Mindfulness and Meditation
I offered a Mindfulness and Meditation class on Thursday nights in February. I was very surprised that 45 people registered for the class and that very few of those folks were from People’s Church. The event seemed to go viral on Facebook and there was much demand.
The class sessions ended up going so well that folks requested a continuation of the class. Because mindfulness and meditation have been so transformative in my life the past few years, I feel a calling to share the richness that I have gained from these spiritual practices. Consequently, I am going to continue to offer an opportunity to meet once a month to continue in mindfulness and meditation practice together on the third Thursday of each month from 6:00-7:30 in room 19 through May.
Anyone who is interested is invited to participate. We will continue with time spent in sitting meditation, both guided and in silence as well as experiencing some mindfulness exercises and teachings. One of the goals of this class is to provide a variety of tips and techniques to help participants incorporate mindfulness and meditation into their lives as regular practices.
The more frequently and consistently I sit in meditation, the better I am able to navigate my life with more skill and ease. Right now, I try to sit for an hour each morning but realistically, I sit for an hour about four mornings a week and somewhere between ten and 30 minutes the other days. Truthfully this practice has transformed my life and I am excited to share it with others.
One of the gifts of my last contract negotiation was gaining two weeks of study leave in my contract this year. I am planning to take the last week of March off of my regular work tasks in order to step back and do some deep study and spiritual practice.
I don’t think I’ve ever taken a week off during the regular church year when I wasn’t out of town. So I request your help in understanding when I do not respond to emails or voicemails that week.
I hope to use some of the time that week to deepen into my spiritual practice, read and write. Shortly after I return, Rachel will leave for maternity leave and my responsibilities will increase for a few months. I offer much gratitude that I am granted this time for study leave.
Blessed Be, Diane Melvin, Religious Education Director
Family Fun Night
Friday, March 2nd 6:00-8:30 PM
People’s Church Commons
All ages are invited to bring a potluck dish to pass and your favorite board game to join in this evening of fellowship.
The Religious Education Committee is excited to be hosting this fun night designed to help people make connections and have fun together.
Bake Sales – March 4 & 18 – after church
The youth are raising funds to go on an end of the year youth trip. Bring a few bucks and your appetites.
March 9 – 5:00 PM Youth Sleepover
All high school youth are invited to participate in this fun night where we will begin our spring project to work on creating National Wildlife Federation certified wildlife habitat areas on our church grounds.
March 11 – Youth Group, 12:30-2:30, Room L-2
All 9-12th graders are invited to participate in the fun!
March16-18 – Middle School Election CON
All 6, 7 & 8th graders are invited to this district youth con held at People’s Church. Register can be found at this link: http://peopleschurch.net/religious-education/middle-school-election-con-march-16-18/
World Religion Field Trips
To bring home February’s of Christianity, our 11th and 12 grade youth visited both St. Luke’s Episcopal and Kalamazoo Valley Family Church. In March, we are studying Islam and hope to visit the Kalamazoo Islamic Center.