A Brief Introduction to Spiritual Direction
Daylight Savings Time Ends Nov. 6 "Fall back” 1 hour this Sunday!
What is Spiritual Direction? A letter from Valarie Johnson
Art: © Daniel Bonnell
If you have attended Trinity for very long you have probably heard someone refer to Spiritual Direction. Carson and Matt have spiritual directors. Julia Barger does as well, and she provides spiritual direction for some of our children. But what is spiritual direction exactly? Spiritual direction is an ancient orthodox christian tradition started with pilgrims seeking guidance from the early church fathers regarding holiness and prayer. Spiritual direction continues today to provide a quiet space and spiritual companion to help us grow in awareness of God's work and movement in our lives. It is a journey of learning to better recognize the work and voice of the Holy Spirit and to grow in our understanding of God's deep desire to reveal himself to us through the ordinary as well as the sacred moments of life. Spiritual direction is a time of reflection, prayer and silence between the director, the one seeking direction and the Holy Spirit. While many things are discussed during spiritual direction, it is not therapy, pastoral counseling or a discipleship relationship. The spiritual director only directs by providing a quiet space, a prayerful listening heart and perhaps asking relevant questions and suggesting scripture or spiritual disciplines to lead the directee to God's presence and direction. Who is spiritual direction for? Anyone with a desire to: • Have a deeper awareness of God in everyday life • Learn to better listen and discern the voice of the Holy Spirit • Learn to honestly share thoughts, feelings, doubts and questions with God • Discover God's care in the midst of difficulty or transition • Move from preoccupation with self to a deeper grace filled life of love and service. Many of us came to faith in conservative protestant traditions, and we have much good knowledge and true faith. But there is often a gap between mind and heart. Spiritual direction, through the Holy Spirit, helps connect mind and heart so that we might grow in our depth of worshiping in spirit and in truth and experience deeper intimacy with Christ. Meeting with a spiritual director usually occurs once every 4-6 weeks for as long as it feels helpful. Fun fact: later in his life, CS Lewis met with his spiritual director every week for over 12 years... If you have more questions or are interested in finding a spiritual director, I would be glad to talk. You can reach out to me at email@example.com. Of course, Matt or Carson would also be glad to assist. And if you would like to explore what spiritual direction looks like for children, you can email Juila. Valarie Johnson has been attending Trinity Church for 2 1/2 years. She is currently offering spiritual direction, and is also enrolled at Selah to become certified as a spiritual director.
Tonight - November 3 at 6:15 in the Church Office
Come join us as you are able as we continue to learn about the global missions connections at Trinity. We will be meeting in the church office at 6:15 TONIGHT (Nov 3). Come prepared to share about your current personal missions connections. We will also be meeting again in early December to continue the conversation if you cannot make this week's meeting.
Julie Canlis will continue our preaching series on Hebrews. Two things happening after the service 1. Come and learn how you can support Sara Solano, one of our own church family members who is going through the process of immigration. Let’s gather around and help our sister as she seeks citizenship. In the Fireside Room, after both services… 2. Prayer team meeting in the Library after 2nd service. (Look for Andrew Ray or Lauren Leith)
Newcomers Dinner this Saturday is Full
If you are a newcomer and haven’t had the chance to attend a dinner, the next one will be offered in the new year!
Building Restoration Brainstorm Night November 16 @ 6:30
On November 16 at 6:30pm, an architect from England will lead our church in a brainstorming session about the restoration of our 100 year-old building. His name is Alex, and he is flying from London to Wenatchee to learn more about Trinity’s story, and to listen to your ideas for the church building. Alex’s specialty is working with older buildings, and helping congregations balance beauty, functionality, and mission. The goal for Nov 16 is to hear from as many of us as possible. We will likely assemble together in the sanctuary that night to begin, and then break into smaller groups to generate discussion and gather ideas. Alex the UK Architect has sent 18 questions for each of us consider before we come (they are posted on the event page once you click the button below). Please RSVP. And if you could take 10 minutes to answer some pivotal questions, it would really help our brainstorming process.
Advent in Community 2022
We are so happy to resume our tradition of making Advent crafts together after Sunday morning services this year! During Covid, families signed up to receive supplies to make wreaths, candles, etc. at home. Starting November 27th, after our worship service, we will return to the Fireside room downstairs to make crafts in community! We are so excited to share this wonderful (and a little wild) part of our Advent season with our newer Trinity folk. We need your help! Each Sunday we need people to help with set up during the 8:30 am service and clean up after the 9:45 am service fellowship hour. Supplies and instructions are all provided :). A few spots are left. Please sign-up to help!
Key Info for Church this Fall
Our services are at 8:30am and 9:45am.