On Sunday, March 22, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, Sujata Gibson, assisted by Pastor Teressa, will lead anyone interested in a time of supportive conversation, brainstorming and problem solving regarding our community reactions to the effects of the coronavirus. With the ‘closing’ of the Cornell University campus and the cancelling of events and other work-related activities, many are already feeling the economic impact of this virus. As the virus spreads, along with fear, there may be a great deal of change in our life together here in Ithaca and Tompkins County. How can we remain communal and supportive and safe and hygienic at the same time? This event is open to our entire community. Please invite others you believe may be interested. As with our activities for worship, we will have doors open so no one will need to use handles. We will place chairs a wider distance apart. Child care is available and our childcare staff are prepared for washing hands and wiping down surfaces frequently.
Visio Divina Bible Study: Guided Visual Meditation & Prayer
Visio Divina, Latin for ‘divine seeing,’ is a method of meditation, reflection, and prayer through a process of intentional seeing. Visio Divina extends the 6th century Benedictine practice of Lectio Divina by the use of visual imagery. Traditionally, Visio Divina was accompanied by Benedictine iconography and illuminations, however, different faith traditions have adapted the process over time, utilizing both secular and nonsecular images. We will be using artwork created by A Sanctified Art to enhance our Lenten lectionary readings.
Join a group:
Mondays through March at 6:30 PM in the Memorial Room with Pastor Teressa
Thursdays through March at 10:30 AM in the Memorial Room with Pastor Debbie
If you would like to lead a Visio Divina at another time and place (in your home, perhaps, or another quiet location), let Pastor Teressa know. She can share with you all the materials and the very simple structure. It is easy to ‘lead’ this time of contemplation.
Casowasco Retreat and Conference Center
Come for the whole weekend or just one day/night. The cost for 2 nights and four meals for adults is $170 per person. There will be a variety of registration packages available and assistance is available by talking with Pastor Teresa. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy activities provided by retreat attenders or just sit with a good book or conversation. There will be arts & crafts, game night, campfire, trivia, worship, hiking and plenty of time for relaxation and conversation. Sign up now to bring an activity to share and receive a discount on your retreat cost. More details and registration forms are available in the hallway after church. The deadline for registration/50% deposit is Sunday, March 8. Final payment is due by March 15.
Have you ever thought about ringing bells? Festival Chimes is in needed of two full-time ringers and substitute ringers to ring periodically when others are away. All are welcome. The only requirement is that individuals should be able to read music. Technique will be taught. If you are interested, contact:
Dorothy Preston (607-229-4888; email@example.com)
Cindy Allen (607-227-3457; firstname.lastname@example.org)