Category Archives: Chapter Events

Snow: A Cross or Joy?

Happy New Year! I hope this new year has started off well for everyone.

Last year, our family kicked off the new year with a new hot water heater – the old one having broken the very last day of 2014. A memorable New Year’s that was! Though it was a bit stressful, in the end it was a blessing to finally have hot, not lukewarm, water on a moment’s notice. It’s the little things in life!

Actually, they say the key to happiness in life is pleasure in the little things. Like today, snow is forecast, which means slippery roads and sidewalks, but it is also a call to slow down in every sense of the word. Take time. Don’t rush, not just on the roads and walkways, but in life. Like stopping to smell the roses, stop to watch the snow fall. This is the season of blanketed fields of white, sweaters and hot cocoa. Sure, we may pine for sunshine and breezy summer days, but those are joys for another day.

snowy road in winter

A call to slow down…

There are joys reserved for us every day. Sometimes they are disguised as crosses, as in the case of snow. It is all about perspective.

The following reflection from Day 3 of the 9 Days for Life Novena was offered on a day when praying for those who long for a child, but it applies to many situations:

It can be very difficult and painful when the Lord doesn’t answer our prayers the way we hope. We may have many doubts and questions, wondering why we face the challenges that we do. Yet even though our suffering is often shrouded in a sense of mystery, we believe that the Lord loves us with great tenderness and compassion that is beyond our imagination. Knowing this, we can trust that “all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28).

Whatever your cross is today, we pray that, in this moment as you read this, the Lord will bless you with His peace. May He show you the joy He has reserved for you today. And may we all praise and bless Him for His goodness!

Please consider joining us for the following upcoming events in the Mid-Missouri area:

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NFP Family Potluck June 28th

potluckpic6-28-15Summer time is here again! Well, okay, not officially until Sunday, but you know what I mean.

It’s time for our annual NFP Family Potluck! I know, weekend plans get booked way ahead for some families, but we hope you can squeeze this into the agenda. There’s always room for good food and fellowship, right? 😉

This year the event will be held  Sunday, June 28th, at Schaefer Pavilion, which is just outside Jefferson City (3108 Cedar Bend Rd.). Dinner will be from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Some of us will also be attending the first Mass of Thanksgiving by newly ordained Fr. Geoff Brooks at Immaculate Conception at 2:00 PM. Feel free to join in either/both celebrations.

Note: Due to food allergies, we ask that you do not bring finger foods that contain milk, eggs or nuts.

We hope to see you there!

 

New Life & Spring Happenings

Hello NFP Family! My apologies for the long blog silence. God has blessed us with a new addition to the household and it has taken some time to readjust.

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I am always amazed by God’s love. It is so wondrous and creative. He has used the love Jeremy and I have for each other to bring about a totally new human person, complete with body and soul, who will live for eternity. The mystery of creation and of God’s love is so profound and unfathomable, and yet we can hold it in our hands.

How quickly our lives can change! This time last year, we had no idea that we would be loving this new person into existence. Some know that we have been sincerely praying for a while for the blessing of more children, and so we thank those who have joined our petitioning the Lord, with special thanks to St. Joseph for his special intercession.

And so this Spring as we celebrate the gift of new life, and each new day God blesses us with, I will also be attempting to garden without a green thumb. I try to keep in mind, though, that God gives us all that we need to accomplish His will if we ask, including the energy with which to do it, and so as I attempt to find the balance with time and energy I will try my best to stay on top of posting. Note that the key work here is try. My philosophy is that my family gets the best of my time and attention, and as blogging is another skill I am still learning, like gardening, I cannot promise there will not be some lapses. I hope, though, that you will hang in there and continue to follow along as I chronicle the happenings in our little part of the world.

Upcoming Event: NFP Potluck
We are planning a Mid-Missouri NFP Family Potluck in June. Yay! I always enjoy catching up with other NFP families, and meeting new friends. The details will be forthcoming, but it looks like it will be June 28th, so keep that date in mind for us as we would really like to see you there!

Inspirational Reading
I thought I would share with you a post by Haley from Carrots for Michaelmas, in which she offers some tips for when you are not quite yet living the life you dreamed. Haley and her family are preparing to embark on a new adventure which they have been working hard to achieve. I have a feeling that this may speak to many of us. I find it inspirational as I know we are not in our “ideal” place. In our fast-paced world of instant gratification, it is helpful to know that there are others like us out there who through hard work are still achieving a greater dream. Maybe for some, those dreams include having children, or more children, owning a home, having a better and more fulfilling job, and so on. For Jeremy and I, the hard work lies in exercising more patience and fortitude, and continually trying to align our hearts with the will of God through prayer so that we stay true to His calling in our lives, as He knows best what will make us happiest. As the saying goes (in my own words): God always answers prayers; sometimes He says “no,” or at least, “not yet.” For those of you who are also in this situation, and who may be receiving this answer from God, I pray for the patience and fortitude you need, and that God is ready to bestow, to endure this time of working and waiting, while enjoying the blessings of every day.

And may God bless you this Easter springtime with new life!

breakfast-21707_640Whew, what a summer! Hope everyone has had a great one. Can’t believe schools are back in session, or for others, will be starting soon.

It’s already time for our Mid-MO NFP Family Potluck!

Please come join us this Sunday. It will be at Our Lady of Lourdes-Flanagan Hall, starting around 12:30pm (following the 11:30am Mass). Anyone and everyone is invited, whether a NFP-user or not. Singles, couples, families, everyone. There’s sure to be good food, not to mention good company. We hope to see you there!

 

Columbia, MO: Next Class Begins Sept. 22nd

For those of you in the Columbia, Mo., area, we have another main class series beginning Sunday Sept. 22nd at 1:30pm.

The first class will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes parish hall in Columbia, and classes two and three will be held in their home. Teaching couple, Christian and Kate Basi, have made the first class free and available to anyone interested in learning more about the Couple to Couple League’s sympto-thermal NFP method without the cost of registration. An RSVP is requested so that they know how many to expect, but it is not required. So, for you last-minute planners, come on by!

Each class is usually about 2 1/2 hours long, and students learn quite a bit in this short amount of time, especially with the first one, so be prepared to put your thinking caps on. A certain amount of class time is spent putting the method to work by completing practice charts. Those interested in continuing the course will receive help interpreting their personal charts at the second and third classes.

This is the last scheduled class for this year; more classes have already been scheduled for 2014 and can be found here. However, if additional classes are desired sooner, or if those dates do not work for you, please do not hesitate to contact a teaching couple in your area. You can also contact Jeremy and Maria Henson, who would be happy to discuss a possible virtual course with you.

Additionally, we do not have any postpartum and premenopause classes scheduled at this time, but we hope to soon. In the meanwhile, please also contact one of our teaching couples if either of these courses are needed.

To register for the above class series, or to search for additional classes, go to http://register.ccli.org/.

Upcoming Kansas City Teacher Training Seminar

We have exciting news: the Archdiocese and Diocese of Kansas City is sponsoring a NFP CCL Teacher Training Seminar in our area! This is a unique opportunity to complete over 50% of the teacher training course which otherwise takes about nine months to complete online.

The seminar will be held October 18-20, 2013, at St. Therese Parish in Parkville, MO. The schedule is Friday, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm; Saturday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm; and Sunday, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm. Contact Christine Downey to register (913) 837-3182. Childcare will be provided by current CCL instructors and promoters.  Cost $45 includes meals. Scholarships are available.

This seminar will alsBookso be offered in Spanish at the same time and location. If you or someone you know is interested in teaching NFP in Spanish, please contact Jana Coffman at jana_thomas_84@yahoo.com or 417-343-5008.

Please consider answering the call and becoming part of this rewarding ministry!