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Shelter from the storm
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, in collaboration with other community organizations, opened the Food and Resource Support Center last fall in downtown Truckee to help people in need.
The FRSC provides a hot meal every Thursday between noon and 2 p.m., with the cooking and serving of the meal rotating among members of Assumption Parish, the Lutheran/Presbyterian Church, and the Church of the Mountains. They are currently looking for other churches or organizations to participate in the rotation. Soon the FRSC will open a Clothing Closet for the distribution of used clothing in good condition. Donations of food and clothing can be brought to the FRSC during hours of operation. For monetary donations, please make checks payable to the Food and Resource Support Center and mail to the following: Food and Resource Support Center, c/o Assumption Parish, 10930 Alder Drive, Truckee, CA 96161.
Centering prayer meditation group at For Goodness Sake
A new centering prayer meditation group will meet weekly on Fridays, 12:15-1 p.m. at For Goodness Sake in Truckee. Centering prayer is a Christian spiritual practice that seeks “heartfullness” along with mindfulness. With roots in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition, centering prayer moves us towards emptying, silence in our deepest self, and opening to the divine presence. It can be transformative and healing when practiced over time.
Rev. Kathy Cornell Mahoney of Truckee’s Church of the Mountains will facilitate the group. Participants will learn the principals of centering prayer and then practice the spiritual discipline as a group. An online sharing circle for ongoing reflection, encouragement and support will also be available to participants. The group will also explore wisdom concerning centering prayer by noted contemplatives like Cynthia Bourgeault, Thomas Merton and Thomas Keating. No experience with centering prayer is necessary and all are welcome.
Those interested are asked to call or email Church of the Mountains at 530-587-4407 or email@example.com. Please leave your name and contact information so they may expect you.
Classical Guitar Concert
The Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Society and Squaw Valley Chapel will host world class classical guitarists Rene Izquierdo and Elina Chekan in concert 4 p.m., Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 444 Squaw Peak Road, Olympic Valley, 96146. Both artists received graduate degrees from the Yale School of Music and both teach at the University of Wisconsin. Rene is originally from Cuba and Elina from Belarus. Both perform around the world. Tickets are $15 and for an additional $10, participants will have chance to have dinner and meet the artists following the concert. Tickets are available on-line at www.sierraguitar.org or Sunday mornings beginning April 1, 2012 at Squaw Valley Chapel.
YoungLife and WyldLife Clubs and events
YoungLife for high school students meets Monday nights, 7:07-8:15 p.m., with a Woodleaf summer camp July 7-13 and Adventures in Santa Cruz Aug. 5-10. WyldLife, for middle school students grades sixth through eighth, meets at the Community Arts Center on Church Street in Truckee, 7-8 p.m. every other Friday night. Visit www.truckee.younglife.org, call Area Director Ryan Hunter at 530-414-1290.