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The COCI service team is requesting that event attendees please refrain from wearing perfume, aftershave, or bringing scented candles to our programs as we have some folks who are allergic and cannot enjoy the event.  Thank you so much for your cooperation.

Sustained Lectio Divina Experience

Saturdays starting July 20 from
10am -11am through September 14
Facilitator: Tim Goldman

Timothy's Episcopal Church
1020 24th St in WDM

This is an invitation to those already experienced in the method of Lectio Divina.

Come journey more deeply into the method of sustained Lectio Divina as described in the book Lectio Matters by Mary Margaret Funk, OSB. Sustained Lectio is a way of life, which Sister Meg calls “a culture of God consciousness”. where Lectio is what we do “whenever we are not doing something else”.

Cost: $15 registration
(book purchased separately (ISBN 978-1-4411-5169-8))
Questions: Tim Goldman, 515-745-9842 or
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Pray Without Ceasing
8-Day Post-Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat

September 20-27, 2019

Registration has been closed for this event.
Please contact Chris Frantsvog, 515-306-1221
for more information.

St. Benedict Center, Schuyler, Nebraska

This Post-Intensive Retreat will consist of continuous periods of Centering Prayer from before sunrise until the dinner hour, with breaks for meals. Attendees may participate in as much prayer as they are called to. Short pauses for entering and leaving the silence will be offered every 30 minutes. There will be no teaching and no reading during this immersion in silence. Those who wish may attend daily mass at the Priory.

Cost is $650, which includes single occupancy room with private bathroom, and all meals. A limited number of double occupancy rooms are available. Please visit with Chris Frantsvog about prices, scholarships, restrictions you have: (515) 306-1221.

Retreat Directors: Chris Frantsvog and Paul Witmer

Registrations are limited to 22 attendees

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Contemplative Lounge: Nurturing Silence In Our Lives

Saturday, October 12, 2019, 8:30-noon
Facilitator: Kathy Reardon, Spiritual Director, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center

Faith Lutheran Church
10395 University Avenue in Clive, IA

In life’s rush, busyness, and noise, we may find ourselves yearning for the natural stillness that is our spiritual birthright. The morning’s conversation will explore the deep and abiding qualities of silence which are foundational to meditation and mindful living. Topics will include beginning silence, cultivating silence, practicing silence, and sharing silence, the gifts of which can be liberating.

A donation of $15 is suggested at the event.

Information: Kathy Reardon - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 515-251-6660
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Contemplative Lounge: "Exploring Centering Prayer as Meditation Practice"

Saturday, November 9, 2019, 8:30-noon
Facilitator: Kathy Reardon, Spiritual Director, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center

Faith Lutheran Church
10395 University Avenue in Clive, IA

Centering Prayer is a foundational contemplative practice. It is a method of praying in silence, a method that helps us detach from silence, and the ordinary mental activity that can tempt and distract us from fully surrendering to God’s living presence and action within. It allows the “still small voice within” to gradually be heard and trusted and to become the fully alive beings we were created to be.

A donation of $15 is suggested at the event.

Information: Kathy Reardon - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 515-251-6660

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ADVENT RETREATS

Saturday, December 7, 2019 8:30 to noon

Des Moines: Silent Advent Retreat

Grace Lutheran Church
5201 Urbandale Ave. in Urbandale, IA

Join us for a morning of Advent themed silence, prayer and communal time together. We'll share several periods of Centering Prayer and have some quiet time for personal reflection and prayer as we enter into the Advent season of hopeful waiting.

Facilitator: Pastor Paul Witmer
Sign in and refreshments begin at 8:30. Retreat from 9 AM – 12 Noon.
Cost: A $15 donation is suggested.

Information: Cheri Grauer - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 515-979-1988

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 Ames: An Advent Morning of Contemplative Renewal

First Christian Church
611 Clark Ave. in Ames, IA

“And you will find rest for your soul…”

To reconnect with a sense of spiritual rest, consider giving yourself the gift of a quiet morning for renewal of weariness of mind, body, spirit. Be nourished by time and space for intentional silence; solitude in the community of fellow journeyers; and the practice of Centering Prayer.

Facilitator: Kathy Reardon, Spiritual Director, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Sign in and refreshments begin at 8:30. Program from 9 AM – 12 Noon.
Cost: A $15 donation is suggested.

Information: Mary Jo Pfeifer Wulf. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 515-441-6446

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Praying With Scripture

Saturday, January 11, 2020
Facilitator: Tim Goldman

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church: Parish Hall
1020 24th St. in West Des Moines, IA

Exploring Lectio Divina as a Meditative Practice Lectio Divina is a traditional way of cultivating friendship with the Divine. It is a way of listening to the texts of scripture as if we were in conversation with the Divine. We listen with the “ear of the heart.”

Sign in and refreshments begin at 8:30. Program from 9 AM – 12 Noon.
Cost: A $15 donation is suggested.

Information: Tim Goldman - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 515-745-9842

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Lenten Retreat

Saturday, February 29, 2020
Facilitator: Mary Jo Pfeifer Wulf

Westminster Presbyterian Church
1416 20th Street, Ames

Sign in and refreshments begin at 8:30. Program from 9 AM – 12 Noon.
Cost: A $15 donation is suggested.

Information: Mary Jo Pfeifer Wulf - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 515-441-6446

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Sustained Lectio Divina

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Facilitator: Tim Goldman

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church,  Rm 133
1020 24th St. in West Des Moines, IA

For those experienced in Lectio Divina, come journey more deeply into the method of Lectio Divina as described in the book Lectio Matters by Mary Margaret Funk, OSB. Sustained Lectio is a way of life, what Sister Meg calls “a culture of God consciousness”. where lectio is what we do “whenever we are not doing something else”.

Saturdays starting March 14 from 10am -11am through May 9
Cost: A $15 donation for the series is suggested.

Information: Tim Goldman - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 515-745-9842

Please Register


 

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 United in Prayer Day

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Hamilton's Funeral Home
3601Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, IA

Participate with your local contemplative community in a special day of world-wide prayer, fellowship, enrichment and reflection.
Hamilton's Funeral Home, 3601Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, IA

Sign in and refreshments begin at 9:00 AM. Program from 9:30 AM – 12 Noon.
Cost: A $15 donation is suggested.

Information: Cheri Grauer - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 515-979-1988

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 Intro to the Welcoming Prayer Retreat

Friday – Sunday, May 1-3, 2020
Facilitator: Mary Lapham, Contemplative Outreach LTD

Rock River Retreat Center
1792 280th St. Webster City, IA.

Friday evening thru Sunday afternoon.
Cost: TBD

More details to follow.


Information: Mary Jo Pfeifer Wulf - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 515-441-6446


 
 

Summer 2020. Weekend Centering Prayer/12-step Retreat

Annual 12 step Centering Prayer retreat for folks in recovery (and their families and friends) who practice CP as an 11th Step discipline.

Check back for details.

 

 

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Contemplative Lounge: Nurturing Silence In Our Lives
Sat, Oct 12, 2019
Faith Lutheran Church, Clive
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Contemplative Lounge: "Exploring Centering Prayer as Meditation Practice"
Sat. Nov. 9, 2019
Faith Lutheran Church, Clive
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Advent Retreats
Sat., Dec. 7, 2019
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Lenten Retreat
Sat., March 14, 2020
Westminster Presbyterian Church
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