April 2019 Programs

Programs at Cobblestone Springs

(Note: Classics in Religion programs are listed separately)

#590 Considering Climate Change
When: Wednesday evening, 7:00-9:00 p.m., April 10

Facilitator: Bob Schiesser
Suggested Donation: Donation for this program has been covered by a donor.

The Cobblestone Springs Environment Committee will present two programs dealing with the impacts of climate change and what we may do as individuals in the face of this issue.
Seating is limited. Please call ahead (607-24308212) for reservations by April 8.

#593 Zentangle Workshop
When: Friday, April 12, 1:00 – 3:00
Facilitator: Phyllis Maciag
Suggested Donation: $15.00 (members $12.00)

I was introduced to Zentangles at Cobblestone when I took a class given by Sister Kathy Weider.

A ZENTANGLE is an abstract work of art. It is created from a collection of patterns NOT meant to represent anything. There are no mistakes in Zentangles —only opportunities. Studies show that this type of activity: increases mental retention, stimulates creativity, improves one’s mood, and can be calming during stressful situations. Zentangle can also: center us before prayer, create art to share, and be a source of rest, relaxation, and FUN! Please bring your own paper or sketch pad. Pens will be supplied.

#594 Cobblestone Egg Hunt
When: Saturday, April 20, 2 p.m.
Facilitator: Gwen Chamberlain
Suggested Donation: $2 per child; (members: $1 per child)

You’re invited to an Egg Hunt at Cobblestone Springs. Spend an afternoon at a good old-fashioned Egg Hunt around the spacious lawns near the Cobblestone house and the easy trails through the woods on the property. Hundreds of candy-filled eggs will be hidden around the property, so there will be plenty of fun for everyone. Adult supervision is required! Bring a basket/bag, the family, and appropriate attire. Boots are recommended, especially for the trails, and warm coats, hats and mittens may be necessary! To ensure we have enough supplies and help on hand, please RSVP with children’s names and ages by April 17 to gchamberlain@ stny.rr.com,or call or text 607-745-4790. Follow Cobblestone Springs on Facebook for future announcements as the day approaches. Any last minute details regarding trail conditions, weather, etc. will be posted there.

#585 Conversations About Race
When: Wednesday mornings, 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon, April 3 & 17, May 1, 15 & 29
Facilitator: Heather M. Cook
Suggested Donation: $12.00 (members $10.00)

When was the first time you remember being aware of race? What puzzles you about others’ experience of race? This discussion group will seek to explore our assumptions and experiences of race, and seek to bring to light our blind spots. While we will use a variety of resources to better understand racism’s history in the US, and its current manifestations, this group will be personal rather than academic.

#584 Mondays at Cobblestone
When: Monday afternoons, 1– 2:30
            Apr 1, 15 & 29; May 13; June 3* & 17**
            * three week interval **dish to pass picnic starting at noon
Facilitator: Anne Alderman, SSJ
Suggested Donation: $8 per session (members: $7)

A reflection-discussion group for women using the book The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. Each session will focus on a particular section of the book. The closing June 17th session will be a dish-to-pass picnic lunch at noon. It is not necessary to attend every session.

#588 Meditation at Cobblestone Springs
When: 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
            Apr 11 & 25; May 9 & 23; June 13 & 27
Facilitator: Mary Muller
Suggested Donation: $5.00

Join us for some quiet time. No prior experience needed – just a willingness to get in touch with your inner self. Meditation can help combat stress, foster physical health, help with chronic pain, and promote sleep and a feeling of well being. It can easily be a win-win situation.

#586 Gathering for Peace
When: 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 2:00 – 3:00
            April 4 & 18, May 2 & 16, June 6 & 20
Facilitator: Anne Alderman, SSJ
Suggested Donation: $5.00

As we face so much intolerance, violence, refugee caravans, shootings, terrorism attacks and an ecological crisis, the world seems to need our prayer and personal serenity more than ever. Cobblestone Springs offers an afternoon twice a month of peaceful, quiet and prayer for peace. The Quaker-style prayer usually lasts about an hour.

#587 Uncommon Gratitude: Alleluia for All That Is
When: Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m., April 9 & 23; May 7 & 21; June 4 & 18
Facilitator: Connie Bickford, SSJ
Suggested Donation: $6.00

A reflection-discussion group using the book Uncommon Gratitude: Alleluia for All That Is by Joan Chittister and Rowan Williams. To deal with the meaning of alleluia in life is to deal with moments that do not feel like alleluia moments at all. But how is it possible to say alleluia to the parts of life that weigh us down, that drain our spirits, that seem to deserve anything but praise? This book offers an alleluia view of every present moment, a view that welcomes its complexity. To that, alleluia. Participants will read a portion of the book together at each session. You do not need to be present at every session.

The book, Uncommon Gratitude: Alleluia for All That Is by Joan Chittister and Rowan Williams may be purchased from Long’s Bookstore as well as online services. Cost is $16.95. ISBN 978-0-8146-3022-8

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