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- Comfort and peace for the Sugar family following the death of their dad, Chip
- Joy for Terrel Sugar and Adam Master on the news of their engagement
- Thanksgiving for the healthy birth of Charles Mitchell and Camille Elizabeth LaBorde
- Continued healing for Shelby and prayers of comfort for all of her family, classmates, and friends who care for her
- Health and thanksgiving for baby Bachtell, and prayers of preparation for Mike and Angie as their family grows
- Continued healing for Mary Jane Cooper (mother of Sarah Cooper Searight) following surgery, and thanksgiving for her good recovery
- Healing for Margie Nelson (mother of Lynn Stevens) who is recovering from surgery for a collapsed lung; for Larry Nelson (Lynn's father) who is recovering from surgery; and for the Stevens family as they care for them both
- Prayers of healing for Elizabeth Strong
- Prayers for Rebecca and Jesse as Scott is deployed; and for Scott while he is away from his family
- Healing for Deborah Roberts as she completes a round of treatment for recurring cancer
|Volunteers Needed, June 16!|
The Outreach Ministry is teaming with "1 House at a Time" (www.1houseatatime.org), a non-profit based in Austin, TX, whose goal is to help homeowners reduce their utility bills by improving the weatherproofing and efficiency of their homes. The inaugural Shreveport project will take place on June 16 as we work on the home of a Korean war veteran living in the Highland neighborhood. A lot of the work requires only simple skills ranging from light bulb replacement to weather-stripping. We can also use more skilled workers to do work like door hanging. Participants will learn techniques for reducing their own energy usage. For information, or to volunteer, contact Brian McWilliams at (318) 840-6777 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Ferncliff Summer Camps
For any of those families interested in sending kids and youth to Ferncliff Camp this summer, it looks like we have families sending kids both the week of July 8-13 and 15-20.
If you're interested in learning more about it, contact Sarah
at the church. The Presbytery of the Pines is continuing to offer their support this summer by supplementing $100 towards the cost for ANY child who goes to a Presbyterian camp.
Sojourners and Journey
Summer Sunday School
This summer we will be delving into the topic of Spiritual Disciplines during Sunday School. This will happen in the Sojourners classroom (CE 120), but will include the Journey class members. We will take the time to learn about and practice lectio divina and the daily examen. We will also spend one Sunday morning at the labyrinth at St. Luke's. Here is a schedule for the summer:
June: Practicing Daily Examen (Sarah Cooper Searight)
July: Practicing Lectio Divina (Lisa Schrott)
August: Practicing Lectio and Examen
Please plan to be in Sunday School from 10-10:40 during this time, so that we can fully experience the practice of these disciplines. We will travel together to the Labyrinth and have you back in time to pick up kids from their Sunday School classes.
Finally, here is some information gathered by Lisa on each of the areas that we will explore this summer:
symbolizes the journey to the center of one's being, the life journey or path of life, or the spiritual journey. It also speaks to the ongoing cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth, and to the process of healing. Labyrinth paths meander much like the paths of our lives. We walk along methodically until we are suddenly led to the far side, to the very edge before we are gently turned back toward the center. No matter how far we wander, if we are centered or focused, we will be pulled back. The labyrinth experience is to help one to find one's path, not to lose it. To learn more see http://www.stlukesshreveport.org/672037
Lectio Divina is not a traditional Bible study, but a time of prayer and discernment. We will engage in a passage of scripture, take time to reflect silently upon the passage as it speaks to each one personally and in turn share their insights. The exercise in concluded by intentional and specific prayers for each other. A worksheet is pro-vided to guide the process. You can learn more about Lectio Divina athttp://www.contemplativeoutreach.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_practices_lectioThe daily examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God's presence and discern God's direction for us. The Examen is an ancient practice in the Church that can help us see God's hand at work in our whole experience. It involves a
daily examination of our deepest feelings and desires. These feelings are our consolations (that which connects us with God, others and ourselves) and desolations (what disconnects us). To learn more go to http://norprov.org/spirituality/ignatianprayer.htm
Thursday, June 14: Highland Blessing Dinner
When: 5:30-7 PM
Where: Highland Center
This is a neighborhood dinner, hosted by several churches in the Highland neighborhood. FPC is responsible for volunteers the 2nd and 3rd Thursdays of the month, but you are welcome to help out when you can.
Saturday, June 16: Splash Party
When: 10 AM
Where: FPCS Playground
Fun for all ages! We'll have a bouncy house, water balloons, splash pools, and a slip-n-slide. Lunch and snacks are provided. Hope to see you there!
Saturday, June 16: One House at a Time
See details above. Contact Brian McWilliams at 318-840-6777 or email@example.com for more information on how to participate.
Saturday, June 16: Bagging Groceries at Noel
Where: Corner of Highland and Herndon
It's the third Saturday of the month, which means we're up for volunteering at Noel Food Pantry! This is a great, family-friendly activity. Volunteers stuff bags, stock shelves, greet guests, and anything else they need us to do. Please contact Lisa Schrott if you are interested in helping out.
Sunday, June 17: Sunday School
Sojouners and Journey: Daily Examen, meeting in CE 120
2 Corinthians 5:14-17
Commit to reading the Scripture passage
listed here each week.
Pray before you begin.
Look the passage up and read it through slowly.
Pause and consider what you have read.
Read the passage at least one more time.
Pray to close your time.
14For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. 15And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.
16From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. 17So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
Sarah Cooper Searight