Merry Christmas




Happy Holiday Greetings All,

As 2009 draws to a close I reflect back on the year with great fondness for the wonderful times we have had worshipping in the wilderness. I am so thankful for all the folks who have hiked with us this year and trust that you all have sensed the presence of the Holy with you in all the places that you have been but especially in the wilderness! 2010 should provide another wonderful year of hiking and worshipping and I am looking forward to seeing you all on the trail.

Our January 2010 hike will be on Saturday, January 2nd. Again this month we will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 12:30pm and depart from there at 12:45pm. As always at this time of year where we hike is dependent on the weather so everyone plan on meeting us at St. Bede's.

And remember I'll be bringing my backpacking stove so we can boil water for your favorite hot beverage - you bring the tea bag of your choice (or coffee or whatever) and your own water and I'll get it good and hot.

Also, please pay attention to what the weather is to be like for the weekend and dress accordingly and be prepared for the possibility that it could change during the hike. Please refer to the General Information section at the bottom of this page for more information on how to prepare and especially to the 10 Essentials of Hiking link.

Blessings and I look forward to seeing you on the trail,

Jon+

December's Liturgical Hike

Thanksgiving Weekend Greetings,

I don't know about the rest of you but I can always use a little more exercise, especially during the holiday season.  So enjoy your Thanksgiving leftovers now and then plan to join us next Saturday, December 5th for our monthly Worship in the Wilderness hike.

We will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 12:30pm and depart from there at 12:45pm.  As always at this time of year where we hike is dependent on the weather so everyone plan on meeting us at St. Bede's.

And remember I'll be bringing my backpacking stove so we can boil water for your favorite hot beverage - you bring the tea bag of your choice (or coffee or whatever) and your own water and I'll get it good and hot.

Also, please pay attention to what the weather is to be like next weekend and dress accordingly and be prepared for the possibility that it could change during the hike.  Please refer to the General Information section at the bottom of this page for more information on how to prepare and especially to the 10 Essentials of Hiking link.

Blessings and I look forward to seeing you on the trail,

Jon+

November's Liturgical Hike

Greetings,

This time of year is one of change - summer to fall to winter, shorter days, colder temperatures, the return to "standard" time and many others. So too Worship in the Wilderness will be making some changes to better accomodate the realities of our outdoor worship space. Beginning in November we will hike on the first Saturday afternoon of the month, rather than the first Sunday morning as we have been. This should generally mean warmer temperatures for our hikes which will be a good thing and may hopefully allow greater participation for some folks who have other "responsibilities" on Sunday mornings. We'll try this for a season and see how we like it. The other change, which I hope all will enjoy, is that I will start bringing my "pocket rocket" backpacking stove so that we can boil water for hot (insert your favorate beverage). So start bringing a mug of some sort (an insulated car mug would be ideal) and your favorite tea, hot chocolate, coffee or whatever. And of course water, which you should be bringing anyway. :)

What this means for November 2009 is that we will hike on Saturday, November 7th, which may feel like the second weekend of month but will actually be the first Saturday since the 1st day of the month is on Sunday. Where we hike will depend to a large degree on what the weather has been doing in the days just before the 7th and what the expected weather is for the 7th.

So on Saturday, November 7th, we will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 12:30pm and leave there at approximately 12:45pm. Please be sure do dress for the weather expected that day and be prepared in case it changes. As always it is good to keep the 10 Essentials of Hiking in mind and there is a link to them at the bottom of this page under General Information.

Blessings and I look forward to being with you on the trail,

Jon+

October Hike: Reflections



What an absolutely picture perfect fall day to worship the Holy on the trail! The fall colors were nearing their peak on Big Tesuque Trail this morning, it was warm in the sun and decidedly cool in the shade - in other words it is fall in the Sangre de Cristo mountains. And being the feast day of St. Francis we blessed our canine hiking companion of the day Tucker, the wonderful old gentleman yellow lab you see headed out of the frame in the photo above.

This was our third or forth time this year to hike Big Tesuque Trail which has afforded us the opportunity to see the way things have progressed and changed throughout the year. For some of us it has seemed not unlike a labyrinth experience - it is the same path/trail but never the same twice.

As we move now toward the colder months we will continue to hike in all but the worst weather and as I announced yesterday I will begin bringing my "pocket rocket" cook stove to boil water and we can each bring a trail worthy mug and our favorite tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc.

I look forward to seeing you on the trail soon and blessings to you all,

Jon+

October's Liturgical Hike

Greetings From Tennessee,

I am posting this WitW announcement from Signal Mountain, TN where I am visiting my parents and running into long time friends and former classmates. Next Sunday, October 4th, will be our next WitW liturgical hike and I hope that you'll be able to join us. Before I left for Tennessee the Aspens on the Sangres were already beginning to change and I'm sure they will be just stunning on the 4th.

We will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 9:00am and leave there about 9:15am. Where we hike that day will depend to a large extent on the expected weather for the day and what it is like in the few days leading up to the hike.

As always, and especially in this transitional season, please remember to come prepared for possible inclement weather along plenty of water and at least a hearty snack. It's always a good idea to keep the 10 Essentials of Hiking in mind and you can find a link to them at the bottom of this page under "helpful information" from the American Hiking Society.

Blessings and I'll see you on the trail,

Jon+

September's Liturgical Hike: Reflections



While the weather had been a bit rainy in the days before our September hike, Sunday the 6th was a beautiful day to be out on the trail. Even though it was not yet fall, the signs of an abundant summer growing season were evident all around - the grasses by the trail were tall, full of seed and in some cases beginning to display some interesting coloration. And there was that certain feel in the air that indicates cooler weather and a change of seasons would soon follow.

Twelve hardy souls hiked and reflected and shared Christ's presence with one another. It was a unique WitW experience and yet shared many things in common with other WitW liturgical hikes - the presence of the Holy in our midst, the wonder and awe so many of us feel when we are away from "civilization" and of course the blessing of sharing it all with our fellow travelers on the way.

Blessings, be well and we'll see you on the trail,

Jon+

September's Liturgical Hike

Greetings All,

There are lots of firsts in life and I guess I'm having another one related to WitW in that so far I've not had any "inspiration" as to where to hike this weekend - but I'm sure I will before Sunday. One thing I do know is that it will be an easier hike than last month's, which was a little longish for some. Please meet us in the St. Bede's parking lot at 8:30am on Sunday, September 6th. We will leave there about 8:45am.

As always please remember to come prepared for the day with plenty of water, rain gear (although the forecast looks good at this point) and at least a hearty snack. It's always a good idea to keep the 10 Essentials of Hiking in mind and you can find a link to them at the bottom of this page under "helpful information" from the American Hiking Society.

Blessings,

Jon+

P.S. If you have a hike you'd like to suggest e-mail it to me and I'll consider it, if not for this month then certainly for a future hike.

August's Liturgical Hike: Reflections



Worship in the Wilderness provides the opportunity to worship the mystery of the Holy in fresh ways in the great outdoors that inspire and challenge hikers differently on each hike and each hiker differently from one hike to the next hike. Some hikes are easier than others; sometimes the weather is more agreeable one month than the next, sometimes it’s more about what we each “bring” from our lives to a particular hike. The opportunity to experience the constant and complete presence of the Holy is both a challenge and a gift.

August 2nd was just such a day of wonder on our hike as you can see from the photo above of a mushroom about six feet or so off the ground in a notch of an Aspen tree. Sometimes, if we are perceptive, we have the opportunity to experience things which are beyond the usual limitations of our finite human imagination, understanding and knowledge. Seeing this mushroom was such an experience for me and yet is dwarfed by the full magnitude of the mystery of the Holy. How often do we “look” past the signs that God is trying to show and share with us? As for me, I would have to say that this probably happens frequently. And so my challenge is to be as fully receptive to and perceptive of the wonders of the Holy as I may be every day, whether I’m out on the trail or participating in a four hour meeting.

I look forward to seeing you all on the trail soon!

Blessings,

Jon+

August's Liturgical Hike


Greetings All,

I'm sorry for the late posting about August's hike but our internet service has been on the fritz for over a week - some days it doesn't work at all and other days it works slowly and/or intermittently. According to the ISP, "they're working on it."

Please meet us in the St. Bede's parking lot at 8:30am on Sunday, August 2nd. We will leave there about 8:45am. At this point my hope is to hike a portion of the Winsor Trail from the lower Santa Fe Ski Basin parking lot to the point where it intersects the Big Tesuque Trail and then up the Big Tesuque Trail to the trailhead. It should be a very pleasant hike.

As always please remember to come prepared for the day with plenty of water, rain gear (although the forecast looks good at this point) and at least a hearty snack. It's always a good idea to keep the 10 Essentials of Hiking in mind and you can find a link to them at the bottom of this page under "helpful information" from the American Hiking Society.

Blessings,

Jon+

P.S. Please email me with any questions as I am able to use my BlackBerry for individual email communications. Also, the photo above is a view from Deception Peak, which I have proclaimed the WitW "top of the" World Headquarters. ;)

July Hike: Reflections



If you read my previous post about our Valles Caldera hike on Friday, July 3rd, then this post will seem repetitive as I begin.

Sunday morning, July 5th, began for me as I suspect it did for many in Santa Fe - with a mad dash around the house to close windows as a very loud thunder storm began around 6:00am. As I watched the storm outside and got ready to meet everyone for our hike I wondered if anyone would be there given the intensity of the storm.

But by the time I left home the rain had stopped and it was sunny and clear to the west, which was a good "weather" sign for the rest of the day. However, I figured many folks would have already decided not to hike so upon arriving at St. Bede's I was surprised to find the wonderful gathering you see above. They seemed to know what I had begun to doubt, it was going to be a beautiful day for hiking in the Sangre de Cristos!

We did indeed have a wonderful time hiking the Norski Trail. The temperature was nice and cool, the wildflowers were beautiful and the Holy Spirit was definitely with us. We kept silence for a period of time which opened a whole new dimension to the experience - the sound of woodpeckers at work, the buzzing of insects, the chirps and calls of song birds, and the rhythmic sounds of our own breath as we hiked along. It was a blessed morning and I am so happy that we all decided to go in spite of the early morning thunderstorm.

Keep in touch and share with us how you have been experiencing the Holy in nature this summer.

Blessings,

Jon+

Valles Caldera National Preserve Hike


Friday morning, July 3rd, was quite stormy in Santa Fe as our small group met at a local Starbucks before driving the one and a half hours up to the Valles Caldera National Preserve from Santa Fe. The forecast was for more stormy weather with heavy rain possible throughout the day and there was a real question about whether or not we should undertake a seven mile hike in the middle of an 89,000 acre preserve under such conditions, even if the Preserve staff would let us. But each of us was well prepared with rain gear, etc. and so we decided to give it a shot.

By the time we got there the weather was better. It was a wonderful day with light rain occasionally - the kind that quits as soon as everyone puts on his/her rain gear. The Colorado Blue Columbine pictured above is representative of the beauty we saw that day. I'm sorry to say that I didn't take any photos of the wild strawberry plants that were growing all along the way but I can tell you that, even though they were only the size of peas, they were the most flavorful strawberries we'd had - maybe ever.

I'm hoping to do more Valles Caldera hikes soon and will keep you all posted.

Blessings,

Jon+

July's Liturgical Hike

Greetings,

Since it will be the 4th of July holiday weekend and a few of us will have just had a big day hiking the Abrigo Trail in the Valles Caldera on Friday the 3rd, it seems that a short but sweet hike is in order. Therefore, we will return to the Norski Trail on Sunday, July 5th. We will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 9:00am and leave there at 9:15am. If you'd rather meet us at the trailhead, that's fine, just send a quick e-mail to let me know. I would anticipate that we will be at the trailhead around 10:00am.

As many of you know, Norski Trail is beautiful and an easy hike. The trail surface is soft and easy to walk on and goes through beautiful stands of Aspen and Fir with lovely wildflowers all around.

In case you're interested, here is a link to the Forest Service web page about the trail -

Blessings and I'll see you on the trail,

Jon+

P.S. As always, please come prepared. You can find a link to "hiking how-to's" at the bottom of this page, provided by the American Hiking Association, including "The 10 Essentials of Hiking."

June Hike: Reflections

Yesterday’s hike was simply wonderful.  After beginning a bit overcast and cool the day turned into a marvelous early summer experience in the Sangre de Cristos.  The trails we hiked (parts of Big Tesuque and Winsor) were beautiful with many wildflowers and Aspen trees shimmering like green gold in the cool breezes.  As you can see from the photo above we stopped for communion in a lovely mountain meadow with a little mountain stream running through it.

It was a perfect day to contemplate the many and varied languages of nature with which the Holy “speaks” to us.  It is not only with human speech that we are wooed by God; it is also through nature’s speech which engages more than just our ears.  A cool breeze or the warm sun upon our skin or the fragrance of a wild flower or new pine, are these not among the many languages of the Holy?  What better way to experience the knowledge of God's presence among us and love for us than to be out in the cathedrals of nature.

Nature has languages all its own which can be as subtle and imperceptible as a tiny flower which is so easy to miss or as loud and boisterous as a strong wind which makes it difficult to hear anything else and causes great trees to knock together.  God speaks through nature speaks if we will but listen.

Blessings,

Jon+

P.S.  Here are a few more wonderful photos from yesterday provided by Helen Henry.


        

June's Liturgical Hike

Greetings All,

Spring has finally sprung!  I'm almost afraid to say it but I think finally on June 7th we stand an excellent chance of having weather that is not winter like  for our hike. While Santa Fe can get cool weather almost anytime, spring is definitely here and the current weather forecast is for a very nice day on the 7th.

This month we're going to try something new, a point to point hike.  We'll be hiking parts of two trails that we've hiked before, Borrego Trail and Big Tesuque Trail,  and this will require a bit of coordination in that we'll need to park vehicles at both trail heads.  The reason I'd like to do this is that there's a nice meadow on along the way that will be a very nice place for Eucharist and a nice rest stop.

We will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 8:15am (please note the earlier time) and leave there by 8:30am.  If you are planning to meet us there please send me an e-mail so that I can coordinate with you about where to park so that we don't miss you somehow.

Please remember to bring plenty of water and at least a hearty snack.  If it's been a while since you've hiked please review the General Information material at the bottom of this page.

Blessings,

Jon+

May Hike: Reflections


It's hard to believe it's been a whole year since we began our liturgical hiking adventures together but WitW is now "officially" one year old. What a wonderful day we had May 3rd on the Aspen Vista Trail as you can see from the photo!  Even though spring was in full bloom "down" in Santa Fe, signs of spring at 9,000+ feet were not quite as evident and we did have a pretty snowy trail beyond the Big Tesuque Trail junction.  We had a great time nonetheless and it was one of the last  chances (let's hope) to hike in the snow this season.

As WitW moves into its second year there are so many great things yet to come, so stay tuned, be in touch and join us for a hike!

Blessings,

Jon+

May's Liturgical Hike: Celebrating our 1st Year

Greetings All,

It's been a whole year since we began Worship in the Wilderness in May 2008 and what a wonderful year it has been.  I give thanks for such wonderful hikes and hikers and for the wonderfully creative worship that we have shared over these last twelve months.  It has been a true ministry of the Spirit and I look forward to many more months and years together.

On Sunday May 3rd, to commemorate the beginning of our second year, we will hike one of our favorites, Aspen Vista.  The weather has been quite nice recently and I think we will see some wonderful signs of the new season.  As always though, be sure to be prepared for any possible inclement weather at that altitude and be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, clothing layers, etc.  Also, since it is possible that some of us may have been a little less active during the cold weather months we will hike at an easy pace and stop frequently for rest, liturgical tidbits and reflection.  I anticipate that we will stop for Holy Eucharist at our "normal" spot and then those who wish to go on may do so at their own pace after the dismissal.

For those who wish to meet at St. Bede's please be in the parking lot by 8:30am and we will leave there by 8:45am.  For those who may wish to meet us at the Aspen Vista trailhead, I anticipate that we'll be there by about 9:30ish.

For my planning purposes please send me a quick e-mail letting me know if you're planning to hike with us using the link to the right on this page.  I look forward to seeing you all on May 3rd.

Blessings,

Jon+

April Hike: Reflections

Springtime in the Rockies certainly can be "interesting".  The two days before and after April's liturgical hike were beautiful spring days.  The day of the hike, as you can see from the photo, was just plain winter.  In re-reading my pre-hike post I notice that I mentioned hoping to catch the last bit of winter along with the first signs of spring.  It was the coldest hike of the year!  Spring is definitely here, just not on Saturday morning on Big Tesuque Trail.

All that being said it was a beautiful day in its way.  We had an interesting and challenging hike and a quick Holy Communion at the intersection of Big Tesuque Trail and Windsor Trail where this photo was taken shortly before we headed back.  I don't believe that the Guinness Book of World Records records such things but we may have set the record for coldest temperature during a Eucharist, about 20°.

The good news is that from now on (at least until next winter) the weather will be warmer and hopefully more agreeable.  God is indeed gracious and good and we are thankful for God's blessings and protection and look forward to future worship in the cathedrals God has made for us.

Blessings,

Jon+

April Hike Update




Greetings,

I am hoping that we can catch the last little bit of winter and the first hints of the new life of spring on our April hike.  So today I hiked the Big Tesuque Trail from the road down to where it meets the Windsor Trail and back.  Conditions were good so if the weather holds between now and Saturday that's where we'll hike.  

As you can see from the photo above spring is indeed beginning to poke up through the snow, which was not bad and is spotty and melting.  The forecast for Saturday is for cloudy, windy and cooler weather than tomorrow, which is forecast to be quite nice so there will likely be additional snow melt from today's levels.  But as always at this time of year please dress in layers, one of which provides some wind protection, and wear sturdy water resistant footwear.

I would recommend meeting the group at St. Bede's at 9:00am Saturday morning rather than trying  to meet us at the Big Tesuque Campground parking area in case we need to alter our plans due to weather.

Please see my previous post below for other details and I look forward to seeing you all Saturday morning.


Blessings,

Jon+

P.S.  I've provided a new link at the very bottom of this page to information from the American Hiking Society with respect to being prepared for a safe hike.  Please have a look.

April's Liturgical Hike

Greetings All,
As I mentioned in my e-mail announcement, because the first Sunday of April is Palm Sunday we will be hiking on Saturday, April 4th instead. We'll meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 9:00am (please note the earlier time) and proceed from there. Because of the "interesting" weather we've been having lately I have yet to make a final decision about where to hike but hope to do that by mid week and will update this post at that time and send out another e-mail too.
Blessings,
Jon+

March's Hike: Reflections


I can't believe how slow I've been in posting these reflections from our hike on March 1st, my apologies!

March 1st was the first Sunday of Lent this year and the gospel lesson from Mark was about Jesus' baptism and forty days in the wilderness.  Well, we weren't in the wilderness for forty days but due to my not doing a "pre-hike" reconnaissance (which I normally do on trails with which I'm not familiar) we didn't always know where we were.  It seemed to be an appropriate beginning to Lent in a way and everybody was a good sport about it.  Regardless my shortcomings as a trail guide this month, we had a great time and it was a beautiful early spring day which served to reinforce the concept of layering.

Please stay in touch with this page over the next week because in April the first Sunday of the month happens to be Palm Sunday and "we'll" need to decide whether or not to hike that day or possibly on Saturday (the 4th) instead.  I'll be making that decision very shortly and will post as soon as  I do.

Blessings,

Jon+

March's Liturgical Hike

So sorry to be a bit late it getting this posted for our March 1st hike this Sunday, I've been fighting a bad cold that has me operating at less than my normal semi-efficient self.

As we did in February, we will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 10:00am and proceed from there to our hike.  Although it has been unseasonably warm recently, it is still "winter" and so where we hike will be subject to weather conditions Sunday morning so please plan to meet at St. Bede's and check the weather forecast for the day so you won't be surprised.  With the weather we've been having lately dressing in layers is very important and please bring plenty of water and a snack.  

Finally, as we began last month, if you plan to attend would you send me a quick e-mail letting me know that to parson@worshipinthewilderness.org (You can actually just click right there, I mean left) It helps a bit with planning.  Thanks!

Blessings,

Jon+

P.S.  For those of you who will be participating in the Lenten Bible Study using The Green Bible, I'll be sending out information about that shortly.

Green Bible Study in Lent

Greetings,

After a couple of false starts we're ready to begin a green bible study.  We will meet weekly on Tuesdays during Lent from 5:30pm-7:30pm at St. Bede's, beginning March 3rd and ending March 31st.  Once Lent is over we can decide if and how we'd like to continue beyond Lent.

The focus of this bible study will be environmental in nature using a new edition of the NRSV titled The Green Bible, which is published by HarperOne.  There's more information about this edition at http://greenletterbible.com/   It is pretty widely available now and I also know that Rickie Sherrill of Good Books has copies.

I do not anticipate that you would necessarily need to be at all sessions in order to keep up with what we are doing, although I certainly hope you will be.  There will be some reading in between sessions and I hope to have some online resources available as well.

For space planning purposes it would be very helpful if you could RSVP by replying to this message so I'll know how many to expect.  It is also possible that we may meet "off campus" once or twice, if it works out.

I'll be back in touch soon to let you know what to read for the first session.

Blessings,

Jon+

February's Hike: Reflections



What a beautiful winter day it was on February 1st!  We hiked the Dale Ball Trail - North and found the trail in good condition (with a couple of icy spots), the sun bright, the temperatures agreeable and the views and companionship superb.  It was a wonderful day to worship in the wilderness!

Barring really nasty weather we will hike again on Sunday March 1st, which will be the first Sunday of Lent.  I am also still planning on beginning a green Bible study in the near future and will let you know as things develop on that front.

Blessings and I look forward to seeing you all on the trail,

Jon+

February's Liturgical Hike

It might sound funny but the first Sunday of the month can't come any earlier in February and March in that the 1st is the 1st, the first Sunday is also the first day of the month.  So now that "we've" got that all figured out the rest should be a breeze, right?  Well I think so and I hope you will too but in an effort to be totally transparent,  I should remind us all of a couple of things.

First, February 1st is Super Bowl Sunday and for some (mostly non-hikers I hope) the whole day will be spent in front of the tube.  But not us!  At least not until 4:00pm when the game actually starts.  If there's anything that is actually important (and that is a real question) it's the game itself.  You will be home by 4:00pm - and with the knowledge that you've already worshiped the Holy and exerted yourself that day out on the trail and are therefore free to indulge, and maybe then some, in the annual Super Bowl feast.

Second, much like January, this Sunday will be a bit chilly.  But if you think about it that just means you'll burn even more calories staying warm while you hike which means you can probably eat something like three times as much during the game as you normally would without shame or guilt.

Second and a half, I will be offering an optional liturgical hiking fast.  If you choose to fast during the hike that will mean, like, you can just graze from the opening kickoff to the final buzzer - again without shame or guilt.  In fact you might even feel a bit prideful about it.  But that's ok because our next hike (remember that will be March 1st) will also be the first Sunday of Lent and you could possibly do that one on your knees as penance for your Super Bowl bash overindulgence.   It's just an option and the penitential hiker's choice. ;)

THE REAL DETAILS:  We will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 10:00am and proceed from there to our hike.  As in January, where we hike will be subject to weather conditions at the time so please plan to meet at St. Bede's and check the weather forecast for the day so you'll have a sense of what to expect.  As always, dress in warm layers, bring water and a snack.  I do not anticipate any significant snow so regular hiking footwear should be fine.

Finally, if you plan to attend would you send me a quick e-mail letting me know that to parson@worshipinthewilderness.org (You can actually just click right there, I mean left) It helps a bit with planning.  Thanks!

Blessings,

Jon+

January's Hike: Reflections


Weather conditions dictated where we hiked this month. There was a little too much snow on many of our favorite trails and temperatures up toward the ski basin definately got my attention.

So what better place to hike in the dead of winter than a river when the Gospel lesson for the day was Jesus' baptism in the river Jordan. For us it wasn't the river Jordan but rather the Santa Fe River, such as it is in January. We hiked the dry river bed near the San Ysidro crossing and although it was cold and breezy the sun was bright and we had a wonderful time sauntering along. This was also an urban hike as there are homes on either side of the river at that point which are in the historic Agua Fria district of Santa Fe.

Winter hiking can be a challenge but those who came were prepared and we are looking forward to continuing throughout the winter. Weather conditions will continue to dictate where we can go for a least another month or two but please make plans to join us.

Also, stay tuned for details about our possible snowshoe hike and a Lenten Bible study using the Green Bible. I'll be sure to get the word out to you as plans for these develop. In the meantime please be sure to invite your friends to our outings!

Lastly, I am working on an online survey of sorts to help me better plan our activities for the coming year so please be on the lookout for that and please help me by filling it out.

Thanks and many Blessings for the New Year,

Jon+

January's Liturgical Hike

On Sunday January 11th we will be hiking if the weather permits.  If you've followed this site or received my e-mails you know that we switched Sundays this month to accomodate St. Bede's stewardship kickoff Sunday on January 4th.  Several of you let me know that you appreciated this accomodation.

So this Sunday, the 11th, we will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 10:00am and proceed from there to our hike.  Please note the later time and the fact that I haven't announced where we'll be hiking.  There are two reasons for this - first, by meeting at 10:00am hopefully it will be a bit warmer and second, we've been having a good winter so far and this means that we may need to be flexible with respect to where (and I suppose if) we hike.  As I write this post weather.com indicates that the 11th should be sunny with a high of around 40 after a low near 20.

Please plan to be with us as winter hiking can be very enjoyable.  Also, please be prepared for the weather with several layers, a warm hat, mittens or gloves and footwear that is at least weather resistant.  And as always, bring plenty of water and at least a snack.

Finally, there are a couple of changes to the weblog for the New Year.  First, we now have our own domain name, http://worshipinthewilderness.org/ , and I have a new e-mail address to go with it, which is parson@worshipinthewilderness.org .  The old addresses will still work for a while but please begin using the new ones now.

Blessings,

Jon+

January's Liturgical Hike

Hi All,

Briefly, this Sunday (January 4th) is the Stewardship Brunch at St. Bede's Episcopal Church (of which WitW is a ministry) and it seems to me that it would be best not to schedule a hike which conflicts with this important St. Bede's event. I would encourage everyone to plan on attending the 10:30am service and the brunch which follows the service. Any questions about this service or the brunch should be directed to the church office, 505-982-1133.

We will hike the following Sunday, January 11th, weather permitting. Details about that hike will be posted to the weblog soon and I'll also send another email once the information is posted.

Blessings,

Jon+