 6pm (Chapel)
Join us for a contemplative service on Ash Wednesday. We'll begin the Lenten season with a time of taize and imposition of ashes, as we contemplate all the ways we are stardust. The labyrinth will be available beginning at 5pm, or walk it after our taize service.
February 25 / 9am
Parents, please join us for a time of sharing and support before church on Sunday, February 22nd. We'll explore how to nurture spirituality in our homes and family life. Childcare for children ages 8 and under provided downstairs. Hosted by Rev. Elizabeth, Batya Podos, and our FCUCC Family Ministries Team. RSVPs are helpful but not required...come as you are!
New Book on Creating Compassionate Community
In these disheartening times, are you looking for something to spark your imagination and strengthen your resolve? Check out Paul Schroeder's new book, Practice Makes PURPOSE: Six Spiritual Practices That Will Change Your Life and Transform Your Community. The book describes how simple actions can help create a more compassionate community.
"An engaging and valuable book about living a more loving and purposeful life." -Kirkus Reviews
Paul Schroeder spent the past twenty years working at the intersection of spirituality and social change. A former Greek Orthodox priest, he started a Greek cooking class program for people transitioning out of homelessness. In 2010, he stepped down from priestly service to form New City Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people who experience poverty and homelessness achieve their full human potential. He relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota in early 2017.
The book was released with a companion volume, a workbook with questions for reflection, exercises, and journaling pages. In September, a free downloadable discussion guide will also be released that will turn the book into the basis for a six-week class or study group.
For more information on the book, the workbook, and the study guide, visit www.sixpractices.com.
Sunday reading list
Ongoing Weekly Events
Daily Lectio Divina Practice
Monday - Friday at 7:00 AM, Saturdays at 7:30 AM
Peace House (2116 NE 18th Ave.)
Every morning (except Sundays) you are invited to join us for prayer and spiritual renewal as we reflect on that day’s Bible reading from the lectionary. Lectio Divina practice is an excellent way to ground your life in “The Way,” and to deepen your faith journey through active listening to the holy spirit through our sacred scripture. All are welcome - these gatherings usually run from 30-40 minutes.
Spiritual Path Group
Tuesdays, Noon - 1PM First Congregational chapel
Simple. Profound. Holy. This is not a study group. We don't pray, meditate, or even hold a discussion. We take turns speaking about our daily lives, and the spiritual practices we draw on. There is no instruction, advice, argument, or feedback. No registration required, just show up.
Way of the Rose
Thursdays, 6 - 7PM
18th Avenue Peace House,(2116 NE 18th Ave.)
"Way of the Rose" is a heart-practice of silent prayer and meditation. Grounded in the practices of Mahayana Buddhism, a Path of Gospel Compassion which mirrors the Way of Christ, the Way of the Rose supports the imitation of Jesus, and intimate reliance on the Holy Spirit as Comforter, Counselor, and Guide. We begin with silent prayer & meditation for the first hour, broken up by a light reading. During the second hour we will have light refreshments and share a common reading for discussion.
SOUL ART HOUR
Thursdays beginning November 9th, 10:00 am-noon
“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” —Kurt Vonnegut.
This is NOT an art class, but for those interested, bring your soul, art materials, and desire to share the gift of creative flow. Feel free to come later or leave early. Contact Eileen Deerdock if you have any questions or concerns. Deerdock@aol.com, or (503) 928-1910.