Newsletter 9.9.16

Dear Lights,

staycationLately, I’ve been on a quest to seek out wonder in my simple daily life.  Apparently, most of my neighbors are having Martha Stewart style breakfasts on their private beaches or country homes, or going on exotic trips.   In fact, one of my neighbors just sent their two older children to Paris for sleep-away camp for a couple of weeks. So here I am challenged to find wonder with my limited budget, which means a staycation at home. Turns out, it was one of the best memorable summers with my family.

I get the most amazing long cuddles with my kiddos every morning.  Sometimes, the girls will let me sleep in and will bring me a cup of coffee to my bed.  Of course, not every morning is so glorious.  If Sam and I sleep in too long, hell will sort of break loose.  Upon waking, we have found our apartment covered in glitter, tape, and string. Sometimes we find trails of books coursing through our abode.  Literally, every book that they can reach has been used to cover the floor.  It is actually quite amazing.

So, I am slowly finding wonder.  My kids are teaching me wonder.  “Mommy, look down.  Do you see my picture of Jesus?”  Turns out Khloe thinks Jesus wears a rainbow skirt, adorns his head in shaggy dreads, and wields a sword.  Think rastafari warrior Jesus.  There even appears to be what looks like a smoking joint in his hand, but I don’t want to be over interpret things.  “Mommy, look up! Do you see the clouds that look like a turtle dancing?”  Their imaginations are incredible.  “Mommy, come and jump in the bed in your undies!”  How could I resist?

bubble-man-central-park-oct-2012In our wonder, we trek through this concrete jungle and meet amazing strangers along the way.  We bond with bus drivers and artists, and chase enormous bubbles through Central Park.  We make sand angels on the beach.  We hold our breath as we ride the air tram to and from Roosevelt Island. We role play as knights and princesses eating dinner while sitting in our favorite diner. We stay up late dancing and eating cookies.  Time doesn’t own us.  We take our time finding glee and wonder.

As I continue to look for wonder, Sam and I have been blessed to go on many spontaneous dates this past couple of weeks.  One of them was overnight.  It’s been more than five years since we did anything spontaneous overnight without the kids.  So we indulged in yummy food and delicious drinks.   Got a little buzzed, maybe a little crazy. The only regret, not doing this sooner.  Thank you community for allowing us to experience this wonder again.

I realize wonder is also about restoring friendship. Wonder is learning to let go and breathe.  Wonder is trying something new and learning to laugh at yourself.  Wonder is choosing silly over formality.  Wonder is reaching out to another fellow human and sharing stories.  Wonder is also seeking out God again and again.

May we continue to find wonder and glee. Happy Sabbath!

Blessings,

Sarah McCash, Citylights Community Coordinator

This upcoming Sabbath (breakfast starts 11am and service begins at 11:30am)

From the beaches, and the lakes, from foreign countries, and snow capped mountains. From the airplanes, and sea planes, from trains, and ships, and automobiles, we return. We return to the rhythms of fall. The rhythms of life. The rhythms of community.

This Sabbath we will ask the question that will be asked in grade schools across the country; “What did you learn on your summer vacation/sabbatical?” We will sing, share, embrace and pray.

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Yoga by Peter Steens

Every 1st and 3rd Sabbath of the month.  Next Yoga Practice is Sept. 17.  Suggested donations is $10.  Please bring a mat and water bottle.

Citykids-

Citykids Party will be every 2nd Saturday of the month. Please note, next Citykids Party will be Sept.24.

Citykids Sabbath School will meet every Sabbath except on the 2nd of the month. Next Sabbath School will meet Sept. 17.

Donations:

All monetary donations and checks can be written to:

Citylights Community and mailed to:

P.O. BOX 239 New York, NY 10026

INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast!

We have updated our Facebook Group! (http://www.facebook.com/groups/CitylightsCommunity/). Feel free to post information, pictures, events, and use it to work out organizational logistics. It is a closed group, so information is not public. Also, feel free to invite others who have attended Citylights in the past (an administrator of this group will have to approve their membership). Weekly updates will still arrive to your email inbox directly from Sarah You can subscribe or unsubscribe to the weekly updates by sending an email to mccashsarah@gmail.com

Newsletter 8-5-2016

Hi Lights,

2013-RAL-Dove-300x248We will be taking a Sabbatical from our Sabbath services for the entire month of August.  Instead of spending our Sabbaths in the usual Quaker room, we will be spending it finding wonder in our New York City playground and beyond.  Our first wonder trip this upcoming Saturday is the magical Governor’s Island.  For those who have not been there, I urged you to come and make a day trip.  If you leave before 11:30am the ferry fare is free, otherwise it’s $2 bucks per person. The ferry leaves every half hour starting 10:00am from the Battery Maritime Building and starting at 11:00am from Pier 6 Brooklyn Bridge Park.  Click here for ferry schedule and maps.

12governors.spanImagine no cars on the island.  Just people walking, biking, or sleeping.  Bike rental and Citibike are available. You can even bring your own,  There are art installations, music and dance events, and the new Slide Hill that just opened this past month.  And when you want down time take a snooze in the Hammocks Grove, lounging around and eating yummy ice cream. So bring a water bottle and sack lunch, or you can buy all sorts of good eats from the food trucks.  Also, bring comfortable shoes to hike up The Scramble in The Hills.  We will have a picnic lunch on the grassy area.  Hope to see you there!

Governor’s Island (click here for movie of The Hills)

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When: August 6

Time: 11:00am

Where: Meet at the 10 South Battery Maritime Ferry in Manhattan

Cost: $2 per person after 11:30am otherwise it’s free.  Ferry leaves every half hour after 10am.

RSVP: Let me know if you’re planning to come at mccashsarah@gmail.com or text me at 909.238.5419

Announcements:

Aug. 6- Governor’s Island-Hosted by Sarah and Sam

Aug. 7 (Sunday)- Get together at 3pm in the Popescu’s home in Westchester, NY.

Aug. 13 – Lake Harriman- Hosted by Carmen

Aug. 20- Staten Island and beach getaway- Hosted by Kurt and Peter

Aug. 27- Visit Hoboken on the water front-Hosted by Carmen

Donations:

DONATIONSAll monetary donations and checks can be written to:

Citylights Community and mailed to:

P.O. BOX 239 New York, NY 10026

Blessings,

Sarah McCash, Citylights Community Coordinator

Newsletter 7.1.16

Hi Lights,

Something has been different about Khloe lately.  She has actually been asking for hugs and even kisses. I hold her tenderly in my arms, and we cuddle in a fetal like position together in my bed, laying there quietly.  I hold my breath, because I dare not ruin the moment.  I’m afraid the distraction of my breathing might break our cuddling.  This moment is golden, a slice of heaven.  I take everything in as if it’s my first time cradling my newborn child.  Even at bedtime she’s different.  When I put her down to sleep and lay down with her for a couple of minutes, I feel a warmth of energy upon me, and I look at her smile so big that it appears almost fake, as well as the biggest twinkle in her eye.  I smile back, and caress her cheeks; and little do I know that we’re having a smile contest.  Who can smile the most and the longest.  She whispers, “Momma, B3juj6bCIAAFW5oI love you so much” with a big smile on her face.  I break into pieces because I am reminded of how cross I was with her today.  She doesn’t remember me losing it, she is living in the now, in the present.  And I am reminded how I, too, should let go of the past and live in the present.  Sometimes, I am reminded about how hurt and angry I was when my mother was unable to come to my aid when I was in the hospital with a serious pregnancy complication with Hunter being delivered about seven weeks early.  I needed my mom so bad to hold my hand and hold the fort in my home.  I was scared.  I thought I might die, and forebodingly envisioned a future of Sam raising the kids without me.  My own mother responded to text that she just couldn’t come.  I was devastated and heart broken.  And then after my heartbreak, I was angry with rage.   I didn’t realize how angry I was until I attended an anger management group workshop with a dear friend.  There I broke down and cried due to these feelings I had about my mother.  It had been a year after the event, and this was the first time that I had expressed these feelings. My relationship has changed with my mom.  I found myself calling her less and being more distant.  But like Khloe I must, too, live in the present. Forgive the situation and myself, and move on.  I realize moms are not perfect, and I know I have failed on a daily basis as a mother. Maybe my mother needs me to hold her hand and cuddle with her.

 

Tonight, a dear friend of my mine is flying to see her mom dying from cancer in the hospital.  They didn’t have the greatest relationship.  Drugs had taken over her mother’s life, through her entire childhood and adult life, leaving her to be raised by her grandparents.  But in their brokenness, they still needed each other.  She will hold her dying mother’s hand for the last time and with the biggest smile on her face with her mother breathing her kisses. This moment is golden. A slice of heaven.

Blessings,

Sarah McCash, Citylights Community Coordinator

 

This upcoming Sabbath (breakfast starts 11am and service begins at 11:30am)birthday-2

This Sabbath we will wrap up our series on spirituality and food with a discussion of what we learned over the last few weeks. We will also celebrate Citylight’s birthday! Come prepared to think, share, sing and dance!!!

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Donations:

All monetary donations and checks can be written to:

Citylights Community and mailed to:

P.O. BOX 239 New York, NY 10026

 

INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast!

We have updated our Facebook Group! (http://www.facebook.com/groups/CitylightsCommunity/). Feel free to post information, pictures, events, and use it to work out organizational logistics. It is a closed group, so information is not public. Also, feel free to invite others who have attended Citylights in the past (an administrator of this group will have to approve their membership). Weekly updates will still arrive to your email inbox directly from Sarah You can subscribe or unsubscribe to the weekly updates by sending an email to mccashsarah@gmail.com

Newsletter 6.24.16

Please forward this email to anyone interested. To subscribe or unsubscribe to this email, please send a request to mccashsarah@gmail.com. Thank you. Please visit our website at citylightscommunity.org

This upcoming Sabbath (breakfast starts 11am and service begins at 11:30am)

fnblogoWe continue our series, “And it Was Good; Eating in the Kingdom of God,” with a special guest speaker, Clare Hyre who will speak on food justice. 

Clare was born and raised in Lexington, VA. Raised both Quaker and Jewish, Clare has always had an interest in spirituality and social change. She graduated from Guilford College  in 2008 with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and Religious Studies and from New York University in 2016 with a Masters degree in Food Studies. Clare’s passions lie in creating sustainable food systems and has worked as a farmer, farm educator, and currently works at GreenThumb, NYC Parks department for community gardens. Clare lives in Astoria, Queens with her husband. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Yoga Practice is back! Save the date on June 25.

yoga-silhouettes-pack_62147515391Suggested donation is $10 to cover room expenses.  Bring a mat, water and invite a friend. Peter Steen will be our amazing Yoga instructor, who will be leading us into meaningful practice. We will strive to stretch, balance, and breathe together.  For those who missed out on his class at the retreat, it was amazing! Please rsvp at mccashsarah@gmail.com.  We will begin at 9:30am for 50 min at our regular service room 1.

 Donations:

All monetary donations and checks can be written to:

Citylights Community and mailed to:

P.O. BOX 239 New York, NY 10026

INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast!

We have updated our Facebook Group! (http://www.facebook.com/groups/CitylightsCommunity/). Feel free to post information, pictures, events, and use it to work out organizational logistics. It is a closed group, so information is not public. Also, feel free to invite others who have attended Citylights in the past (an administrator of this group will have to approve their membership). Weekly updates will still arrive to your email inbox directly from Sarah You can subscribe or unsubscribe to the weekly updates by sending an email to mccashsarah@gmail.com

Newsletter 6.18.16

Dear Lights,

iOS-7-battery-empty-001Lately, I’ve been making myself take a number of mini breaks.  I sensed my body telling me, “Red Alert! Red Alert! We’re running low! Actually, we’re running on negative!” It was so bad that one day I headed out to Costco in the early morning, not remembering that I had just ordered a mother load of household items the night before. As I was heading home from what I thought was a productive Costco trip, my doorman calls to let me know that very large delivery from Costco waiting for me in the lobby.  I thought to myself, I did not make that order.  So with already annoyed and cranky attitude I called customer service demanding to fix the error, but as I was talking, I paused and gasped.  For some reason, my memory came back.  I remembered the late wee zombie hours, I wanted to get ahead of the game and ordered all the goods at Costco.  In an embarrassed tone, I told the customer representative that I made an error and hung up. So now, I’m stuck with double items of Costco bulk products in my living room.

At that moment, I knew that I was losing it.  And began to take as many breaks as I could that week.  Thank God my husband was supportive about it, well, most of the time anyways.  Lately, I would say “I need a break now”, and quickly grab keys and slip on my worn-out faded-grey Toms shoes with three little holes on the side.  As a joke, I tell Sam that it represents the three girls, and we both laugh and sigh at the same time.  Because that was the truth.  Lately, the girls have been wearing us out.  So as I’m leaving for the 3rd break in the last two days, Sam is holding down the fort at home.  I leave like a ninja silently closing the door without the girls hearing me leave.  I quickly apply bright red lipstick in the elevator.  Wearing lipstick is my attempt of looking more alive and awake. It’s a way for me to blend into the normal crowd.  It’s a false allusion that I look put together while my household looks like we’ve been robbed several times over.

connect-4It’s a cover up, I know.  But hey, do whatever works.  That’s been my mantra lately and it’s failing me miserably because it’s short lived.  So now, I’m taking breaks.  It’s an order.  Not an option.  It may be resorting to hanging out at my favorite coffee shop where the barista knows my name and quickly makes my drink without me asking, a hot cortado with an extra shot of espresso. It’s basically 3 shots of espresso diluted with a little bit of milk and no foam.    I’m at the bar, happily sipping my cortado.  Then I talk to God, and after ranting and praising him for the first 10 min or so, I take a deep breath and access space to listen.  Sometimes, I hear God while the barista is dancing while grinding coffee; or when a couple is snuggling, entangled up on the couch while reading a book; or when a family sitting on the couch is playing a half broken game of Connect 4 all the while laughing and giggling.

And then, my sweet break comes to an end.  It is time to head back to the McCash household.  I know what’s waiting for me, but in a weird way, I can’t wait to dive back into the beautiful messy chaos.  Today, take a break and escape into the city’s beautiful chaos, and soak it in.  God is here. God is now.

Blessings,

Sarah McCash, Citylights Community Coordinator

This upcoming Sabbath (breakfast starts 11am and service begins at 11:30am)

We continue our series, “And it was Good; Eating in the Kingdom of God” with our very own Kris Engren! Kris will take us behind the scenes and show us what servers go through at restaurants around the city. Kris brings with her first hand experience and a unique perspective in this interesting aspect of food and spirituality.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Yoga Practice is back! Save the date on June 25. 

Suggested donation is $10 to cover room expenses.  Bring a mat, water and invite a friend. Peter Steen will be our amazing Yoga instructor, who will be leading us into meaningful practice. We will strive to stretch, balance, and breathe together.  For those who missed out on his class at the retreat, it was amazing! Please rsvp at mccashsarah@gmail.com.  We will begin at 9:30am for 50 min at our regular service room.

 Donations:

All monetary donations and checks can be written to:

Citylights Community and mailed to:

P.O. BOX 239 New York, NY 10026

INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast!

We have updated our Facebook Group! (http://www.facebook.com/groups/CitylightsCommunity/). Feel free to post information, pictures, events, and use it to work out organizational logistics. It is a closed group, so information is not public. Also, feel free to invite others who have attended Citylights in the past (an administrator of this group will have to approve their membership). Weekly updates will still arrive to your email inbox directly from Sarah You can subscribe or unsubscribe to the weekly updates by sending an email to mccashsarah@gmail.com

Newsletter 5.20.16

Dear Lights,

I have been losing steam lately in this journey we call life.  Sometimes, I am afraid to enjoy life’s moments because I’m deathly scared of experiencing sorrow and pain once it’s gone.  For instance, the other day I was watching all of my three girls giggling at each other endlessly.  My heart wanted to burst at the seams.  Something, however, stopped me from enjoying the moment.  I was stricken with fear of losing what I hold most dear.  What if my girls were taken away from me? What if I lost them tomorrow?  How could I move on?  Would I ever find joy again? I know this moment has been a gift for me to enjoy, but of course it won’t last forever.  Will this be the only gift, or will there be more for me?  Many times, I tell myself, we’ re just screwed.  Life is just not worth striving for.  So many times my spirit has been broken and bruised in just trying to make the human experience a little bit more beautiful.

joy-680x470But somehow every morning, I am reborn.  Literally.  I am woken with a fresh breath on my face. It’s my girls waking me up with so much robust and excitement for life to begin.  They would say, “Momma, there is light outside! The sun is out! Do you know what this means?” They sing out in a perfect harmony, ‘its time for breakfast !”, over and over again while breaking out their morning dance song, “Shake it off! Just shake it off!”  And at this moment, I am faced with a choice.  Do I carry on today living as if it’s my first time being human learning to walk, eat, love, or dance; or just curl up inside my blanket, hopeless, living in my blues? Every day, I am faced with those choices, and each day I make a choice to live life a little bit better than yesterday. So in order for me to experience joy on a daily basis, I have to raise my white flag and surrender.  Sometimes, I’m literally in tears holding on to joy because I am so scared of it.  But I see my three girls experiencing joy to the fullest extend without any hesitation.  So what will it take you to experience joy? And if you are like me, please wave your white flag and surrender to joy.

Blessings,

Sarah McCash, Citylights Community Coordinator

This upcoming Sabbath ( breakfast starts 11am and service begins at 11:30am)

This Sabbath we begin a new series called, “And it Was Good: Eating in the Commonwealth of God.” 

At it’s base, food gives us the nutrients we need to survive. However, nutrients are only a small piece of what we need and receive from food.

Food can connect us to the earth, to each other and to the divine. We can all remember an experience of a great meal where the food was so real, so fresh,

that we could almost taste Heaven and Earth. Inversely, we can all remember meals that were processed and removed from nature, prohibiting any sense of connection.

This week we participate in an exercise that will help us connect with the food that God gives us. 

onion-half-knife-aceo-painting-oil.jpg.htmlFor this exercise please bring –

  1. A knife (Or we can share knives)
  2. A cutting board
  3. A large or medium yellow onion 

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Donations:

All monetary donations and checks can be written to: Citylights Community and mailed to:

P.O. BOX 239 New York, NY 10026

INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast!

We have updated our Facebook Group! (http://www.facebook.com/groups/CitylightsCommunity/). Feel free to post information, pictures, events, and use it to work out organizational logistics. It is a closed group, so information is not public. Also, feel free to invite others who have attended Citylights in the past (an administrator of this group will have to approve their membership). Weekly updates will still arrive to your email inbox directly from Sarah You can subscribe or unsubscribe to the weekly updates by sending an email to mccashsarah@gmail.com

CHANGE OF VENUE FOR SERVICE 5/14/16


keep-calm-just-a-venue-change.jpgThis upcoming Sabbath (No breakfast instead we will be having potluck Program starts at 11:30am) 
Please note:  We will meet at the Selmanovic’s apt for the service!!! Please see address below. Following the service, we will be having potluck lunch.  Bring any healthy entrees, side dishes or desserts!

This week we will share some thoughts about the retreat, and continue our new found practice of improv spirituality!

Selmanovic’s Address: Please don’t forget we’re having potluck!potluck

2110 Frederick Douglass Blvd., Apt. 3C, New York, NY 10026

HI LIGHTS,
Sometimes I pause in order to take an out of body experience, sort of watching myself being a mother of three little humans.  It’s a way that I capture those special moments with my children.  I do this because there will be one day when my three little babies will no longer all fit in the bathtub together, soaking the floor, and splashing the walls (which of course me which drives me nuts).  Right now in our household we’ve been momentrooting for Hunter who has been potty training, talking more gibberish, and showing more individuality in what she wants to wear.  I’ll put on an outfit for her and the next minute she goes into her dresser and picks out an entire mismatched outfit.  I capture this moment. Khloe continues wearing her worn out superhero tee shirts, and Summer dances in her mismatched princess attire wearing 3 or 4 headbands and two tutu skirts, one over the other, hipster East Village style.  I capture these moments and savor them. I look at my three little humans and just want to take them to a ranch and raise them there to protect them from harm and the craziness.  But I know, I can’t avoid it.  These life experiences are all part of the human journey.

WMYH_AlbumLately in our household we have been talking a lot about each other’s favorite part of the day and what makes you happy.  Summer especially tends to ask these questions when I’m waking up.  “Hey mommy, what is your favorite part of the day?” I look at my clock and it’s 6:01am.  Some days I just want to hide under my blanket, but for the most part I am able to answer her question feeling blessed.  “Well my favorite part of the day is seeing you in the morning”, I say.  She is pleased and lies on my chest for a couple of minutes.  Sometimes when I try to get up she begs to cuddle for 60 minutes. I tell her 5 more minutes of cuddle time. She agrees, so we cuddle for the next 5 minutes. Our breathing becomes in sync and I can feel her tiny warm body next to mine.  I capture this moment hoping I will never ever lose this memory.  I know someday she will stop coming into my bed for cuddle time, and it will be me coming into her room for cuddle time.

What moments are you going to capture today? As you go throughout your day find moments that you can capture, and when you do, take a pause and be still.  There are beautiful moments everywhere even when our spirit is tired, weary, and feeling defeated.  Find those damn moments and capture them.

Blessings,

Sarah McCash

Donations:

All monetary donations and checks can be written to: Citylights Community and mailed to our treasurer.

Sabin Popescu

6 Wayne Ct.

Ardsley, NY 10502.

INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast!

We have updated our Facebook Group! (http://www.facebook.com/groups/CitylightsCommunity/). Feel free to post information, pictures, events, and use it to work out organizational logistics. It is a closed group, so information is not public. Also, feel free to invite others who have attended Citylights in the past (an administrator of this group will have to approve their membership). Weekly updates will still arrive to your email inbox directly from Sarah You can subscribe or unsubscribe to the weekly updates by sending an email to mccashsarah@gmail.com

Citylights Newsletter 4.29.16

Hi Lights,

sunshine-through-blindsRecently, my oldest daughter Khloe has been waking me up in the morning.  Sam is in charge of the morning duties making breakfast and dressing the girls while I catch some sleep to recover from another late night doing work. While, I’m sleeping I hear Khloe whispering in my ear, “Mommy, how many more minutes do you need?”.  “Just a minute”, I reply.  So, while I’m waking up, she pulls the shades up so the sun can come through my window.  By now, I’m half awake stretching my legs and arms in opposite directions. Then I lean over to the window to catch some glorious sunshine that my body badly needs.  As Khloe climbs into my bed, she tells me to get up when I’m ready.

So I lie there being still.  I cherish the minute as my life depends on it because it’s the only minute of the day when my spirit is still and quiet.  This minute is so crucial in setting the tone for the day. Without this extra minute of stillness, I know my day is screwed.  I see Khloe staring at me with her bright eyes with a concerned yet soft look on her face.  She cares about me so much that it actually causes her stress. She worries when I sleep too long, or I have a paper cut fearing that it will land me in the hospital.  She makes sure that we’re in close proximity to each other when we’re walking outside so neither one of us will get left behind.  The elevator is one of her major fears.  She worries that the door will close on one of us.  She makes sure that we’re not doing anything in the elevator and holds the door open until all of us have safely stepped out.  Literally, we cannot be on the phone, fixing our bags, etc.  We must be alert and present in the elevator and be prepared to exit quickly when the door opens. I look at her tiny, yet strong, body, and feel grateful that she reminds me to be still and be present.  Lately, I’ve been a zombie multitasking like a maniac without a present mind.  So I’ve been making dumb mistakes, forgetting things and being short-tempered.  And in this minute, I soak the sunlight heating my face and feel my heart beating.  I thank God, that I am alive today and have the opportunity to serve my family and community today.

So find your quiet minute to set the tone of your day.  Your life will depend on that quiet minute.  May you continue to love and serve your community and family.

Blessings,

Sarah McCash

This upcoming Sabbath (Service begins at 11:00am with breakfast and conversations. Program starts at 11:30am)

Learning to Die Well

The New Testament makes it very clear that we must “die to ourselves”. What does that mean? How do we do it in a healthy way? How can community help us do it?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Great News! We have officially earned our 501c3 non-profit status.  All monetary donations and checks can be written to: Citylights Community and mailed to our treasurer.

Sabin Popescu

6 Wayne Ct.

Ardsley, NY 10502.

Save the date! May 6-8 Citylights Retreat

It’s not too late to sign up! We will have our Citylights Retreat at Camp Jewel located in Connecticut.  Cost is $175 per person, which includes 2 night’s accommodations and all meals. Transportation is additional $30 dollars. Please rsvp at mccashsarah@gmail.com .

INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast!

We have updated our Facebook Group! (http://www.facebook.com/groups/CitylightsCommunity/). Feel free to post information, pictures, events, and use it to work out organizational logistics. It is a closed group, so information is not public. Also, feel free to invite others who have attended Citylights in the past (an administrator of this group will have to approve their membership). Weekly updates will still arrive to your email inbox directly from Sarah You can subscribe or unsubscribe to the weekly updates by sending an email to mccashsarah@gmail.com

Newsletter 4.16.16

Please forward this email to anyone interested. To subscribe or unsubscribe to this email, please send a request to mccashsarah@gmail.com. Thank you. Please visit our website at citylightscommunity.org

This upcoming Sabbath (Service begins at 11:00am with breakfast and conversations. Program starts at 11:30am)

Continuing the theme that Samir addressed last week, we will continue to examine and discuss various stages of life in relationship to our spiritual journey. Last week we wondered what Jesus would have been like as an old man. This week we will ask the question what was Jesus like as a young man? 147ec542462c259ffe548c8726aebbecThe Gospels are of very little help when it comes to this question. Why is that? With that question we will examine our human tendency to either suppress or romanticize our early stages of life. As part of the discussion, please BRING A PHOTO OF YOU AT A YOUNGER AGE, preferably teenage or young adult. Looking forward to an engaging time of sharing and discussion.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Great News! We have officially earned our 501c3 non-profit status.  All monetary donations and checks can be written to: Citylights Community and mailed to our treasurer.

Sabin Popescu

6 Wayne Ct.

Ardsley, NY 10502.

Save the date! May 6-8 Citylights Retreat

image-500x345It’s not too late to sign up! We will have our Citylights Retreat at Camp Jewel located in Connecticut.  Cost is $175 per person, which includes 2 night’s accommodations and all meals. Please rsvp at mccashsarah@gmail.com .

INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast!

We have updated our Facebook Group! (http://www.facebook.com/groups/CitylightsCommunity/). Feel free to post information, pictures, events, and use it to work out organizational logistics. It is a closed group, so information is not public. Also, feel free to invite others who have attended Citylights in the past (an administrator of this group will have to approve their membership). Weekly updates will still arrive to your email inbox directly from Sarah You can subscribe or unsubscribe to the weekly updates by sending an email to mccashsarah@gmail.com

Citylights Newsletters 4.8.16

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Hi Lights,
I have found the practice of taking pause to be essential to my life.  In fact, I believe my life depends on being able to take pause, as well as my family, my community, and the strangers around me.  You see, without the daily pause, I begin to lose sense of myself.  I slowly become this robot that continues the daily grind without feeling, tasting, and/or connecting.  I become detached with people at home and around me.  In other words, I am a monster without my daily pause. Ask my kids.  They know when mommy doesn’t have her quiet time.  I am distant at the grocery checkout, forgetting to look, make eye contact, or say “hello” to the cashier.  I am also more forgetful.  I forget my keys. I forget to take the laundry out.  I burn water.  There was even a time I accidently put a roll of toilet paper in the fridge.  Sometimes my kids will tease me and put the toilet paper in the fridge to get a laugh. Without a pause, I forget what’s important to me and I cannot see the beauty around me because I’m busy hustling, chasing chores, phone calls, emails, etc.  Without pause I eventually lose it, and those around me pay for it.  My husband pays for it.  My community pays for it.  My family and friends pay for it. And most importantly, I pay for it.

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So when I open my eyes in the morning, I turn over to the window and lean to the light, and allow the light to bring healing and renewal to my spirit.  Once I am fully alert, I begin to make my bed.  There is something healing and peaceful when making my bed.  It reminds me that each day I have a fresh start and it allows me to pause and express my gratitude as I’m straightening the sheets and fluffing the pillows. I know that in 10` minutes or so, it will be wrinkled again and my fluffy puffy pillow will be deflated because my kids will come into my room and jump on my bed.  I don’t mind because that’s what life is.  I have embraced messiness by learning to let go, forgive, love over and over again.  So dear friends, take a pause. Your being depends on it.

camp-fire-with-peopleAs part of taking a pause, Citylights Community will take a pause on May 6-8 and have a retreat at Camp Jewel, CT. It’s a beautiful private lodge overlooking the lake.  We will have hikes, canoeing, campfires, talks, and even yoga! I encouraged you take a pause with us.  See more additional information below.

Blesings,

Sarah McCash, Citylights Community Coordinator

This upcoming Sabbath (Service begins at 11:00am with breakfast and conversations. Program starts at 11:30am)

support_end_of2Aging: How to Befriend Oneself and Face the Final Act of Disappearance

Here is a popular religious question. What’s coming, end or eternity? We want to ask a far more meaningful questions than that. Join us for a discussion that is as important for the young and middle-aged as it is for the old.  Samir will lead us in the reflection on Biblical texts, poetry, and our experiences, then we will all touch our own visions of this beautiful season of life.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Citykids is this Sabbath! 

Earth Day Party,  April 9 from 12-1:15pm! RSVP to Facebook.com/citykidsny

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Great News! We have officially earned our 501c3 non-profit status.  All monetary donations and checks can be written to: Citylights Community and mailed to our treasurer.

Sabin Popescu

6 Wayne Ct.

Ardsley, NY 10502.

 

Save the date! May 6-8 Citylights Retreat

image-500x345We will have our Citylights Retreat at Camp Jewel located in Connecticut.  Cost is $175 per person, which includes 2 night’s accommodations and all meals. Transportation is $30. We will be renting a van.  Please rsvp at mccashsarah@gmail.com . Please make payment to Citylights Community and under memo: Retreat.  If mailing, please mail payment to Sabin Popescu.

 

INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast!

We have updated our Facebook Group! (http://www.facebook.com/groups/CitylightsCommunity/). Feel free to post information, pictures, events, and use it to work out organizational logistics. It is a closed group, so information is not public. Also, feel free to invite others who have attended Citylights in the past (an administrator of this group will have to approve their membership). Weekly updates will still arrive to your email inbox directly from Sarah You can subscribe or unsubscribe to the weekly updates by sending an email to mccashsarah@gmail.com