April 2020

Watercolor: Focus of Light

April 1 – Wednesday
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Karen Kappell, FSPA
The subject of this painting will be a backlit wood landscape with light filtering through the trees.  Working from a personal photo of winter trees with light of early morning or late afternoon coming through the branches, we will do a step-by-step painting process that allows us to catch that light in our expression of it. Fee: $30. Bring a lunch, water color supplies, and stretched water-color paper. Register by Friday, March 27.

Spirituality & Science (IONS) – Introductory Observations of the Sky

April 2 – Thursday
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Marla Lang, FSPA
This will be about very introductory information of the sky with the naked eye as a way of deepening our sense of the sacred and of gift. How many times have we pondered the sky, wondered about it, received the fruits of it? How often have we examined its awesomeness, its importance, its ability to lead us beyond ourselves into the divine giver of mystery? Come join us! Suggested offering $15. Register by Tuesday, March 31.

Prayer Traditions: Centering Prayer, Examen and Lectio Divina

April 6 – Monday
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Facilitator: Rev. Grant Van Lishout, an FSPA affiliate
Prayer involves speaking and listening. Prayer forms in the mind, comes from the heart, and is spoken with the lips. Centering prayer, helps us to become grounded and settle our minds as we wait upon the spirit. The examen, involves our conscience as we notice what was stirring in us as we look back on our day. Lectio Divina, also known as the “Divine Reading” allows us to ponder scripture in a unique way. Be renewed by some of the age old prayer traditions and make them a part of your life. Suggested offering $15. Register by Monday, March 30.

Ukranian Eggs

April 7 – Tuesday
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 N
Guest Presenters: Gemma Lamb and Jeannine Laibly 
Learn the old world tradition of Pysanky. Ukrainian eggs are a style in which patterns are created using a method that involves applying melted beeswax to an egg before dying. The wax protects the shell from the dye, allowing a layered effect of color to be achieved. Required materials are provided and additional materials will be available for purchase at a minimal fee. Suggested offering $20. Register by Thursday, April 2. 

Praying the Crucifixion with icons

April 8 – Wednesday
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Facilitator: Pat Pintens
In the early church the good news of Jesus was expressed in words and in images called icons. Often the crucifixion doesn’t seem like ‘Good News’ to modern minds. Gazing upon icons of the crucifixion can give us new insights into the ‘Good News’ of Jesus’ death upon a cross and lead us to fuller Easter joy. Suggested offering $15. Register by Friday, April 3.

Hidden Life of Trees

April 22 – Wednesday
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Facilitator: Marla Lang, FSPA
Trees share food and communicate with each other in astonishing ways. Actually, our Northwoods trees surround us with their hidden lives and seeming miracles. We will take time to ponder some of these mysteries. Suggested offering $15. Register by Monday, April 21.

Navigating Change in One’s Life

April 24, 2020 – Friday
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Presenters: Sister Marla Lang & Pat Pintens
Change-making is all around us. What does it do to me? To those I know? Endings usually don’t become beginnings immediately! Change is in our neighbors, in our Churches, in our families. Where is God in all this? How might we grow through change? Suggested offering: $15. Register by Wednesday, April 22.

When You’re Wounded By The Church

April 28 – Tuesday
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Facilitators: Pat Pintens and Sister Marla Lang
“He went about doing good works and healing.” (Acts 9:11)
The Church is to do the same, to be an instrument of Christ’s healing. But the Church is flawed and at times is the cause of hurt – deep hurt. How and where do we find healing then? How do we reconnect with a loving God after such a hurt? Let’s explore these questions together. Suggested offering $15. Register by Friday April 24

Four Women Doctors of the Church

Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux
April 29 – Wednesday
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Facilitator: Mary Ellen Green, OP
Of all the 36 Doctors of the Catholic Church, only four are women. Who are they? Why have they received this title? What do they have to say to us today? Suggested offering $15. Register by Monday, April 27.