“I gained a much better understanding of the many ways God ‘speaks’ in and through people and learned that rarely is it through words. I learned that discernment is a process and rarely a definitive answer.” – Shelley Eden, participant
The 2022 West Ohio Laity Discernment Retreats, held in February and March, brought together 14 lay persons for virtual fellowship, prayer, and discernment. Led by Kim LaRue and Deaconess Kris Shoaf, Laity Discernment Retreats talk about call, discernment, and what it means to be "called by your baptism." Also discussed are the variety of ways laity can serve both in our churches and in our communities.
This year, Rev. Larry Brown, a retired elder, spoke about the importance of laity making time and space to do the work of discernment – which is what these retreats are all about. “It isn’t so much that I needed to discern my direction, but it gave me time to orient my thoughts and actions to the path God was opening,” said participant Joyce Oiler.
The next Laity Discernment Retreats will be held in-person in the Central Ohio area on Saturday, October 8, 2022, and Saturday, November 19, 2022. Virtual retreats will be held again in 2023 on January 31, February 7, and March 21. Registration is not yet open, but you are welcome to email Kim LaRue for more information at kimlarue [at] powellumc.org, or click here to visit the webpage.