2018 is upon us and there is no better time than the beginning of a new year to look at new beginnings and beginning anew. Each week at Creative Living, you will be inspired, empowered and uplifted to create newness in your life by anchoring and grounding in our timeless Science of Mind teachings.
January 7 – “What’s Your Manifesto for 2018?”with Creative Living’s Spiritual Life Coaches and Special Music by Renee Grant Patrick
Ernest Holmes started sharing his philosophy in what is known as “living room sessions.” These lively discussions went on for many years forming and engaging others and starting a movement. Please join a panel of Spiritual Life Coaches as they engage in personal conversation of how the Science of Mind principles apply to their lives and yours. In this lively living room discussion, you will get a chance to craft your own manifesto for the upcoming year and leave moved, touched and inspired about what it means to live a divinely creative life.
January 14 – “The 10 Commandments (revised edition)”with Rev. Bill Marchiony and Special Music by Kirsten Plambeck
The original Commandments are powerful and well-known, but in many ways lack context in today's world. Most of the commandment are things we should NOT do, which is a challenge when we are focused on the Science of Mind perspective of getting to "Yes." Rev. Bill provides an update on the Commandments as powerful intentions we can set, with a clear reminder that we are sacred beings creating joy-filled, holy lives.
January 21 – “Homesick for Your Real Self”with Guest Speaker and Guest Musician Ester Nicholson
You are empowered, confident, safe and more than enough. But, all too often, you simply forget and disconnect from your true identity. Remember, you were not created out of unworthiness, lack or fear. You may have been born into dysfunction, but you were created out of GREATNESS! You’ve been longing to return home to your authentic self. In today’s moving and empowering talk, Ester will help get you home where you belong! See a video of Ester Nicholson at Agape here.
January 28 – “Begin Again...and Do the Right Thing”with Guest Speakers and Guest Musicians JD Martin and Jan Garrett
There is no time like the present to step up your spiritual practice, and bring your gifts and talents into the world with more heart and soul than ever, letting love, compassion, and good humor lead the way. As our song lyrics suggest, "Take heart, wake up in the middle of a dream, and do the right thing.” That is what we will do today!
“Joy” is a word often heard at this time of year, but is it really being felt? And what is it exactly? According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu in “The Book of Joy,” joy is deeper than happiness and often comes in unlikely packages. With their guidance as well as a little help from other friends, we will explore how we can transform joy from being a passing state into an enduring trait, from a fleeting feeling into a lasting way of being, which will bring joy not only to our lives but to the world.
December 03 - “Jump for Joy”with Special Music by Andrea Beaulieu
The Dalai Lama once said, “One great question underlies our existence. What is the purpose of life? After much consideration, I believe the purpose of life is…” Are you interested in finding out the rest of that statement and how to fulfill life’s purpose? If so, be sure to be with us this beautiful Sunday morning. The answers will cause you to jump for joy.
Education Sunday, December 10 – “Bursting with Joy”with Special Music by Darius Lux
Today, we burst with joy as we celebrate those who have successfully completed coursework at Creative Living University during 2017. If you are one of the 138 students who graduated from a CLU class this year, be sure to be here today to receive your Certificate of Completion and a lot of love! And if you are not a CLU graduate, be sure to be with us anyway. There will be lots to burst with joy over during this service. Then, everyone, please join us at 12:45 pm to be a part of the cap and gown graduation ceremony of our 4 “Professional Practitioner Studies” graduates, Diana Darrell, Fran Peck, Jeannie Soverns and Monica Zickus. A cake and sparkling cider reception will follow the graduation.
December 17 – “A Joy to Behold”with Special Music by The JaJa's
According to His Holiness and the Archbishop, there are Eight Pillars of Joy. This morning, we will stand on four of them and behold joy in a new light.
Christmas Eve, December 24, 10:00 am, 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm – “The Gift of Joy”
We will not have a regular Christmas Eve Sunday morning service, but rather, join Revs. Michele and Lonnie in the Holmes Fellowship Hall for coffee and conversation at 10:00 am. This will be a rich and joy-filled time. Then be sure to be with us on Sunday evening for our spectacular Candle Lighting Services at 6:00 and 8:00 pm where we will experience the joy of “The Gift I Am.” With special music by Point of Light, the One Voice of Love Choir, Dan Vega and The God’s in the House Band, this evening promises to delight and ignite your joy!
Sunday, December 31, 9:00 and 11:00 am – “Joy to the World” Special Music by Rev. John McClain
This final Sunday of the year (and Rev. Michele’s final Sunday before her two-month sabbatical), we will stand on the second four of the “Eight Pillars of Joy” according to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu in “The Book of Joy.” When we live from all Eight Pillars, we truly will BE and will BRING Joy to the World!