Spiritual Resources

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Happiness in life flows from and is dependent upon the spiritual condition of the heart. Nurturing a vibrant spiritual life comes through practices such as prayer, reflection on Scripture, spiritual direction, and worship, to name a few. All of this occurs within the context of God’s enabling grace. We offer a variety of such practices for you to nurture your spirit.

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Prayer & Care

There are so many ways First Congo seeks to provide care for those in need including:

  • Prayer Requests
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
  • Called to Care
  • Caregiver Support Group
  • Congo Cooks Meal Ministry
  • “Conversations” Podcast
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The Stiffler Labyrinth

Please note: The labyrinth is available for private walks by appointment only. Please contact Bob Kos at bobkos@hotmail.com to schedule a time for your household to walk. 

Our Stiffler Labyrinth (dedicated in September 2015) is 36 feet in diameter and is an 11-circuit unicursal pattern following the design found on the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France, which dates to 1201–1207.

A spiritual tool dating back to ancient times, a labyrinth offers a pathway of prayer and a walking meditation. When walking the labyrinth, be open to whatever may happen since your expectation may get in the way of your experience. Each walk is different— just as each person’s walk differs from those of others.

Unlike a maze, which has tricks, obstacles, dead-ends and many differing paths, a labyrinth is a single pathway in, with the same pathway out. On a labyrinth, there are no decisions that need to be made. Its whole is always visible. A labyrinth has only one path that leads the seeker into the center and back out again. It is a blueprint for your heart and soul.

In walking our labyrinth, you will have gone 1/3 of a mile.

*The Stiffler Labyrinth is open for self-guided walks whenever Plymouth Hall is not in use. Please check the church calendar.

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Self-Guided Labyrinth Walks During Lent

The labyrinth is a spiritual tool that gives us an opportunity to pray, repent, search our souls, reflect, look inward, seek justice, and rededicate ourselves and faith in preparation for the celebration of Easter. Prior to walking the labyrinth, set an intention to focus your walk. As you enter the labyrinth release your stress, anger, or frustration. As you approach the center, quiet your mind, listen, be open, and let the spirit guide the process, as the walk draws you closer to God. Then reflect on your devotional walk as you follow the path out and reconnect with your daily life. The labyrinth may be walked throughout the 46 days of Lent, (if Plymouth Hall is not in use, please check the church calendar). Walkers may also elect to walk directly into the center if they wish.

Labyrinth Etiquette

It is suggested before you begin your walk, you set your personal environment by dropping your ‘physical baggage’ such as keys, pocket change, cell phones, and watches.

Please do not take any drinks into the labyrinth. You will pass others while walking or they may pass you; remember, they, too, are on a personal pilgrimage. Being silent helps each one with their walking and praying.

Stay in the center for as long as you like, unless there is a need to make room for those who come into the center after you, and have the same need for space.

As you walk, honor each person’s space and mutual time for prayer and meditation. Walking a labyrinth may take anywhere from a few minutes to more than an hour, depending on the pace of the walker and the size of the labyrinth. You are free to walk the labyrinth at your own pace. You may pass another walker, or you may allow another walker to pass you. There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth.

Labyrinth guides are identified by the symbolic pendant they wear around their neck. They are there to answer any questions you might have and help you get the most from your walk.

Please contact Rev. Katherine Willis Pershey at katherine@wscongo.org, or Bob Kos at bobkos@hotmail.com with questions.

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Realm is church ministry software that connects the entire church and combines administration, accounting, and community into one system to personalize each person’s involvement in our ministry.

Church members and staff who use Realm love it! It’s quick and user-friendly and they can access it from their phone or computer. If you’re curious about REALM or just need a quick refresher, contact Jeannette Lloyd at jeannette@wscongo.org.

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