NEWS & Upcoming Events
All are invited to all events. Just show up! Even better, let us know that you're coming!
+++ Friday May 17: Dinner & A Movie
Last Friday’s Open Table got weathered out … so tomorrow will be the rain date.
We have the first cut of David & Kathi Peters movie about Interchurch Marriage. They asked us to view it and provide honest feedback, for the next cut. There’s a good amount of CTR & Cielo footage, so come if you want to see it, enjoy this special honor from God, and be prepared to discuss what can be improved.
And Jack Cotita will be here!
Come at 5:30 if you can, we’ll have Bridge Prayer at 5:50 pm. After that, the plan will be to get our dinners and gather in the living room, and watch the movie while we eat. Afterwards, we can discuss and pray.
Amy will serve chicken tacos, so bring a side / salad / bread / dessert / drink to match.
+++ Next CTR Retreat – May 25
Saturday, May 25 will be the date for the 2nd retreat on the Statement of Personal Devotion. One highlight will be to hear from Caroline Owens on the topic of what it means to make a commitment like the Personal Statement. She is a lay Dominican, so she is already living out a significant spiritual commitment, added to her other responsibilities in life. She will speak from this experience.
We will also go through the second part of the Statement of Personal Devotion, including the Five Commitments, the Request for Power from the Holy Spirit, and the Closing Prayer.
Here is the schedule:
* Date: Saturday, May 25
* Time: 9:45 am – 2:30 pm
* Location: Christ the Reconciler, 2142 FM 1704 Elgin TX 78621
* Cost: $25/person, $35/couple, $10/teen …
… but 1st-time guests are always free, using codes provided on the registration form
* Food: CTR will provide the main dish for lunch, please bring a side / dessert / drink
* Childcare: $5/child
* Register: Use this link https://ahop.ccbchurch.com/form_response.php?id=45 to register and pay
+++ Thinking of Adopting the Statement of Personal Devotion?
We are beginning to get responses back regarding the Statement of Personal Devotion. Some are from those who are considering it, and need more time to pray and think. That’s super. Some are from those who are going to adopt it on June 7*, and of course that’s wonderful too.
Please contact us if you are planning to adopt the Statement, and haven’t let Amy or me know. We’re starting to prepare for the June 7 liturgy, which will be in just about one month, and it’s helpful to know up front how many may take part.
+++ Upcoming CTR events - mark your calendar
* May 17 – Open Table @ CTR w/ Jack & the Movie!
* May 18 – John Bibee Memorial Service @ Hope Chapel
* May 24 – No Open Table
* May 25 – CTR Retreat, Statement of Personal Devotion (Part 2)
* June 7 – Liturgy of the Statement of Personal Devotion
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