CONTEMPLATIVE WORSHIP

You are invited to join us in the Prayer Room for a quiet time of mid-week contemplative worship. Each gathering is woven through with simple liturgy, song, silence, and prayer practices. We meet at 5:40-6:25 p.m. on Wednesday evenings, mirroring the Faith Academy schedule. Make a full evening of it by joining us for a nice dinner at 5:00 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall, then gather with us for Contemplative Worship at 5:40 p.m., and finish your evening by attending one of the Faith Academy class offerings, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

For more information about Contemplative Worship, contact Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer at todds@fumc-cs.org or 884-2502.

Contemplative Corner

LECTIO DIVINA (WHEN IN DOUBT) PODCAST
You are warmly invited to join Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer in meditating and praying with one of the weekly lectionary texts on his Lectio Divina (when in doubt) Podcast page (www.lectiodivinatodd.com). Rev. Dr. Spencer has produced this podcast weekly since February of 2009. Listeners have come from over 128 different countries across the globe. So, when you are listening, you are participating in a truly international contemplative community. Each podcast begins with a brief time of centering, with a quote, poem or prayer, around a contemplative theme and then a piece of quiet music. After that, the listener is guided through a hearing of the text 3 different times, with some silence in between. A concluding encouragement for further meditation on what was given during the prayer time wraps up the session. Usually, the podcast lasts about 20-25 minutes, including the silence. Most listeners use the podcast for personal time of meditation and prayer, but many listeners also use it as a way to begin their time with a small group or staff gathering as well. If you are hungry for a special way to center your day or week with God’s touch, come, slow down and listen for God’s guidance through the Scripture!

RESTING IN GOD: CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER 
Come and listen to the voice of divine love! You are invited to join a contemplative prayer group that meets in the FUMC prayer room on Thursday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. This time provides for a period of Centering Prayer (a silent form of Christian meditation), followed by Lectio Divina (meditative reading of Scripture).  Familiarity with these spiritual practices are not necessary as an introduction can be provided at any time to newcomers. This is a drop in prayer group, meaning that you can come as your schedule allows. For more information, contact Rev. Patty Walker, at pattyw@fumc-cs.org or 471-8522, ext.204. 

HOLY LISTENING
This payer group meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the Prayer Room immediately following Contemplative Worship.  For more information about that group, contact Dan and Lori Lohrmeyer at 630-1809.

MOUNTAIN SABBATH RETREAT DAYS AT JOHN WESLEY RANCH
March 17, 2019
July 14, 2019

You are invited to join us for a rich and restful day of retreat up at our beautiful John Wesley Ranch in Divide, Colorado (only 40 minutes away). Here’s what a Mountain Sabbath retreat day looks like: First, we gather at 9:00 a.m. in the Dining Hall of the Lodge at the Ranch for coffee and conversation. And then, at 9:30, we gather in the Chapel for worship. After worship, we have some time for learning around various spiritual formation topics. This is followed by a simple lunch together in the Lodge. After lunch, we encourage quiet sabbath practices like journaling, artwork as prayer, hiking, reading, sitting in front of the fire, napping and other restful activities. Sometimes we will be able to also offer a taste of what it’s like to meet with a trained spiritual director, for those who sign up.  To conclude our day, we gather at 4:00 p.m. for a closing devotion time and the Sacrament of Holy Communion. The day concludes by 5:00 p.m. Come and rest with God with others in a day of retreat! For more information about Mountain Sabbath, contact Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer at todds@fumc-cs.org or 884-2502. 

CONTEMPLATIVE JOURNEY I 
January 17 - April 11, 2019

This offering is in partnership with Bennet Hill Monastery,  Contemplative Outreach and FUMC. Anyone interested in establishing Centering Prayer as a part of their spiritual journey is invited to join this course. In the Contemplative Journey I program we explore the theology, psychology and spirituality of Centering Prayer and Christian contemplation especially through the wisdom and writings of Father Thomas Keating, a central figure in the initiation of the Centering Prayer movement. Our journey together includes DVDs created by Contemplative Outreach, Ltd, with teachings by Keating, Gail Fitzpatrick-Hoppler, Father Carl Arico and David Frenette. The class meets Thursday mornings, 9:30am-12noon, January 17-April 11. Cost: $140 (partial scholarships available). To register contact Leslee Terpay at 720.328.6581 or co-leslee@comcast.net. Dr. Todd Spencer is FUMC’s staff contact person for the program and can be reached at todds@fumc-cs.org or 719.884.2502

CONTEMPLATIVE HIKING DAYS

More information and dates coming soon for Contemplative Hiking!

For questions contact Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer at todds@fumc-cs.org or 884-2502. 

THE GIFT OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTION
Many people lead busy lives and find it difficult to notice God’s presence and action in daily living. Spiritual direction is about taking time to slow down, usually for an hour about once a month, with a trained spiritual director, to prayerfully explore a closer relationship with God. In spiritual direction, you are encouraged to reflect on experiences of your day-to-day living, not just on formal religious activities. As you do this over time, you may begin to notice God’s presence and grace unfolding in ways you had not noticed before. 

If you are interested in exploring what spiritual direction could provide for your own life, here are two suggestions: First, you can read more about it online at the Spiritual Directors International website: www.sdiworld.org. Second, if you would like to get a first-hand taste of spiritual direction, contact either Rev. Patty Walker at pattyw@fumc-cs.org or Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer at todds@fumc-cs.org. Patty and Todd also have connections with many other potential spiritual directors in our area for your consideration. 

SCHOOL OF CELTIC CONSCIOUSNESS WITH JOHN PHILIP NEWELL 
May 17-19, 2019

In 2018, FUMC hosted Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell, one of the world’s foremost thinkers on the gifts that can be gleaned from the Celtic tradition of Christianity. Hundreds of folks from all over the Springs showed up. Now, we are excited to host the return of Newell, as he leads his three-year Celtic School of Consciousness for even more in-depth exploring of this tradition! May 2019 will be the first annual gathering for the School here at FUMC. The School of Celtic Consciousness is a place to nurture a community of shared vision and spiritual practice for transformation in our lives and world. For year one of the curriculum, teachings by John Philip Newell will focus on “In the Beginning Was the Gift” with the central themes of Celtic Spirituality, the sacredness of the earth and the human soul. (Pelagius, St Brigid, and Teilhard de Chardin). For more details and to register, please visit https://heartbeatjourney.org/events/colorado-school-of-celtic-consciousness-colorado-springs-year-i/. The event will fill up fast, so register early!