It seems impossible, but here we are in Lent already! So far we've had a fun year. We welcomed a new resident (and said tearful goodbyes to Miranda, who is already at her adventure in London), and have settled into a routine of dinners, activities, and now in Lent, of course, fasting.
Our first guest speaker of the year was the Rev. Sharon Smith, who spoke to us about Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries and how we can support our friends and fellow faithful who struggle with mental illness. In March we will welcome the unparalleled Dr. David Kuhl to talk about end of life issues and spirituality.
We decided to have our own pancake supper on our usual Monday night, so we called it Lundi Gras and cooked up a most scrumptious pile of pancakes. The next day, Haley and Jen came to help Heidi, me, and other members of St. Margaret's and Open Way Christian Community give out waffles on a stick to folks waiting in line at the Food Bank! We had a lot of fun and gave away over two hundred of them! I felt like I would surely dream of endless lines of waffles to be cut, "sticked," and syruped that night...
This weekend we'll be going on retreat at Loon Lake with the new Diocesan pilot program "Prayer without Words," which should be an interesting experience and give us the chance to connect with other folks around the Diocese.
I'm so enjoying the easy laughter of our group, and the way residents support each other. I am so looking forward to the rest of this year.
About the Authors
The writers of this blog are all the wonderful people who make up Hineni: the residents (or Hinenites!), the workers, the volunteers, and the folks of the St. Margaret's Cedar Cottage Church community.