A New Season is Upon Us

MSA Imaginings September 2014 – Entering a New Season

wattleThe seasons are changing. In Australia the wattle is in full bloom heralding the beginning of spring. Here in the Pacific NW we are busily harvesting tomatoes, apples, pears and squash. The dehydrator is working overtime and the jars of marinara and applesauce are lining up on the shelves. And across the northern hemisphere students of all ages are heading back to school. We are entering a new season here at MSA, too.

Entering a New Season with Our E-course

Our kickstarter campaign was a huge success. Thank you for helping us raise $5,300 towards launching our first e-course Reimagining How We Pray. We are well into the planning mode: developing curriculum, lining up videographers and editors and working out the best way to make the course accessible to everyone. We expect to launch this new venture in November. Your supportive comments and prayers encourage us greatly as we move forward.

Several people mentioned that they were disappointed to miss the opportunity to invest in this project. It is not too late. Make a donation to MSA of $75 or more during the month of September, mark it e-course and receive the e-course for free when it is available.

Entering a New Season for MSA Events

The last few months of the year are always a busy season for events and we have some exciting possibilities coming up.

sm.2014.justice.tableOctober 18th Andy Wade will facilitate a Justice At the Table seminar. We will explore together the intricate connections between our faith, fellowship, and the food we eat. Not only will we challenge ourselves and each other to bring our eating and buying practices more in line with our beliefs, we will also draft a “Justice at the Table Plan” to help us implement those changes! Don’t miss this exciting event.

pre-advent.retreat.widgetNovember 15th I will facilitate a contemplative retreat day: Stop the Madness – Return to Our Senses for Advent. We once again invite you to prepare for Advent and Christmas by refocusing your life on what really matters. Take time to renew, refresh and restore your priorities. Make this an annual event and re-establish God’s rhythm for your life.

Save the Date: Our 2015 Celtic Retreat will be held August 8-10th on Camano Island. You may like to plan ahead, and if you don’t like the idea of camping, check out Cama Beach cabins which must be booked at least 9 months in advance, or Camano Island Inn.

Entering a New Season for MSA Publications.

We are also excited to announce a new MSA publication to be released in time for Advent this year. A Journey Towards Home: Soul Travel for Advent Through Epiphany, is a rich collection of daily reflections, weekly activities and resources drawn from contributions to Godspace and beyond. This collaborative resource, facilitated by Kristin Carroccino, will enrich faith and life for all of us as we look for new ways to celebrate the gospel story. Pre-ordering will be available October 1st. Consider using it for your small groups, church or personal journey.

Entering a New Season on the Web

little.free.library.2At Godspace our focus will shift from Hospitality,  the theme that has enriched and inspired our faith over the last few months, to spiritual direction.

On the MSA blog:

And be sure to watch our two, new short videos:

Entering a new season – Our Plates are Full

As we move towards the end of the year our plates are obviously very full. We appreciate your prayers and your supportiveness.

God bless,
Christine Sine
Executive Director, MSA