This month's breath prayer is simple. I don't know about you, but I'm feeling a little overwhelmed lately. This pandemic still has me confused, angry, and anxious. Why aren't people doing SIMPLE things to help the vulnerable in our community? How hard is it to wear a mask? How hard is it to get the vaccines that are available? These are proven ways to stop this pandemic, and still, people resist. The selfishness is overwhelming to me at times. If I spend too long in this angry, anxious place, I have no room for love and understanding.
Sometimes it's just good to simply stop and breathe, resting in God's presence, making room for peace.
Will you join me?
Let's take some time to breathe. Relax, and find your breath. When you're ready, pray with me:
Inhale: Peace of Christ,
Exhale: guard my heart and mind.
Repeat that breath prayer as many times as you would like. End your meditation time with one long inhale and one extra long exhale.
"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
(Breath prayer taken from Sarah Bessey's Breath Prayers for Anxious Times.)
We will begin Confirmation again on Wednesday September 8th at 6:00 pm. Our Wednesday schedule will be as follows:
6:00-6:25pm Learning Time
7:05-7:30pm Learning Time
Youth Group will begin again on Wednesday September 8th from 7:00-8:00 pm. Each Wednesday will look a little different - we'll do bonfires, get to know one another, and begin our ELCA Gathering "Boundless" Bible study materials. My goal for this upcoming school year is to really get to know one another again. We've been apart a LOT over the last couple years - so my hope is that our time together can be spent building meaningful relationships, having fun, and learning in a safe space.
If you missed our Youth Gathering Parent Meeting in August, at the bottom of this page you'll find a PDF of the Information Sheet from our meeting. On that form, you'll find important dates, cost, location, etc. If you need the registration form or have any questions, please email Kelsey.
Our trip to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Minneapolis, MN will be Thurs July 21-Thurs July 28, 2022. Early Bird registration forms are due September 19th with a nonrefundable deposit of $150.
If you are in 6th-12th grade and are musically inclined - we have opportunities for you! Not only could we use your singing or instrument playing in worship on Sunday mornings, but Becky has some other fun opportunities for you that you can find HERE.
On Sunday September 19th, when you eat at Panera Bread on 149th & Maple, you'll be helping our Youth Group! CLICK HERE for full details and the necessary flyer.