Dear Friends –
A multitude of opportunities for learning, growth, new life, and sharing in community will characterize the upcoming Lent and Easter seasons. Below are some of the things I am glad to be preparing. I am hopeful that you will want to join in the fun of one or more of these possibilities.
40 Days of Praying with Your Pen, a Lenten Journey for anyone who is seeking to enrich their communication with God. Participants will support one another in creative ways to pray with Tuesday morning meetings on February 13 and 20 as well as March 13 and 20. Lorrie Tom will join me in guiding the 10:30 am gatherings.
Right Here, Right Now, a study on the practice of Christian mindfulness. Jesus proclaimed that the Kingdom of God is at hand for those with eyes to see and ears to hear. In other words, by paying attention you can experience the reality that God is with us here and now! A book by Amy Oden will share theological foundations of mindfulness in the Christian tradition, as well as suggestions for our practice of mindfulness. Four consecutive Wednesday evening meetings, from 6:30 to 8 pm in the Aldersgate Room, from February 21 to March 14, will give us a good beginning.
The “Doors Between Worlds” book discussion, which will meet on Monday, February 26, at 7 pm in the Aldersgate Room to talk about Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. Nominated for the Man Booker Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, the story is about two particular refugees fleeing a place of violence and looking for a place where they can belong. The author was born in Lahore and has also lived in London, New York, and California. All readers are welcome!
Confirmation, an opportunity for senior high youth to explore understandings of Christianity and the Bible and to celebrate their place in the family of faith. This has been a highlight of the past two spring seasons at RHUMC and I expect it to be so again this year. An information packet can be obtained from Kristin Reksc, or families can talk with me to learn more.
These are only a few of the ways available to you through RHUMC for expanding and deepening your experience of the grace of God. Keep reading your Cornerstone to discover more options!
The peace of Christ to you,