Mustard Seeds are Sprouting Everywhere!
It’s nearly summer and that means gardens are in bloom and good things are coming to life all around us. That’s exactly what if feels like here at MSA! All kinds of good things are springing to life as opportunities to connect, grow, and create push through soil tended by prayer, discernment, and patience. Here are just a few highlights:
Annual Celtic Prayer Retreat
There’s still time to catch the early bird special! Our annual retreat is Saturday, August 8th, with good conversations, morning and evening prayers from Friday afternoon through Sunday noon and options to camp and enjoy the land.
This year’s theme is Shalom and the Reconciliation of God, a timely topic given the turmoil in our world. Worship with be facilitated by Sean and Julie Hall of February Birds. Sean and Julie were recently featured at the Inhabit Conference, bringing their prophetic and thought-provoking lyrics to an already amazing gathering. You can listen to their music on Spotify and get a copy of their latest CD in our store.
Would you like to volunteer at the retreat? We’re looking for volunteers of all sorts to help with the children’s program, registration and set-up/tear-down. Registration fees are waived for all volunteers! Drop us an email and let us know you’re interested.
Our e-school keeps adding courses! We now have the full “Creating the Common Good” series up and ready for you. In these four classes you’ll explore economic and educational inequality and their far-reaching impact on our daily lives. But our instructors don’t just leave you with a bunch of head knowledge. Each session includes a practical exploration of how we can respond in both simple and radical ways to the injustice around us.
Coming soon is another course from Christine, Spirituality and Gardening! As always, all the courses in our school are available for a flat monthly subscription of $25. With that you have access to every course in our catalog – take as many as you want! (Currently offering nine different classes)Find Out More Here!
Join the Mustard Seed House!
Mustard Seed House is making a new beginning and we’re looking for one couple or single who are seeking community to join us!
- Forrest Inslee and his daughter Kayra are moving into our top floor apartment this summer. Christine and Tom live on the middle floor. We have a one bedroom apartment available downstairs.
- We are looking for a couple or a single who are interested in a community living opportunity.
- We share one meal together once a week,
- we garden together once a month,
- we enjoy produce from our garden every day, and
- we offer hospitality to friends from near and far all the time.
- There are also opportunities for mentoring with Tom and Christine and to be involved in the ministry of Mustard Seed Associates.
Contact us if you have any questions or you would like to see the downstairs apartment.
You don’t have to live in the Mustard Seed House to be part of the MSA community, however. Our monthly garden days are open to anyone in the area who wants to learn to garden. We are also looking for help with a new CD, “Brigit and the Hospitality of God”, that we are putting together from liturgies and songs that were part of last year’s Celtic retreat. This is an exciting new project. June 20th we will gather a group in Seattle to do responsive readings for the CD. If you would like to be a part of this group let us know.
Summer Internship Opportunities
We still have positions available for summer interns. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in spirituality, sustainability and hospitality to become part of the Mustard Seed community. One intern will help develop, market and facilitate the program for our Celtic retreat, assist with organizing and publishing blog posts for the Godspace blog, and participate in hospitality and gardening activities at the Mustard Seed House. Mentoring by Tom and/or Christine Sine is available. The position also involves administrative responsibilities. And there may be housing available for a single person interested in the position.
We also have a second internship opportunity for anyone interested in developing their writing and editing skills. This internship provides a unique opportunity to help create and edit new Mustard Seed publications. Here, too, there is mentoring available.
We appreciate your prayers and support as we continue to discern what God is saying to us through the recent vandalism on Camano Island. Thank you for taking time to discern with us. So many have responded with encouragement and prayerful input. There is still time to contribute your insights and feedback.
Blessings and thanks for your prayers,
The MSA Team