Caregivers’ Retreat: Finding Resilience Through Our Prayer Life
Saturday, January 19 | 9:00 AM-2:30 PM
FUMC Conference Center

Are you involved in care giving? Do you work in a caring profession such as home healthcare, first response, teaching, lay ministry or social work? If so, we invite you to join us for a day retreat to examine care giving as a shared life of prayer with God. Highlights include prayers of petition that invite introspection of our own needs; prayers of intercession that join others through empathy; and finally, prayers of lament that bend our anguish into ardent supplication to God. Facilitated by Rev. Kim McGee. Cost: $20/includes lunch.

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Women’s Retreat—Asking the Deeper Questions of Life and Faith
Friday, March 1 — Sunday, March 3
St. Joseph Abbey near Covington, LA 

A guided retreat offering ample time for rest and self-reflection as we gather together in the love of Christ and share our common journey asking the deeper questions of life and faith and finding the wisdom God offers. Facilitated by Rev. Jane Riecke and Cherri Johnson.

March 1-3 at St. Joseph Abbey near Covington, LA (retreat begins Friday at 6:00 PM and ends Sunday after lunch.) Cost is $255.00 and includes private room with bath, meals and all materials.

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Growing a Relationship with God
Saturday, April 13, 2019 | 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Ory Parish Hall at FUMC

Are you in need of a day for rest and soul care? Would you like to step away from the chaos of the world and listen for God’s gentle whisper? Join us for a day of guided meditation and prayer practices that lead to renewal of mind, heart and spirit. You won’t regret taking time to ‘be still and know God.” Facilitated by Stacy Garrett.

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Exploration Retreat
Thursday, April 4 — Sunday, April 7
Wesley Center

Wesley scholar and teacher Paul Chilcote provides a full and clear introduction to the dynamic faith of John and Charles Wesley. The vital theology of John is skillfully gleaned from his voluminous writings. The corresponding faith of Charles is culled from his enduring hymns. For students and general readers this book illuminates the vital balance the Wesleys found in Christian teaching that brings together faith and works, Word and Spirit, the personal and the social, the head and the heart, mission and service. Cost: $300. 

In preparation for this symposium, join the Trinity Sunday school class in a study of Recapturing The Wesleys’ Vision, by Dr. Paul Chilcote beginning January 6. Trinity Class meets on Sunday mornings at 9:45 AM in Room 305.

Sacred Yoga Retreat
Saturday, March 23 | 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Conference Center at FUMC

Have you ever wondered if there’s such a thing as Christian Yoga?  This workshop will explore pairing Yoga practice with gentle breathing techniques, Lectio divina, meditation on scripture, and Centering Prayer. Whether you are a beginning or advanced practitioner, this workshop will open up new avenues of contemplation in your practices.
Facilitated by Jackie Hoffman, Katie Goodson and Cherri Johnson. For more information contact Cherri Johnson, Director of Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction, 383-4777 xt. 249 or cherri@firstmethodist.org.

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