The current installment of the COEC began meeting in 2007.

We are currently on a "break," for no particular reason, and many little reasons - mostly pertaining to life circumstances. If anyone is interested in calling a meeting, feel free to post on the blog, join the google group (see link below) and send an email, or contact either Nancy (nancykj10@yahoo.com) or Jesse (schroeder.jesse@gmail.com) for more information.

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Celebration of the Faithful: Lent Edition

This Sunday, February 26th, we will have a "Celebration of the Faithful." We will meet at Jesse & Kellye's house at 5pm, and will participate in reflections and readings regarding Lent (as led by Brother Curt and Matt). We will also take communion together.

We will continue the "celebration" by enjoying dinner together, potluck style! Everyone is invited to bring  something fresh to share. Please post in the comments if you are coming, and what food item you will be bringing so we can plan accordingly.

This can be a great time for us all to connect, share, pray, and engage not only with each other but with God's Spirit.

To be honest, this gathering may have a bit of a "mourning" sense to it, as some of us have experienced death very close to us recently. I guess this is appropriate, in a way, for the period of the Christian calendar that we are entering.


Kellye said...

We will provide a chicken noodle casserole to share.

Nick Johnson said...

I will be there. I might not have to make anything, so I will bring wine.

Nick Johnson said...

Oh, and Becky has to work at 5:00, so she won't be there.

Kellye said...

From Matt:

in·dul·gence [in-duhl-juhns]

1. act or practice of gratifying desires or state of being so indulged 2. humoring 3. desire given in to 4. partial remission of a temporal punishment 5. grant by the king freeing some dissenters 6. extension of time, as for payment

If there was one word that produced a hook, for me, in Marcus Borg's "Putting Away Childish Things" it would be the defined word above. It was comforting to have the book open up with the idea -- if its a high performance machine, a quiet moment in a lonely establishment, a beer, or a cigarette -- some how, some way, indulgences can produce a level of centering ourselves. Even more so when we recognize them as such centering devices.

Have you ever noticed the indulgences that you rely on? What are the acts or practices that you center yourself in? What are your pleasurable desires? Are you conscious of them? Are there more, behind the scenes of everyday life?

This is where I would like to start our conversation at this Sunday's COTF. My hope is that you could spend a little time before the meeting thinking about your current indulgences. I'm not asking anyone to share them with the group, just asking for some honest personal reflection as to what gratifying desires you currently partake of (crave) that help you in your day to day life.

Thanks. Hope to see you there.


Scot said...

We'll be there with a dessert of some kind.

nikkita said...
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nikkita said...

We aren't sure if we'll make it tonight--Ian's feeling a little under the weather. Look forward to seeing you all soon.