January 2016

Meditation Opportunities

Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian  

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in January and February 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 doing a contemplative listening book reading.  We are currently reading short sections from a book by Pema Chodron, The Pocket Pema Chodron.                                                            

January Retreat Day

Saturday January 30, 2016

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Fellowship Hall

The Enneagram and Spiritual Growth

Helen Palmer relates that the seekers who went to visit the Desert Fathers in the 3rd Century always asked, “What stands between me and a closer relationship with God?” And the answer given was always, “Me” (the false self). The enneagram identifies 9 patterns of false self that trap humans in limited ways of being. The practice of meditation pairs well with the enneagram to help us become more aware of our false self in daily life. When we are more aware we are in a better position to relax our rigid beliefs, let them go, and become more open to God. This retreat will be based on Helen Palmer’s video, “Patterns of Being”. Helen is a worldwide enneagram teacher and author of The Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition.   In addition to our meditation sittings, we will watch an hour portion of her video teaching and guided meditation. Hope to see you there.

Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided.  A freewill offering will be available. 

Upcoming Events

Ongoing                                Hei’s Tai Chi class at Oldemeyer

Center (Tu/Thur at 10:30 am)

Jan. 27, Feb. 3,10,17           The Neuroscience of Mindfulness and

Healing     10am – noon


February 11                          John Phillip Newell – The Rebirthing

of God         6 – 9 pm Saratoga, Ca.

February 27                          Silent Retreat Day          9 – 3pm

April 30                                 MMG Retreat Day           9 – 1pm

June 25                                  Silent Retreat Day         9 – 3pm

July 30                                   MMG Retreat Day           9 – 1pm

October 29                           Silent Retreat Day         9 – 3pm   

In closing, 

“The Lord bless you

and keep you;

the Lord make his face shine on you

and be gracious to you;

the Lord turn his face toward you

and give you peace.”

Numbers 6:24-26



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