New Beginnings House of Prayer
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Benedictine Lay Order (Led by Benedictine Oblates)
Location: New Beginnings House of Prayer
Meets one Saturday a month.
Date of next Meeting in 2011 is January 22, 9:30 – 12:00 Noon.

We will continue in our Benedictine study: "Wisdom From the Monastery" A
Program of Spiritual Healing. We will begin the new year with the chapter on
Fasting. We read the Rule of St. Benedict by Joan Chittister in our da5ily lives. We
believe in the life of St. Benedict:To Work, to pray, to study. Everyone is welcome!
Call for more information.

Healing Day of Prayer at New Beginnings House of Prayer  
Saturday, June 19, 2010 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join us as we experience a day of community and healing prayer. There will be
times of soaking prayer with deep healing music, intercessory prayer, coupled
prayer, prayer with art, journaling, times of silence and meditation, a day of healing
for all of those places you have been praying about…for you and those you love.

Suggested Donation: $35.00 (Includes materials continental breakfast and lunch)
Registration Form:  Print, complete and mail with donation to New Beginnings, P.O.
Box 854, Galena Park, Texas 77547.

Let Down Your Anchor!  - Summer Silent Prayer Retreat
Thursday, July 15, 9:30 a.m. – Saturday, July 17, 4:00 p.m. 2010
Location: Ruah Center/Villa de Matel

Facilitator: Marie Noack
What is the anchor that needs to be dropped down in your life? Join us in these
three days of silence and prayer, art and meditation, docking and receiving. A life
giving three days that the Lord calls you away to be by yourself in a quiet place to
be with him. The requirements of the Ruah Center is early registration, so please do
not wait too long to register. This way no one is turned away.

Suggested Donation: $150.00  (Massage Therapist available at additional cost –
pay on site)
Registration Form:  Print, complete and mail with donation to New Beginnings, P.O.
Box 854, Galena Park, Texas 77547.

19th Annotation - A Retreat In Daily Life
New Beginnings House of Prayer
September 16, 2009 – May 19, 2010 (9 months), 3rd Wednesdays,
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Suggested Donation: 85.00 (Includes Materials and Prayer Book)
Facilitator: Marie Noack

Have you ever wanted to make the Thirty Day Retreat, the Spiritual Exercises of St.
Ignatius, but found it impossible because you could not be away from work and/or
family for that length of time? Did you know that St. Ignatius provided for people
like you in what is called the 19th Annotation, this is the complete Spiritual
Exercises in daily life and is for those who want to truly know the love of Christ and
pattern it in their daily life. This retreat will run 35 weeks, meeting as a group once a

“Food for the Soul” Spring Silent Prayer Retreat
Location: Villa de Matel/Ruah Center
April 30-May 1, 2010, 6:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Suggested Donation $75. Facilitator:
Marie Noack

A massage therapist will be available at an additional cost.

Join us for a spring renewal of the soul. This retreat will include times of Centering
Prayer, Lectio Divina, Art as prayer for those who desire to use art in the form of
meditation and other forms of prayer.  The silence and solitude of the Ruah Center
brings renewal to every area of the soul and spirit.  A limited number of rooms is
Previous Retreats
The Artist Way - Class for the Homeless

New Beginnings House of Prayer     ~    P. O. Box 854     ~    Galena Park, TX   77547
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February 15 – March 10 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays,Thursdays)
St. John’s UMC Downtown
Facilitators: Marie Noack, Patti Hale

The Artist Way is an empowering book for aspiring and working artists. With the
basic principle that creative expression is the natural direction of life, we will
engage the homeless community of St. John’s UMC in a series of four weeks.
Through this 12 part program to recover your creativity from a variety of blocks,
including limiting beliefs, fear, self-sabotage, jealousy, guilt, addictions, and other
inhibiting forces, participants can replace them with artistic confidence and
productivity. Whatever your spiritual orientation, The Artist Way will resonate in
your creative mind with truth, wisdom, and inspiration.  Artistic ability is not

Register for this class online or by printing our registration form and mailing to the
address on the form.
2011 Winter/Spring Schedule
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Healing in a Celtic Land - Summer Silent Prayer Retreat
July 29-31, 2011 -- Friday, 6:00 PM – Sunday 9:00 AM
Location: Villa De Matel, Ruah Center, 6510 Lawndale, Houston, TX
Facilitator: Marie Noack
Suggested Donation: two nights - 150.00; one night - 75.00

This summer’s silent prayer retreat will find us experiencing the art and prayers of
the Celtics, the healing of forgiveness for ourselves and others, and the healing that
God so desires to do in each of us. We will be expressing “our story” through Art
and Creativity. Listening in the silence, listening in prayer, to the part of our heart
that needs to experience God’s love…God’s unfailing, infinite, healing. We will be
making prayer beads and with those beads you will create your own healing prayer.
If you would like to be a part of this prayer bead experience, please add an
additional minimum price of $5. There is a limited amount of rooms, so please mail
in your registration soon. Make all checks payable to New Beginnings, P.O. Box
854, Galena Park, TX 77547. Contact Marie Noack for further information at
Healing in a Celtic Land - Summer Silent Prayer Retreat
The Cup of Life (Seven Week Lenten Study)
March 4 – April 15 (Fridays)
New Beginnings House of Prayer
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Anyone thirsting for a more intimate and disciplined life of prayer will find a rich
wellspring in The Cup of Life, by Joyce Rupp. Joyce shares with us how the
ordinary cups that we use each day can become sacred vessels that connect us with
life and draw us ever closer to God. She explores how the cup is a rich symbol of
life, with its emptiness and fullness, its brokenness and flaws, and all of its
blessings. This creative guide offers six weekly themes based on different images
of the cup. The open cup, the chipped cup, the broken cup, the blessing cup. . .
each in turn becomes a teacher in prayer. You will pick your cup as we begin this
Lenten journey on March 4. JOIN US! Please have your book with you when you
come on March 4. If you are not able to purchase this book, please contact Marie
Noack at New Beginnings.
Praying the Psalms
Location: New Beginnings House of Prayer
Facilitator: Marie Noack

Join us as we journey through the book of Psalms. Our time together will include a
study of the Psalms and and process of Lectio Divina, together and as we are apart
in our week. You will be given a notebook of material and a psalm book to pray
your daily office with. The offices of our day (morning, midday, evening, night,
etc.) are those times of sanctifying our day. You will be given a psalm book that will
aid you in that journey.

We will also be using Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness by Nan
Merrill. Copies will be available at an additional charge to those who do not have
Nan’s book. Please advise at time of registration that you will need her book. This
will be a class time of building community, as well as our spirit. Join us as we
journey together into the power of the psalms…as we learn of them and pray them