Life in God, Life in Prayer

“No matter how much we talk about Scripture, faith, or experience with God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit, unless we actually attempt to be available to God we are only considering some interesting ideas from a distance. Spiritual life is born and realized in prayer when we open ourselves to willingly hear and respond to Divine Love. Prayer is where our relationship with God is explored, nurtured and deepened.” - Dr. Jeannette Bakke

Becoming Human by Jean Vanier

The book we will be reading this Fall is entitled “Becoming Human” by Jean Vanier.

Jean Vanier of L’Arche is a wisdom figure of the twentieth-first century. His life among the poor and disabled shaped a rich experience and understanding of what it means to be human. As a professed friend of Jesus, his words reach across the great divide of modern bifurcated thinking to help give language to the compassionate kindness that connects us with each other.

As we turn the corner into September with a new book on the horizon, Abbey Way’s Book Club is open for new members. We gather on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-8:30 PM. We begin with a shared meal and then discuss a chapter from the book. To participate, you are expected to have read and reflected on the chapter for the week before arriving. You will be asked to name one scripture story or text that reflects more deeply on the chapter’s meaning for you. Also, be ready to tell one story of your own experience related to the chapter’s topic.

The chapters are:

September 11: Introduction & Loneliness

September 25: Belonging

October 9: From Exclusion to Inclusion: A Path of Healing

October 23: The Path to Freedom

November 6: Forgiveness

Please RSVP to Pastor Jan and Missy Haack by Monday, September 7 if you plan on joining this study.

If you would like to hear a little from Jean Vanier’s own voice, listen here.

Ordinary Time Makers' Morning

In the next installment of creative endeavors at Abbey Way, we will focus our energy on Ordinary Time. Come and reflect on the meaning of God’s presence with us in the ordinary days of our lives through a short teaching and creative crafting. Children and adults are welcome. Let us know you are coming so we can email you the address where we are meeting and what materials you will need to bring!

When: Saturday, September 28, 9 AM-Noon

Where: McLean’s House

Bring a breakfast snack to share.

RSVP requested by Wednesday, September 25.

Enneagram Study

“A place for solitary work that cannot be done alone.” - Suzanne Stabile

Learning about self, our relationship to God and others is life long process. In different seasons, new things are discovered and incorporated into who we are becoming.

Beginning in mid-January, Abbey Way will sponsor Suzanne Stabile’s Enneagram Journey curriculum on Tuesday evenings. During 12 distinct sessions, through video and discussion, you will learn the basics of the Enneagram, an ancient tool for understanding motivation, behavior, and experience. The study will help name how different people see the world, in both gift and limitation, while helping us grow in relationship with each other.

Suzanne Stabile is a master teacher and guide. She is a sought after Enneagram teacher and author of two books.

Dates: Tuesdays, January 14 - March 31

Time: 7-9 PM

Cost: $75

Minimum participants needed: Eight

RSVP by December 15. This study is open to anyone.

Spiritual Direction Group Opportunity This Fall

Group spiritual direction has been an important part of Abbey Way from the very beginning. It has been a way we have deepened in our practice of listening and responding to God and to each other.

When we talk about spiritual direction group, we are talking about a specific process in which people gather together on a regular basis to assist one another in an ongoing awareness of God in all of life. Healthy vulnerability is fostered as the group members are willing to be open to each other and the Spirit's work within the boundaries of the group process which includes quiet-presentation-quiet-reflection-quiet.

Notably, three conditions are essential to the life of the group:

  • members agree to commit themselves to an honest relationship with God;

  • to participate wholeheartedly in the group process through prayerful listening and response;

  • and to open their spiritual journeys for consideration by others.

During a series of six Sunday afternoons, you will have an opportunity to learn more about the group spiritual direction process. If you have been in a group before, are currently in a group or want to possibly be in a group, this is for you. We will go over the basics together while having an opportunity to partake in the process each time we meet. The group will meet once a month in a quiet space for about two and half hours on six Sundays.

Dates: October 13, November 10, December 8, January 12, February 9, March 8

TIme: 12:30-3 PM, Lounge

If you are interested, RSVP to Pastor Jan by September 15. We need at least four people who are willing and able to commit to all six of the meeting dates and times for this to work. Please look over your calendar carefully before replying. The group will possibly be comprised of men and women. Ideally, familial members would have opportunity to be in different groups.

You’re Invited: Prayer Walk & Bonfire

Join the Van Norman’s for a one mile prayer walk around Lake Sullivan and a bonfire, where we'll roast hot dogs and marshmallows. It's a time to connect, walk, catch your breath, enjoy the beauty of summer, pray, and eat. We would enjoy having you with us. All ages are welcome.

When: Thursday, August 8th, 6:00-8:00pm

Where: Columbia Heights @ Van Norman’s

Bring: Walking shoes, lawn chair, food item to share

RSVP to Pastor Laura by Tuesday, August 5th if you’d like to come! Food items and address will be emailed out closer to the date.