December 1, 2004 Vol. 18, No. 4 [p. 1]

Morag's signature

Dear Friends,

As we ponder the Advent "O" Antiphons, they remind us of the history and the hope that we have in our Christian heritage.

Recently, a friend donated some valuable antique watches in addition to her pledge for the capital campaign. As well as gratitude for the material gift, the watches reminded me of an old epitaph I had once seen in England:

The combination of images of time, of hope, of simplicity, and above all of generous giving and faithful service incorporated all the facets this season of Advent, and the feasts of Christmas and Epiphany. This newsletter comes with our prayers that our Maker's hands will be on us at this time with whatever blessing and healing we need this Christmas-tide.

"It was You Who created my inmost self...I thank You for the wonder of my being..." (Psalm 139)

"I have called you by name, you are mine." (Isaiah 43:1)

A Retreat Is ...

Come to the Dwelling Place for some special TIME away... alone to slow down and renew, refresh yourself-- to walk in God's love.

Dwelling Place Community Associates

(back row, l to r) Sue Millender, Diana Bridges, Marvin Peyton, and Linda Breazeale. (front row) Ronnie and Tara Puckett. Gene and Mary Helen Grabbe were unable to be present for the October 2nd ceremony.

As each of the Associates made their promises of support to The Dwelling Place ministry they received a Tau cross as a symbol of their commitment.

The Tau cross is a traditional Franciscan symbol; as such, it represents our living out of our Franciscan heritage.

Sue Millender writes,

Since my watercolor paintings I have painted in the past represent my spiritual journey, I wanted a representation of becoming a Dwelling Place associate in my art journal. I created this Tau Cross in watercolor for this purpose. Sharing this painting with you is my way of saying thank you to each of you for making October 2nd a very inspiring day for me.

Being a part of The Dwelling Place Community as an associate has given me the strength I need to travel on my spiritual journey as I adjust to semi-retirement.

I know it is the prayers of our support group that has helped me find this strength.

We have the Mastercard and Visa terminal in operation. Credit cards can be used in the gift shop or in making the donation for your retreat.

When you register for a retreat, please let us know if you have any food allergies or if you are a vegetarian -- even if you have told us in the past, notify us each retreat, please! Thanks.

May The Blessings of the Christ Child be yours now and in 2005

Signatures: Clare, Sheila, Morag, and Mary

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