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February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Even though there hasn’t been a post for a few weeks, Mercy Street still meets every week and will meet this Saturday, February 16th at 5:30pm at Lakeland Community Church in Lee’s Summit.  If the meeting is ever cancelled (usually due to weather), the cancellation notice will be posted here.

During the month of February we are focusing on Step Five:

Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our wrongs.

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  – James 5:16

The Events tab has been updated with several upcoming events, including the 2019 Silent Saturday schedule, meditation events at the KC Symphony and an Enneagram workshop in March.  Check it out!

QUESTIONS?

If you have a question please don’t hesitate to ask!  You may leave a comment below or send an e-mail to mercystreetkc (at) gmail.com.  Your information will always be kept confidential.

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Meeting Cancelled!

Our meeting tonight, January 12th, is cancelled due to weather.

We can continue to learn about Step Four, even though we won’t be face to face tonight.

An excerpt on Step Four from A Hunger for Healing, by J. Keith Miller:

“Working Step Four can be the beginning of lasting character changes.  We’ve committed our life and our will to God to the extent we can, and now we are going to clean house spiritually to find out why we are at war within ourselves and with the people close to us.  By doing the next few steps we can uncover denied Sin-behaviors and character defects that have blocked our spiritual growth.  This same Sin is at the root of our dishonesty and our critical, intolerant spirit and our exaggerated feelings of anger, guilt, self-pity, pain, shame, grandiosity, and jealousy. I never saw that these inner problems were what were making me miserable.  They were just “invisible” discomforts that other people sometimes saw and were affected by but that I couldn’t isolate as being problems caused by my behavior and attitudes.”

Articles on Step Four, by the NACR:

Step Four – by Dale and Juanita Ryan

Four Kinds of Moral Inventory – by James Ryan

And as mentioned last week, the Step Four video on resentments can be found here.

If you need to talk with someone please don’t hesitate to contact another group member or send an e-mail to mercystreetkc (at) gmail.com.  Recovery continues no matter the weather!

Everyone stay safe and warm tonight!

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January 11, 2019

Happy New Year!

Mercy Street will meet this Saturday, January 12th at 5:30pm at Lakeland Community Church in Lee’s Summit.  However there is a winter weather advisory in effect for Saturday.  It is possible the meeting will be cancelled due to weather.  If you would like to get a text notification of the meeting status, please send an e-mail to mercystreetkc (at) gmail.com.  An update will also be posted on this website.

During the month of January we are focusing on Step Four.

Made a searching a fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. – Lamentations 3:40

Last Saturday we watched a video from the National Association for Christian Recovery on the fear inventory.  If you missed it or would like to watch again, here is the link to the video:

NACR – By the Book: Step 4 – Fear Inventory

The NACR also has another Step Four video on the resentment inventory.  This one is a bit longer and can be found at the link below.

NACR – By the Book: Step 4 – Resentment Inventory

The Step Four prayer from last week, also courtesy of the NACR:

Dear God,

I am afraid.
A lot.
I have been afraid for a long time.
I don’t know what the future holds.
I can’t control it.
Sometimes when I am afraid, I don’t want to feel anything.
See the problem?
I need help.
Give me the patience and courage
to do a full inventory of my fears.
Help me to see with clarity
what has been getting in the way
of living a sane and sober life.

Amen

QUESTIONS?

If you have a question please don’t hesitate to ask!  You may leave a comment below (anonymous if you choose) or send an e-mail to mercystreetkc (at) gmail.com.  Your information will always be kept confidential.

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November 23, 2018

Mercy Street will meet this Saturday, November 24th at 5:30pm at Lakeland Community Church in Lee’s Summit.

A great quote from last week’s meeting:

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue.  Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them.  And the point is, to live everything.  Live the questions now.  Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”  – Rainer Maria Rilke

Our adulting tip handout from last week:

Adulting Tip 3

We look forward to seeing you this Saturday.  It will be our last week discussing Step Two.

QUESTIONS?

If you have a question please feel free to leave an anonymous comment below or send an e-mail to mercystreetkc (at) gmail.com. Your information will always be kept confidential.

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November 16, 2018

Mercy Street will meet this Saturday, November 17th at 5:30pm at Lakeland Community Church in Lee’s Summit.  Note that unless something is posted here about NOT meeting, the group always meets on Saturdays at 5:30pm.  Meetings are very rarely cancelled.

Last week we had another small handout with an adulting tip.

Adulting Tip 2

It is all too easy to fire off an e-mail or text in the heat of the moment.  Give yourself space to RESPOND instead of REACT.

We also had a reading from the book Transformational Steps for Ordinary People by Teresa McBean.

This weekend we will continue our study of Step Two.

Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

To delve further into Step Two, check out this article from the NACR by Dale and Juanita Ryan.

EVENTS

Saturday, November 17th is the Contemplative Prayer Retreat at Westport Presbyterian Church.  More details on the Events tab.

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions please feel free to leave an anonymous comment below or send an e-mail to mercystreetkc (at) gmail.com.  Your information will always be kept confidential.