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Parish Groups and Activities

Adult Education

Sunday Mornings 8:30-9:15am.

"THE CHALLENGE OF JESUS"

SUNDAY MORNING ADULT STUDY BEGINNING OCT. 8TH 

The Challenge of Jesus  In this study the renowned historical Jesus scholar Dr. John Dominic Crossan presents his life’s work exploring the matrix of Jesus’ unique time and place.  Drawing on scholarly text, excavation, and history, Dr. Crossan introduces us to the flesh and blood people who shaped the world into which Jesus was born.  Each 15-18 minute DVD presentation is produced in a revolutionary new multimedia format to help viewers understand the dynamic, multifaceted interactions between the Roman imperial program of conquest and the struggles of occupied Israel in the century in which Jesus lived and taught.  Moving beyond Jesus as an abstract figure of scripture, these sessions reveal a vivid portrait of Jesus the man.  Join us at 8:30 in the Susan Baker Room beginning on Sunday, October 8th.  All are welcome! 

 

 Centering Prayer

The Centering Prayer group meets every Tuesday from 5:15-5:45pm.

"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
"Centering prayer is a method designed to facilitate the development of Contemplative Prayer by preparing our faculties to receive this gift.  It is an attempt to present the teaching of earlier times in an updated form.  It is not meant to replace other kind of prayer.  Rather it casts a new light and depth of meaning on other kinds of prayer.  It is at the same time a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.   It is a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.  The desire for God is God's gift to us."  Thomas Keating The Guidelines

  • Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God's presence and action within.
  • Sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly and silently introduce the sacred word as the symbol of your consent to God's presence and action within.
  • When engaged with your thoughts (including body sensations, feelings, images, and concepts), return ever-so-gently to the sacred word.
  • At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.



Book Group

Join us at 10:30 Tuesday mornings in the Susan Baker Room.  

Those interested may join at any time.

 A group dedicated to personal growth in faith and understanding, we meet weekly to discuss a book or other publication chosen by consensus. Our book and DVD selections change frequently, so there's something for everybody.  Do you have suggestions for a book you'd like to read and discuss?  If you're interested in getting involved, this is a great time to get your feet wet.  Contact the church office for information about the current study.

 

 Nativity's Tuesday Morning Book Group has chosen Ken Wytsma's The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege as its new book for reading and discussion this fall. Issues of race and equality have come to the forefront in our nation's consciousness. Depending on who you are or what you look like, you and your neighbor may have very different experiences in economic opportunity or public safety. What are the root causes of these inequities? The author seeks to open our eyes to realities we may never have realized were present in our society and reveals what he has discovered about privilege as he has engaged with today's race-related issues--this in the hope of coming to a deeper understanding of the reconciling role we are called to play as witnesses of the gospel. Ken Wytsma is the founder of The Justice Conference and president of Kilns College. Discussion of the book began Tuesday, September 19th.  Nativity's Book Group meets on Tuesday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 in the Susan Baker Room (first door to the left as you enter the church). All are welcome!

 

Prayers and Squares

 Nature's pocket quilt.

What is Prayers & Squares?
Prayers & Squares is an interfaith outreach ministry that combines the gift of a hand-tied quilt with the gift of prayer for someone in need.  The essence of this ministry is in the prayers offered for the recipient; it is not about the quilts.

What is a Prayer Quilt?
Very simply, a prayer quilt is a quilt that is made with love and tied with prayers. Each knot tied into the quilt represents a prayer that is offered specifically for someone in need of those prayers. As our congregation gathers for Sunday worship, the quilt is blessed and all present are invited to tie knots into the quilt representing prayers, love and concern for the recipient. It is also our custom to sign a card for the recipient with brief notes of encouragement and love.

Click here to download a quilt request form.