Dear Christ Church,
We’ve planned a Lenten Quiet Day for a limited number of parishioners who are hungry for a time of restoration, beauty, and prayer. The location is one of my favorite places in Texas, a hidden treasure just outside of Austin: Shield Ranch. You might remember me talking about this place during our Advent sermon series on “Becoming Tenders of the Garden.” This is your chance to experience it for yourself.
Old oaks and meadows, diverse species of birds and butterflies and, in March, wildflowers fill this beautiful piece of land. Barton Creek and hiking trails wind through it and you feel like you could be 100 miles from the city. The stewards of the land are dedicated to conservation, biodiversity and allowing people like Christ Church to visit in limited numbers, in order to meet with God in “the wild places.”
You’ll be led by Deacon Terri Fisher and Vera Bowen (parishioner and one of the stewards of the land) to slow down for a day of spiritual retreat, “consider the lilies of the field,” discover hope in loss, go for a guided hike, and enjoy a locally sourced lunch. Join us March 25th (9am-2pm) for a spring day of practicing attentiveness to God’s presence, creation, and beauty. Registration is open here. Space is limited.
You might also like to check out this Lenten Resource Page we’ve put together to help us all walk through this season with Jesus. Lastly, join us every Wednesday in Lent for a simple Communion service (12:30-1pm). Doors open at noon for quiet meditation and stations of the cross.