Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation
May
5
to May 26

Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation

Overview: 'While I was trying harder and doing more, there was a yawning emptiness underneath it all that no amount of activity, Christian or otherwise, could fill... In the midst of such barrenness, it was hard to even imagine what Jesus might have meant when he said, "I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly" (John 10:10). My responses to sermons and devotional reflections on this verse were cynical at best. The Christian life didn't feel that way to me... 

'The longing for significance, the longing for love, the longing for deep and fundamental change, the longing for a way of life that works, the longing to connect experientially and even viscerally with Someone beyond ourselves-- these longings led me to search out spiritual practices and establish life rhythms that promised something more.' 

Ruth Haley Barton writes these words in the opening chapter of her book Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual TransformationThroughout the Easter season, as a church, we will accept her invitation to explore our longings for more through spiritual exploration and play. We'll do this in worship-- through prayer and praise and responding to the Scripture--and in small group conversation.

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Journey Book Club
Jul
18
6:30 PM18:30

Journey Book Club

We will be reading the book, Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace by Jennifer Chiaverini. See below for book information. All are welcome to attend book club! If you have any questions, please contact Shirley Martinson at  skmart2@earthlink.net

The only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the most brilliant, revered, and scandalous of the Romantic poets, Ada was destined for fame long before her birth. But her mathematician mother, estranged from Ada's infamous and destructively passionate father, is determined to save her only child from her perilous Byron heritage.

When Ada is introduced into London society as a highly eligible young heiress, she at last discovers the intellectual and social circles she has craved all her life. Little does she realize how her exciting new friendship with Charles Babbage—the brilliant, charming, and occasionally curmudgeonly inventor of an extraordinary machine, the Difference Engine—will define her destiny. We hope you will have a chance to join us.

Kindle  $11.95
Paperback  $11.00

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Art On A Journey:  Featuring Seth Best
May
10
4:00 PM16:00

Art On A Journey: Featuring Seth Best

Ann Arbor has impressive art communities  —  including artists who live in the shadows, under overpasses, makeshift campgrounds and shelters. These people are mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, architects, artists, and artisans not in previous lives but at this very moment. Although these artists haven’t amassed a sizable following or reached certain levels of notoriety, we wanted to showcase some of their art. 

As part of Journey of Faith’s monthly art celebration, the gallery (1900 Manchester Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48104) will be featuring the artwork of local artist, Seth Best. Seth’s wonderfully colored landscape scenes and abstracts are impressive. We know Seth through his work and leadership with the Daytime Warming Center. All of his artwork is for sale (cash only) with 10% of proceeds being donated to Journey of Faith’s homeless ministry.

Journey of Faith’s work with M.I.S.S.I.O.N.A2 has helped us better understand many of the complexities surrounding homelessness. We’re choosing to use our resources to provide a physical space that can help continue an ongoing conversation about homelessness; shedding light on those who are most often in the shadows.

This event is not about art so much so as it is about people. It is about our juxtaposition between having everything and having nothing and how thin the line is. On either side of the fence, the canvas of art remains unchanged. Highlighting the skill of those affected by homelessness helps to continue the conversation about those in need and our call to act. We hope that you’ll join in on the journey, 

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Celebrate Easter
Apr
21
10:30 AM10:30

Celebrate Easter

Love is a powerful force that can change our world. But it is rare to find in our divided culture. So, when we experience love, we should share it with others. Join us this Easter as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Come and be inspired by the most powerful act of love that showed up in the most unexpected way.

9:30am- Breakfast 
10:00am- Children's Easter Scavenger Hunt
10:30am- Worship  

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Dinner Church:  A Healing Service
Apr
13
6:00 PM18:00

Dinner Church: A Healing Service

Are your feet sore? Do your bones ache? Does your heart hurt?

Cooped with colds and flus, hemmed in by icy driveways and snow swept streets, by the end of winter, most of us are a little beat up. Long term illness, a season of grief, and broken relationships intensify our pain, our isolation, and our sense of hopelessness.

Journey of Faith invites everyone, whether we are hurting for ourselves, or for someone else to a cozy dinner service, prayer and story-sharing over a hearty meal. Here, at the table, with Jesus and one another, we will find hope, connection, and power. Come and see: healing is at hand.

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Art on a Journey
Apr
5
4:00 PM16:00

Art on a Journey

Homelessness is a complicated issue and Art on a Journey, April 5th from 4:00-8:00PM, a free exhibition, seeks to showcase homeless artists who nurture the desire to create and share.  The gallery will feature artists working in painting, photography, sculpture and jewelry.

One artist uses art "to keep busy" and help beat his neuroses.  Another artist, recently housed, paints as a hobby, but is driven to prove that people on the streets "aren't a waste of space."  She has a place in society and can do something really wonderful that most people can't.

At the grand opening, every piece of art you buy is a tremendous gift of self-esteem and financial support directly to the homeless artist who created it.  Art enriches the lives of everyone around us and deepens our understanding of one another.

Art easters up encounters that can be surprising and unexpected because they offer a chance for us to hear the stories behind the artists' work.  Art creates a new perspective on what fellowship with community members means and looks like.

Sometimes, addressing this complicated and chronic issue begins best by simply meeting people where they are.  And, sometimes when you don’t have the words to convey meaning, images can speak volumes about the many different ways the world can be seen. 

Making sense of the world and finding meaning and purpose in it -- is a journey we're all on.  Art helps you notice the pain and beauty along the way.  Artists are also donating 10% of what they sell on April 5th to Journey of Faith's homelessness ministry.

Refreshments will be provided, and select artwork will be on sale for cash only by client artists.  We would love to have your help.


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