November 2016

CHURCH SECRETARIES’ DAY AWAY
November 3 – Thursday
9:30 a.m. – 2:15p.m.
Presenters: Marla Lang, FSPA and Pat Pintens
The day’s focus is one of spiritual and practical helps for Church Secretaries and Office Personnel of all faith traditions. Your invaluable ministry needs you to also seek “time out” plus supportive ideas from others and refreshment for the journey. Suggested offering – $30.00 each; $50.00 for two from same Church or cluster; $65.00 for three. Register by Monday, October 31.

HAND-MAKING OF CHRISTMAS CARDS
November 7 – Monday
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Karen Kappell, FSPA
Using water-media and printing techniques we will create cards that add a special personal touch to our Christmas greeting. Working with watercolor paper (supplied), we will use water media and sprays to create large sheets with a free formed pattern and then cut and develop smaller sections into cards by using a variety of techniques. Bring inks, watercolors, and any water media supplies and brushes. Fee: $30.00. Bring a lunch. Register by Monday, October 31.

NEEDLE-FELTING
November 8 – Tuesday
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Karen Kappell, FSPA
Needle felting is a fun and versatile hobby adaptable to art forms. Discover how amazing it is to design and sculpt wool with a specialized needle. You will be introduced to several easy steps enabling you to produce a variety of designs and inspiring you to experiment after the class with your own ideas. All materials will be provided. Fee: $30.00. Bring a lunch. Register by Monday, October 31.

NATURE POETRY
November 9 – Wednesday
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Julia Walsh FSPA
We’ll discuss samples of nature poetry, study a bit of technique, be challenged by a writing prompt and spend time in nature writing. At the end of the session we’ll share our creations and give each other feedback. This workshop is appropriate for writers at all levels. Suggested offering $20.00. Bring a lunch.

SETTLERS AND PILGRIMS
November 10 -Thursday
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Presenter: Dick Bruesehoff
Two of the metaphors used to describe life are pilgrims and settlers. “I’m but a stranger here…” or “Bloom where you’re planted.” These two forms of faithful living are often pitted against each other and seen as opposing each other. Most of us, however, are usually doing both simultaneously. We’ll explore how we are living faithfully as both settlers and pilgrims.
Suggested offering $10.00.

HEALING GRATITUDE
November 14-Monday
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Presenter: Pat Pintens
One of our first lessons in gratitude comes when we, as children, are taught to say the magic words: “please” and “thank you.” My most difficult lesson in gratitude came when my young nephew died. I discovered that gratitude isn’t magical, it’s healing. Let’s explore together the healing power of gratitude. Suggested offering $10.00.

PRAYER WITHOUT WORDS
November 16 – Wednesday
9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Presenters: Marla Lang, FSPA
We will explore a way of praying that goes beyond words. Being attentive to experiences in our surroundings can lead us to an awareness of God’s presence deep within and among us. Stilling exercises and ways of tending to God’s presence will be guided. Suggested offering $10.00.

THE SACREDNESS OF FOOD AND EATING
Session Three: GOSPEL LIVING
November 17 – Thursday
3:00-6:30 p.m.
Presenter: Julia Walsh, FSPA
During the harvest season, we’ll pause and embrace the sacredness of food in community. This will include Biblical input centered on the themes of transformation, sustainability and Gospel living, in order to gain more mindfulness about how to be in right relationship with food, Earth and others. Our time will close with prayerfully cooking and consuming a meal together. Suggested offering. Register by Friday, November 11.