Call for Art-a-Whirl Art

Elim will be hosting an Art-a-Whirl gallery in May 2019. They have invited us to submit art for the exhibit. You may share a finished work or create a special one. More information will follow in Spring.

Group Spiritual Direction Introduction

Intro to the Group Spiritual Direction Process

Group spiritual direction has been an important part of Abbey Way from the very beginning. It has been a way we have deepened in our practice of listening and responding to God and to each other.

On Saturday, January 26 from 8:30 to noon, you will have an opportunity to learn more about the process. If you have been in a group before, are currently in a group or want to possibly be in a group, this is for you. We will go over the basics together while having an opportunity to try out an abbreviated part of the process in small groups.

Group Spiritual Direction: What Is It?

Group spiritual direction is a specific process in which people gather together on a regular basis to assist one another in an ongoing awareness of God in all of life. 

Three conditions are essential to the life of the group: members must agree to commit themselves to an honest relationship with God; to participate wholeheartedly in the group process through prayerful listening and response; and to open their spiritual journeys for consideration by others. Healthy vulnerability is fostered as the group members are willing to be open to each other and the Spirit's work within the boundaries of the group process of quiet-presentation-quiet-reflection-quiet.

The ideal group size is four people with a facilitator working with the group until the group is able to function independently. The group meets once a month in a quiet space for about two and half hours. 

If you are interested, please RSVP to Pastor Jan by January 15. You will be expected to read an article in preparation for the day as well as reflect on an Epiphany faith story from your own life. 

Surprised by Hope: Epiphany Series

What is heaven really like? Is our duty to simply help non-Christians get there? In six invigorating, faith-inspiring sessions, N.T. Wright explores hope, resurrection, heaven, the second coming, salvation, and the church---revealing that what we believe about the future has a direct impact on how we live in the present. Gather to learn and discuss these important theological concepts.

When: Tuesdays, January 22 - February 26, 7-8:30 PM

Where: The Bros Home in Mounds View

RSVP to Pastor Jan by January 15th if you plan on participating.

Where Breathing is Prayer ~ Wendell Berry

Sit and be still
until in the time
of no rain you hear
beneath the dry wind's
commotion in the trees
the sound of flowing
water among the rocks,
a stream unheard before,
and you are where
breathing is prayer.

The Church Calendar 101

Advent is the beginning of the church year. Here is a short video on the structure of the liturgical calendar.