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Griefshare (Veterans Nov. 11)

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Surviving the HolidaysGreetings,

We will be honoring Veterans on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 for there brave service for our country. Why? It is because we know and treasure our freedom as a nation. Our personal spiritual freedom is just as important. There are many things that can hold us captive or cause us to get “Stuck” in life. But grief does not have to be one of them.

Please join us tonight, Monday, Nov. 09, 2015 at 6:30 pm as we cover  Session 6:Stuck. Participants will discover: 1. How to prevent getting stuck in grief. 2. Common misconceptions that hinder healing. 3. Why their path to healing isn’t always smooth.

This week’s presentation will be sure to lift your spirit, if you come with a childlike heart. Bring a friend or relative with you to share in this experience.

Blessings,

Brenda Harvey, Facilitator

GriefShare Ministry
P.S. Be encouraged by the devotional below.

Independence

I EMBRACE MY INDEPENDENCE.

My spiritual quest includes a calling to free myself from limitations and barriers that slow my progress. I let go of fear, feelings of lack, or resentments. Freedom from these roadblocks enables me to fully express my divine potential.

The apostle Paul advised the Corinthians to build their lives upon the foundational teachings of Jesus. Like seekers then, I create my life using spiritual tools. I release perspectives and behaviors no longer supporting me. I embrace those in alignment with my understanding of Truth.

Relying on the guidance and insight of God, I embrace my independence and follow the path to my highest good.

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Avoiding the Darkness of the Holidays

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December 4th, the Griefshare ministry at First Met will host a Griefshare ministry for the body of Christ.  The meeting that normally meets on Monday, will meet Wednesday at 7:00 pm to allow the congregation to experience the power of these meetings.  Griefshare is a powerful ministry tool that allows the community to be in relationship with one another, sharing in the pain, and working through the grief.  The group is private, but the affects of the private meetings result in public rejoicing. SurviveHolidays

You might be thinking, why the special meeting?  I’m glad you asked.  There is a sad tradition for many during the holidays.  While some are joyous, celebrating, roaming from party to party and enjoying the company of others, some throw their a private part at home.  Dr. Elaine Aron said in the article, Attending to the Undervalued Self,  “There is nothing bleaker, or more dangerous to survival, than being alone in the cold, physically or emotionally hungry, left out, while others are gathered around the fire, sharing food and gifts and above all, love.”  Many find themselves removing themselves from the company of others, to marinate in their hurt and pain, driving themselves into dark corners; many crashing into depression.

“Those suffering from any type of holiday depression or stress can benefit from increased social support during this time of year. Counseling or support groups can also be beneficial” says Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD.   Because of this, ministries like Griefshare are able to serve as a powerful group to battle the individual nature and dangers of grief.

The last session of Griefshare will be December 9, in the Upstairs Fellowship Hall of First Met.  The special Griefshare event is one that should not be missed.  The video, message and dialogue are ones that will be beneficial to all.  To find out more about the meeting on December 4th, email Sister Brenda Harvey.  Come and let the support of the body aid you in avoiding the darkness of the holidays.

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