Epworth United Methodist Church in Berkeley has begun a three-month "Pentecost Adventure" it's calling "Body & Soul." Through August 23, the congregation is being invited to participate in "loving God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, and loving neighbor as self."
Epworth's pastor, the Rev. Odette Lockwood-Stewart, says, "We all have challenges to body and soul. While we cannot control every factor in our lives, we can make choices that support health and move us closer to the abundant life God intends."
And she challenges congregants to form a "web of support and accountability" for each other. By establishing this "team for positive reinforcement and growth," she says, the church also could strengthen the body of Christ, "and the soul of our community … and participate in the mending of creation."
The goals for Body & Soul:
1. Physical health awareness and positive support for healthy habits and choices;
2. Spiritual renewal through encouragement of prayer, meditation, study, service;
3. Nurture mental health through readings and conversations;
4. Community growth built by gathering, knowing, praying for each other.
To find out more, download brochure (in PDF format).