Thursday evenings at 1st Presbyterian
We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in September and October from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the fellowship hall. Our format for the first hour is two 20-minute periods of sitting in silence with a 10 minute walking meditation in between. For the second hour, we are watching videotapes of Fr. Thomas Keating’s “Spiritual Journey” series. This series is produced by Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. and describes the method and background of Centering Prayer developed and taught by Thomas Keating, a Cistercian monk at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado.
The topics the series covers are Developing Centering Prayer, Models of the Human Condition, Paradigms of the Spiritual Journey, and Contemplation the Divine Therapy.
Tuesday evenings at Hei’s house
Hei has opened his house to those who would like to join him for meditation from 6:00pm – 6:30pm on Tuesdays. There will be no Tuesday evening meditation in September and it will begin again on Tuesday Oct. 1. It is one half hour of sitting meditation. Please call him at 899-4845 for directions and to let him know that you are coming so he can prepare a place for you.
September Retreat Day
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
In the Fellowship Hall
The Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
Joe Neary and Joseph Cotham will lead us in an exploration of recent advances in neuroscience that provide a better understanding of consciousness and meditative practices. We will discuss, meditate, and engage in activities intended to broaden our spiritual horizons. You’ll participate in exercises drawn from “Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom” by the neuropsychologist, Rich Hansen and neurologist, Richard Mendius.
We will discuss recent discoveries in neuroscience that provide a more detailed explanation of the effect of mindfulness and meditation on the brain. Additionally, we will share insights from The Emotional Life of Your Brain.
A freewill offering will be available.
Ongoing Hei’s Tai Chi class at Oldemeyer
Center (Tu/Thur at 10:30 am)
No classes in September
October 12 Garage Sale at Hei’s house
8am – 12 noon
Oct. 18/19 MMG Weekend Retreat with
Friday 7 – 9 pm, Saturday 9 – 4 pm
Nov. 23 MMG Retreat 8:30 – 1:00 pm
Faithful Generations: Effective
Ministry Across Generational Lines
My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
Thoughts in Solitude