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128th Annual Meeting + Spiritual Life Retreat

Episcopal Church Women - Diocese of North Carolina

November 12-13, 2010
Hosted by the women of the Greensboro Convocation

“Decluttering Our Life for God:
The Benedictine Path of Simplicity”

Location: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 607 N. Greene St., downtown Greensboro

Schedule of Events:

Friday, November 12
Lunch on your own. There are dining options in the area of the hotel and church.
12:30-1:15 pm: Registration; exhibits & bookstore open
1:15-1:30 pm: Welcome and introductions
1:30-2:00 pm: Opening session: “Called by Name”
2:00-2:15 pm: Break
2:20-3:20 pm: Business session
3:30-4:30 pm: Convocation meetings
4:40-4:50 pm: United Thank Offering presenters meet for instructions
5:00-6:30 pm: Holy Eucharist with the Diocese of NC’s bishops, the Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry, the Rt. Rev. William O. Gregg and the Rt. Rev. Alfred “Chip” Marble, Jr.
6:30-7:00 pm: Reception
7:00-9:00 pm: Dinner (RSVP required) and entertainment
Saturday, November 13
8:00-8:45 am: Continental breakfast at Holy Trinity; exhibits open
8:30 am: Morning Prayer in Holy Trinity Chapel
8:50-9:00 am: Announcements
NOTE: All retreat sessions will be led by the Rev. Dr. Jane Tomaine and will include break times
9:00-9:20 am: Introduction to Decluttering Our Life for God
A Biblical Introduction – The Bent Over Woman and Jesus
What is decluttering, what can we declutter and how does decluttering have a positive impact on our hearts, minds and bodies?
9:20-10:10 am: Session 1 – Decluttering our Environment
The impact of a cluttered environment
The Bible and clutter
A process for decluttering the environment
10:15-11:10 am: Session 2 – Decluttering Our Heads
What clutters our heads and how this impacts our lives
Impact of attending to the present moment and time with God
A biblical tool for decluttering our heads
11:05 am-12:00 pm: Session 3 – Choice – The Root of Simplicity
The many choices we have
A Benedictine approach to choice
Tools for choice
12:00-12:30 pm: Session 4 – Pulling It All Together: Making Some Plans
12:45 pm: Blessing and adjournment; pre-ordered boxed lunches available
1:30-3:00 pm: Diocesan ECW Executive Board meeting