November 19, 2017 The Chalice Singers and the Cranberry Chamber Music Ensemble will present Bach's Cantata No.140 "Sleepers Wake". The cantata will feature new environmental text and poems written by Claudia Martin and read by Rev. Henry Ticknor expressing thanks and concern for our planet earth. Don't miss this special day!
November 26, 2017 "Giving Thanks" by Rev. Russ Savage. This is the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, when we have gathered with friends and loved ones to eat turkey, watch football, and enjoy one another’s company. For all this we give thanks. Every age, every culture, every faith tradition, every nation calls its people to give thanks. Let’s explore the common heritage of giving thanks.
December 3, 2017 “The Beauty of Beginning Again”by Shell Fischer. Shell Fischer, founder and guiding teacher of Mindful Shenandoah Valley (www.mindfulvalley.com) offers more than 25 years of extensive mindfulness practice and study. She’s a full teacher and senior practitioner with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C. (IMCW), trained in the two-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute of Washington, D.C. by IMCW’s founder and guiding teacher, Dr. Tara Brach – one of the nation’s leading Insight teachers. She’s a 1993 graduate of Naropa University, and a graduate of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher-training program led by Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of MBSR and the Stress Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. She’s also an educational partner with both Valley Health and the Foundation of the State Arboretum of Virginia. Prior to teaching, Shell wrote about mindfulness and yoga for national magazines. Every Tuesday from 7-8:45 p.m., Shell leads a mediation group at the church, with usually 30-40 people in attendance. All are welcome!