Maundy Thursday Communion Service at 6:00PM on April 17, 2014

Our Maundy Thursday Communion Service is being held at 6:00PM on Thursday, April 17th, in the church sanctuary. It’s a lovely service and leaves one with a sense of belonging and a deep connection with the Divine.  Please join us.

Classes offered during week of April 6, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Reflections, Transitions, and Insights at the End of Life

Join Jonathan Ellerby PhD for a stimulating and meaningful discussion about our relationship to death and dying. Jonathan will talk about spiritual views of death, spiritual practices relating to dying, and will lead an open discussion and stories that explore these topics and more.
Please enter through side entrance.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

6:00pm to 7:30pm

 Visualization and Guided Imagery as a Tool for Healing and Awakening

 Join our minister Rev. Dr. Jonathan Ellerby for a powerful session exploring many of the fundamental philosophies and practices involved in the use of visualization and guided imagery, along with a guided experience that will offer a sense of healing and connection.

Queen City Jazz Band Returns for Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Queen City Jazz Band will once again perform at the First Divine Science Church on April 20th as our joyous acknowledgment of the Easter Season.  Starting at 10 AM the band, including vocalist Wende Harston, will play it’s traditional Dixieland Jazz.  The QCJB has been delighting audiences for over fifty years not only in Denver but at major Jazz/Swing festivals all over the country.  We welcome you to feel the Spirit with us at our annual, unique celebration of Easter.  Following the service, a bounteous lunch will be served in the dining room.

Annual Meeting this Sunday, March 30, 2014

Be sure to attend our Annual Meeting, held in the dining room following lunch.  There are three vacancies to be filled on the board this year so the attendance and input of all active members is important.  The nominating committee has put forth names to fill the vacancies and nominations are accepted from the floor under standing rules as noted in the By-Laws.

Come join us as we mark yet another milepost in this exciting year of change.

Two One-Day Classes offered by Dr. Ellerby Week of March 9, 2014

 

TUESDAY MARCH 11 ~ EVENING CLASS

AN ANCIENT BALANCE:

EARTH-BASED TRADITIONS & THE FUTURE OF SPIRITUALITY

Understanding Native American, First Nations and Indigenous Traditions and Their Role In The Contemporary Advancement of Consciousness and Global Spiritual Growth.

With Rev. Dr. Jonathan Ellerby

6:30pm to 8pm

Meet in the main Sanctuary.

 

 

THURSDAY MARCH 13 ~ DAYTIME CLASS

ENLIGHTENMENT AND THE EVERYDAY:

HOLDING THE JOURNEY OF AWAKENING CONSCIOUSNESS

WHILE AGING, MANAGING A FAMILY, OR MOVING THROUGH THE STAGES OF LIFE

With Rev. Dr. Jonathan Ellerby

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Meet in the main Sanctuary.

Join us in Welcoming our New Spiritual Director

March 9, 2014 - The day has finally arrived…Dr. Jonathan Ellerby is presenting his first service as our new, full-time minister and spiritual director.  The talk is aptly titled “A Prayer for the Future”.  Drawing on the roots of tradition and mysticism from around the world, Jonathan explores how an aspiring and inspiring innovation in spirituality might look  in our spiritual community and the world.   Come, be a part of this exciting time and help welcome Jonathan to our community.

Inspiring and Productive Retreat Held February 15-16

A very large and representative portion of our community participated in the weekend retreat held on the 15th and 16th of February, facilitated by our minister-in-waiting, Jonathan Ellerby, PhD.  We discussed the history of our church, what we love about the church and what our fears are about going forward under new leadership.  Consensus was built around our mission/goal for ourselves and for our community.  Priorities were set for the first six months and the process of deciding on a new name was begun.  It was an exciting opportunity to get to know Jonathan and each other.  We feel we can go forward confident in our knowledge that traditions will be honored and that we will each be given the opportunity to learn and grow in our consciousness.

Retreat Schedule for February 15-16 – Planning for the Future of our Community

As mentioned in the preceding post, under the leadership of  Jonathan Ellerby, our new spiritual director, we are holding a two day retreat to discuss our future direction as a spiritual community.  It is important that all members and friends of the church participate and let Jonathan and the board know what they love about the church, along with their fears, hopes and expectations.

 ·        Attendees are welcome to come and go as they need. Please expect the schedule to be full and the days to finish later, rather than earlier. We will try to honor the schedule as it is for people who are making plans to only attend certain parts.

·        Bring a bottle for water

·        Bring snacks if you feel you may need them

·        Dress comfortably

·        Sessions will be held on the main “stage” in the Sanctuary, with the exception of the Saturday meditation which will be in its usual location.

       The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, February 15

9:00 – 10:00  Silent Meditation

10:00 -11:30  What We Love: reviewing the history and present state of the community

11:30 – 1:30    What We Dream Of: ideal future and goals

1:30 – 3:00     Break

3:00 – 4:30    Concerns, Fears and Limits We Choose

4:30 – 5:30    What’s In A Name?

Sunday, February 16

1:30 – 3:30     Setting Priorities

3:30 – 4:00    Break

4:00 – 5:00    Next Steps, Stages and Expectations

5:00 – 5:30    Vision Review and Closing Comments

 

Jonathan Ellerby, PhD, Unanimously Selected as Spiritual Leader

 In our 116th year, we welcome Dr. Jonathan Ellerby as the spiritual leader of our community. His unanimous selection by our Board and his unanimous approval by the community testify to our open-hearted support for him and his ministry. Jonathan begins his service to our community by conducting a retreat open to and for everyone associated with us on Saturday and Sunday, February 15 and 16. The agenda for this auspicious beginning is posted separately. He will return Sunday March 9 to formally assume his position here.

Rev. Dr. Jonathan Ellerby has spend more than 20 years dedicating his time and attention to studying and personally experiencing the transformative, creative nature of Consciousness, inspired by diverse settings and teachers around the world. A lifelong traveler on the mystical path, he begins this ministry with us through developing inward disciplines of prayer, meditation, contemplation, and cross-cultural practices. He also serves as a teacher and guide, leading classes and workshops, developing new programs, and offering spiritual counseling and private coaching – all to nourish the head and the heart, while enlightening the soul.

Jonathan comes to this vocation with a strong educational path, holding a doctorate in comparative religion in which he focused on health and spiritual awakening. He has met and studied with healers, spiritual masters and personal growth experts in more than forty cultures around the world. Most recently, he devoted the past three years to creating and founding the TAO Inspired Living Center, a wellness and event center sixty miles south of Cancun in the Rivera Maya. Prior to innovating that unique community, he created the successful Spiritual Care Department for the acclaimed Canyon Ranch Health resorts in Tucson and Lenox. He also served as the Spiritual Care Director for the Health Sciences Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Out of this life of creating and serving, have come five books: Working With Indigenous Elders (2000); God Works: Why God is Nothing You’d Expect and Everything You’ll Need (2012),and The Promise of Paradise: Life Changing Lessons from the Tropics (2012), including two international best-selling books: Return to the Sacred: Ancient Pathways to Spiritual Awakening (2008) and Inspiration Deficit Disorder: The No-Pill Prescription to End High Stress, Low Energy and Bad Habits (2010) . He also created the audio self-study program Your Spiritual Personality: Finding the Path that’s Right for You (2009).

Rev. Dr. Jonathan’s passion for true spiritual awakening, combined with his simple, practical and personal approaches to inspired and soulful living, blending the sacred and the secular, are the heart of the forces that brought him to us and us to him.

Adopt-A-Family Cards Available December 8th

 

Sunday, December 8th, we will kick off our annual Adopt-A-Family gift-giving celebration.  Pick up a gift card from the tree under the West Balcony.  The card will contain the name of a child along with information on what gift will fulfill that child’s dream or need.  You get to do the shopping and wrapping and then place the gift (with the gift card on the package to be sure it gets to the correct family and child) under the same tree by December 15.  Time is short this year so be sure to get your card tomorrow.