2019 Emphasis

We, as a community faith, are engaging more deeply in a sacred journey of life in Christ as we emphasize the second part of our church’s mission statement this year – “formed in Christ”. Throughout 2019, we will journey as a community of faith as each individual intentionally finds ways to engage in a process of spiritual formation and open one’s heart to God. There will be a variety of opportunities available at Shades Crest that are designed to assist you in your own journey with God. We hope the opportunities available and the suggestions for personal engagement will be meaningful springboards for God’s transforming presence in your journey.

Spiritual Practices Seminar

Through the centuries Christ-followers have longed for an intimate, interactive relationship with God. These faithful followers discovered and passed on a variety of spiritual practices or habits that opened up space in their lives for God’s grace or action to transform them in Christ’s image. As we continue this year to explore ways to open ourselves more and more to “being formed in Christ,” you are invited to join us in discovering or becoming reacquainted with some of these practices or habits.

Once a month through November, we will explore specific clusters of spiritual practices in a seminar format. Each seminar will introduce the spiritual practice cluster, provide an opportunity for participants to experience the practice in some way, and dialogue with the presenter about the practices. Each seminar will be from 5-7 pm on a Sunday evening. Below you will find the list of the seminars that will be offered along with the date.

  • September 22 – The Practice of Examen and Discernment
  • October 20 – The Practice of Spiritual Friendship and Spiritual Direction
  • November 17 – The Practice of Soul Care – Sabbath, Retreat, and a Rule of Life

Monthly Spiritual Reading Preparation

One of the opportunities for your spiritual formation this year is to engage in spiritual reading. Each month, February-November, a book will be suggested for our congregation to read individually. A couple weeks prior to the month, the title of the book and publication information will be listed on this page so you can order it before the month begins. A link will also be provided with some information about why this book was selected and some suggestions about your engagement with the book. At that time, you will also find the date of an informal, optional opportunity for conversation about the book if you would find that enriching and/or helpful. These dates will be scheduled toward the end of the month so you will have ample time for reading.

Click here to learn more about the nature and purpose of spiritual reading.

Discovering Our Spiritual Identities,
by Trevor Hudson.

Join us next, Tuesday, September 3 at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall to discuss the last four chapters (12-16). We’ll also share what we’ve discovered about our personal spiritual journeys with God through Trevor Hudson’s writings.

The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen. This book can be ordered on Amazon. Please contact the Church Office is you have difficulty securing a copy.


  • August 27-31            The Introductory Material, pp. 1-23
  • September 1-6         Part I: The Younger Son, pp. 25-58
  • September 8-13       Part II: The Elder Son, pp. 59-88
  • September 15-20    Part III: The Father, pp. 89-119
  • September 22-27    Conclusion and Epilogue, pp. 120-139

Time Alone with God

Click here for four opportunities to personally reflect and talk with God about some of the things discussed in the “Formed in Christ” Orientation Sessions.

“Formed in Christ” Worship Series

Click here for suggestions about what you can do this week to prepare for the three worship series on the theme of being formed in Christ.

Click here to listen to the second worship series, “The Disciple’s Triangle.”

Contemplative Worship Services

Throughout this year, we will have four contemplative worship experiences as a part of the “formed in Christ” emphasis. We hope you will join us for our next contemplative worship experience on Tuesday, November 19 at 6:30 pm.