Safe Conduct Policy

Sunday Morning Adult Spiritual Formation Classes
Each Sunday Morning
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. in Havighorst Lounge
Childcare is always provided.

Book Study: The Reason I Jump; The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
Sundays, January 13-27 (3 sessions)

Written by Naoki Higashida, who is a very smart, very self-aware and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism. Join Pastor Megan as we delve into this one of a kind book that demonstrates the inner workings and thoughts of one young man with autism.

“One of the most remarkable books I’ve ever read. It’s truly moving, eye-opening, incredibly vivid.” – Jon Stewart, The Daily Show
“Amazing times a million.” – Whoopi Goldberg, People

Inside the Sanctuary
Sunday, February 3

Do you know the difference between a pulpit, podium and lectern? What does the placement of our baptismal font represent? What is the name of the stage in the sanctuary and why is it there? Join Pastor Megan for a tour of the Sanctuary as we share our history and reveal some hidden meanings too.

The Book of Ruth #stillspeaking with Pastor Megan
Sundays, February 17 & 24 (2 sessions)

What does the Book of Ruth have to teach us about God, justice, society, devotion and the role of women in community? Is it a tale of a woman who shockingly knows how to use the system to save her family or is there something different within this Hebrew scripture that can speak to women and men in the 21st century?

Lunch and the Bible

Tuesdays, January 15 and February 19
12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. in Havighorst Lounge

Join our pastors for lunch, fellowship and a discussion on one of their favorite or most challenging Bible passages. Sandwiches, chips, cookies, and beverages will be served. Free will donations accepted.

Please RSVP to Pastor Megan at 305.448.7421 ext. 119 or by email at MeganS@gablesucc.org.

#metoo

Tuesday, January 22
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Library

This past year has been very distressing for those who have suffered sexual abuse. Recent events in our country have brought up lots of re-living of traumas for many people. If you are a victim or survivor of sexual abuse, we invite you to a #metoo gathering here at church. In this safe-space we may choose to share our stories or sit in silent solidarity. Let us begin 2019 together, in support of one another.

For more information, please contact Pastor Megan at MeganS@gablesucc.org.

Meditation in Motion: Wednesday Night Walks

Wednesdays January 9 – February 27 (8 sessions)
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Everyone is welcome (children too)

Get your sneakers on and let’s get out and enjoy the beautiful Miami winter weather. We will gather in Fellowship Hall and leave by 6:00 p.m. We will walk for 1 hour each night at a rate of approximately 3 miles per hour. Please wear a light colored shirt and bring a flash light too. Remember to purchase your take-out dinner at Church Night In before we head out! We will walk rain or shine! Free childcare provided for all parents who walk!

Autism Awareness Series

Autism in the Theater
Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
Tickets: $50.00 each, includes a seat on the church bus to and from the Theater.

Join us, as our Autism Awareness Series continues, to see the Broadway hit; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Simon Stephens’ Tony Award-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon’s internationally best-selling novel, comes to thrilling life onstage! Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but not well equipped to deal with everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery that will change his life. An incredible journey to the world of a very special mind.

“Eye-opening, life-affirming and unmissable!” – Time Magazine

We have TWENTY group-rate tickets available for this general seating production at the Arsht Center. The bus will leave the church promptly at 2:00 p.m. Please purchase your ticket directly from Drew Sandbulte following worship in Fellowship Hall. Your ticket will be handed to you upon payment. Tickets are limited.

Parenting with Autism: Dr. Lynette Estrada, Guest Speaker
Sunday, February 10
9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Havighorst Lounge

All parents know that parenting is a 24/7 job. How is parenting different if your child is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder? Join us as we seek to gain some awareness from Dr. Estrada on the challenges and stress of parenting a child with autism.
Lynette Estrada, Ed.D., Case Manager, The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Transition and Adult Programs Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Walden University.

Women’s Christmas Retreat

Walking the Way of Hope
Saturday, January 5, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Church Guest House (1210 Catalonia Avenue)
Fee for the day is $10.00 which will go to Jan Richardson as a donation.
Pre-Registration is a must, as space is limited.
Rev. Toni Macon, Esther Rodrigues, Meribeth Shank, Pastors Laurie and Megan, facilitators.

In some parts of the world, Epiphany (January 6, which brings the Christmas season to a close) is celebrated as Women’s Christmas. Originating in Ireland, where it is known as Nollaig na mBan, Women’s Christmas began as a day when the women, who often carried the domestic responsibilities all year, took Epiphany as an occasion to enjoy a break and celebrate together at the end of the
holidays.

Whether your domestic duties are many or few, Women’s Christmas is a good time to pause and take a break from whatever has kept you busy and hurried in the past weeks or months. As the Christmas season comes to a close, this is an occasion both to celebrate with friends and also to spend time in reflection before diving into the responsibilities of this New Year.

Claim some intentional time set apart! Using the creative images and poetry of Jan Richardson, we will reflect on the past year, participate in a Native American bowl burning cleansing ritual, walk a labyrinth, share stories, fellowship, and simply begin this New Year together in the company of women. Please donate a dish to our vegetarian potluck lunch.

Pilgrimage Walk on El Camino de Santiago

A walking group is forming to make a pilgrimage to the ancient El Camino de Santiago in May 2019. Our trip will include walking the last 115 km of the route over 6 days, and will include exploring the natural beauty, spirituality, and culture of Galicia, Spain. Tickets from Miami to Madrid can be as cheap as $600 roundtrip, and cost for the pilgrimage is approximately $1,500.

If you are interested, please contact Pierce Withers at PierceWithers@gmail.com or 305.713.0300.