THIN SACRED PLACES
"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the heart, yet no one can fathom what God has done beginning to end." Ecclesiastes 3:11
What is "thin sacred space"? Margaret Gunther writes, ". .sacred space, those thin mysterious places where earth and heaven almost meet." It is possible to find such spaces at Heartland Center. It cannot be planned. It just happens!
One such time was when a small group of camp counselors hiked up a hill one bright moonlit night. Some of the horses wandered over to the fence to see what was going on. It was a time for sharing favorite camp stories. The air that night seemed translucent--almost surreal--as the young people talked into the darkness. It was truly a sacred experience.
Participating here at Heartland -- whether to camp, to volunteer, to staff, or to participate in a retreat -- might enable you too to find a thin sacred place where God's presence is so clearly felt.
ANNUAL BIRD COUNT
The annual Christmas Bird Count is a tradition with birders all over the country, thousands of whom do counts for the American Audubon Society. This year, the Heartland Center count took place on the coldest day of the year--December 19, 2016. It was 6 degrees at day break and climbed all the way to 19 by afternoon!
Even birds hunker down in very cold weather, However, the snow cover made it easier to see those that showed themselves. The birds have to eat and drink on the coldest days and like to get water from the natural springs on campus. Bird watchers look in low protected areas where the water bubbles up, accessible to wildlife before it freezes.
The bird counters add up every bird seen on the ground, in trees and flying overhead. On this particular day, there were 479 birds with 39 different species identified. They included five cardinals, bluebirds and blue jays. Seventy-one juncos and seven turkeys were also seen. Species that are usually around but were not seen this year include: mocking birds, warblers, waxwings and snow geese. The cold, slick footing kept the naturalists from covering some 200 acres of the property. In spite of this limitation, the count was very successful. Consider joining us next year!
Summer Staff--We are in the process of hiring staff for summer camps. This is a great chance for college students or other young people to serve God in a meaningful and lasting way. Christian camp transforms the lives of youth; you or someone you know can be a part of that. Positions currently open include counselors, media staff and program leaders.
Cornerstone Internships--It is also time to apply for the one-year internships for the 2017-2018 year. (This internship was featured in the last Wellspring newsletter.)
For more information on these employment opportunities and to apply, click here.
VISITORS ARE SAYING...
"You were all so helpful and nice to work with. Thank you!"
"Staff has been fantastic! Thank you for your help and hospitality."
"Great trip! Trask House is perfect for our group and we look forward to returning."
GROUPS AT HEARTLAND CENTER-- FEBRUARY 2017
Please keep the following in your prayers as they take part in activities at Heartland.
- Country Club Christian Church
- Cathy Johnson Quilters
- Johnson County Community College
- Salem Lutheran Church
- Quilters Guild of Greater Kansas City
- The Navigators
- Northland Quilters Guild
- Knox Presbyterian Church
- Warriors' Ascent
- Stitch in Time Quilters
- Maintenance Connection 2017