Annual Meeting 2014 Faith Formation Gatherings
Sunday, June 8 at 8:30am
De-cluttering Heart and Home: The Spiritual Practice of Enough
We are often run ragged by having too much work, too many obligations and expectations, too many people to keep track of, and too much material stuff to sort and to store. All this can be overwhelming and spiritually depleting. How do we pare things down to make life a little simpler and more manageable? How do we de-clutter our hearts and our homes? We will explore the spiritual practice of Enough.
Rev. Holly Whitcomb is a widely traveled retreat leader who is the director of Kettlewood Retreats. She is also a spiritual director and the author of four books including Practicing Your Path and Seven Spiritual Gifts of Waiting.
A Healing Service
The healing service is an act of worship set aside for the express purpose of sharing in worship, prayer and God's spiritual gifts of healing.
Come, walk and enjoy a renewing experience, there are no tricks, there are no decisions to be made as one walks the labyrinth -much as the walking of a sacred spiritual path in life. Our only decision is to choose God and surrender to divine guidance. Whatever one's religion, walking the labyrinth clears the mind and gives insight. It calms people in the throes of life's transitions.
St. John Lights a Church's Fire
No Biblical book, save the psalms, has influenced the church's hymnody more than Revelation. Following the lively singing of some familiar Revelation-inspired songs, the Risen Christ's Letter to Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6) will be studied for the beloved apostle's advice regarding how to rekindle a congregation whose flames have gone out.
Kent Ulery is Author of No Longer at Ease: Seven Churches and the Empire. He is the former President and Professor of Pastoral Leadership at Bangor Theological Seminary, Michigan Conference Minister, and Local Church Pastor. Currently, he is Wisconsin Conference Interim Associate Conference Minister.
[NOTE: copies of Kent's book on Revelation will be available at an Annual Meeting special price of $15/each. Orders for five or more copies for adult Bible studies will be available at $10/book, shipping included.]
The Fire in Your Congregation: Mission as Faith Formation
"The Church exists by mission as a fire exists by burning."-Emil Brunner
Through brief Bible study, a presentation on mission as practical, vital work in a congregation, conversation between leader and participants, you will come away with inspiration and "take-aways" to enrich the life of your own community of faith. Each participant will leave with a list of ten ways of doing mission in the congregation's life that might make a difference to you back home.
Michael Obenauer, the leader of this experience, is an authorized minister in the United Church of Christ, having practices ministry in various settings as a pastor and teacher for over thirty-five years. He currently serves as Interim Conference Minister for the Wisconsin Conference United Church of Christ.