East Granby Congregational Church
Gratitude - Rising to It
Friday, Jan 14th - Saturday, Jan 15th 2022
Our “Gratitude” Retreat for MLK weekend in January IS ON! Pastor Pam Vollinger will be leading us. Unfortunately, due to the rise in Covid and its transmissibility, we will have to go completely virtual. This reflects our desire to put safety first and is in line with our Sunday worship that will also be virtual. Carl Pitney will be our ZoomMaster. You will be receiving emails prior to the Friday and Saturday sessions with log-on info.
All are welcome, even if you cannot attend every session. Perhaps a virtual option is better for you as you can still be at home while joining with your church family for spiritual growth. It’s not too late to join us.
We will gather on Friday evening for 2 hours from 7-9 PM, including a short break. On Saturday, although subject to change, our day looks something like this:
8:30 to 9AM: Log on, time to chat and “share morning coffee/tea”
9 to 10:30AM: Time together on Zoom
10:30 to 11:30: Personal time not on Zoom
11:30 to 12:15: Time together on Zoom
12:15 to 1:00PM: Lunch, either with the group on Zoom, or off Zoom
1 to 2:00PM: Time together on Zoom
2 to 3:00PM: Personal time not on Zoom
3 to 4:00PM: Time together on Zoom
As is our retreat tradition, there will be time for group discussion, introspection, fellowship, food and breaks. Please sign-up by contacting Judy Saxton (860-688-7419). We are asking for a minimum offering of $35 to cover costs. Please mail checks to Judy, care of the EGCC office. Scholarships are also available (contact Gayle Wilcox 860-653-2460).
From Pastor Pam:
"Thou that has given so much to me,
Give one thing more- a grateful heart....
Not thankful when it pleases me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days;
But such a heart, whose pulse may be Thy praise."
George Herbert, "Gratefulness," The Temple
Together, we will explore the theme of gratitude and how it can rise out of the ashes of Covid-19. Gratitude is a key aspect in the life of a Christian. It is vital for a thriving community. As scientists have learned, gratitude is important for the wellbeing of humans. We will spend time in a large group, small groups, and individual reflection. We will explore what the Bible has to say about gratitude as well as other authors. We will have a chance to not only think about gratitude, but to express our gratitude.
Please consider giving yourself this precious gift of time to start 2022!
East Granby's Make Music Day celebration is made possible with the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Make Music Day is also made possible by East Granby Congregational Church's Friends of Music Concert Series.