5th Annual St. Nick’s Chili Supper and Raffle Saturday February 14 at 6pm

Hard to believe but this year will be our 5th Annual Chili Supper and Raffle event. And, we’re hoping this is our best one yet! Miss Jessica is hard at work making this year’s event better than ever!

Mark your calendars and make sure to get your seats at this year’s event scheduled for Saturday night, February 14th at 6PM. Consider attending the 4:30 Saturday service and then, mosey on over to Holy Innocents Hall and join in the fun and a chance at some super-duper prizes.

Just follow your nose to the tantalizing aroma of chili simmering away atop the stove, pick up some raffle tickets, grab a seat and enjoy. Bring the whole family and round up the neighbors and friends…all are welcome.

Centering Prayer Workshop Nov. 1 in Western Springs

Move closer to God in silence and prayer

The following post is provided courtesy of Contemplative Outreach of Chicago:

For years, Christians from various denominations have engaged in the ancient practice of Centering Prayer.   All are invited to be part of an introductory workshop being held in nearby Western Springs.  If you have an interest and desire in getting to better understand what Centering Prayer is all about, please join in this transformative workshop.

Centering Prayer Workshop Offered November 1 in Western Springs

Centering PrayerMany Episcopalians and other Christians are finding that a method called “Centering Prayer” helps them move toward a closer and more meaningful relationship with God. Centering Prayer is a well-grounded method of silent prayer and meditation that prepares us to experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. Contemplative Outreach, an organization founded in 1984 to serve those interested in Centering Prayer, is offering an introductory workshop on the method on Saturday November 1 in Western Springs, Illinois. Workshops on related topics are also part of the day’s agenda, including sessions on the Transformative Power of Dreams, Healing Touch, and “Emptiness” as a posture that helps us be open to the full indwelling of God’s presence. All are welcome. For further information or to register, please visit www.centeringprayerchicago.org or contact Phil Jackson, jaxson900@aol.com, (847) 778-1022.

Background on Centering Prayer

In the early 1970s, Trappist monk and priest Thomas Keating and two other Trappists, Fr. William Meninger and the late Fr. Basil Pennington, worked to bring people living outside monasteries a form of silent prayer now known as Centering Prayer. With roots in the fourteenth century book, The Cloud of Unknowing, this kind of prayer allows people to sit silently and become receptive to God’s gift of contemplation.

Of course, contemplation has been an important part of Christianity from the beginning. Centering Prayer presents the teachings of earlier times in an updated form. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.

Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer – verbal, mental or affective prayer – into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.

Background on Contemplative Outreach, Chicago

Contemplative Outreach of Chicago has been serving the contemplative community in northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana since 1989. We are a chapter of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., an international spiritual network with offices in Butler, N.J. Our mission is to teach the method of Centering Prayer and to support those whose Spiritual Journey includes a practice of this prayer. The volunteers in our chapter are grounded in contemplative service – “God in us serving God in others.”