Jul 30, 2014

Artists in Community

A small glimpse into the Night of Worship.

I just returned from the Creative Church Conference set in the stunningly beautiful city of Boise, Idaho (I found out I was mispronouncing it - I was saying "boy-zee" when it's actually pronounced "boy-see"). Love the city! Love Vineyard Boise, the church that hosted the conference. Love VineArts (the arts ministry of the church) led by the amazing Jessie Nilo and her equally amazing team of loving artists. The theme of the conference: Artists in Community. Yes, it is possible.

Having just returned home yesterday, in the middle of the night, I'm still exploring all that God has deposited in me while there. It's very hard to put into words at this point. But what I have come away with the most is the impact of a deeply loving community of creatives and artists. A community where lines are blurred between "professional" artists and "emerging" artists. Where love for Jesus  and love for others reigns FAR above what our art looks like, what gallery its hanging in, or if we have a spectacular home studio or not. Love. Period. I'm forever changed by the presence of the Holy Spirit who was very present at the conference. My spiritual family grew as I was introduced to all the new siblings in Christ that I met. My heart has expanded. God is so full of goodness!

If you want to be blown away by the love God has for you, watch this sermon by potter/pastor Dave Blakeslee (link below). He uses the art of throwing pots as a powerful illustration for his sermons. You can see it here. I highly recommend it.

Pastor Dave Blakeslee setting up for his Sunday message.

Jul 28, 2014

The Write Space

We are excited to announce a fresh new writers community launching this fall through Infused Arts at LWCC - The Write Space.

Here's what we are working on so far:

Purpose for this Group
Encouragement – Inspiring – intentional – practical – teaching – mentoring

Two major facets to TWS:

We desire for writers to feel better when they leave than when then they arrived. We want writers to feel safe and validated.

When will this Group Meet
Meet every Thursday of every other month (opposite of The Studio) in the large conference room beginning in October 2014 (Oct, Dec, Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug).

Themes/ideas for meetings
  • October (5 Weeks) – The Rhythms of Writing (How to Release the Work Stirring Within You)
  • December (2 Weeks) – From Word to Life (A look at Advent)

Ideas for October’s theme:
Your writing space – writing goals – expectations – resources – what is God stirring in you – what are you reading – why are you reading it

We will certainly keep you in the loop and more information will be coming soon. Stay tuned!

be in joy!

Jul 23, 2014

Creative Church Conference, Boise

This arts director is heading west all the way to Boise, Idaho! I'll be participating in a workshop panel discussion on the topic of the artist in community. Here is link to my post on my website, deannroe.com.

I'm looking forward to coming back totally inspired and ready to try new things at Infused Arts and Vertical Creativity! Yes, Holy Spirit, breath freshness into this heart of mine and may it overflow into these ministries and my life!

See you soon!

Remember - The Studio doesn't meet in August. I'll have a post with the awesome-fun details for September @ The Studio - I can't wait!

be in joy!

Jul 9, 2014

Writers' Retreat - Saturday July 19

Need a quiet place to write? One of inspiration and encouragement? Then this Writers' Retreat is just for you. 
Saturday, July 19 from 9am to 2pm

Bring your writing project and pack a lunch! We will meet in the Large Conference Room at Living Word Community Church. Questions? contact deAnn at droe@lwccyork.com or call 717-755-0089 x126.

Please RSVP - our summertime retreats are usually low in attendance due to vacations and activities. Should we need to, we'll cancel the retreat and begin planning the fall retreat.

be in joy,