NEWS & Upcoming Events
All are invited to all events. Just show up! Even better, let us know that you're coming!
+++ August 10 – Adopting the Statement of Personal Devotion
Please consider coming on Saturday if you feel joined to CTR, even if you are not adopting the Statement of Personal Devotion. This is a milestone for our whole community, to bless and pray for those taking this step of devotion. And we will also hear from John & Susan Martin, about their life and ministry in Germany – this will be an important time of catching up with this family, whom we love and have not seen for several years.
Here are the details (adjusted a little from last time):
* 9:45 am : Gather together
* 10:00 am : Worship
* 10:30 am : Adopting the Statement of Personal Devotion
* 11:00 am : Report from John & Susan Martin
* 11:30 am : Party!!!!! We want to celebrate this historic milestone. There will be some sort of fun activity for the kids, too (bring your swimsuits, kids!)
* 12:50 pm : Bridge Prayer (with special prayer for John & Susan)
* 1:15 : Lunch
There will be no cost for this retreat. For lunch, we will have sausage wraps, hot dogs & roast chicken. Please bring side / salad / drink / dessert to fill up our community table. Thank you!
+++ Fall Retreat Dates Set
We’ve set September 21 and October 19 as the dates for our fall CTR retreats. We’ll be announcing the speakers, topics, etc. soon. Mark your calendars!
+++ Air Conditioning Update
The leak is fixed. Thanks be to God! Gratitude is also due to Phillip, John Patrick and especially Justus for digging the hole to expose the pipe with the problem and provide enough work space to make the repair.
And kudos to Paul of Tradewinds, who cut his vacation on the Guadalupe short to come on Saturday and fix the leak. Here’s a picture of Paul, working with Phillip on a filtration system to remove the mud and debris from the water in the loop.
Now, the first question is … is the pressure holding? The answer is a qualified yes. The pressure dropped some in the first twelve hours, before stabilizing at a lower pressure. We’ve just raised it back up to original level, and we’ll be monitoring it to see what happens. Paul and his son Chris (who works with him at Tradewinds) believe that, if anything, it’s a small air leak somewhere. So, keep praying!
The bill for Saturday’s work is $2,210.71. So far, we’ve had donations of $1,000 towards this bill – thanks again for your generosity! Pray that this will be the last Tradewinds A/C repair bill for quite a while … (We are forming plans for making the system work better, but it is all work that can be done “in house,” and the costs will be only for materials like ducts, solar barriers, and the like.)
At the end of the day on Saturday, we filled the geothermal loop with Cielo! So CTR’s air conditioning now runs on Cielo … we believe it’s the world’s first geothermal system running on premium bottled water ☺ Here is the connection between the Cielo bottling room and the pipe running into the geothermal loop.
+++ Upcoming CTR events - mark your calendar
* August 9 – No Open Table
* August 10 – Adopting the Statement of Personal Devotion
* August 16 – No Open Table
* August 23 – Open Table @ CTR
* August 30 – No Open Table
* September 21 – CTR Retreat
* October 19 – CTR Retreat
Special request for perfume wearers: There are community members with sensitivities to synthetic perfumes, so please try to use only all-natural perfumes when you come to CTR. Thank you for your consideration!
Regular Weekly Prayer Times
The prayer room is open from 7:45 am to 6:15 pm each weekday. All are welcome to come and pray at any time while the prayer room is open. Access can be either through the main house (ring the bell) or directly through the door in back.
Our first goal in establishing continuous prayer at Christ the Reconciler is morning, noon & evening Bridge Prayer. Here are the times that we have Bridge Prayer scheduled, each day:
Morning : 7:50 am - 8:10 am
Noon : 11:50 am - 12:10 pm
Evening : 5:50 pm - 6:10 pm
We currently don't have enough volunteers to conduct Bridge Prayer at each of these times, every day. If you would like to volunteer to lead a Bridge Prayer session, contact us and let us know!
Every* Friday night we have Open Table. Which basically means, "come to dinner!"
* It's always a good idea to contact us if you don't receive the weekly newsletter. The reason is that sometimes Open Table is cancelled (for example if the Cogdells are out of town) ... and we would hate for you to show up and be disappointed!
All are welcome to come, but we ask that you RSVP so we know that you are coming. We will have a simple soup, you can come as you are or bring bread/salad/dessert to share.
5:30 pm - Arrival
5:50 pm - Bridge Prayer
6:15 pm - Dinner - and afterwards, discussion, prayer & worship, sunset walking, game playing, or however the Spirit leads us!
8:00 pm (or thereabouts) - Departure