"I will never forget my first day in Mother Theresa's Home for the Dying, Nirmal Hriday, 'The Place of the Pure Heart.' I was still a college student, spending the summer before my senior year traveling around Asia looking for signs of hope, places of peace. It now seems ironic that I discovered those gifts in a place marked by death." ~Christopher L. Heuertz, Unexpected Gifts
"The Enneagram is much more than just another popular formula to pair people to the collection of their personality foibles and eccentricities. It explains the 'why' of how we think,act, and feel. It helps us come to terms with our gifts as well as the addictive patterns that tether us to our greatest interpersonal, spiritual, and emotional challenges. The Enneagram invites us to deeper self-awareness as a doorway to spiritual growth. When we can find the courage to be honest with ourselves, we're ready for the Enneagram, for the Enneagram exposes the illusions that have defined our sense of self. In this way, the Enneagram may be the most effective tool for personal liberation." ~The Sacred Enneagram by Christopher L. Heuertz
Join us for our Lenten Worship series: Be the Change! Today we begin the season of Lent reflecting on God's call to vocation in our lives. Worship is at 5 pm followed by a free student meal at 6 pm.
"I failed my friend in his failure, in his most vulnerable moment. I held my beliefs over Caleb's belonging and used his inability to live up to my standards as an excuse to exclude him. I demonstrated fidelity to a set of behavioral expectations rather than taking the opportunity to love. If I'm honest, I had been unable to extend grace to myself for my own failures, so I wasn't able to extend grace to him either . . . But that's not the way of true community. In true community, failures give us the chance to choose people over principles." ~Chris Heuertz, Unexpected Gifts
Happy Valentine's Day and a Blessed Ash Wednesday!
Join us for our Ash Wednesday Service from 6-6:30 pm today.
Meanwhile, if you would like to reflect more on Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday, check out this blog post at http://globalsistersreport.org/…/spi…/valentines-ashes-51941. Here's an excerpt:...
"Both involve a marking of some sort — possession of valentine cards often in the shape of a heart and a smudge in the shape of a cross with ashes from burnt palms. Both signify a type of belonging and a willingness to be public about who you are and whom you love. And for Ash Wednesday a remembering of where you came from. As I played with this juxtaposition of one cultural holiday and one liturgical moment, I wondered "How perfect to have the holiday that celebrates LOVE usher in the Lenten season, which also celebrates LOVE." How might this lens of LOVE assist our Lenten reflection?"
Lent begins tomorrow with Ash Wednesday - please join us! Then on Sunday we begin a series where each Sunday of Lent a student or pastor will reflect on how scripture guides us to Be the Change! Check out our latest Weekly Message for information on these and other upcoming opportunities: http://www.crossingministries.org/?page_id=72
Join us at the Food for Thought kick off event! We will be covering nutrition 101, and enjoying a free, healthy meal! If interested, please comment on event, or contact Amanda Nobles at email@example.com. Spots are limited!