Neighborhood Convention April 5

 NEIGHBORHOOD  CONVENTION                        Tuesday, April 5               11:00a.m.                  Grace Episcopal Church,  Vineyard Haven                                     “On Chaplaincy”                                Rev. Stephen Harding
                                    All are welcome.                                  MASKS,   PLEASE                  (Refreshments postponed until next season)

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Bishop’s letter

Feb. 25, 2022Beloved in Christ: 
I greet you in the precious name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, during these troubled times of war in Ukraine.May I offer this prayer:
Gracious and loving God, we come before you with our hearts rent apart by senseless war between Russia and Ukraine. We cry out to you to bring a cessation of hostilities. We remember the words of the psalmist, 
“The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven. His eyes behold, his gaze examines humankind. The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked, and his soul hates the lover of violence” (Psalm 11:4-5, NRSV).We join a worldwide chorus of Christians who deplore the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We pray urgently for diplomacy and peace. We pray especially for those fleeing for their lives as refugees to other countries. May your grace and peace be with the children and all those whose lives are being uprooted. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen. 
Please pray for our fellow United Methodists in the region, particularly Bishops Eduard Khegay (of both Russia and Ukraine), Patrick Streiff, Christian Alsted, and all church leaders and pastors in Russia, Ukraine, and neighboring nations as they lead their parishioners in these difficult moments and days. 
May you consider giving generously to UMCOR, which has already sent $60,000 to install bomb film in windows of one hospital and 16 schools in Ukraine. More help will be needed for refugees and others affected by war.
In Christ’s love,
Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar 

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Rolling Ridge Lenten retreats

 The spiritual life is not about how much you know.  It is also not about keeping religious traditions.  The spiritual life is about the way of the heart and the journey of the soul towards deeper experience with Divine grace.  We invite you to join us for two upcoming programs at the Ridge that will awaken your spiritual life and unite your head, heart, and body in a holistic, wonderful encounter with Christ as we approach Easter.  Registration continues for our next cohort of Way of the Heart which begins ONLINE on Saturday, February 5th.  Way of the Heart is a 5-month ONLINE spiritual adventure that awakens you to God’s loving presence in your life by equipping you with time-tested spiritual practices and helping you envision unique Love-based expressions. Meeting via Zoom once a month on Saturday from 9-noon (beginning February 5th and ending June 4th), you will come to trust the way of your heart, expand your awareness, move towards wholeness, learn to listen generously, and envision contemplative living.  Small groups between the monthly sessions will help you thrive in community.  Register today.  Your heart will thank you! In just over a month, Lent begins and the journey to Easter unfolds.  We are offering a whole series of Lenten experiences this year, and we hope that you will join us.  We begin lent with our Taize Lenten Retreat on Sunday, March 6th through Monday, March 7th.  Taize music, silence, scripture, and an interactive Stations of the Cross will frame this 24 hour overnight retreat and offer you the space to listen for God and to prepare your heart for Easter.  If 24 hours is too long, consider coming just for the day on Monday for our Taize Quiet Day  As we prepare for Easter, we continue our new Rolling Ridge Prayer Journey series with our 2022 ONLINE Lenten Prayer Journey.  We will meet during the Vesper Hour from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, beginning March 6, the Sunday after Ash Wednesday, for 7 weeks through Easter on April 17th.  Richard Rohr’s book, Wondrous Encounters: Scriptures for Lent will guide the weekly gatherings with daily readings and prayers from selective works.  The opening session of our Taize Lenten Retreat on March 6th will be broadcasted LIVE and will begin this adventure.  Thus, you are encouraged to join us in person at the Ridge on March 6th for the Taize Retreat, and then continue the Lenten Prayer Journey online on Sunday evening through Easter.  Other events this Lent include two IN-PERSON Day Apart Retreats — one led by Steve Garnaas-Holmes, and one by Mike Clark.  A Good Friday Sunset Service and Easter Sunrise Service ONSITE at our Rolling Ridge Point of Pines Outdoor Chapel are also being planned.  More information coming.  Check our website regularly for more opportunities to grow in grace.Though winter may be upon us, let Rolling Ridge breathe new hope into your spiritual life this upcoming season as we wait for spring and prepare our hearts for Easter.
 Rolling Ridge Retreat & Conference Center
660 Great Pond Road
North Andover, MA 01845 
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