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Heeding technology's cry to get connected can result in overload circuits of the mind.  Frenetic connections cause frazzled lives. 

As we walk faithfully with God on various trails we will take the time to explore God's creation in new and different ways.  Our walks can be with fellow members of our group, alone, with family or invite a few friends for a walk.

Coupled with our walks we will listen to a short podcast that will be produced with prayers and stories to go along with each hike.

We will also be using a book called,
"Unwrapping Wonder: Finding Hope in the Gift of Nature",  The book can be purchased through Amazon either as a paper back for about $18., or in a kindle format for $8.  This book will be one you will cherish.  Below is an explanation of the book.

Unwrapping Wonder: Finding Hope in the Gift of Nature will restore the reader's soul as they step outside to cultivate a connection with creation and deepen their relationship with the Creator.

This delightful mix of natural history, human story, and divine awareness found in everyday nature is based on Job's words:  "But ask the animals and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you . . . or let the fish of the sea inform you."

Each chapter focuses on one natural object such as the bee, the barnacle, the tiny seed.  Peer within the ordinary, and learn to see details of extraordinary wonder.  Unwrap each gift and discover more of nature, God, and yourself.

October Hike  - Towner's Woods




Towner’s Woods was acquired in phases by Portage County in the 1970s as a potential water supply, with a later addition by the Park District. It was developed as parkland and opened to the public in 1975. The property consists of 234 rolling acres of mixed forests, diverse wetlands, and meadows in Franklin and Ravenna Townships. The park is next to Lake Pippen, a pristine glacial kettle hole lake owned by the City of Akron. Foot trails throughout the park provide easy to strenuous hiking and renowned cross-country skiing through beautiful natural scenery and varied habitats.

Historically, 2,000 years ago the Hopewell Indians created a burial mound, located overlooking Lake Pippen which was excavated in the early 1900s. Towner’s Woods and The PORTAGE Hike and Bike Trail are also located on the key Erie Railroad line. The 1913 Brady Interlocking Switch Tower was used to switch the lower set of train tracks (now Norfolk Southern). Now just used for storage, the building has great potential for other uses.

Questions to ponder:
1. What have you discovered by doing this hike?
2. Where have you seen God during this hike and in your life?
3. Your thoughts on the podcast?

leaves and lifeReading by Deacon Gies
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