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February 14, 2019 - Issue 112
Dear <<First Name>>,

The only way to gain power in a world that is moving too fast
is to learn to slow down.
And the only way to spread one's influence wide
is to learn to go deep.
The world we want for ourselves and our children
will not emerge from electronic speed
but rather from a spiritual stillness that takes root in our souls.
Then and only then, will we create a world that reflects the heart instead of shattering it.
– Marianne Williamson in “The Gift of Change”
I am working on our worship series for Lent, the six weeks before Easter. It’s called “Busy: Reconnecting with an Unhurried God.” We will explore what it really costs us to be so busy all the time. The season of Lent has often been a time when we think about “giving something up”—a holdover from its penitential flavor in the medieval church. But what if we thought less about "giving up" and more about “making room?”

To jumpstart this conversation and reflection, we are offering a retreat at church Friday, March 1 – Saturday, March 2. Our Spiritual Director, Denise Foerch, will facilitate the retreat. The goal is to create space to take a breather for a few hours. We’ll explore the personal cost of being “online” and “available” 24/7.

The weekend before Lent happens to coincide with the National Day of Unplugging,  [  ] a 24 hour global respite from technology that highlights the value of disconnecting from digital devices to connect with ourselves, our loved ones and our communities in real time.

Give yourself a different kind of Valentine this year. Register and make the time for the retreat on March 1-2. Give yourself the gift of slowing down and (perhaps) turning off your smartphone for just a few hours.

Sunday's Service
at 10:00am
The Sixth Sunday After the Epiphany
"Really, God?"

Can't make Sunday's Service? 
All services are live-streamed on our Facebook Page
beginning at 10 am.
From the Board of Directors

Congregational Meeting, February 24th, 11:30am
The purpose of this meeting is to bring to the congregation any item needing a vote that comes from our forum on January 20th.  We will also have an election for the remaining Board of Directors position. 

Annual Contribution Statements
2018 Annual Contribution Statements have recently been sent out via e-mail.  If we didn't have an e-mail on file for you, you should have received a hard copy by US mail.  Please let Bea know if you have any questions about your statement; you can reach her by calling the office at 719-634-3771 or by e-mail. 
Reconnecting With An Unhurried God
A Pre-Lenten Retreat with Pikes Peak MCC

Facilitator:  Denise Foerch,
Spiritual Director
Friday, March 1st, 6 - 8 pm
Saturday, March 2, 10 am - 4 pm

Location:  Pikes Peak MCC Social Hall
Cost:  $20 (scholarships are available upon request)

The season of Lent has often been a time when we think about “giving something up”—a holdover from its penitential flavor in the medieval church. But what if we thought less about “giving up” and more about “making room?” In this Pre-Lenten retreat, we will find out what it really costs to be so busy.

In this 21st century world many of us have come to believe, however subconsciously, that being “busy” is what is required of us and ultimately what makes us a good person. But perhaps we’ve forgotten that God isn’t looking for us to “perform” as if we must earn God’s love (or anyone’s love) through succumbing to a faster pace for more productivity in order to be “worthy.” How can we be simply and honestly  present in this Lenten season, and in our lives as a whole?

This retreat will create space to take a breather for a few hours. We’ll take note of what’s going in our lives and how we might slow down during the six weeks of Lent. We’ll also explore the personal cost of
being “online” and “available” 24/7.
Let us reconnect to an unhurried God.
The 2019 Bring It Bash Fundraiser
Call For Planning

The 2019 Bring it Bash Fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, October 19th from 6:00-9:30pm. 
If you’re interested in being involved in planning for PPMCC’s largest fundraiser of the year, please sign up on the sheet in the back of the sanctuary to let us know you’re interested.
In our first planning meeting (date TBD), we’ll be considering:
  • The theme for this year’s event
  • A time line for event tasks
  • Setting up committees
  • Helping to find volunteers
Thank you in advance for considering being a part of the planning team!
Volunteers Needed!
Congregational Care Team

The Congregational Care Team needs new members!  This Team Ministry at PPMCC does anything from pray for people who need special prayer, to visiting people in the hospital when they're having surgery and everything in between.  The team assists Pastor Alycia in all of the care needs of the church congregation. If you are interested in this ministry, please email Julia Wedemeyer , or call at 719-205-0359 for more information.
The Divine Image
"Created to Create"

Saturday, February, 23
9:00 - 12:00

Discover your creative outlets, share ideas, and enjoy an artistic workspace in an open, drop-in environment.  Divine Image meets the fourth Saturday of the month, 9:00am—12:00pm, in the social hall at PPMCC.  Next meeting is Saturday, February 23rd.

If weather conditions are adverse, please contact Matthew Keist to confirm if the group will be meeting.
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