Harvest Fair: A Gathering of Artisans TODAY and TOMORROW!

St Nicholas Episcopal Church presents Harvest Fair: a Gathering of Artisans
It's TODAY! The First Annual Harvest Fair: A Gathering of Artisans starts NOW at St Nicholas Episcopal Church. Find treasures and beautiful decorative items for your home, jewelry, handmade soy candles and soaps, and Christmas decorations galore. There's a raffle table, a selection of delicious baked goods, and much more, and if you're hungry, there's a big pot of chili on the stove, sloppy Joes, cake, and coffee for purchase. Proceeds will benefit programs here at St Nicholas Episcopal Church, and there are lots of great vendors offering wonderfully creative hand-made items besides.
Chili Pot Simmerin' on the Stove
Wonderful Christmas centerpieces made by Father Manny Borg - these are so creative, and they're a bargain, too.
Christmas centerpieces by Father Manny
Decorative painted glass bottles and wine glasses - they'd make wonderful gifts!
Painted wineglasses, bottles, and decor
Cards, blankets, and more by the creative Tamaski family - so many wonderful things, they have their own booth (and are still hard at work making more).
Cards, Blankets, and Trinkets by the Tamaskis
Christmas ornaments, painted collectible salt shakers, and more at this booth!
Collectible painted salt shakers and ornaments
Yummy baked goods, and handmade crafts by the parishioners of St Nicholas:
Yummy baked goods and crafts
Craft items by the people of St Nicholas
There's SO MUCH MORE to see. St Nicholas is proud to present this, our first Harvest Fair, and we thank all who attend and exhibit.

Centering Prayer Workshop Nov. 1 in Western Springs

Move closer to God in silence and prayer

The following post is provided courtesy of Contemplative Outreach of Chicago:

For years, Christians from various denominations have engaged in the ancient practice of Centering Prayer.   All are invited to be part of an introductory workshop being held in nearby Western Springs.  If you have an interest and desire in getting to better understand what Centering Prayer is all about, please join in this transformative workshop.

Centering Prayer Workshop Offered November 1 in Western Springs

Centering PrayerMany Episcopalians and other Christians are finding that a method called “Centering Prayer” helps them move toward a closer and more meaningful relationship with God. Centering Prayer is a well-grounded method of silent prayer and meditation that prepares us to experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. Contemplative Outreach, an organization founded in 1984 to serve those interested in Centering Prayer, is offering an introductory workshop on the method on Saturday November 1 in Western Springs, Illinois. Workshops on related topics are also part of the day’s agenda, including sessions on the Transformative Power of Dreams, Healing Touch, and “Emptiness” as a posture that helps us be open to the full indwelling of God’s presence. All are welcome. For further information or to register, please visit www.centeringprayerchicago.org or contact Phil Jackson, jaxson900@aol.com, (847) 778-1022.

Background on Centering Prayer

In the early 1970s, Trappist monk and priest Thomas Keating and two other Trappists, Fr. William Meninger and the late Fr. Basil Pennington, worked to bring people living outside monasteries a form of silent prayer now known as Centering Prayer. With roots in the fourteenth century book, The Cloud of Unknowing, this kind of prayer allows people to sit silently and become receptive to God’s gift of contemplation.

Of course, contemplation has been an important part of Christianity from the beginning. Centering Prayer presents the teachings of earlier times in an updated form. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.

Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer – verbal, mental or affective prayer – into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.

Background on Contemplative Outreach, Chicago

Contemplative Outreach of Chicago has been serving the contemplative community in northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana since 1989. We are a chapter of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., an international spiritual network with offices in Butler, N.J. Our mission is to teach the method of Centering Prayer and to support those whose Spiritual Journey includes a practice of this prayer. The volunteers in our chapter are grounded in contemplative service – “God in us serving God in others.”

Sara Miles To Keynote at Diocesan Convention

This is exciting news for anyone who attended our Book Club discussions of “Take This Bread,” — the author, Sara Miles, will be the keynote speaker at Diocesan Convention November 21 in Lombard, at the Westin Hotel.

Did you need motivation to sign up as a delegate or alternate? Want to experience Convention and connect with someone whose books have led many people to a more deeply spiritual life? This is your chance!

Author Sara Miles, who has written deeply personal books on her conversion to Christianity and her ministry in poor communities in San Francisco, will be talking about listening when she gives the keynote speech at the diocese’s convention on November 21 at the Westin Hotel in Lombard.

“I am really interested in talking about evangelism and what evangelism is and isn’t,” says the author of City of God, Take this Bread, and Jesus Freak. “The short version is that evangelism is about listening; it is not necessarily about telling. It is about listening to people’s stories and really paying attention to how others’ experiences of God are part of a larger story.

“It is about training ourselves to engage in a midrash on our own lives and to do that in a way that is honest, that is not looking for a moral, that is not looking for a solution, that is not looking for ‘Aha! I have found the theme of this essay.’ That’s not story telling. That’s bad English class.”

via Telling Our Stories :: Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.