Religion – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Fri, 08 Nov 2019 16:28:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Operation Christmas Child hopes to fill 3,000 boxes http://www.pagosasun.com/operation-christmas-child-hopes-to-fill-3000-boxes/ Mon, 11 Nov 2019 12:00:53 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190734 By Jeannie Faverino
Special to The PREVIEW
Have you ever thought about life without a toothbrush or a bar of soap?
Millions of little children around the world have never experienced the luxury that we take for granted.
Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, has been bringing joy and God’s love to children around the globe living in impoverished situations and areas of disaster or war since 1993. Over 11 million shoe boxes are sent worldwide each Christmas season, giving many children the first gift they have ever received.
You and your entire family can be part of the world’s largest Christmas project, too. It’s easy here in Pagosa Springs, for 18 local churches have a table in their lobby filled with red and green shoe boxes and smiling volunteers to assist you.
Several businesses — including Ace Hardware, Bookends, Dollar General, High Altitude Closet, UPS, First Southwest Bank, Wells Fargo and Colorado Roadhouse — have boxes waiting for you to fill as well.
Just pick a boy or girl ages 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14 and go shopping at one of our local stores for items like a toothbrush, soap, washcloth, a pencil, crayons and a coloring book. Throw in a little doll, car, stuffed animal, shirt and pair of socks. Personalize your gift with a picture of you and a note of encouragement.
Don’t include candy or toothpaste so it will meet custom regulations. Labels are provided in each box, as well as an opportunity to donate $9 for postage of your box.
Linda George, our team leader for Archuleta County, is counting on you to help us reach our goal of 3,000 boxes for the 2019 season.
The collection week for all shoe boxes will be Nov. 18-25. Our drop-off location is CrossRoad Christian Fellowship, 1033 Park Ave., next to the Recreation Center. Bring your filled boxes during the following times and bring joy to a child:
• Nov. 18, noon-5 p.m.
• Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Nov. 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Nov. 24, 1-5 p.m.
• Nov. 25, 8-10 a.m.

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St. Patrick’s annual Christmas Tea set for Dec. 7 http://www.pagosasun.com/st-patricks-annual-christmas-tea-set-for-dec-7/ Sun, 10 Nov 2019 12:00:02 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190736

Photo courtesy Lynne McCrudden
Wendy McAllister welcomes you to St. Patrick’s annual Christmas Tea. This year’s tea is set for Dec. 7.

By Lynne McCrudden
Special to The PREVIEW
This is one of the Christmas events in Pagosa Springs not to be missed. This year’s tea is taking a different look. We are creating a Dickens Christmas in our redecorated Parish Hall. There will be the Tea Shoppe, The Olde Bookshoppe and the Speckled Hen Pub to choose to sit and enjoy tea, scones, delicious savories and those diet-breaking desserts.
The tea will be held on Dec. 7 and there will be two seatings. The first seating is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the second seating is from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The tables will be mostly tables of four so you can sit, sip, munch and chat.
Between the two seatings there will be beautiful Christmas music in the Sanctuary from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. The music will be provided by the Nightsong Trio and The Dickens Carolers, and the performance is open to the public and does not require a ticket to the tea to attend. So, encourage your friends who may not be able to make the tea to join you for some lovely music.
The women of the church will also provide gifts and crafts in the Curiosity Shoppe and gently used books will be available for sale in the Olde Bookshoppe.
A great afternoon of shopping, eating and music can be yours for a ticket of $15. The tickets will go on sale Monday, Nov. 18, at 9 a.m. in the church Parish Hall. No tickets will be sold before this date and if we do not sell out on Monday, tickets will be available in the church office Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.
Gather your favorite friends for an afternoon of quiet fellowship, a lovely English tea and beautiful Christmas music. Isn’t this the perfect way to start one of the busiest times of the year? A little calm before the Christmas rush.

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UUs to discuss faith: what it means and what it does http://www.pagosasun.com/uus-to-discuss-faith-what-it-means-and-what-it-does/ Sat, 09 Nov 2019 12:00:29 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190748 By Dean Cerny
Special to The PREVIEW
All religious and spiritual traditions make reference to having “faith.” What exactly are they referring to when they make claim to having faith? Is there but one definition of faith? Many would say yes. The wise would search their hearts, not their heads, to find the answer.
On Sunday, Nov. 10, at 10:30 a.m., the Pagosa Unitarian Universalists will venture down the path of “faith meanings.” To aid in that exploration, we will view faith through the lens of the Hindu, Buddhist and Christian spiritual traditions. Not only will we discover some insightful differences in these “faith” traditions, we will also uncover many profound similarities.
Now that you’ve adjusted to the new seasonal time change, join us for a shift in your thinking and feeling about the timeless spirituality of “faith.” This service will be led by the somewhat faithful Pastor Dean Cerny.
Religious Exploration (RE) classes are held on the third and fourth Sundays and continue through to May, For more information about RE, contact Anna Ramirez at afrancis_@hotmail.com.
Check out our calendar of events at pagosauu.org. All of these events take place at Unit B-15 of the Greenbriar Plaza. From North Pagosa Boulevard, turn onto Park Avenue, then turn into the Greenbriar Plaza, drive to the east side of the parking lot and look for the Unitarian Universalist sign, facing north.
If you would like to schedule a private meeting with Cerny, or for further information, call 731-7900.

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Sunday Night Unplugged to feature sounds of the harp http://www.pagosasun.com/sunday-night-unplugged-to-feature-sounds-of-the-harp/ Sat, 09 Nov 2019 12:00:11 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190750 By Sally Neel
Special to The PREVIEW
This Sunday evening at 5 p.m., St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church will feature harpist Anne Eisfeller at its monthly service of music and meditation, Sunday Night Unplugged.
Eisfeller is the principal harpist of the Santa Fe Symphony, as well as Music in the Mountains and San Juan Symphony Durango. She recently retired from the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Philharmonic after 40 years of playing in Albuquerque.
Eisfeller has also played with the symphonies of El Paso, San Antonio, Hartford and San Salvador. In addition to Music in the Mountains, she has performed at the Aspen Festival and Britt, Cascade, Coast and Sunriver festivals in Oregon. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees with high honors from Indiana University.
“We are honored and thrilled that Anne has agreed to play for Sunday Night Unplugged,” said Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “This service is one of quiet prayer and meditation, one perfectly suited for the beauty of the harp. I know that everyone who attends will be abundantly blessed by this special evening.”
Sunday Night Unplugged is a monthly offering at St. Patrick’s that includes brief readings and prayers punctuated by silence and music. Those in attendance are invited to light candles as a symbol of their prayers and to sit or stand quietly and enjoy the view of the mountains and trees from the clear transept windows.
This service is a wonderful opportunity to “unplug” from the rest of the world, to soak in the peace of God’s love and to offer your prayers of intercession or thanksgiving. It is a gift you give yourself in the midst of a confusing and tumultuous world, a time to center yourself in a quiet space. All are welcome to attend free of charge.
St. Patrick’s is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. Sunday Night Unplugged is offered the second Sunday evening of every month at 5 p.m.
You also are welcome to come and walk the outdoor labyrinth located behind the church parking area. The labyrinth is always open and available to those who wish to make this a part of your time of prayer and meditation.

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New Thought topic: ‘A Day in the Temple’ http://www.pagosasun.com/new-thought-topic-a-day-in-the-temple/ Sat, 09 Nov 2019 12:00:10 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190752 By Lisa Burnson
Special to The PREVIEW
All are welcome to join New Thought Center (NTC) on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 10:30 a.m. for our presentation: “A Day in the Temple.”
Guest speakers Karen Aspin and Rebecca Cortez will be sharing music, meditation and a slide presentation of their visit to the Italian eco-spiritual community Damanhur, which is known for its underground temple.
We welcome people of all religions, genders, cultures and races to our services, where we celebrate the Science of Mind and positive thinking.
Please notice we have begun winter hours, 10:30 a.m. on Sundays.
About us
NTC is a New Thought center based on fostering living a spiritually centered life and promoting the philosophies of the Centers for Spiritual Living and the Agape Centers. NTC honors all lifestyles, cultures and religious paths to the Divine.
NTC events are held at 3505 W. U.S. 160, on the second floor of the Best Western Lodge (elevator available).

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New Thought topic: ‘Embracing Change is a Spiritual Practice’ http://www.pagosasun.com/new-thought-topic-embracing-change-is-a-spiritual-practice/ Sat, 02 Nov 2019 11:00:09 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190303 By Lisa Burnson
Special to The PREVIEW
“What we are now — or what we now have and experience — is the result of what we have thought; and the answer to what we shall be is contained in what we are now thinking, for we can change our thinking.” — Dr. Ernest Homes.
All are welcome to join the New Thought Center for Inspirational Living (NTC) this Sunday, Nov. 3, at 10:30 a.m. as we present “Embracing Change Is A Spiritual Practice.”
Our guest speaker will be Claudia Milner, M.A., RscP, licensed Religious Science practitioner. We will be identifying the anatomy of change, defining stages of change and applying spiritual practice to embrace and navigate change in our life. Milner has over 25 years experience as an educator and is trained to help others expand beliefs to heal roadblocks through coaching and prayer.
Following the service, Milner will be conducting a 90-minute workshop on “Spiritual Practices to Embrace Change.” Please contact NTC for more information.
We welcome people of all religions, genders, cultures and races to our services, where we celebrate the Science of Mind and positive thinking.
Please remember the time change and notice we are beginning winter hours: 10:30 a.m.
Meditation circle
We invite the public to enjoy our weekly meditation circle each Wednesday at 6:15 p.m.
Upcoming events
Sunday, 2 to 3:30 p.m.: Open Writing Group. If you are writing a memoir or you enjoy writing in the company of others, join our Writing Group. Bring paper and be ready to write.
Thursday, Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m.: Local herbalist Sam Johnson will speak on “Herbal Knowledge.”
Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 9: “Native American Stories for Children” with Storyteller Harmony Fire Eagle. Times to be determined.
Sunday, Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m.: “Day in the Temple.” Karen Aspin and Rebecca Cortez will present music, meditation and slides of their visit to Damanhur.
Sunday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m.: Aspin and Rica Potenz will present “Inner Temple Sound Healing.”
Donations are appreciated. Please call NTC for more information.
About us
NTC is a New Thought center based on fostering living a spiritually centered life and promoting the philosophies of the Centers for Spiritual Living and the Agape Centers. NTC honors all lifestyles, cultures and religious paths to the Divine.
We welcome local talent to share gifts, aptitudes and knowledge. Have a hand in making a difference. Participate, learn or contribute your insights, beliefs, knowledge and skills.
NTC events are held at 3505 W. U.S. 160, on the second floor of the Best Western Lodge (elevator available).
Request a concentrated affirmative mind treatment or obtain information by joining us; emailing PagosaCommunityNewThought@gmail.com; mailing P.O. Box 1052, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147-1052; or calling (505) 604-5031. Find us on Facebook (Pagosa Community of New Thought) or our website, www.PagosaNewThought.org.

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A legacy of encouragement http://www.pagosasun.com/a-legacy-of-encouragement/ Thu, 31 Oct 2019 21:52:52 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190313 By Richard Gammill
Special to The PREVIEW
“Jack, pick up, sweetie, can you hear me? OK. I just want to tell you, there’s a little problem with the plane. I’m fine. I’m totally fine. I just want to tell you how much I love you.”
Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas left that message on her husband’s answering machine on Sept. 11, 2001. She called from United Airlines Flight 93. Was this her last message? Not at all.
Lauren was returning home to San Rafael, Calif., after attending her grandmother’s funeral, when she boarded the flight from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco, Calif. Eager to rejoin her husband, she arrived early at the airport and took a seat on doomed Flight 93 and departed before her originally scheduled flight.
Forty minutes after takeoff, four al-Qaida terrorists hijacked the plane carrying Lauren and 32 other frightened passengers and seven crew members. While the plane changed direction, the passengers learned the news of three other planes that hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. They realized they had to take action.
“Are you guys ready? Let’s roll!” shouted Todd Beamer, and the frantic unarmed passengers attempted to breech the cockpit door. Trying to stop the break in, the hijackers put the plane into a roll. Minutes later the plane plowed upside down at 563 mph into a reclaimed strip mine near Shanksville, Penn. Another 20 minutes and the plane would have reached Washington, D.C., most likely striking the U.S. Capitol.
As with the rescue efforts of New York City police and firefighters, United Flight 93’s heroism helped inspire and unify a stricken nation during the fitful aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
Several memorials were established around the country over the following decade applauding the actions of the crew and passengers of the ill-fated flight. One of them is “Lauren’s Garden” in Market Square Park in downtown Houston, Lauren’s hometown. It features a bust of the 38-year-old woman. Particularly meaningful to her husband, Jack, is the birthing room at Marin General Hospital, which he and the family-run Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas Foundation established in Lauren’s name. She was three months pregnant at the time of her death.
A memorial of another kind is Lauren’s book, “You Can Do It! The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-Up Girls.” A few months before she died, Lauren left her editorial position with Good Housekeeping to devote full time to writing the book, which encourages women to have faith in themselves and reach for new accomplishments. Her two sisters finished the book, which they published in 2005. Proceeds from the book support several charities, including a college scholarship fund.
During her short life, Lauren was active in a number of charitable organizations, including United Way, March of Dimes, Project Open Hand, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Breast Cancer Awareness and others. Her example inspires those who know her story.
By definition, those who encourage others will engender determination, hopefulness and confidence. Encouragement is a vital force that brings needed change and new upward direction.
Encouragement is at the heart of the Christian faith. When the Apostle Paul spread the gospel, “He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people …” (Acts 20:2, NIV). His written words of encouragement continue for all time.
One of the spiritual gifts listed in Romans 12 is “encouragement.” If you have that gift, says Paul, exercise it generously. The results are changed lives.
Barnabas was one of the stalwarts of the New Testament church “whose name means ‘son of encouragement’” (Acts 4:36). What a great way to be known.
Teachers, whether in Sunday school, grade school or college, can impart encouragement that endures for a lifetime. Monuments to teachers may not stand in many public places, but memories of their encouragement (“You can do this!”) live on in the minds of their pupils.
Each day brings countless opportunities to each of us to offer encouragement. We may never know how a word — or a note — of encouragement uplifts the life of a friend. We may forget what we said that meant so much, but our friend might remember the remark for years.
Like Lauren, may your own life leave a legacy of encouragement.

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UUs to discuss the spiritual journey of our political democracy http://www.pagosasun.com/uus-to-discuss-the-spiritual-journey-of-our-political-democracy/ Sat, 26 Oct 2019 11:00:51 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189859 By Dean Cerny
Special to The PREVIEW
As we approach the end of 2019, we find ourselves amid a contentious presidential election cycle. For some, the results of next year’s democratic process will yield much hope. For others, the outcome may result in much disappointment. For those who locate themselves within a religious faith tradition, this coming year will be quite a spiritual journey.
Unitarian Universalists (UUs) seek some form of faith sustenance through what promises to be a tumultuous period. How might their faith inform their politics?
UUs will most likely attempt to abide within the seven principles of their faith tradition. These principles will serve as a lodestar for UUs who see this coming year as a spiritual faith journey. What seems to be politics as usual can also be viewed as an opportunity for practicing the spiritual discipline of UU principles.
This discipline of spiritual practice will require much effort and energy. Are UUs ready and willing to engage? Join us this Sunday, Oct. 27, at 10:30 a.m., as we prepare for the coming political storm. This service will be led by Pastor Dean Cerny.
Check out our calendar of events at pagosauu.org. All of these events take place at Unit B-15 of the Greenbriar Plaza. From North Pagosa Boulevard, turn onto Park Avenue, then turn into the Greenbriar Plaza, drive to the east side of the parking lot and look for the Unitarian Universalist sign, facing north.
If you would like to schedule a private meeting with Pastor Dean, or for further information, call 731-7900.

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New Thought Center to present ‘The Cauldron of Life’ http://www.pagosasun.com/new-thought-center-to-present-the-cauldron-of-life/ Sat, 26 Oct 2019 11:00:17 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189855 By Lisa Burnson
Special to The PREVIEW
All are welcome to the New Thought Center this Sunday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m. for our presentation, “The Cauldron of Life.” Our guest speaker will be Karen Aspin.
This is an interactive, experiential introduction to a fun and easy process that helps you connect with inner aspects of yourself through soul messages. Everyone will have an opportunity to get a personal message.
For those who wish to further explore the process until 5 p.m., we can make a day of it as we go into guided journey, card making and in-depth 19 card self-interpreted reading for setting intentions for the next year. For details and registration, contact Aspin at 507-0435.
We welcome people of all religions, genders, cultures and races to our services, where we celebrate the Science of Mind and positive thinking.
“To experience and accept abundance, we must be convinced that, as we believe, the Universe provides.” — Dr. Ernest Holmes.
We will have spirited live music.
Meditation circle
We invite the public to enjoy our weekly meditation circle each Wednesday at 6:15 p.m.
Upcoming events
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2 to 3:30 p.m.: Open Writing Group. If you are writing a memoir or you enjoy writing in the company of others, join our writing group. Bring paper and be ready to write. Donation appreciated.
Thursday, Nov. 7: Local herbalist Sam Johnson will speak on “Herbal Knowledge.”
Nov. 8 and 9: “Native American Stories for Children” with Storyteller Harmony Fire Eagle.
The times are to be determined. Please call New Thought Center for more information.
About us
NTC is a New Thought center based on fostering living a spiritually centered life and promoting the philosophies of the Centers for Spiritual Living and the Agape Centers. NTC honors all lifestyles, cultures and religious paths to the Divine.
We welcome local talent to share gifts, aptitudes and knowledge. Have a hand in making a difference. Participate, learn or contribute your insights, beliefs, knowledge and skills.
NTC events are held at 3505 W. U.S. 160, on the second floor of the Best Western Lodge (elevator available).
Request a concentrated affirmative mind treatment or obtain information by joining us; emailing PagosaCommunityNewThought@gmail.com; mailing P.O. Box 1052, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147-1052; or calling (505) 604-5031. Find us on Facebook (Pagosa Community of New Thought) or our website, www.PagosaNewThought.org.

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A father’s assurance http://www.pagosasun.com/a-fathers-assurance/ Thu, 24 Oct 2019 21:07:38 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189857 By Jan Davis
Special to The PREVIEW
Blake ran to his dad’s bedroom as fast as his short little legs would carry him. He shook his father’s shoulder with all his 4-year-old strength. “Daddy wake up,” he cried.
Awakened by the sound of Blake’s footsteps on the hardwood floors, the father readied himself for his son’s appearance at his bedside. Right on cue, he sensed more than felt the little hand on his shoulder. He remained quiet while his son shared his fears.
“Daddy, the thunder hurts.” Blake pressed his hands over his ears. “And, the lightning streaked through my room and zipped out the window. Someone pounded on my window.” He took a deep breath and sobbed.
Dad looked into Blake’s eyes as tears rolled down his round rosy cheeks. “Don’t be afraid. It’s just a noisy Oklahoma thunderstorm.”
“Let me walk you back to your room.” Dad sat up and slipped into his house shoes. He reached for his son’s hand and together they walked down the short hallway to Blake’s room.
The father assured the child with his calm voice. “All tucked in. Snug as a bug in a rug.” He reached over and gave the child a kiss on his forehead. “Listen, the thunder is gone and stars fill the sky. The light rain a soft pitter-patter on the windowsill.” From the edge of Blake’s bed, he watched as his son’s eyes fluttered.
Before long Blake drifted into a peaceful sleep, until the morning sun streaked across his room to welcome a new day. Last night’s violent thunderstorm forgotten, he yawned and made his way to the kitchen.
At times, we wonder if our Heavenly Father cares. We cry out to Him, but our pleas seem to fall on deaf ears. Yet, in the silence of the night, we sense his presence and find comfort. He reaches out, takes our hand and guides us to a place of rest.
God knows our needs before we utter a word. He listens to our petitions and replaces our fears with his promises. The storms of life fall into perspective, when the Father speaks.
“The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears are open to their cry.” — Psalms 34:15 (NASB).
Because of Jesus, God hears our prayers.
I love you, but Jesus loves you more.

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