Wednesdays Away

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life.
Whoever comes to me will never be hungry,
and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
                                                            -John 6:35

Are you hungry for a deeper relationship with God? Do you thirst for a more meaningful prayer life?

Join us for Wednesdays Away, a time of spiritual renewal on the first Wednesday of the
month, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Christ Center. Throughout the year we will gather
with a variety of spiritual directors who will focus each month upon a different spiritual practice.

Our time together begins in community with prayer and conversation, which will be used to
ground your day and guide your personal retreat time. A spiritual director will be also be
available throughout the day for one-on-one conversation, prayer, and spiritual companionship.
Wednesdays Away, Spring 2019

February 6 – Candelmas: The Feast of Lights - Led by Rose Cohen Hassan

Our focus will be on the Presentation of the Lord in the temple.

Rose is the Priest-in-Charge of the Episcopal Church of St. Luke and St. Mary in Hope and Belvidere NJ.   She holds a Masters of Divinity as well as a Masters of Sacred Theology in Spiritual Direction from the General Theological Seminary in New York. She is also a Certified Professional Coach with certification from The International Coach Federation.

March 6 – Ash Wednesday - Led by Dale Selover

We gather to receive ashes and reflect upon their meaning as we begin our Lenten journey.

Dale is the Director of Living in Grace Ministries, a spiritual direction and retreat ministry. For thirty years she has been a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, serving congregations in Budd Lake, Oldwick, and Kendall Park.

   April 3 – Presence and Pain: The Challenge of Connecting with God in Times of Suffering - Led by Andrew Barton

Andrew has been a pastor for thirty nine years and most recently retired as Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Hamilton Square, NJ.   He has also served as pastoral mentor and spiritual guide to seminary students and clergy.  In retirement Andrew continues to lead retreats and offer spiritual direction at his home, Green Pastures, in Pennsylvania.  Andrew completed the Oasis programs Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides and Contemplative Living and is currently co-leader of the Oasis Contemplative Leadership year-long program.  He has also completed the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation certificate programs, Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats led by Tilden Edwards, Gerald May and Rosemary Doughtery; and Group Spiritual Direction led by Rosemary Doughtery.

  May 1 – The Communion of Saints - Led by Laurie Matarazzo

The faith that is in us is the fruit not only of our own contemporary experience but also of generations who have gone before us.  On this day we will remember and celebrate through story and song some of the saints whose faith and lives inspire and sustain us still.

Laurie is an Episcopal priest who is dedicated to the spiritual growth of persons and the planet, with all of whom she is delighted to journey.

June 5 – Joy! - Again Led by Laurie Matarazzo

We will spend the day with the laughter and wisdom of the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu from their “The Book of Joy.”

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