Interchange – Winter 2010

As we reflect on the past several months Valley Friends have embraced each other and also reached out to our wider community. The Meeting House furnishes space for two home school groups to meet each week. A mindfulnessbased meditation group meets weekly and has provided those attending tools to enhance meditation practice. Some of the folks attending the meditation group have found their way to Sunday morning worship. A twice monthly soup and book group and a twice monthly breakfast group are offered. Both of these are open groups.

The annual corn roast brought us together at the end of summer as we enjoyed canoeing, and outdoor games. The highlight of the season was our Meeting Retreat at Camp Shiloh in October. We gathered around the fireplace on a very cold weekend for an intergenerational retreat with the theme of “being still”. Worship times and tools for settling into worship were offered. Hot soup served from the hearth, free time, walking meditation, and worship filled most of the day. Intergenerational dancing, games, crafts and singing filled the evening. Sunday morning breakfast and worship rounded out our weekend. At closing reflections, Friends agreed that our Retreat at Camp Shiloh provided what may become the start of a Valley Friends fall tradition. The setting is perfect. November brought our Frugal Meal with donations going to Right Sharing of World Resources and the local food bank. December weather granted us the opportunity of celebrating the Christmas season twice with the children’s program being presented the week after our traditional candle lighting. The additional time seemed to enhance each of these events. We support each other as we mourn the deaths of James Kirkwood and Clyde McAlister.

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