“When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box.”
In this six-session reflection- study, John Ortberg explains how, left to our own devices, we tend to seek out worldly things, mistakenly thinking they will bring us fulfillment. But everything on Earth belongs to God. Everything we “own” is just on loan. And what pleases God is often 180 degrees from what we may think is important.
Today is the day you choose … which game you want to win … which prize you want to collect … which priorities you want to set. It’s a thrill to win at checkers or Clue or Trivial Pursuit. You sweep aside the other players and you “own” the board. It’s also a thrill to win a promotion at work … the new house you wanted … that sports car you’ve always eyed. But just like the game cards, the tokens, and the timer,those prizes are temporary. When the game is over, they all go back in the box. Games can cast a powerful spell, but the wisest player remembers that the game is always going to end.
So, what can we take with us to the kingdom of God? Only the love we have for Christ, the love we have for each other, and our own souls. While it’s not bad to be good at chess or Risk—or the game of life on earth—we can’t allow it to get in the way of what really matters. Using his humor and his genius for storytelling, Ortberg helps you focus on the real rules of the game and how to set your priorities.
The book, When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box by John Ortberg, is available to purchase on Amazon.
We will meet from 7 – 8:15 PM in the Carr Room in Hendricks Hall on the following Thursdays: September 20, 27 and October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2018. Register on line by September 13. We need at least 10 men.
Many people would like to do some Bible Study but cannot come to the parish for meetings. The e-mail and on-line study will give you the flexibility to study in a way that fits your schedule or circumstances.
We are offering Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. This short letter has many remarkable lesson to teach us today.
We will use the workbook: Ephesians: Discover Your Inheritance by Jeff Cavins & Thomas Smith. Published by Ascension Press.
Once you register and buy your workbook you will have access to the videos connected to the study. I will also send you some study guides each week.
- Register here. This gives me your e-mail. You will also get a confirmation letter.
- Go to Ascension Press and order your workbook Ephesians: Discover Your Inheritance. When you order that you will automatically be listed in my Bible Study Program and have access to the videos. The book is $19.95 plus shipping and handling.
The class will go for nine weeks from September 10 (background material) until November 5.
The first materials you will receive are for background information, with no video for that week. Access to videos will being September 17. The on-line site remains available to you for two weeks after the closing date.
Each Friday (beginning September 7th), I will send you some material to help with the upcoming weekly lesson. Since you will have the materials, you do the lessons at your own pace and whenever you want to do them.
You will also be able to offer comments on-line.
If you have questions or run into difficulties, please call me at the Parish Office 614-761-3734 or e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org).– Sister Teresa Tuite, OP
Tuesdays, May 8, 15, 29, & June 5 | 7-8:30 PM in Hendricks Hall
This series will focus on understanding and applying what we believe to daily life. Drawing from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this series will explore the guiding principles of our faith and how we put faith into action each day through beliefs, practices, and mentality.
This book is broken into three sections, which will be covered in three stages: Tuesdays nights from 7-8:30 PM in Hendricks Hall May 8-June 5; July 24-August 14; & October 2-30.
Part 1, How we believe: Tuesdays, May 8-June 5
Part 2, How we practice: Tuesdays, July 24-Aug. 14
Part 3, How we think: Tuesdays, Oct.2-Oct. 30
The one-time fee of $20 include the cost of the book. You may register and pay on-line by following the registration link on the parish webpage.
Register by April 17 for the book & first section, “How we believe,” May 8, 15, 22, 29 and June 5.
HOW WE BELIEVE: Believing Catholic is a matter of knowing, understanding and responding to a story-the true story of God’s love for us. It offers “the fundamentals that have to be there if thinking and practicing Catholic are going to have any appeal or make any sense.”
HOW WE PRACTICE: Reflections on the behaviors that express our faith and our membership in the Church, such as going to Mass, receiving the sacraments and raising children Catholic. By being a practicing Catholic, we strengthen our behaviors so we can proclaim them to others.
HOW WE THINK: A series of thoughtful, pastoral and heartfelt reflections on all aspects of our lives in the world, seen through the eyes of one deeply faithful to the tradition and teachings of the church. Topics for “Thinking Catholic” include respect for life, spiritual maturity and a universal Church.
This book is part of a Common Read in which Young Adult Ministry & Adult Faith Formation will be participating. Young Adults will meet with Laura Ginikos and the Other Adults will meet with Sister Teresa. At times, we will come together for common sharing.