December 2019

SINGING THE MUSIC OF OUR YEARNING HEARTS

December 1 – Sunday
4:30-6:00 p.m.
Leader: Dick Bruesehoff

Advent is a season of waiting and longing. The poetic word, ‘yearning’, appears frequently in the language of Advent readings and prayers, and it has shaped the form and the feel of Advent music. On this evening of the first Sunday in Advent, we’ll gather in the quiet darkness around the light of the first Advent candle. We’ll sing and reflect on the music of Advent from cultures around the world. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a confident or shy singer! Come! Suggested offering $15. Please register by Friday, November 29.

DEATH CAFÉ

December 5 – Thursday
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Facilitators: Pat Pintens & Grant Van Lishout

For many to speak of death is uncomfortable, even frowned upon. Still we have questions, feelings and wonderings about death that we would like to talk about. Death Café is an open, respectful and confidential space to express one’s views and beliefs or ask one’s questions about death. There is no intention of leading participants to any particular conclusion or course of action. Donations welcome. Register by Monday, December 2.

SPIRITUALITY & SCIENCE (IONS)

December 5 –Thursday
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Presenters: Marla Lang, FSPA & Grant Van Lishout, FSPA Affiliate

What have we heard/learned from the international response from the Cry of the Amazon? As we approach this Christmas, we will together create a local response to these urgent needs. Choose a gift to be acted upon for planet earth this Christmas and New Year! Suggested offering $15. Register by Tuesday, December 3.

BOOK CLUB

December 6 – Friday
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Facilitators: Anita Beskar, FSPA & Marla Lang, FSPA

Call 715-385-2706 for the book of the month. Suggested offering $10.00.

FINDING LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS: Advent Day of Reflection

December 6 – Friday
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Pat Pintens

Candlelight, starlight, Christmas lights of all shapes, sizes and colors anywhere and everywhere. In December’s darkness the lights shine brighter. What about the light within us? Do we know/believe it’s there? Is it shining bright? Is something dimming it? Does it feel extinguished? Come discover or recover the light within. Bring a bag lunch. Suggested offering $15. Register by either November 27 or Monday, December 2.

DISCERNMENT: Turning Towards the Spirit in Life’s Decisions

December 19- Thursday 
6:00-8:00 p.m. 
Facilitator: Rev. Grant Van Lishout, FSPA Affiliate

Every day we are constantly faced with decisions, both big and small. Many times we decide without even thinking about it. Other times, we get washed back and forth in the sea of confusion. If we listen, the spirit is there to guide us. Discernment is the practice of listening for the voice of the spirit. This can come through reason, feelings, imagination, the body, intuition, and even nature. Some ways resonate better with us than others. This workshop will equip you with prayerful and practical ways that will help you be a better discerner. Suggested donation $30. $45 includes book by Elizabeth Liebert, “The Way of Discernment: Spiritual Practices for Decision Making,” Register by Friday, December 13.

ADVENT TAIZE SERVICE

December 19 – Thursday
6:00-7:00 p.m.
St. Matthias Episcopal Church
403 E Chicago Ave, Minocqua

Prepare for Jesus’ birth by participating in a Taizé prayer service. Taizé services consist of short chants repeated over and over, short Scripture readings and silence. They offer “a time to rest in God” letting God’s word and the sung word “penetrate one’s being.” Taizé prayer is ecumenical in nature. Light refreshments will be served after the service.