Prayer Nights

Once a week all of our homes gather to share a meal and a time of prayer together.  Our discussions and activities on these evenings strive to create inclusive ways to engage core members (adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities living in community). 

Prayer Night themes are identified by our Spiritual Life Committee and then teams of assistants and core members take turns leading an activity on that theme.  Past themes include: The Beatitudes, caring for our environment, solidarity with the poor, welcome, and gratitude.  We also take special care to recognize the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent.  By staying on the same theme for at least a month, we have the ability to look at different aspects of the theme and engage with the spiritual lesson on different levels.  Activities to inclusively discuss the theme include visual arts, music, and improvisational skits. 

We also set aside a time each prayer night to listen respectfully to one another as every person in attendance has an opportunity to share what is on his/her heart through naming praises and prayer requests.  Notes are taken each week and this list of prayer and praises is sent out to a network of friends and all the homes so we can hold each other in our thoughts throughout the week. 

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We love to welcome guests to our prayer nights.  Please contact the office if you would like to schedule a week to join our community in this special tradition. 

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Community Night

Since 1988, the extended friends and families of L’Arche Heartland have been gathering on the second Friday of every month for food and fellowship.  Community Night is an opportunity for the entire community, along with those who support us, to celebrate our relationships with one another on a monthly basis.  The majority of months we meet at 6:00pm and share a dinner together, L’Arche generally provides the main dish and everyone in attendance brings a side or dessert.  Community Nights are casual, crowded, and always fun! 

The location varies and a reminder is emailed the week of to announce the theme of the meal so those in attendance can coordinate their contributions.

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Dance

The third Tuesday of every month L’Arche Heartland hosts adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities from throughout Johnson County for an evening of music and dancing from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

 

Guests who do not receive formal services from L’Arche Heartland may not be left unattended.  If being dropped off by a service provider or family member rides need to return promptly at 8:00pm. 

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Anniversary Dinner

SAVE THE DATE
Friday, April 26, 2019
32nd Anniversary Celebration
Dinner – Live Auction – Silent Auction – Raffle

Click here for event details: 32nd Anniversary Celebration Invitation

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Now accepting donations for the silent auction and raffle!  Email: jamie@larcheks.org if you you’d like to help!

Check back for updates as the celebration is planned!

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I would like the following correspondence:

Throughout my young adulthood, I have been searching out my vocation. L’Arche Heartland has given me a place to practice a vocation that St. Therese of Lisieux described as “the little way”. By “the little way”, St. Therese meant drawing close to Jesus through the everyday, ordinary tasks given to us.
In order to describe my vocation in “the little way” with L’Arche, I must elaborate on how the ordinary and extraordinary intersect in this community. At L’Arche, I share a home with four men with intellectual disabilities. Daily life in our home requires much responsibility of me, though none of the daily tasks appear very grand. One does not need a graduate degree from a prestigious university to do the cooking, cleaning, transportation, assisting with hygiene, and medication administration in my home. But as I go about my life in L’Arche, day after day, year after year, slowly the people in my house and in the larger community have showed me the many gifts that people with intellectual disabilities have to offer.

The mission of L’Arche is built upon mutual relationships between people with and without intellectual disabilities. Through these relationships of both giving and receiving, we are able to reveal one another’s gifts. Some of the gifts manifest themselves through such simple things as laughter, compliments, and a sense of wonder. Sometimes people with intellectual disabilities have a transforming effect on those around them, helping “the helpers” to realize new gifts that they could not previously perceive. For example, I have had to learn patience before recognizing the patience of a person with an intellectual disability. In L’Arche, the people with intellectual disabilities are often the teachers, showing us firsthand how to receive our lives as a gift from God. It is a gift to be close to people who are dear to the heart of God.
Receiving the gifts of people with disabilities transforms the ordinary in L’Arche. As I go about the mundane tasks of sustaining a household, these ordinary experiences become transformed by the extraordinary way that people with intellectual disabilities draw me closer to God. Following St. Therese of Lisieux again, this is a little way to live, but it is also a short path to the kingdom of God.

-Andrew Nelson, Live-in Assistant