Programs

Note: Unless otherwise noted, registration deadline is day before program

August

ONLINE
Monday, August 10, 9:30 - 11:30 am
Onsite
Monday, August 10, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

"Thea Bowman, FSPA"

Come hear about a woman of color from Mississippi being considered a saint, a high schooler who hungered to teach as she was taught, and a model for preachers who sought her heart and style, who in mid-life struggled with cancer and death. Discover more of Thea's heart fashioned in us today. Donation: $15
Facilitator: Marla Lang, FSPA

Thursday, August 13, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

"Paint & Sip - Summer Sunset Farewell"

It is almost time to wave good-bye to summer sunsets and campfires and return to 'regular life'. Along with the summer memories you bring home, why not bring back your own painting of a summer sunset? Earth Goods staff will bring us from a blank canvas to our own painting. No painting experience is necessary. Program will occur at @Earth Goods, 301 Front Street, Minocqua. Fee $45 includes, all art supplies, beverages, instruction and program. Minimum of six participants. Register by Thursday, August 6.
Facilitator: Pat Pintens and Earth Goods Staff

ONLINE
Thursday, August 27, 9:30 - 11:30 am
Onsite

Thursday, August, 27, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

"Hidden Life of Trees"

Trees share food and communicate with each other in astonishing ways. Actually, our Northwoods trees surround us with their hidden lives and seeming miracles. We will take time to ponder some of these mysteries. Donation: $15.
Facilitator: Marla Lang, FSPA

September

Painting

Tuesday, September 1,
9am - 3pm

"Watercolor Workshop: Moving beyond the Brush"

Now is the time to expand your choices and energize your art with great brush-free water-media tech- niques. Using brushless methods early in a painting frees the imagi- nation and leaves refinement for a later phase in the painting. Bring watercolors and any water media, plus a stretched half sheet of wa- tercolor paper. Floral Compositions work well for this program. Fee: $30. Bring a lunch.
Register by Tuesday, August 25.
Facilitator: Karen Kappell, FSPA

Paint

Wednesday, September 2,
9am - 3pm

"Brusho Inks and Watercolors"

Brusho powders are fine crystals of dye based ink that can add a color- ful flair to your art. They have been available in Europe for almost 40 years. They are used in much the same way as watercolor and carry an element of surprise that frees the imagination. The Brusho pow- ders will be available for class use. They work on all watercolor paper. Because we will be using a wet technique, bring a stretched water- color paper or pad. Bring your watercolor supplies and cold press paper. Fee $30.00. Bring a lunch. Register by Tuesday, August 25
Facilitator: Karen Kappell, FSPA

Thursday, September 3,
9am - 3pm

"Combining Rice Paper and Watercolor"

Imagine tiny threads of color vi- brating in the back- ground of a colorful fall painting. That is what water webbing offers. It is a beauti- ful delicate effect and a soft method to use with water- color paintings. We will use this technique to create a background pattern and then apply an overlay of leaves. Bring watercolors, a stretched 1/2 sheet of watercolor paper, a spray bottle with a soft mister and some pressed leaves.
Bring your Lunch
Fee: $30
Register by: Tuesday, August 25
Facilitator: Karen Kappell, FSPA

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Friday, September 4,
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. via Zoom
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Onsite

"Quest for the Living God"

The title of this program is the title of an engaging book by Elizabeth Johnson. This Catholic leader brings forth ten illuminating aspects of the divine mystery from various parts of the world. She describes these as gateways into the One God. We will explore these glimpses into our profound God, offered from Elizabeth’s everyday language. Suggested offering $15. Register by Thursday, September 3.
Presenter: Marla Lang, FSPA

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Thursday, September 10,
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

"Let's Go Ride a Bike"

“Let’s go fly a kite” they sang en- thusiastically in Mary Poppins. Today, “Let’s go ride a bike.” We’ll gather at the intersection of High- way 51 and County M and N south of Marywood, begin our trek with a short prayer, and stop for lunch (Dutch treat) and reflection in Sayner before returning. Bring a bike, water, etc. Suggested offering $10. Register by Friday, September 4. Plan on September 15 for a rain date.
Facilitator: Pat Pintens

Thursday, September 17,
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. via Zoom
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Onsite

"Francis of Assisi, First Stigmatist"

St. Francis of Assisi received the wounds of Jesus in his body in 1224, two years before his death Francis was very private about this mystical experience. Stigmatists usually have a strong identity with Jesus. We will explore this continuing phenomenon such as in Padre Pio’s experience. Suggested offering $15. Register by Wednesday, September 16.
Presenter: Marla Lang, FSPA

Monday, September 14,
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. via Zoom
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Onsite

"Befriending Suffering"

Suffering, be it physical, mental, social or spiritual, raises questions – all kinds of questions. Take for example the suffering engendered by COVID-19. None of us likes or wants to suffer even though it is part of life. What can suffering teach us? What do various faith traditions teach about it? Suggested offering $15. Register by Wednesday, September 9.
Presenter: Pat Pintens

Tuesday, September 22,
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. via Zoom
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Onsite

"From Head to Heart"

We live mainly in the world of our heads and thoughts. Our connection with God goes to an entire new level when we can live and experience the emotions of our faith. What keeps us in our heads? How do we navigate the path between our heads and hearts to go deeper within? Suggested offering $15. Register by Thursday, September 17.
Presenter: Grant Van Lishout

October

Painting

Monday, October 5,
9am - 3pm

"Watercolor Painting: Enhanced Watercolor Painting with Negative Painting"

One of the most difficult concepts to grasp in watercolor painting is negative painting. Negative painting is the process of painting around an object to make it stand out. In this workshop we will concentrate on developing the ability to preserve the lights in order to do so. Bring watercolor supplies and a stretched half sheet of watercolor paper. Fee: $30.00. Bring a lunch.
Register by Monday, September 28.
Facilitator: Karen Kappell, FSPA

Paint

Tuesday, October 6,
9am - 3pm

"Painting in Watercolor: Floral"

Register by Tuesday, August 25
Facilitator: Karen Kappell, FSPA
Keeping strong colors in watercolors can be a challenge. In this class we will learn one way of creating bold and vibrant watercolor paintings. Using a palette knife as well as a brush, we will work on distribution of color with watercolor media, practice some techniques, and then apply them to a painting. Bring paints, palette knife, brushes, paper towels, heavy watercolor paper or stretched half sheet of watercolor cold press paper, and photos of large, light-valued flowers. Fee $30. Bring a lunch.
Register by Monday, September 28.
Facilitator: Karen Kappell, FSPA

ONLINE
Tuesday, October 13, 9:30 - 11:30 am
Onsite

Tuesday, October 13, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

"The Ecological Wisdom of Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis"

More than ever our world is in need of ecological knowledge and wisdom – deeply in need. Let us explore the ecological wisdom of these two beloved men who dearly love God’s creation and call us to love and care for it with gratitude. Suggested offering $15.
Register by Wednesday, October 9
Presenter: Pat Pintens

Wednesday, October 7,
9am - 3pm

"Unique Textures"

Often a subject for a painting is created and then the question arises “What do I do with the background?” To deal with this question we will explore ways of altering water to create unique and easy-to-use backgrounds that can be used in any watercolor paintings. Several techniques will be shown, practiced on a small scale, and then applied to a larger subject of your choice. Bring wa- tercolor supplies,140# cold press watercolor paper that is stretched or in a block pad, and small scrap sheets for practice. Fee: $30.00. Bring a lunch. Register by Monday, September 28
Facilitator: Karen Kappell, FSPA

ONLINE
Friday, October 16, 9:30 - 11:30 am

"Examining the Gift of Compassion"

A gift found in the gospels, sought during the pandemic and loved in surprises and heartaches is com- passion. We will look into this sought after gift and consider ways to grow our hearts toward more compassion and goodness. Have a copy of the gospels or your Bible handy. Suggested offering $15. Register by Thursday, October 1.
Presenter: Marla Lang, FSPA

ONLINE
Thursday, October 22, 9:30 - 11:30 am
Onsite

Thursday, October 22, 1:00 - 3:30 pm

"Reforming the Heart"

In the 16th century an Augustinian monk named Martin Luther made some bold proclamations that changed Christianity. This change is known as the Reformation. Influenced by people, times, and events the church continues to reform. As we grow and learn more about ourselves, our perspectives and lives change by the workings of the Spirit. How does the Spirit move in your life? What reformation is taking place in your heart? Suggested offering $15.
Register by Tuesday, October 14.

Presenter: Grant Van Lishout

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Wednesday, October 28,
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. via Zoom
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Onsite

"The Sabbath: God's Unopened Gift"

For many, keeping the Sabbath holy is seen as an obligation that interferes with their plans for a day off, rather than a good and great gift to us from a loving Creator. Let’s reflect on the goodness of the Sabbath and open ourselves to its many gifts. Suggested offering $15. Register by Thursday, October 22
Presenter: Pat Pintens

November

Painting

Monday, November 2,
9am - 3pm

"Mixed Media Workshop: Collage painting with Hand-dyed Papers"

After we have created and dried wonderful colored papers to be used in collage painting, we will tear and glue them into a final art painting. The design will be sealed with a matte medium It can then be enhanced with drawn lines, shapes, and colors. Primed 12” by 12” canvases will be available for $2.50 or you can bring your own canvas of any size. Bring scissors, paper towels and Elmer’s glue. All other materials will be provided. Fee: $30.00. Bring a lunch. Register by Thursday, October 27.
Presenter: Karen Kappell, FSPA

Paint

Tuesday, November 3,
9am - 3pm

"Mixed Media Workshop: Create a Strip Design Composition Exploring Easy and Fun-Making Mixed Media Techniques"

We will create a composition that combines a number of created strip pieces that have been altered with painted cheese cloth on illustration board strips and 300# watercolor paper. The strips will be mounted on a 12” by 12” primed canvas available for $2.50 or you can bring your own canvas of any size, board, or a heavy stretched sheet of watercolor paper. The canvas or mounting board will be painted also. Bring scissors, paper towels and Elmers Glue. All other materials will be provided. Fee: $30.00. Bring a lunch. Reg- ister by Thursday, October 27.
Presenter: Karen Kappell, FSPA

Wednesday, November 4,
9am - 3pm

"Card Designs - Hand Made Cards"

Using leftover design papers from November 2 and 3 (there will be plenty to share for those who were unable to be there), we will create greeting cards. Bring inks, water- colors, and Christmas stamping supplies that you have. Supplies, Card Stock, and envelopes will be available. Fee: $30. Bring a lunch. Register by Thursday, October 27.
Presenter: Karen Kappell, FSPA

ONLINE
Tuesday, November 10, 9:30 - 11:30 am
Onsite

Tuesday, November 10, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

"Praying the Psalms"

The book of Psalms contains the voices of our common humanity. We will examine a few of those voices: trust - Psalm 10:1, stillness - Psalm 37:7, praise of God - Psalm 113:1-3, darkness - Psalm 23:4, doubt - Psalm 10:1. What words of a psalm especially direct your path? Have your Bible close at hand for this session. Suggested offering $15. Register by Monday, November 9.
Presenter: Marla Lang, FSPA

Thursday, November 12, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

"Secretary's Day"

Church secretaries and office personnel are on the front line of ministry. You represent the parish/congregation in many ways. Your valuable ministry needs you to seek “time out” to renew yourself and share supportive ideas. This day is designed especially for you! Suggested offering $30 per person or $50 for two or more from the same parish. Includes lunch. Register by Thursday, November 5. Note: If COVID-19 prohibits gatherings, the program will be adapted to a Zoom offering. Cost will be adjusted accordingly.
Facilitators: Pat Pintens & Grant Van Lishout

ONLINE
Tuesday, November 17, 9:30 - 11:30 am
Onsite

Tuesday, November 17, 1:00 - 3:30 pm

"When the Heart Waits"

In her book, "When the Heart Waits," Sue Monk Kidd explores the necessity, the difficulties and the blessings of waiting. Sometimes waiting is the only thing we can do. How can we learn to wait with peace in our hearts? What lessons does waiting teach us? Don’t wait to find out. Suggested offering $15. Register by Thursday, November 12.

Presenter: Pat Pintens

December

Roots and Ripples (.pdf)