Spiritual Growth Resources
We strive to provide a variety of ways to grow in our spiritual journey as we develop intimacy with God. Below you will find a listing of online resources, print resources, and seasonal special events to assist in our spiritual development.
Women's Winter Retreat
January 4-5, 2013 (6:30 pm Fri. to 5:00 pm Sat.), Briarwood Retreat Center
After the busy, hectic holidays, take a much-needed break and re-charge your spiritual batteries at the beautiful wooded Briarwood Retreat Center outside of Argyle! Leslie Stewart, certified spiritual director, will lead us in a time of making space in our hearts, in our environments, and in our relationships for God. Briarwood Retreat Center offers a lodge for our large-group gatherings, motel-style rooms, walking trails on 70 acres of beautiful woods, an outdoor prayer labyrinth, and fabulous food! Mark your calendars now! Registration runs Nov 4- Dec 18 until all spots are filled. Register in the church foyer or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost: $85 including double room or $40 without ovenight accomodations.
Walk to Emmaus Spiritual Retreat
Upcoming Dates: Men's Walks- Sept 27-30, 2012; Feb. 21-24, 2013; Sept. 19-22, 2013. Women's Walks- Oct. 4-7, 2012; April 18-21, 2013; Oct. 10-13, 2013.
The Walk to Emmaus is a 72 hour spiritual renewal retreat designed to strengthen the faith of Christian people and then, through their discipleship, to strengthen their families, their congregations, and the world in which they live. The Walks are held at the Briarwood Retreat Center outside of Argyle. Click HERE to visit the Walk to Emmaus web site or click HERE to visit the Denton Area Emmaus Community (DAEC) for more information. Contact person at Fellowship UMC for Emmaus Walks- Sonya Shahan at email@example.com.
June 19-22, 2013, Dallas Convention Center
The Benedictine Experience is designed to bring together community men and women, lay and clerical, to study and experience the balanced way of life according to the Rule of St. Benedict, giving attention to body, mind, and spirit. Participants take part in an ordered day of prayer, study, work, and leisure. For more information, click HERE to visit the Friends of St. Benedict web page. Contact person: Sonya Shahan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Prayer/Devotional Resources
Upper Room Daily Devotional- http://www.upperroom.org/devotional
Short daily Bible readings for reflection and prayer. The Upper Room is a ministry dedicated to supporting the spiritual formation of Christians seeking to know and experience God more fully.
Audio Lectio by The Upper Room- http://alivenow.upperroom.org/2011/05/13/audio-lectio/
Meditate by using an excerpt from each week’s lectionary gospel reading. Pray while at your computer or download it to pray on the go.
Sacred Space- Daily Prayers- http://sacredspace.ie
Spend ten minutes a day praying with a different daily scripture verse each day. Sponsored by the Jesuit Communication Centre.
My Utmost for His Highest- http://utmost.org
Daily devotionals based on Oswald Chambers’ classic, My Utmost for His Highest, which is compiled from sermons given throughout his career.
Online Bible Resources
Bible Gateway- http://www.biblegateway.com
Web site that contains Bible translations of the NIV, TNIV, King James, and The Message. Also contains a variety of Bible reading plans.
One Year Bible Online- http://www.oneyearbibleonline.com
Read through the Bible in one year with daily passages taken from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs.
National Council of Churches- http://www.ncccusa.org/welcome/sitemap.html
Online NSRV translation.
Christian Classics Etheral Library- www.ccel.org
Vast collection of the great writings in the Christian tradition that are in the public domain.
Online Young Adult Resources
Method X- http://www.upperroom.org/methodx/thelife-
Online Christian community where young adults (college to 30’s) can identify and explore their relationship with God and others.