For most of us, the first thought Lent brings to mind is “giving up” something. In
childhood the standard was perhaps to give up candy, but as adults we should think of Lent as a time of conversion, leaving behind an old way of living and acting, and turning our lives more completely over to Christ in order to embrace new life. We are urged to move beyond “giving up” some “physical thing”, and to looking at other areas of our life that we can discern about and make changes to live the gospel values which Jesus taught us.
Lent signifies Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days, praying and fasting. This past year during the Covid Pandemic, some people may feel they have been alone in a "desert”, and for much longer than 40 days, forced to fast from seeing friends and family in person, forced to deal with emotional issues by themselves, forced to be home from work due to layoffs, forced to cut back and fast from our usual indulgences: restaurant foods, entertainment, social activities, etc. due to lack of money, fear of the virus or due to following safely guidelines.
During Lent, know that you are not alone! As we use this time for prayer or meditation for ourselves and for others, we pray that Jesus will meet you where you are in your “desert", that He will take away your fears and give you strength, courage and hope to revitalize your body and your spirit as you continue to move forward during these unprecedented times.
WITHIN MINISTRIES is a nonprofit 501(c)3 offering spiritual growth experiences for women of all ages. Through Grace Within and Ministerio de Mujeres en Crecimiento Personal (peer-facilitated small group gatherings) women are encouraged to get in touch with their inner selves and form bonds with other women. Through the On the Journey Retreat Series (peer-facilitated three-hour retreats) women experience the quiet, sacred invitation to delve deeper.
WITHIN MINISTRIES remains able to serve your ministry needs while holding to the physical distance we have all been called to. How can we support you in reconnecting during this time of great need.
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WITHIN MINISTRIES is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization offering resources used to gather women for spiritual enrichment, empowerment, and community-building.
Our board is grateful for the women and men who share our vision and mission.
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We hope you joined us for the 2021 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress.
This year, RECongress Exhibit Hall was virtual. Registered participants are still able to access ALL recorded workshops and have access to all event content through March 21, 2021 at recongress.org/registration.
Through Grace Within and Ministerio de Mujeres en Crecimiento Personal (peer-facilitated small group gatherings) women are encouraged to get in touch with their inner spirit and form bonds with other women. Through the On the Journey Retreat Series (peer-facilitated three-hour retreats) women experience the quiet, sacred invitation to delve deeper.
Our partnership with Retreat, Reflect, Renew Ministry continues. This retreat ministry offers online, personal, and day retreats to help you sort through your relationship with yourself, others, and God in a gentle, non-judgmental, and welcoming place.
Foundress Christine Jurisich's early days in ministry included over ten years as a national leader of Ministry of Mothers Sharing. Among her many accomplishments is the development of the On the Journey Retreat Series. Read Christine's complete bio here.
WITHIN MINISTRIES brings women of all ages and life experiences together to engage in a spiritual process that illuminates and affirms their sacred dignity.
WITHIN MINISTRIES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Member, MN Council of Nonprofits.
phone: (612) 412-4871