Happily Ever After Marriage Retreat 2018

 

Join us for our 2nd Annual Marriage Retreat to Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee on January 19-21, 2018.

The Happily Ever After Marriage Retreat is offered to renew and to strengthen marriages.  In order for marriages to thrive and grow, they need to be nurtured and maintained.

Come join the St. Paul couples retreat as we unpack the keys to a thriving marriage whether you have been together one year or over 50 years.

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Youth Fall Retreat & Rafting

 

Join us for our amazing YOUTH FALL RETREAT September 15-17, 2017. This is our weekend trip to Ducktown, TN, where we raft along the Ocoee River, enjoy the beauty and nature of the Tennessee mountains, and grow closer to God and each other.  We definitely want to see you there this weekend!

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First Steps – August 7, 2017

How do you deal with heavy burdens?  Henri Nouwen, a Christian mystic, shared this experience of a time when he was carrying multiple burdens.  In his book, A Spirituality of Homecoming, he wrote about a time where he was depressed about everything and while lecturing in Arizona, visited the Grand Canyon.  There, he said, “I saw this multimillion-year-old canyon and its place in an even older creation and thought that if that whole time period were represented by one hour, then I probably was born in a tiny fraction of the last second.  Looking at the Grand Canyon, this enormous abyss of beauty, I thought, ‘My dear, why are you overcome by these problems?’  My depression fell away.  In the face of all this, what are you worried about, as if you were carrying the burden of the world?  Something has gone on before you and something will go on after you, so why don’t you enjoy the brief time you’ve been given?”

For Nouwen, seeing the Grand Canyon was like seeing a wound in the earth.  For him, just seeing the enormity of the Grand Canyon and walking around it was like entering the vastness of God’s divine love.  He realized he could acknowledge his burdens and not be paralyzed by them.

I don’t know if you are carrying heavy burdens or if you have ever visited the Grand Canyon.  The real remedy for our burdens is the love God.  When I find myself in the same place as Nouwen, I think on two verses:

Cast your cares on him, he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).
Come all who are weary and heavy burden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).


I invite you to read the Bible with me – This week’s reading:
Monday – John 11
Tuesday – John 12
Wednesday – John 13
Thursday – John 14
Friday – John 15

Please pray for:
* The St. Paul UMC Capital Building Campaign.
* The United Methodist Church.
* Our Nation and Leaders.
* Teachers and Students as they return to school.