RAPHA (Hebrew): to repair, restore, make whole.
Rapha is not just about healing… this journey is about becoming whole. God promises that He can bring lasting wholeness in every area of our lives, transforming us from our inner spirit outward. It is up to each of us to decide if we will partner with Him to become more of the true person we are created to be.
INTRODUCTION TO RAPHA
Loss of the unborn: Ways of walking through grief
When: Thursday, August 15th from 6:30-9:30pm
Where: The Commons at Baxter & Love
Cost: Free! (A freewill offering will be taken during the workshop.)
Registration: Register online, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 406-922-0190.
Loss of the unborn, through miscarriage, abortion, still-birth, or similar circumstances, is a desperately challenging but little recognized form of grief. It’s easy to assume that there is little need to grieve. And yet the sense of loss of the unborn can run very deep, not only for both parents, but also for siblings, grandparents, and wider family and friends. Also, there can be a profound sense of guilt/blame attached to these multiple layers of grief and loss. There are few of us who remain untouched by such tragedy, and likewise few of us who feel equipped to respond.
During this workshop, Pastors Peter Holmes and Susan Williams will be exploring these grief journeys and asking how we can grieve wisely and support others who are doing so. We will look at what Scripture has to say about loss and God’s love for the unborn, His grace and mercy regardless of circumstance, and how we can navigate daily life while going through the journey of grief. We will also consider some of the possible lingering emotional and relational debris and how we might cope if it doesn’t naturally pass.
If you are someone who has been affected personally by this type of loss, you will learn some steps you can choose from, to gently pursue your grief journey, whether the loss is current or historic. If you would like to know how to stand alongside someone walking through this type of loss, you will find the steps we set out will give you a framework to provide an emotionally-sensitive response to a tragically common life experience.
Men’s Weekend Away – Phoenix: Men Rising from the Ashes
Friday, September 20th – Sunday, September 22nd
Location: Mountain Top Retreat Center | Bozeman, MT
Registration: Register online, email email@example.com or call 406-922-0190
As men we all have “stuff” in our lives that we need to deal with. But it is the normal pattern to procrastinate, and not engage with issues until it is almost too late. So, is our men’s weekend on September 20-22 the time for you?
Our weekend will be hosted at Mountain Top Retreat just outside of Bozeman. It will be a weekend of practical support in helping you create an agenda of issues you want to face and deal with, and offering you the individual and community support to make progress in finding healing from them.
After each meal we have times of support for you, and illustrate this with men’s stories of healing, and their journey toward greater wholeness. The focus of the weekend will be you and what you need to sort out. No preaching and irrelevant gobbledegook – just the help you need to sort the baggage and leave on Sunday afternoon refreshed by the spectacular setting and times you spent with yourself, God, and others.
As you head back down the mountain, you will be carrying less history, and will be equipped for your next few months with the ‘how to’ for your journey into more healing and wholeness. Let us walk the road with you.
By the end of the workshop you will have had the opportunity to:
- Hear how other men have pressed through to find freedom from issues similar to yours
- Had our support to tackle your own areas of challenge, pain, and conflict, whether current or historic
- Found more reality and depth in your relationship with God (if that is what you are looking for)
- Learned more about ‘how to’ so you can continue this in the weeks following the weekend.
- Enjoyed the mountain scenery, the campfire, and recreational activities.
- Found men who will continue journeying with you
Rapha Community Evening
Rapha is the Hebrew word for healing and wholeness. In our community we enjoy authentic relationships where its safe to be honest about where you are at. We share journeying together to pursue who God created us to be. We seek to reach out and welcome those who have need, whether historic or current. We share a meal, worship, testimonies of God breaking through and have a devotional. We are kid-friendly, and welcome those who aren’t in a current relationship with the Lord. Some of our community also meet in groups during the week to journey together.
We meet primarily at 4566 Cascade Street in Bozeman one Friday per month at 6pm. We keep people updated on the exact date and location each month by email. If you are interested in getting on our email list, please contact Jeni at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-577-1740.
Our next gatherings are:
Friday, August 9th (4566 Cascade Street in Bozeman)
The Morrisby Assessment is a UK-based psychometric assessment to discover what your natural talents and gifts are. It will suggest education and career options, and help you get to know yourself more. If you are interested in attending the next assessment or would like more details, email Jeni at email@example.com.
Join us the first Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:30pm at The Commons where the Rapha Women’s Leadership Team will be creating space for us to meet each other and meet with God. The focus of our evening varies. You can expect a mixture that might include: testimonies, worship, fellowship, table discussions, Q&A panels, reflective time with God, etc. We focus on encouraging authentic relationships, talking honestly together, and sharing tools for journeying into greater wholeness and deeper relationship with God.
If you have not been to a Rapha event this is the perfect place for you to come and meet those who are part of this ministry. All women are welcome!
Our next Women’s Evening is Thursday, August 1st.
Women’s Clinic: Q&A Session with Susan
Ladies, if you are wanting some help on your discipleship journey or want to see what it’s all about, this is a great place for you. On Wednesday, August 21st from 6:30-9pm at The Commons, Susan will be available to help you if you are feeling stuck or need some help with a piece of homework. If you don’t have a question but want to come, you are welcome too. There’s always a lot of learning that goes on!
Men’s Prayer Meeting
Join us every Tuesday morning at 6:15am at The Commons for a weekly prayer meeting. All men are welcome!
Men’s Open Rapha Group
We now have two Men’s Open Rapha Groups that meet on Tuesday evenings, alternating between Bozeman and Belgrade/Manhattan. The locations for the men’s groups have been fluctuating. If you are interested in being updated by email regarding the venue of each meeting, please email Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The meeting schedule is as follows. You are welcome to attend either or both of these gatherings.
August 13th in Bozeman
August 20th in Manhattan
August 27th in Bozeman
September 3rd in Manhattan
September 10th in Bozeman
September 17th in Manhattan
September 24th in Bozeman
If you are wanting some help on your discipleship journey or want to see what a Rapha Journey can look like, this is a great place for you! This evening is an open forum for men to come as you are. There is no pressure to come with an issue/question/agenda… you are very welcome to simply join us.