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The Chartres Labyrinth

The labyrinth committee researched and experienced walking different types of labyrinth designs. We decided to create our labyrinth based on the Christian Chartres Cathedral design found in the gothic cathedral of Chartres which is located outside of Paris, France. This classic design has 11 circuits—concentric circles—with the 12th circle being the center with the rosette pattern. This design was created in the 12 Century.

One of the commitments a Christian made at that time was to journey to Jerusalem and experience the path that Jesus walked. During this time, the Crusades were happening, making it almost impossible for the Christian to go to Jerusalem. The Bishops at that time, decided to create labyrinths in the major cathedrals in Europe. This would allow Christians to symbolically journey to the “New Jerusalem” which would be the center of the labyrinth.

From a contemporary perspective, this design’s energy causes one to calm, to focus inward as one walks the labyrinth as a meditative walk. Other design’s energy do the opposite—energize and “rev up”. The 11 circuit design welcomes us to experience an inner spiritual process of releasing and letting go of our every day “stuff;” receiving guidance, insight, inner peace; and then returning to the world.

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Labyrinth Update

The interest in and possibility of a labyrinth at our church actually began around 2000, when members Sandy Sample, Ken Schroeder, and Doris Scanlon (among others) began information gathering, learning about, and visiting labyrinths near and far.

There are several factors contributing to the reinvigorated interest and goal of realizing a labyrinth on our property at this particular time: Doris’s daughters, Lucinda and Melinda, contributed seed money from her estate; the corner property, now devoid of lawn, offers the space necessary to accommodate a labyrinth and the labyrinth itself provides an actual practice of release, meditative insight, renewal and empowerment for whomever is open to its path; as our Year of Unity begins we see the labyrinth project as one worthy of focus that will connect us to the wider community.

We have had five meetings to date and are already making significant progress toward educating ourselves about labyrinths (Erin King is extremely knowledgeable); field trips to see a variety of styles and materials used in labyrinths that are fairly close to us; access to information about a similar project nearing completion at Church of the Brethren (Ken Schroeder); understanding what our grounds will accommodate and the preparation necessary (Samantha and Tami Bennett’s expertise). Along the way we plan to contact a labyrinth consultant who can give us more guidance and expert assistance.

We will keep the congregation fully informed about our direction and progress. We are all available to hear your ideas and thoughts and answer questions. We are very excited about bringing this project to fruition for all to experience and share.

Formed in late Spring 2014, the Labyrinth Committee is working toward the goal of installing a Chartres-type labyrinth on College Avenue’s grounds. The committee members are: Samantha Bennett, Tami Bennett, Erin King, Melinda Kopp (Chair), Rickie Jean Langerman, Mitchell Mesimer, Sandy Sample, Pastor Michael Schiefelbein, and Ken Schroeder.

Holy Week 2014

Holy Week – Sunday, April 13 to Sunday, April 20                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   During Holy Week, we recount the final events in the life of Jesus, ending with his execution for proclaiming a radical message inviting all to live God’s dream of a Kingdom where forgiveness, compassion, and self-giving replace the ways of judgment, power, and division.

Palm Sunday Service – Sunday, April 13, 10am. Before the service we gather outside the sanctuary around a giant street-puppet of Jesus. To remember Jesus’ triumphant march into Jerusalem on the final week of his life, the young people follow behind Jesus leading us in a procession around the youth building, up the sidewalk, and into the sanctuary to continue our worship service.  Childcare provided. 

Maundy Thursday Service – Thursday, April 17, 7:30 pm, Sanctuary.  Come and celebrate Jesus’ institution of a special meal to help us connect to God and each other in one Spirit, and a ritual of foot washing to help us remember Jesus’ command to love one another. Pre-worship Taize music begins at 7pm.

Multi-Church Good Friday Noontime Service – Friday, April 18, 12:15pm,  First United Methodist Church, 16th and I Sts. Several area churches remember the story of Jesus’ arrest, trial, and crucifixion.

Good Friday Candelight Tenebrae Service – Friday, April 18, 7:30 pm, Sanctuary.  In this dramatic candle-light service that ends in darkness, we reflect on the story of Jesus’ arrest, suffering, and death on a cross. Several local churches will participate with us in this service, joining our choir for special music.

Easter Sunrise Service – Sunday, April 20, 6:30 am, Church front lawn.  This simple service led by Sandy Sample celebrates the resurrection of Jesus and resurrection in our own lives.

Easter Sunday Service – Sunday, April 20, 10 am, Sanctuary.  We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with joyful music and praise.   Childcare provided.

 

Holy Week Schedule

Holy Week – Sunday, March 24 to Sunday, March 31

During Holy Week, we recount the final events in the life of Jesus, ending with his execution for proclaiming a radical message inviting all to live God’s dream of a Kingdom where forgiveness, compassion, and self-giving replace the ways of judgment, power, and division.

Palm Sunday Service – Sunday, March 24, 10am.  Before the service we gather outside the sanctuary around a giant street-puppet of Jesus. To remember Jesus’ triumphant march into Jerusalem on the final week of his life, the young people follow behind Jesus leading us in a procession around the youth building, up the sidewalk, and into the sanctuary to continue our worship service.

Maundy Thursday Service – Thursday, March 28, 7:30 pm, Sanctuary.  Come and celebrate Jesus’ institution of a special meal to help us connect to God and each other in one Spirit, and a ritual of foot washing to help us remember Jesus’ command to love one another.  Pre-worship Taize music begins at 7pm.

Good Friday Meditation with Labyrinth – Friday, March 29, 12 pm – 3 pm.  This outdoor walking meditation will help you to enter Jesus’ spirit of self-giving during the hours in which we remember his crucifixion and death.

Multi-Church Good Friday Noontime Service Friday, March 29, 12:15pm, First United Methodist Church, 16th and I Sts. Several area churches remember the story of Jesus’ arrest, trial, and crucifixion.

Good Friday Candelight Tenebrae Service – Friday, March 29, 7:30 pm, Sanctuary.  In this dramatic candle-light service that ends in darkness, we reflect on the story of Jesus’ arrest, suffering, and death on a cross.  Several local churches will participate with us in this service, joining our choir for special music.

Easter Sunrise Service – Sunday, March 31, 6:30 am, Church front lawn.  This simple service led by Sandy Sample celebrates the resurrection of Jesus and resurrection in our own lives.

Easter Sunday Service – Sunday, March 31, 10 am, Sanctuary.  We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with joyful music and praise. Easter Egg Hunt for children, following the service

 

 

Candlelight Vespers

Prepare for Christmas with this musical service featuring carols and contemporary versions of our favorite psalms.  Solos by College Avenue’s song leaders.

Wednesday, December 19, 6pm, Sanctuary

 

Christmas Eve Service

Celebration with carols, candlelight, choir and the Christmas story.

Monday, December 24, 7pm, Sanctuary.

From the Pastor

Dear College Avenue Friends,

Do you need a blessing as the New Year begins this Sunday? Do you want to offer God a New Year’s resolution for your life?

Then don’t miss worship on New Year’s Day at 11 am.

Let’s begin 2012 in prayer together in our sanctuary.

Christmas Blessings!

Pastor Michael

Fall Home Bible Study, Sunday Evenings, 5 pm, Oct. 9 – Nov. 13

Share your spiritual journey with church friends. Sunday evenings, 5 pm, location will be announced weekly. Watch your weekly email and Sunday bulletin.

 

Christmas Pageant Info. Meeting – Sun, Oct. 2, 5pm

Calling performers of all ages!

If you’d like to be a part of this year’s Christmas Pageant, come to our informational meeting to hear about the production and to sign-up for parts!

The meeting is Sunday, Oct. 2, 5pm-6pm, in the Youth Room.

Contact Rob Brittain to RSVP or for more information: studentministries.collegeavenue@gmail.com.

Esperanza Contemporary Worship, Sunday evenings, 7 pm, June 19, July 17, August 21

Café Esperanza opens at 6:30 for coffee and conversation.  Music will be led by the fabulous singer, Rev. Melinda McClain, from San Francisco.