Sharing Our Stories: Upcoming Classes, Speakers and Workshops

For over a year now, I’ve been volunteering at the Blessing House in Victoria, MN.  Or rather, the Blessing House has provided me with an opportunity to help people share their stories.  With September only a few weeks away, I wanted to get the word out about some of the classes I am coordinating or leading.


Take this as my invitation for you to attend one of the classes and bring your friends.  Please see the Blessing House Facebook Page for more information.  Classes have a minimal fee, and books/materials may have an additional cost.  (Attend a class for free by volunteering to help “host” the event! Contact the Blessing House to find out more information.)

Journal Writing – Hearing God’s Voice, Sept. 7th, 2-5pm. Stephanie Friant, Learn to journal as a spiritual discipline. 

Hope in the Midst of Hardship, Sept. 27th, 10am-12pm. Author Melody Richards. A journey of hope and healing after her daughter’s death. 

Word Craft: Bringing Sense/s to Your Writing, Oct. 4, 10:30am-12pm.  Writer & Author Susan Thurston. Enhance your writing by paying attention.

Walking with Tension, Oct. 18th, 10am-12pm.  Author Jenny Hill.  What happens after God doesn’t physically heal you?

Powerful Potential of Parent(s), Oct. 25th, 9:30-11:30am or Tues. Oct. 28th, 6:30-8:30pm (same class, two dates offered).  Expert Educator Dr. Don Draayer.  Nurture God’s Spark in our children.

My Journey to Write with LifeWay, Nov. 9th, 3-4:30pm.  Writer Karen Anderson. A story of writing for God.

Sibling Grief, Sun. Nov. 16th, 2-3:30pm. Jennifer Martin. Supporting individuals of all ages whose sibling(s) have died.

Sunday Writing Retreat.  First Sunday of each month, 2-5pm.  Join us for a casual writing retreat.  (Special topic on Sept. 7th)

Preparing to Leave – A special series led by experts on each topic., Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm

Moving into Eternity – Sept. 8th   What happens after we die?  How can what we do now affect our eternal life?  Join Gail Berger as she teaches about the “big questions” about what’s next and how to get there.

 Estate and Will Planning – Sept. 15th  You know you need to do it, but keep putting it off.  Join us for a session on learning the basics of estate and will planning, and advice on what to do next depending on your particular situation.

 Health Care Options & Directives – Sept. 22nd  We will explore a variety of end-of-life medical and spiritual options, and have an opportunity to begin writing our own Health Care Directives. (I’m leading! – Stephanie Friant)

 Funeral and Memorial Service Planning – Sept. 29th We will lead you through a step-by-step planning process to help ensure that your wishes are known and your loved ones have one less thing to do during a time of raw grief.  (I’m co-leading! – Stephanie Friant)

 Talking with Children & Teens about Death – Oct. 6th Gain techniques and knowledge of how to support children and teens as they encounter the loss of others.

Messy Family Relationships – Oct. 13th  Learn how to better deal with difficult family members and relationships before, during and after someone’s death.


Please note:  The Blessing House is a Christian spirituality center created to make space for God to work.  Funded primarily by donations and staffed primarily by volunteers, it is a place for individual and group retreats, as well as classes and small groups.  All are welcome.



About SFriant

I live to walk with others on their journeys - because everyone needs to know that they are loved, that they matter, and that they are doing amazing things. I'm a lot like our two kids: obsessed with learning, and constantly creating.
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