June 2016

Meditation Opportunities

Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian  

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in June and July 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. Join us for either or both hours.                                                            

June Retreat Day

Saturday June 25, 2016

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Fellowship Hall

Silent Retreat Day

The whole truth can be summed up in one verse from the Jewish/Christian scriptures, ‘I am that I am’. And the entire method for realizing this truth is found in another of those scriptures, ‘Be still and know that I am God’.”

Sri Ramana Maharshi

Join us for a day of silence that will include sitting and walking meditation, chanting, and listening to a reading from the wisdom literature (I am that I am by Francis Bennett). We will have three periods of meditation both in the morning and afternoon. We will begin sitting at 9 AM, so plan on arriving a little early to settle in.

Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided.  Please bring a sack lunch. A freewill offering will be available.

For further information call Janet Hoffman at 484-1686 or E-mail hoffmanjms@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events

Ongoing                           Hei’s Tai Chi class at Oldemeyer

Center Tue/Thur at 10:30 am

Mondays 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

July 30                               Poetry Retreat Day        9 – 1pm

October 22                       Silent Retreat Day         9 – 3pm

Tai Chi with Rev. Hei

In closing, 

Amma Syncletica said: “In the beginning, there is struggle and a lot of work for those who come near to God. But after that, there is indescribable joy. It is just like building a fire: at first it’s smoky and your eyes water, but later you get the desired result. Thus we ought to light the divine fire in ourselves with tears and effort.

Monastic wisdom from 4th century desert fathers and mothers

 

 

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