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Exciting Upcoming Programs
at the Valle Crucis Conference Center
Check out our great line-up of Fall programming. Join us in a beautiful setting for incredible opportunities for learning, fellowship, and personal growth. Registration is easy. Find our program registration form on our web site here.
Women Writer's Workshop: Return to the Valle
Thursday, Aug 20 - Sunday, Aug 23
$290 for program, meals, and lodging
(Commuter rate $178)
Return to Valle Crucis, or start anew, in this intensive exploration of the written word. You need not have attended a previous writers' weekend to enjoy this August retreat. Deepen and hone your craft, get to know some wonderful women, and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Valle Crucis for a long weekend. What could be better? Katerina Whitley is the author of 8 books and is a gifted teacher and spiritual director. This program is open to both experienced and novice writers.
Friday, September 25, 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
$40 (includes lunch)
"Be still and know that I am God." We all know and love that verse, but how often are we truly "still"? Join Rebecca for a day apart from routine and the daily grind - a time to rest, reflect, and rejuvenate as we are "still" long enough to listen for the voice of God. We will be introduced to various ways of being "still," as well as creative spirituality opportunities. Rebecca is an ordained Baptist minister and founder of Stacking Stones, an ecumenical ministry providing retreats and spiritual formation. She received a M.Div. from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Advanced Intensive
Centering Prayer Retreat: Deepening the Silence
Sunday, Nov 29 - Sunday, Dec 6, 2015
$520 includes 7 nights lodging, meals, and program
Becky Hannah, Joan Ricci, the Rev. Robert Cook
This retreat is designed for those who would like a more prolonged experience of centering prayer and who are interested in entering into the more profound levels of spiritual practice in an atmosphere of silence, solitude, and community.
Centering prayer is a silent form of prayer that directs a person's attention toward God. It is a prayer form with ancient roots in the mystical and monastic tradition of the Christian faith. Centering Prayer periods are offered daily, as well as opportunities for contemplative worship, individual meetings with retreat leaders, hiking the Conference Center grounds, walking the labyrinth, and time for solitude and reflection.
Retreat leaders are Becky Hannah, co-coordinator of Contemplative Outreach of Western NC, and Joan Ricci Thome, presenter of contemplative prayer retreats at the Oratory and St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in Stoneville, NC. The Rev. Robert Cook, Vicar of Christ Church, Walnut Grove, NC is spiritual director for the week.
Due to the length of this retreat, each participant should have an established practice of Centering Prayer for at least a year. This retreat is limited to the first 20 registrants. Participants must stay on campus and plan to attend the entire retreat.
- Please pray for the election of a Bishop for our Diocese.
- Phone Tree: The need for someone to give their time, talent and computer and land line phone to the service of the church grows more urgent as time goes on. If a volunteer is not found soon, the phone tree equipment will be returned to the church, and you'll have to read the bulletin and/or this website to find out what's going on. If you have the above qualifications and don't want the Phone Tree to be phased out due to apathy, please contact Bill Smith or Father Hanks.
- As our Fall Outreach, we will be collecting school supplies for the children in need in Buncombe County. Supplies that are needed include paper, composition books, pencils, pens, book bags, crayons, and colored pencils. Other supplies are welcome also. There is also a need for younger children's underwear and socks. The collection will continue through the end of August.
- Christian formation classes for children start on Sunday, September 20th. The classes will be held downstairs in the Parish Hall starting at 9:15 AM.
Tuesday, August 18 – The Christian Formation planning committee will meet in the parish hall.
Saturday, August 29 – We will celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of all the great fall events by joining at the pavilion at Carrier Park for a parish picnic at 6:00. The pavilion has been rented for the entire day so make plans to come early and enjoy the day.
Sunday, September 13 – Annual Parish Meeting following the 10:30 service. There will be a potluck supper.
Sunday, September 20 - Christian Formation Classes for children begin. The classes will be held downstairs and will begin at 9:15 AM.
Wednesday of each week so they can be printed in the Bulletin.
If you would like to become a member of the Prayer Chain please talk to Diane Jackson.
This Week's Schedule:
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