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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.

 

 Des Moines: 10th Annual Advent Silent Retreat

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Behold!
An Advent Morning Retreat of Holy Seeing and Being

Join us for a morning of quiet reflection, centering prayer, and holy seeing as we celebrate the gifts of Advent together.

Please consider a donation of $15 for these events, payable at the door.

Grace Lutheran Church,  Des Moines.
Contact: Paul Witmer, 240-1653; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 Ames: Advent Silent Retreat

Saturday, December 8, 2018
8:30 (coffee snacks), prayer:  9 - noon

“THERE IS A BLAZE OF LIGHT IN EVERY WORD”

Join us for a quiet morning of prayer and reflection on the first Saturday of Advent preparing yourself to more fully enter into the spirit of Christmas.

Using the words of Leonard Cohen from his song, Hallelejah, this retreat will begin and end with Centering Prayer. The rest of the morning will include the opportunity to learn more about the contemplative prayer practice of Lectio Divina. The morning will provide time for silent contemplation. Come join us for a morning of preparation for the true meaning of Christmas.

Please consider a donation of $15 for these events, payable at the door.

First Christian Church,  in Ames.
Contact: Mary Jo Wulf, 515-441-6446, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 Behold The Night! Winter Solstice Worship

Wednesday, December 19, 6:00 p.m.

Join us for a Winter Solstice Contemplative Worship featuring Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, a musician and liturgical theologian known nationally as a composer for both traditional liturgical and contemporary worship music.

A free will offering will be taken.

Immanuel United Methodist Church
2900 49th Street, DSM

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 18-Hour Lenten Retreat

March 8-9, 2019

Beginning with a simple supper on Friday evening and concluding with lunch on Saturday, we'll share about 18 hours of silence, prayer and reflection. In addition to ample Centering Prayer time shared together, other spiritual disciplines will be offered for prayer, inner work and worship.

Contact: Paul Witmer, 515.240.1653 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cost: $55

Central Presbyterian Church,  Des Moines
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8-Day Post-Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat

September 20-27, 2019

St. Benedict Center, Schuyler, Nebraska

This Post-Intensive Retreat will consist of continuous periods of Centering Prayer from before sunrise until the dinner hour, with breaks for meals. Attendees may participate in as much prayer as they are called to. Short pauses for entering and leaving the silence will be offered every 30 minutes. There will be no teaching and no reading during this immersion in silence. Those who wish may attend daily mass at the Priory.

Cost is $650, which includes single occupancy room with private bathroom, and all meals. A limited number of double occupancy rooms are available. Please visit with Chris Frantsvog about prices, scholarships, restrictions you have: (515) 306-1221.

Retreat Directors: Chris Frantsvog and Paul Witmer

Registrations are limited to 22 attendees

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Upcoming Events

Des Moines: 10th Annual Advent Silent Retreat
Dec. 8, 2018
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Ames: Advent Silent Retreat
Dec. 8, 2018
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Behold the Night!
Winter Solstice Worship

Dec. 19, 2018
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Contemplation is essentially a listening in silence, an expectancy. And yet in a certain sense, we must truly begin to hear God when we have ceased to listen. What is the explanation of this paradox? Perhaps only that there is a higher kind of listening, which is not attentiveness to some special wavelength, a receptivity to a certain kind of message, but a general emptiness that waits to realize the fullness of the message of God within its own apparent void.
--Thomas Merton