Around three years ago, the congregation of Niskayuna Reformed Church gathered together as part of the pastoral transition process to reflect on three questions: Where have we been? Where are we now? Where does God want us to go? This conversation helped the Pastoral Search Committee in the process of finding a new pastor. That search, of course, led us to call Pastor Jason. It has been two years since Jason became our pastor. Therefore, it seems a fitting time for us to come together again to have another conversation about where we are as a congregation. Using what was learned three years ago as a starting point, we will engage in a discussion about what God is up to now at NRC and where God might want us to go. We invite you to join this conversation on Sunday, March 4th, following the worship service. We will begin at 10:45am and aim to be finished by Noon. Childcare will be provided. We invite and encourage you to attend, and ask that you sign up through the office by February 26th.
Do you think you’d like to improve your approach to prayer? Do you feel guilt when you realize that you don’t pray often enough or at all? How often is enough? How do you pray? When do you pray? What do you pray about? How do you know if God is listening?
The Congregational Care Committee, together with the Women’s Fellowship Group is planning a short Women’s Retreat on Prayer for Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 9:30 am until about 2:30 pm. We hope you will consider joining us for a thoughtful and inspirational time of fellowship.
The theme of the retreat, The Art of Prayer, will be based on the book “Help, Thanks, Wow – The Three Essential Prayers” by Anne Lamott. The day will be filled with discussion, drama, singing, sharing, art, praying (of course!), and will include a delicious luncheon professionally prepared by our in-house chef (!!) and served by a few of our fantastic men.
Advance registration is requested and can be handled by contacting Sharon Jackson (email@example.com) or Sue Felpel (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the church office (email@example.com). There is a small fee of $8.00 to cover the cost of materials and lunch. Please register as soon as possible, but not later than Monday, March 12.
It is not necessary to read the Anne Lamott’s book before the retreat, but for those who wish to do so, you can order a copy at https://www.amazon.com/Help-Thanks-Wow-Essential-Prayers/dp/1594631298/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1516992834&sr=8-1 It’s available in hardcover, Kindle edition, or as an audio book. If you’d like us to order a copy for you, the cost would be about $12.50, so let us know ASAP if you would prefer this option.