Friday, December 19, 2014

A Christmas Carol … Keeping Christmas All The Year



Sacred Traditions And Rituals

a call to connection

Wishing You a Joyful and Blessing-filled Christmas!

Hoping that you will consider extending the Christmas Spirit and join us for

Tranquility With Tea

a service devoted to quieting minds, opening hearts, soothing souls

Sunday Evening, December 28th at 6:00pm

In the Fellowship Hall

Central United Methodist Church

233 North Church Street

Spartanburg, South Carolina



Our prayerful and meditative reflection – A Christmas Carol … Keeping Christmas All The Year has been created and will be offered by Andy Crosland – retired after working 37 years as a professor and administrator at the University of South Carolina Upstate and currently enrolled as part of a spiritual direction program with the Haden Institute in North Carolina.



Focusing on A Christmas Carol – by Charles Dickens – we will hear and experience the story of a turning, a salvation, a new beginning.  Scrooge shows us not only what we should be, but also how to make the transition … even if it is too much for all of us to do, in one night!!!



This timeless story is full of creative and spirit-filled reflections for sharing, not only during the Christmas season, but throughout the year and always.  We hope you will be with us as we contemplate renewing ourselves in the New Year - 2015.



Perhaps you will consider this extraordinary time as a gift given … to yourself, a family member or a special friend.  A portion of the offering collected has been designated for SPARTANBURG SHARES – a program which loans medical equipment, at no cost, to those in need.



WE LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING THIS TIME TOGETHER!

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Six Paths to Gratitude . . . Where our senses lead us

Sacred Traditions And Rituals
a call to connection

Reminding You to bring a Friend or two and join us …

Tranquility With Tea
a service devoted to quieting minds, opening hearts, soothing souls

Our prayerful and meditative reflection
The Six Paths to Gratitude … Where our senses lead us
has been created and will be offered by Naomi Richardson, a physical therapist, minister of Spiritual Science and a Board Member of Sacred Traditions And Rituals.

Throughout the service, all of our senses will be touched in ways that will help us open our hearts to the gratitude we acknowledge and celebrate during this season of the year.  This is never more important as Thanksgiving has become ‘sandwiched-in’ between Halloween and Christmas – nearly forgotten and certainly overshadowed, by the anxiousness of a busy holiday season-to-come.

So, we hope you will join in reflecting-on and sharing your energy of gratitude as Thanksgiving Day approaches.  A portion of the offering collected has been designated for THE SOUP KITCHEN.

Sunday Evening, November 23rd at 6:00 pm
in the Fellowship Hall
Central United Methodist Church
233 North Church Street
Spartanburg, South Carolina

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Honoring the Prophets and Mystics

Sacred Traditions And Rituals
a call to connection

Reminds You to bring a Friend or two to join us …

Honoring the Prophets And Mystics
a service devoted to celebrating the lives of all saints

Prophets and Mystics: Those who experience an excess of life, a surplus of energy – with plenty left over for others. 
Living in the past, present and future – all at once, in what many call deep time – they are concerned about the next generation and not just themselves.    

Sunday evening, we will meet several of these folks, as Andy Crosland, David and Rita Heatherly,
 share reflections on how each of the prophets and mystics has gone the distance for the common-good of many others. 
             
Sunday Evening, November 9th at 6:00 pm
in the Fellowship Hall
Central United Methodist Church
233 North Church Street
Spartanburg, South Carolina


WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU!

Friday, October 17, 2014

S.T.A.R. – Tranquility With Tea Service for October

Sacred Traditions And Rituals
a call to connection

Invites You and a Friend or two to join us …

Tranquility With Tea
a service devoted to quieting minds, opening hearts, soothing souls

Our prayerful and meditative reflection “Woman At The Well” is a first-person, dramatic monologue offered by Molly Wilkes – retired United Methodist minister.

The presentation recounts the Gospel story in a way that includes some of the possible feelings, emotions, hopes and fears this woman, who met Jesus, may have experienced.

A portion of the offering collected has been designated for the Missy Turner Fund –
  a fund established to celebrate the life of Missy Turner … assisting individuals and families with cancer or
 those who are being routinely screened for breast cancer and need financial assistance.     

Sunday Evening, October 26th at 6:00 pm
in the Fellowship Hall
Central United Methodist Church
233 North Church Street
Spartanburg, South Carolina

LOOKING AHEAD …

Honoring the Prophets and Mystics
a service devoted to celebrating the lives of all saints

Sunday Evening, November 9th

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Blessing of the Animals

Sacred Traditions and Rituals 
a call to connection 
invites you and a friend or two to join us for 

Blessing the Animals & Those Who Love Them 
a service devoted to blessing all God's creatures, 
6 pm Sunday
October 12
Any and all animal friends -- dogs, cats, hamsters, rabbits, horses, goats, chickens, etc., a favorite stuffed animal or a photo of an animal friend are welcome under the portico at the rear of the church.

Please keep live animals restrained -- in your arms, on leashes, in crates, cages or trailers. 


Please bring along a donation of food, kitty litter, towels, etc.  for the Spartanburg  Humane Society Shelter to help care for God's creatures in need.

In case of rain, we will gather in the parking garage behind the church.

We'll be back in the Fellowship Hall for the Tranquility with Tea Service, at 6 pm Sunday, October 26 when
the Reverend Molly Wilkes will present a dramatic interpretation of "Woman at the Well."

Tuesday, October 7, 2014