Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wow, does the summer ever seem to go so fast. Here it is the middle of September already with the leaves starting to change colour, the sun rising later and setting earlier, and the kids back into school routines. Though many of us hate to see summer go, we are looking forward to all that the fall has in store, including for me the upcoming hunting season:) We hope all of you had a restful summer and got the opportunity to slow down and hang with your family and friends.

After a summer of spontaneous gatherings, we are ready to be get back into the rhythm of some more structured gatherings. Last weekend some of us were able to participate at the Urban Sanctuary Retreat. What a sweet time we had together exploring ancient yet simple and practical forms of praying from various streams of the church. The FCJ Centre run by a branch of the Catholic Church in the heart of Calgary was the perfect place to learn together how to create sacred space in the middle of the chaos of city life. We hope to plan some day retreats sprinkled through out the year to help us be intentional about the disciplines of silence, solitude, and slowing down. If you would be interested in this let us know.

Here are some forms of Gathering over the next 3 weeks to put on your calendars:

This Sunday we'll be gathering at our place @ 10:30am for a time of worship, reading and applying the Scriptures, storytelling, sharing our joys and struggles, and praying for one another. If you would like to hang out over lunch feel free to bring it along. Remember to bring or make enough to share with others. Eating together will give us a chance to catch up and hear about each others summer adventures.

On Sept. 25th we want to gather some of our neighbours and friends to see Africa pix, and hear some of our stories. It will be a potluck/barbie. If you would like to come please RSVP and let us know as soon as possible for our planning.

On Sat. night Oct. the 1st we are thinking of gathering @ Mac and Jo's for a time of worship and encountering God by listening to His voice and responding through prophetic words, prayer for healing and such. We want to create a context for our kids and their friends "to do the stuff" with us grey heads cheering them on and coaching a little bit as needed. More details to come on this.

Well I think that's enough details for now. Look forward to seeing some of you who we haven't seen face to face for some time.

We love you all,

Tim and Esther

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