On Sunday, November 22nd we will share in our annual community Thanksgiving Celebration. In worship that morning, music will be gifted by Queen City Voices, a community choir that promotes “equality and positive enrichment for the lives of [its] members, the Springfield queen city area LGBTQSA and our community at large,” and is directed by our own Music Director, Jonathan Raney. We will share in a meal after worship; meat will be provided by the church, so please consider bringing a side dish or dessert to share. As we prepare to gather around our community tables, please use this link to indicate what dish you will be bringing, and invite your friends with this facebook event!
One of the simplest gifts we can give is the gift of warm and dry feet. As we celebrate and give thanks, we encourage you to help provide warmth for our brothers and sisters at Bill’s Place and RareBreed by bringing a pair (or two!) of socks as part of our celebration. We look forward to sharing in this time of Thanksgiving with all of you!
We are pleased to collaborate with the Council of Churches of the Ozarks, Brentwood Christian Church, NAACP Springfield, Drury University School of Religion, the Center for Diversity and Reconciliation, and Chalice Press in order to welcome highly-acclaimed author, Sandhya Rani Jha, to Springfield.
Her talk, which is part of Drury’s Subverting the Norm Conference, is connected to themes she explores in her book, Pre-Post-Racial America: Spiritual Stories from the Front Lines, which was named by Publishers’ Weekly as a top-five book in 2015 addressing race relations in the United States. Rev. Sandhya Rani Jha’s talk is free and open to the public at 10am on Saturday, November 7th at Drury University’s Findlay Student Center Ballroom.
In addition to this event, we look forward to Rev. Jha being with us in worship at NACC on Sunday November 8th. For more information about Rev. Jha click here.
A new Spiritual Formation opportunity begins Monday, September 14th at 7:00pm.
Over the next 12 weeks we will explore the Enneagram, a powerful ancient tool for learning more about ourselves – why we do the things we do (and don’t do), how we can become more aware of the workings of our personalities, and how we can grow and seek transformation for greater balance and wholeness.
While the staff of National Avenue will be facilitating this study, we will be using a DVD-based curriculum taught by Suzanne Stabile, an internationally renowned teacher and director of spiritual retreats, who offers a unique and creative approach to the practice of Spiritual Formation. A master teacher of the Enneagram, Suzanne draws upon her educational background at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, as well as her life skills learned as a mother of four, a social worker, and a minister’s spouse. Her refreshing teaching style is an unforgettable blend of humor, honesty, and authenticity.
Disciples on the Edge will be offering an abridged version each Sunday morning at 9am this Fall.
Please use this link
to register for the course. The $30.00 fee covers your copy of the Participant Guide; you may pay by credit card online or write a check and bring it to the church office. Students may take the course for free, but we ask that you use the link to register regardless so we can have an accurate count for the books.
The Enneagram Journey
The last book the great scholar and theologian Marcus Borg wrote dealt with three things; Memories, Conversions, and Convictions. Over the next few weeks we will travel with Dr. Borg one more time as we honor his wisdom-a wisdom that still speaks in our lives, even after his death this year. As we look back on the life, death, and life from death of Jesus, together we will listen for the way forward as we strive to become more rooted to the deep convictions that can actually lead to transformation and renewal, both for our ourselves and our world.
Due to the weather, National Avenue is canceling service and all activities for tomorrow. Please stay warm and safe.
Throughout this season, we will be exploring A Hidden Wholeness, by Parker Palmer. In this work, Palmer speaks to our yearning to live undivided lives. Palmer describes a form of community that creates “circles of trust” as “a space between us that honors the soul,” he shows how people in settings ranging from friendship to organizational life can support each other on the journey toward living “divided no more.” A Hidden Wholeness weaves together themes that its author has pursued for over forty years: the shape of an integral life, the meaning of community, teaching and learning for transformation, and nonviolent social change. We look forward to rich and deep conversations as we explore a hidden wholeness within our community and world.
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