a quiet space to listen and experience hope, healing and wholeness with God

Restoration Ministries Newsletter - October 19, 2012

October 19, 2012

Restoration Ministries offers hope, healing and wholistic growth in Jesus Christ. Caring for individuals, families, churches and organizations, we provide space to discern, know and experience Christ's Holy Presence. We facilitate freedom, healing and wholeness and provide paths for spiritual growth, deeper communion with God
 and love of neighbor by offering:

    Spiritual direction and soul care ministries
    Healing prayer sessions
    Resources for support and recovery at personal and/or family points of fracture
    Scripture and spirituality groups
    Retreats and retreat space where souls can find rest and renewal
    Professional Development & Supervision for pastors, spiritual directors, and soul care providers
    Marketplace initiatives to foster leading from within
    Collaborative ministries with the Church, local and at-large

     Howard Thurman was an influential American author, philosopher, theologian, educator and civil rights leader. At a recent retreat that I attended I read the following quote from him which continues to come into my mind.  I want to share it with you for your reflection as well.

Listen for the sound of the genuine in yourself.
It is the only true guide you will ever have.
 And if you cannot hear it, you will, all of your life,
spend your days on the ends of strings that someone else pulls.

     That which is the most genuine within ourselves, sometimes unknown, hidden or buried beneath fears or our need to self-protect, is the essence of our true self. Our true self is who we really are and who we are meant to be, created in God's image. In Christ we find our life, our real life, and we grow into becoming more real every day.
     For me, the safety of sitting with a spiritual director, paying attention and reflecting on that which is most genuine in myself and bringing voice to that, has given impetus to becoming fully human and fully alive. This has been a process of discerning that which is most true and genuine within me, that which is of the Holy Spirit of God. I want to live my life in union with Christ and aligned with God's desires, not on the end of someone else's string. All that we offer through Restoration Ministries is intended to help others discern and live true to the genuine within themselves as well.  You are invited to come.

Leader and Ministry Staff Day of Renewal and Conversation
Moving Beyond the Threshold

     Join us with your ministry team, or alone, for the next in this unique series offering care for the servant's soul. Serving God and others calls us beyond the threshold of our own resources. It calls us beyond the confines of our current inner life, gifts, and abilities toward a broader place where we cooperate more and more fully with the rhythms of God's grace. The life of ministry--caring for others--can be a threshing floor where the husks of our old selves are sometimes painfully crushed, allowing us to be lifted into the breeze of the Holy Spirit to carry away unneeded remnants of our old world, leaving transforming kernels of life for us and those we serve.
     This gathering reflects on the biblical picture of the threshing floor as a threshold toward a new experience of life and ministry. Our life-giving kernels become joined to Jesus to become one loaf, the Bread of Life, for us and others.

When: Thursday, November 1, 2012
           8:30 a.m.--3:30 p.m.

Where: Vision of Glory Church
            13200 Highway 55
            Plymouth, MN 55441

Cost:   $65.00 includes lunch

Register at http://WellRefreshed.com/  Phone: 763.449.9009

Offered by: Wellspring Life Resources; Venite; Restoration Ministries; Barnabas                       International

Hearing IN the Voice of God

Come quiet your soul amidst the rolling hills of Shepherd's Hill Farm in a day of silent retreat. The day will include a short teaching entitled "Hearing IN the Voice of God," followed by hours of silence that allow us to listen attentively with the ears of our hearts to the One who loves us. Bring your journals if you wish, or just come.

When:  Saturday, December 1, 2012
           8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Where:  Shepherd's Hill Farm  (35 miles from Restoration Ministries)

Cost:    $50.00 (includes breakfast, lunch and beverages on Saturday)

Registration:  Restoration Ministries  Website Opportunities Page
Deadline for registration:  Monday, November 26

Retreat Facilitated by Marjorie Karjalahti, MDiv 


Restoration Ministries has a number of trained spiritual directors available to provide spiritual companionship in one-to-one sessions. The intention is to provide space and time to listen, notice and be attentive to God's invitations in one's life and journey, to foster a deeper relationship with God, and to cultivate noticing, discerning and responding to God's Holy Spirit.

Call to schedule an appointment at: 952.241.4150


Every Wednesday: 7-9 pm

Join with us and others for evenings of LISTENING PRAYER. Framed in simple worship, Scripture and prayerful sharing, this space is provided for attentiveness to listening to God and others. We meet every Wednesday evening from 7-9 pm. There is neither registration nor cost. Anyone is welcome to come and experience this quiet, worshipful listening space.

Location: Restoration Ministry Center, 952.241.4150
May you know and experience God's peace and blessing,

Pastor Jean Leih

Our web address is www.restorationmn.org. Visit us to see what we offer and how you might participate with us.  Phone 952.241.4150.

Posted on Fri, October 19, 2012 by Jean Leih

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