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Time-In: Holy Pauses
Heather Wright, Executive Director
 
A breakneck speed and an overcrowded schedule can be hallmarks of this time of year. We can be full of good things like gathering with family and friends, holiday celebrations, special services, concerts, trips to see the lights of NYC, or special exhibits. On top of that we are also card writing, buying, planning, and cooking. 

For some, the mood of celebration is a mismatch for their life circumstances or struggles: illness, divorce, depression, recent loss of a loved one, can all draw sharp contrast to what one is supposed to be experiencing at this time of year. But I believe that no matter where we find ourselves, in joy or sorrows, there can be another invitation of this season. For those who are open to doing things a little differently, we could take a daily "holy pause". We could choose to step off the merry-go-round and detour on the marathon just long enough to take a personal "time-out". We require this of our children, when they go beyond their capacity to cope. Our play therapist, Susan Gestal, invites parents to a "time-in". This means, while our children have to give up doing other things, they would still get our calm, loving presence in the midst of their emotional distress. We help get them back to a calmer state. That sounds enlightened to me, and matches more what I want when I am feeling out of control, sad, upset, confused...Wouldn't it be nice for someone to offer a loving, supportive presence as we gather our emotions, thoughts, and reactions? 

It may be surprising to hear, but each of us, regardless of our age, has that opportunity for connection right now. There is a loving Presence each of us can draw on who is there for us and will not abandon or forsake us. God is the good shepherd; therefore we can fear no evil for we believe God is with us, even as we go through our own valleys of the shadow of death. Time-in...take holy pauses, moments to breathe deeply, to gain perspective on your situation, to ground you. Even if you have not drawn on this resource much in the past, the invitation is there to time-in in the midst of this season's merry-go-round. The outcome may surprise you. 

As we celebrate the end of 2014, I want to say a special "thank you" to those who have made it all possible: our team of excellent skilled therapists, our gracious office manager, and the dedicated board members, both past and present, who have been stewards of the vision. However, none of this would have been possible without the generous foundational support of our donors, individuals, foundations, and houses of worship, that have built the foundation upon which we stand and continue to help sustain the mission. Thank you to all of you who have made this possible. If you have not given to the Center, but desire to do so, please follow this link to our "Donate" page. 

We appreciate your partnership and belief in us.

Upcoming Events

 

FOR PARENTS OF TEENS:  Come hear our Marriage and Family Therapist, Nicole Zasowski, speak for Trinity Church on "A Stressed-Out Generation: Helping Your Children Wade through the World of Anxiety, High Pressure and Overcoming Fears" on January 11, 2015, 6pm at Temple Sholom in Greenwich.

 

FOR GREENWICH CLERGY:  The Rev'd. Dr. Jim Lemler will be facilitating a half-day retreat at GCHR on "Strengthening our Leadership" on January 15, 2015, 9am - 12:30pm.

 

FOR 9 - 12 YEAR OLD GIRLS:  A one-week summer camp opportunity!  SNAP! is coming to Greenwich August 3 - 7, 2015, 9am - 3:30pm at GCHR.  Call soon, space is limited and filling quickly!

 

For more information about any of these offerings, please click here!

 

 

 

Giving to the Center

Thank you to all who have generously given to the Center. We are wonderfully supported and blessed.  

 

The Greenwich Center for Hope & Renewal is a non-profit organization under IRS 501(c)(3) supported through the generosity of individuals, churches, foundations and businesses. All gifts to the Center are tax deductible and are immediately acknowledged through a gift receipt letter. We honor the principles of confidentiality and anonymity in all areas of giving and participation. 


To make an online donation to the Center, please click:

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To make a cash donation to the Center, please send your gift to the following address:

        Greenwich Center for Hope & Renewal
        237 Taconic Road
        Greenwich, CT 06831

To make a donation of securities or mutual funds to the Center, please contact one of the two following individuals for delivery instructions:

        Andrew Boles, CFP
        Edward Jones
        (973) 377-2377
        or
        Heather P. Wright, Executive Director
        Greenwich Center for Hope & Renewal
        (203) 340-9816
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Opportunities to Grow

 

If you are a therapist and want to enhance your training in EFT, we are pleased to offer an EFT Externship.  This 4 day training is being offered Oct. 19 - 22 2014. This will be led by George Faller. For more information, please

 

 

The next level of EFT training, beginning in February 2015, is called Core Skills and meets for two days a month for four sessions. George Faller is the instructor. For more information, please  click here.

 

 

 

GCHR hosts a Connection Course for couples.  For more information, please

 

 

 

 

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