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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.

 Fourth Annual Fellowship Gathering

Thursday, September 21, 2017
4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

All are invited to share in a Contemplative Potluck, social time and Centering Prayer (at 5:30). Show up when you can, bring your own table service and beverage and a taste-treat to share with others.

Jay Spence Enclosed Shelter
in Greenwood Park, 4500 Grand Avenue, Des Moines.
(Just south of the Art Center and adjacent the old Science Center.)
Contact: Cheri Grauer, 515.979.1988 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Please register so we can be ready for you.

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Praised Be You, My God, Through Brother Sun and Sister Moon! An 8-Day Centering Prayer Silent Retreat and Journey with St. Francis of Assisi

Saturday, September 30, 9:00 a.m.
through Saturday, October 7, 1:00 p.m.

Enjoy the fall colors and last warm days of the year at the lovely Creighton University Retreat Center.  Immerse yourself in the total silence, except for the sounds of nature. Registration will be limited to 23.  Retreat will be open to people with Centering Prayer experience, and who have previously attended, at minimum, a weekend silent retreat.

Creighton University Retreat Center
16493 Contrail Ave, Griswold
Contact: Chris Frantsvog This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or
Paul Witmer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Please Register    Download Flyer

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Des Moines: 10th Annual Advent Silent Retreat

Saturday, December 2, 2017
9 am to noon

Location to be determined
Contact: Paul Witmer, 515.240.1653 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cost: $15
Please register so we can be ready for you.

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Ames: Advent Silent Retreat

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017  9 am to noon
Coffee and snacks at 8:30

First Christian Church, 611 Clark Ave in Ames
Contact: Mary Jo Wulf, 515.441.6446 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Cost: $15  Please register

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Winter Solstice Contemplative Worship

Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 7 p.m.

Featuring Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, musician and liturgical theologian from Strawberry Point, Iowa. Richard is known nationally as a composer of both traditional liturgical and contemporary worship music.

Covenant Christian Church, 2700 72nd Street, Urbandale.
Contact: Paul Witmer, 515.240.1653 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Free will offering.

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