Over the last year, the vestry and I have heard many express the desire to go deeper: deeper in relationship with God, with each other, even with our own selves. While more activities than ever fill our calendars and grow our number of contacts, we feel a longing for connection.
Going deeper in any relationship takes time, intention and commitment. I want to share some upcoming opportunities that will take an investment on your calendar, but have real capacity to bear lasting fruit in relationships at church, home and with our neighbor.
Pastoral Care Ministry Training: Saturday, February 2 from 9 am -1 pm
Pastoral Care is a ministry of presence – of caring, of prayer, of listening, of time. It takes as many forms as faithful friendship can take: preparing and delivering food to those who are recovering from illness or grieving loss, visiting those who are in the hospital or other facilities, listening to those who are hurting and need reassurance that God has not forgotten them nor have we as their church community. It is our privilege to hear their stories, to walk with others on their journey through this life. We are looking for others who feel called to this ministry to join us. This half-day training equips members to accompany and respond appropriately to fellow church members. Team members will meet monthly throughout 2019 to pray for and respond to Holy Comforter members’ pastoral care requests.
Lenten Retreat: March 14-17 Cost: $375 + airfare to Boston
Join me for Holy Comforter’s second annual retreat at the Society of St. John the Evangelist, the oldest Episcopal monastery in the United States. In addition to sharing in the Brothers daily worship and meals, there will be guided reflection on our individual journeys with God. Private rooms. Limited to 12 participants. Deadline to register is January 30.
Dust and Spirit - Reflections on the Sacrament of Marriage: April 5 evening + April 6: Cost: $400/couple
Join Dr. Eddie Parish, a professional Marriage and Family Therapist, for an introduction to family systems theory and Christian reflection on marriage. Cost includes additional private session for each couple for practical application. Eight couples minimum, twelve maximum. Deadline to register is February 3.
Mission Trip to U.S.-MEXICO border in Nogales, Arizona: June dates and cost TBD
Immigration is one of the most complex issues in U.S. politics today. How we respond is also influenced by our faith. Joining with Episcopalians across Colorado, the mission team will visit both sides of the border in Nogales to learn about organizations that serve migrants, initiatives that promote economic opportunity, and arts and cultural programs. We will spend time with immigrant families to better understand their situation and their struggles, and walk along migrant trails.
Annual Parish Retreat at Cathedral Ridge, July 26-28 - cost varies from $80-$150pp, kids free
A relaxed weekend at Colorado’s Episcopal Camp and Conference Center in Woodland Park provides ample opportunity to make and deepen relationships at Holy Comforter. Cost varies based upon choice of accommodations, ranging from campsites to private lodge rooms.
To learn more about any of these opportunities and to register, please let me know.
- Mother Kim