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.

COCI Meeting Schedule

Advent Retreat

December 3rd, 9:00-3:30
Grace Lutheran Church 3010 52nd St.
Grace Lutheran Church
5201 Urbandale Ave., Des Moines, IA

$30 (Includes Lunch)
Please join us for a day of prayer and reflection as we welcome the Advent Season praying in the heart with the gift of Centering Prayer.

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Here I Am Lord

Advent Silent Saturday Retreat

Dec. 3, 2022, 9am-noon
First Christian Church, 2nd Floor
611 Clark Ave. Ames Iowa

Contemplative Outreach of Central Iowa invites you to set aside 3 hours on the first Saturday of Advent to explore quiet reflection and Centering Prayer. The focus will be on allowing time to deepen our awareness to God’s presence and participation in our advent experiences as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus and the gift of divine incarnation. Each participant will receive a reflection booklet and time to reflect in silence as well as opportunities to join in Centering Prayer with the group.

Please register here. $15 donation accepted at the event.
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Winter Solstice: Seven Sacred Pauses

December 21st

Immanuel UMC, 2900 49th Street
7:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
Noon 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Paul Witmer paulwitmer@msncom
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December 21st Evening
Immanuel UMC, 2900 49th Street

5:30 p.m. Taize Rehearsal/Supper
7:00 p.m. Taizè

Come celebrate the Winter Solstice with the beautiful music and worship of Taizé. This worship experience will be a fine end to a day of prayer with 7 Sacred Pauses, also taking place at Immanuel UMC. (Gathering for CP at 7/9/11/Noon/1/3/5)
For more information please contact Paul Witmer paulwitmer@msncom  

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Musicians are invited to join us for rehearsal at 5:30 (supper provided)
(a free-will offering will be taken to cover the cost of supplies)

Lenten 18 Hour Retreat

Feb. 24th & 25th
More information to come

United in Prayer Day and Retreat

More information to come.

Good Friday: Seven Sacred Pauses

Immanuel UMC, 2900 49th Street
April 7th

6:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.  
Noon 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.  6:00 p.m.
Paul Witmer


April 22 or 23 
More information to come.

8 Day Post-intensive Retreat

July 14-21, 2023
Benet House, Rock Island IL

More information to come.



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