September 2016

September 5 – Monday
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Karen Kappell, FSPA
We will create a tinted background using a webbing technique, followed by a series of glazing of watercolor. The fun is seeing the leaves emerge from the background. We will be using colorful oak or maple leaves that we find at this time of the year.Bring watercolor supplies, pressed leaves, a stretched half sheet of cold press watercolor paper and smaller sheets for practice that are about 7 by 11. Fee: $30.00. Bring a lunch. Limit of 9. Register by Monday, August 29.

September 6 – Tuesday
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Karen Kappell, FSPA
Keeping strong colors in watercolors can be a challenge and 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 creatively work on distribution of color with watercolor media, practice some techniques, and then apply them to a painting. You will learn to use a palette knife in two ways: to add or subtract. Bring paints, palette knife, brushes, 300# watercolor paper or stretched watercolor paper and photos of large, light valued flowers. Fee: $30.00. Bring a lunch. Register by Monday, August 29.

September 7 – Wednesday
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Karen Kappell, FSPA
We will create a pastel painting of a field of flowers with bright colors applied with a lot of variations in touch. The variety of soft touch in application produces a painting that doesn’t look stiff or over-worked. Bring soft pastels and photos of flower fields. Pastel board will be prvided. Fee: $30.00. Bring a lunch. Register by Monday, August 29.

September 9 – Friday
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Presenter: Pat Pintens
We are familiar with the saying “flying off in all directions. ” In our faith lives there are only two directions we can go: we are either moving toward God or away from God. We will explore how to know in which direction we are headed and how to make a ‘spiritual U-turn’ when needed. Suggested offering $10.00.

September 15 – Thursday
9:30-11:45 a.m.
Coordinator: Marla Lang, FSPA
Fall has an enticing quiet and beauty that nurture our entire being on Trout Lake. We will begin on Marywood shoreline and then do gentle paddling in the bay and beyond – as far as weather and skill permit. It will be a form of prayer beyond words. Kayaks are provided but bring a bag lunch to end our time together. Suggested offering: $15.00. Register by Monday, September 12.

Session One: TRANSFORMATION September 15 – Thursday
Session Two: Sustainability
October 20 – Thursday
Session Three: Gospel Living
November 17 – Thursday
3:00-6:30 p.m.
Presenter: Julia Walsh, FSPA
During the harvest season, we’ll pause and embrace the sacredness of food in community. This 3-part series will include Biblical input centered on the themes of transformation, sustainability and Gospel living, in order to gain more mindfulness about how to be in right relationship with food, Earth and others. Our time will close with prayerfully cooking and consuming a meal together. You can attend 1, 2 or all 3 sessions. Suggested offering: $20.00 per session or $50.00 for all 3 sessions. Register by Friday, September 9.

September 16 – Friday
9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Presenter: Marla Lang, FSPA
The gift of listening and the mystery of being heard: these elements of listening will be explored. A highly valued book ($18.00) on the topic is included in the suggested offering. Treat yourself to creating more peace, harmony and care in your life through some practical, everyday awareness. Suggested offering $25.00. Limited to 10 participants. Bring a lunch.

SHINRIN-YOKU (‘Forest Bathing’)
September 20 – Tuesday
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presenter: Pat Pintens
This Japanese approach to walking is the exact opposite of a power-walk. It is a slow, deliberate immersion in nature. Come; bathe yourself in the light, sounds, colors, and smells of the autumn forest. We will meet at Marywood and carpool to Fallison Lake nature trail. Bring a bag lunch for a picnic at the end of the morning. Wear comfortable clothing and good walking shoes. Suggested offering $10.00.

September 20 – Tuesdays plus*
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Marla Lang, FSPA
Diana Bass has authored the book, Grounded, which has become a favorite book for discussion. She has a contemporary way of guiding readers to pay attention to ways of connecting with God who animates creation and community. *At the September 20 gathering, the group also will determine the days/times best suited to meet three additional times. Suggested offering $10.00 each session.

September 21 – Wednesday
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Presenters: Dick Bruesehoff
Prayer can take an infinite number of forms! Some forms come easily, while others can be very challenging. Using Myers-Briggs personality types, we will explore why some forms may be easier for you than others. We’ll practice a variety of prayer forms together and encourage you to identify and claim the ways you can pray! Suggested offering $10.00.

TWO MODELS OF MERCY: Yesterday and Today
September 26 – Monday
9:00 a.m. – noon
Presenters: Julia Walsh, FSPA and Marla Lang, FSPA
You will not want to miss the inspiration of Dorothy Day (Catholic Worker Houses) and Mother Teresa of Calcutta (canonized a saint September 4, 2016). People of all faith traditions are invited to experience their unique lifestyles and expressions of mercy. Dorothy Day and Mother Teresa have gone way beyond the sense of call and the expectations of one lifetime. Bring a friend with you! This morning together will include hope and a vision for our personal journeys. Suggested offering $10.00.

September 28 – Wednesday
9:30-11:30 a.m.
at Holy Family Church Grounds
8950 Cty J, Woodruff
Presenter: Marla Lang, FSPA
A modern version of the Prayer of St. Francis has been illustrated through a beautiful path in the wooded area behind Holy Family Church. We will gather at Holy Family’s front entrance at 9:30 for a brief overview on the life of St. Francis, followed by the reflective walk. (September 17 is the Feast of the Stigmata of St. Francis.) We will end with conversation and refreshments provided in the gazebo on the path. Dress to fit the weather, rain or shine! Suggested offering $10.00.