Advent Retreat in Daily Life Saturday, December 1 9:00 am—12:00 pm Facilitator: Nicki Nelson & Mark Goeden Donation: $35, includes three individual spiritual companioning sessions. In the Christian tradition, the season of Advent is a time of remembrance and anticipation, of prayer and reflection, of waiting and spiritual preparation. Yet, ironically, often these weeks before Christmas are some of the busiest of the year as we externally prepare for Christmas. This year, you are invited to be intentional in holding this tension by finding practical ways to observe the holiness of the season in your daily life. Join us for a morning of reflection as we enter into the Advent season. You’ll then be invited to commit to daily prayer and to continue to meet individually with a spiritual companion weekly leading up to Christmas. These three hour-long sessions with a spiritual companion offer the space to bring awareness to what is happening in your prayer as well as what is happening in your life. All the benefits of retreat, yet within the structure of your daily life. Click here to register
Guardian Angels: Our Companions for the Journey Saturday, January 5 9:00 am—Noon Instructor: Jenny Mitchell & Kelly Lemens Donation: $35, includes supplies
Guardian angels have been a part of the Christian tradition from the very beginning. In this workshop, we will learn about the impact guardian angels have on our lives, what the church says about them and how we can interact with them. Reflecting on our own guardian angels, Jenny will lead us as we create our own beautiful guardian angel painting. No experience is necessary; all materials and instruction provided. Click here to register
Raising Mom: Parenting as a Spiritual Practice Date: Saturday, January 12 Time: 10:00 am—12:00 pm Instructor: Nicki Nelson Donation: Free-will offering When we become moms, we often believe that our most important task is to raise our children well. And yet, parenting also offers unique opportunities to raise ourselves into more self-aware, present, and compassionate people. And in this way, parenting is actually a spiritual practice. And the beautiful part is, the more we engage in this work on ourselves, the more ease, effectiveness, and enjoyment we will find in motherhood. Join us for a morning of discussing the 4 Keys to Parenting as a Spiritual Practice and explore what this might look like in your life. You may want to bring a journal for personal reflection. Click here to register
Jesus @ Work: A Spirituality for Work Today Thursday, January 31 6:30—8:00 pm Facilitator: Kelly Lemens Donation: $10
Work might be the defining characteristic of adulthood - after all, we will spend more of our adult lives working than any other activity. But in today’s rapidly changing work environment, the gap between our faith and our work environment grows and grows. How do we navigate the secular work culture while staying grounded in our faith? How do we find meaning and purpose in our work? What shapes our workplace culture and what would it look like if our organization was led by the Gospel message and values of Jesus Christ? Join us for an engaging conversation with Scripture, spiritual writers and each other as we explore a spirituality of work to offer some practical ways to integrate work life with our faith life. Click here to register
Love Languages Saturday, February 9 9:00 am—noon Facilitators: Jenny & Kenny Mitchell with Bob & Mary Burant Donation: $35 per couple
Does it ever seem as if you and your partner are speaking different languages? Would identifying, understanding, and speaking their language strengthen your relationship? Join us as we explore the Five Love Languages, discover our own particular love language as well as our partners, and learn practical steps in truly loving one another. You can build a lasting, loving marriage. Couples are encouraged to attend together. This workshop is based on Dr. Gary Chapman’s New York Times best-selling book The Five Love Languages. Click here to register
The Spiral Staircase of Grief Friday, Feb 15 6:00 - 9:00 pm Saturday, Feb 16 9:00 am—9:00 pm Sunday, Feb 17 10:00 am—Noon Facilitator: Kelly Lemens Donation: $50, includes meals Grief affects us all in different ways and at different times. The loss of a loved one is emotional, physical, social and spiritual; each aspect of our selves feels this grief and calls for love and healing. Never a linear movement, grief comes in spirals—two steps forward, one step back—and can sometimes feel as if the pain will never end. During this weekend of healing, join others experiencing grief and share your story. Through conversation, reflection, prayer, meditation, creativity, and ritual, participants are encouraged to lean into their grief as a way of moving through and beyond the pain. This retreat is specifically tailored to those whose loved one has passed away. We encourage an open atmosphere, where it is safe to express your thoughts and feelings. Wherever you are on your grief journey, you are welcome. Join us for this weekend of healing. Click here to register.
Discipleship: Call of the Gospel Sunday, February 24 11:30 am—3:30 pm Facilitator: Fr. Satish Joseph Donation: Free-will offering Location: St. John XXIII Parish-St Peter of Alcantara Church Join the St John XXIII community for lunch followed by an afternoon of prayer and reflection as Father Satish Joseph, through Scripture and reflection, guides us through the Sermon on the Mount and offers concrete ways to live out our call to discipleship. The afternoon will include both large group and small group reflections. All are welcome. No registration necessary.
Mandala Expressions Saturday, March 9 9:00 am—noon Facilitator: Jenny Mitchell & Kelly Lemens Donation: $25 Spend a winter morning creating art with your favorite people! All are welcome to come and learn the art of painting with mandalas. Mandalas are sacred Sanskrit works of art in the form a circle which is often used for self-discovery, contemplation, centering, integration, prayer, or creative design. Come and learn this simple but beautiful practice. You will leave with several painted rocks or tiles to adorn your home or garden. No experience or artistic skill needed. All materials provided. Click here to register.
Pisanki Hand-dyed Easter Eggs: History, Origin, Symbolism, & Tradition Saturday, March 16 9:00 am—Noon Instructor: Amy Jo Schmit & Kelly Lemens Donation: $25, includes supplies
Easter eggs, in the Christian tradition, represent resurrection and new life. Painting Easter eggs is a beloved tradition in most families. In the Polish culture, families performed the ritual of "writing" on eggs during the fasting times of Lent. Pisanki, the decorated eggs, are then added to special Easter baskets along with other symbolic food and blessed on Holy Saturday. Join us for an exploration of the history, origin, symbolism and tradition of Easter eggs, then learn about the Pisanki technique of decorating. No experience necessary, all supplies provided. Click here to register.