SMALL IN-HOME DISCIPLESHIP GROUPS
One of the many offerings we will have during the season of Lent is to have three small in home discipleship groups of 5-10 individuals who will gather together on a weekly basis for prayer and study. This is one of the many suggestions that arose from our Renewal Works surveys that would help our congregation to grow spiritually. Meetings start next week and will last for the six weeks of Lent. One group, led by Pastor Angela, will meet Tuesdays at 12:30 pm at Starbucks for “Coffee Talk.” Thursdays at 10am, we will be meeting at the Baker’s home – 1328 SE 3rd Ave. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. A third group, led by Terri Murru, will be meeting Thursdays at 7:30am at the South Beach Pavilion An optional Beach Clean-Up will follow.
Please join us for Centering Prayer on Wednesday evenings before Bible Study. Centering Prayer is the act of sitting in silence in the presence of God. As thoughts rise up we use a sacred word, image, or breath as a reminder to return to our center focus on God. This continued practice opens us to the indwelling of the Spirit. Returning to center begins to permeate daily life, awakening us to our response to others in community as we strive to live out a God centered life. This prayer practice is based in teachings of the early Christian ascetics and was formally introduced as the practice of Centering Prayer in the 1970’s. Each Wednesday we will gather and sit for a period of twenty minutes. Meet in the chapel at 6:30 pm. For more information contact Heather Sisk: email@example.com
Peaceful Lent for Children
Children, ages 4-10, are invited to child-friendly time with Jesus during Lent. In this very busy season, children also need quiet time for reflection. We meet Wednesday afternoons, 4:00-5:15, in the Good Shepherd Room. For more info. contact Rev. Angela or Teri Heemstra-Hernandez, firstname.lastname@example.org, 954-683-3610
2017 MEN’S LENTEN RETREAT
All the men of St. Gregory’s are invited to our second annual Lenten Retreat on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25 at the Duncan Center in Delray Beach. We will be exploring how we grow and go deeper in our life with God in Jesus Christ. There will be an option to stay at the Duncan Center or commute. For more information or to reserve your space, please contact Mark McAlpin at email@example.com
or Fr. Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 Women’s Lenten Retreat
All women of St. Gregory’s are invited to our annual Women’s Lenten Retreat from Friday, March 31 – April 1 at the Duncan Center in Delray Beach. Our theme will focus on spirituality as exemplified by Mary Magdalene and we are delighted to have Heather Sisk as our facilitator. Heather is a member of St. Gregory’s who is a spiritual director, artist and sculptor; she will share some of her sculptures as meditative focal points as we explore such topics as forgiveness and healing, discernment, abiding, and transformation. CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM.
Registration forms will also be available in the office. To reserve your spot or for more information, please contact Betsy Wenzel at email@example.com
and turn in your form into the office.
Anyone wishing to spend the night must RSVP ASAP!
Promises of the 12 Steps – Led by Mark McAlpin – Meets every Sunday at 12:10 AM in the conference room.
Lenten collection folders/boxes were handed out to children and families during the Simple Gifts service last week as part of alms giving during Lent. We will continue to hand out the folders/boxes during Sunday school over the next few weeks. The cards and boxes will be collected after Easter and the money will be allocated to the South Florida Haiti Ministry. It will support the Kay Timoun Orphanage run by Deacon Anita in Bondeau, Haiti.
Resources for Spiritual Growth
Ashes and the Phoenix: Meditations for the Season of Lent features faithful and challenging reflections crafted by esteemed writers Cynthia Cannon, Mary Cox, Jason Leo, Teresa Pasquale Mateus, C.K. Robertson, Porter Taylor, and Glenice Robinson-Como. Threaded throughout with the stunningly visual and visceral poems of Len Freeman and guided by the collects for Lent and Holy Week, Ashes and the Phoenix seeks to lead us through the emotions, symbols, sights, sounds, and scents of Lent. Featuring original woodcuts by artist Jason Sierra, this book is a feast for hungry hearts and weary eyes. If you are seeking a way to answer the Church’s invitation to observe a holy Lent, Ashes and the Phoenix is an excellent companion for your journey to Easter. This book is available for purchase in the church office for $4.