Last Sunday, Lydia’s House recognized All Saints Day a week early in our monthly worship service. At Lydia’s House, we are reminded of some great women of faith daily, since most rooms of the house are dedicated to one. To celebrate the saints, community members each selected a saint of the house, and shared that woman’s life with everyone, through theater, story, or song. In this month’s worship, we learned about the lives of these amazing women: St. Maria Guadalupe Garcia Zavala “Mother Lupita,” (1878-1963), foundress, nurse, beggar on behalf of the poor in Mexico, one who sought to “be poor
This past month, many of the volunteers, guests, and extended community members of Lydia’s House were able to get together for a two-part retreat, around the theme of wholeness. One evening we all met at Vineyard Central Church, and the next Sunday we spent all day at the beautiful Transfiguration Center. The retreat included both quiet times of prayer and solitude, and group times of sharing and getting to know one another. Peg Conway led us in making mandalas; in walking the labyrinth at the Transfiguration Spirituality Center; in being creative; in contemplating what wholeness means to us, and what it means
At Lydia’s House, there are many things to celebrate: birthdays, achievements and milestones, holidays, getting or keeping a job. On Labor day weekend, we celebrated the birthdays of two guests with a big meal outside, cake and ice cream, and a sharing of hopes for the next year. That evening also happened to be the night of the fireworks on the river downtown. We were fortunate to have a 23rd-floor office space as a spot for watching the fireworks. It was a great view of downtown, and of the fireworks, that made a great end to the evening of celebration.