Next Meeting December 16th

Our last meeting was a wonderful success as we came together to decorate and fill 38(!) pretty boxes to bring to Messenger House.  The mood was chatty, friendly, and helpful.  A big “thank you” to everyone for your donations of supplies and time.  What a lovely group of women.


On December 16th, the Mom’s Morning Retreat meeting will center around a discussion of The Gift of Life: Nurturing Our Spirits During the Holidays- How do we care for our spirits?  At this, one of the busiest times of the year, we are heralded with messages about joy, giving, and celebration.  Often, however, the stress and momentum of the holidays can leave us feeling exhausted, depleted, and confused about where all the joy is among the piles of presents (that you stayed up until 2 am wrapping), the cross-country travel itineraries, and last-minute frantic dashes to the grocery stores and malls.  Let’s all gather and remind ourselves what we can do to stay whole and (relatively) sane during this season of darkness and lights.
In keeping with the season, we have a very special evening event coming up for Mom’s Morning Retreat:
Monday, December 20
7:00 to 8:00pm
Candlelit Labyrinth Walk
Grace Church

Please join us for a simple moment of quiet reflection, as we gather in a small group to walk the labyrinth on the grounds of Grace Church.  A labyrinth is an ancient symbol of spiritual journey, and has been a useful meditative tool for many cultures.  It is not a maze.  There is one path in, and the same path out.  During this time of holiday bustle, we invite you to join us for one hour.  Cocoa and cookies will be available in the church, where Bev Gaines will describe the labyrinth and the practice of walking it.  Then, together, we’ll step out into the dark and quietly enter the labyrinth, with candles, receiving what comes.

Childcare will not be provided for this special event, so please make other arrangements for your children.  For more information about he labyrinth at Grace, please go to:



As a reminder, you can drop your child off with the Children’s Program at 9:20.  The meeting starts at 9:30.

This week, a draft of the Mom’s Morning Retreat Directory will be at the meeting.  This is your chance to review your information and make any corrections necessary.  Also, if you would prefer not to appear in the directory, this will be your opportunity to opt-out, simply by crossing your name off.  For those who aren’t crossed off, your name will be in the directory, and soon a hard copy will be available for the moms in the group so that we can contact each other more easily!  As a friendly disclaimer, please keep in mind that the directory list cannot be used for bulk emails.  Thank you.

Also, this week, we will be signing holiday cards for our wonderful caregivers.  In a short period of time, they have created such a welcoming atmosphere for our children, and we are so grateful for their work.

What Are You Doing With Your One Wild and Precious Life?

Joy: a treasured, unmistakable, gift.  Where is it to be found in our lives?  Here is what a few people think:

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”  -Thich Nhat Hanh


“Don’t postpone joy until you have learned all of your lessons. Joy is your lesson.”  – Alan Cohen


“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”   -Henri Nouwen