Upcoming Events

SUNDAY SEMINAR, Expanding our Welcome. This summer, the PCUSA passed a series of resolutions calling all churches in the denomination to explore ways to celebrate and embrace the gifts of LGBTQ people, and commit to work for the full inclusion and dignity of transgender persons. Our fall seminars will begin with a series on gender and sexuality, using a More Light teach-in video that focuses on “Pastoral Care for LGBTQ Youth.” This will help us review current language and terminology, explore the landscape facing LGBTQ persons, and discuss ways that we can expand our welcome, especially to youth. September 23, 9:45 a.m. Fellowship Hall.
 
RETREAT: CULTIVATING A SPIRITUAL HEART This day of prayer with Patience Robbins will provide an opportunity to explore ways of nurturing the spiritual heart by using simple practices of gratitude and compassion; cultivate stillness and peace; and listen deeply for the Divine Presence. The day will include input, guided meditations, journaling, sharing and periods of silence. Participants will find a few practices to incorporate in their daily life, which nourish gratitude, compassion and joy. The cost is $25, or pay what you can. Lunch provided. Let the office know if you prefer a vegetarian lunch. Sign up with Kathy Reid in the office before September 16. office@shepherdstownpresbyterian.org. Friday, September 21, 10-3 p.m., Priestfield Retreat Center. (Arrive 9:30-9:45 so we can be ready to start at 10:00.)
 
*NEW* EXPLORING SPIRITUAL PRACTICES. We will explore and practice various spiritual disciplines including silence, meditative music, insight meditation, passage meditation, loving kindness, and prayer. No experience necessary. Questions? e-mail office@shepherdstownpresbyterian.org. Facilitated by Larry Neumark. First meeting Wednesday, September 26, 10:30 a.m. SPC library.

SUNDAY SEMINAR: GRATEFUL: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks. Have you ever wondered what it means to be deeply grateful? Could our lives and our community be different if we were more grateful? Join us as we study this Diana Butler Bass book (available in the office, $23 or pay what you can). Sundays at 9:45 a.m. beginning September 30, Fellowship Hall
 
Elsewhere…

HARP WORKSHOP with Dr. Tula Ruggiero at Shipley Recital Hall, Franks Arts Center, Shepherd University. The workshop will begin with a brief history of the harp and an explanation of the different types of harps on display including a pedal harp, full size lever harp and lap harp. Participants will be taught the basic hand position and get to try playing the harps themselves. Cost $25. For more information, contact Sherry Sykes at ssykes@shepherd.edu. Saturday, September 22, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

ANNUAL WORKDAY & MEETING AT STILL POINT. SPC is a partner of Still Point, a retreat house at Rolling Ridge on the Blue Ridge (about 45 minutes from SPC). The annual workday and meeting at Still Point are Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29. If you would like to participate, please contact Rob Glenn (rglenn4@gmail.com or 304.268.8125) for more information.