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Is Spiritual Direction for me?
Many assume spiritual direction is focused on receiving guidance from a director
who might impart some hidden wisdom or direction. While some specific guidance
may be given, the intent is less about being directed and more about discerning one's
own spiritual direction in partnership with a director. It's natural to want to look for
direction outside of ourselves from another person or from a god that's " out there "
somewhere. Those who might be in a good place to begin spiritual direction have
started to notice that God is closer than they thought. Not closer because life is simply
going well, but closer because God can be seen in life's simplest moments. Noticing the
smile lines around a child's eyes. The familiar sound of a loved one's footsteps. Even
an unexpected tear as you remember a moment of joy with someone you have lost.
All of these experiences may be pointing to God in a way that's different than before.
From another perspective, spiritual direction may be important in a season of spiritual
dryness. The scriptures once treasured are now dry as dust. Morning prayer time feels
like a long-distance relationship. Songs of praise are more irritating than uplifting.
Wherever you are, spiritual direction is meant to work with the question, " What's God
up to in all this? "
Samaritan Center spiritual directors seek to meet people in this place. If some of
these examples feel familiar, a director from our team would love to talk to you in a free
introductory session to discern if this could be something for you in this season of your
life.
Read our director bios on our website at samaritanlancaster.org/clergy-congregation/
spiritual-direction/ and reach out by calling 717-560-1949 or emailing info.ccc@
samaritanlancaster.org.
Our Spiritual Direction Team
Carolene Brubaker - Spiritual Director & Clergy Group Facilitator
Doug Ockrymiek - Partnering Spiritual Director
Jennifer Leiter - Partnering Spiritual Director & Life Coach
Jimmy Elsner - Partnering Spiritual Director
Legacy Giving:
Other Ways to Give
Gifts by Bequest
A gift to Samaritan can be included
in your Will. This type of gift
can be a specific dollar amount,
a percentage of your estate, or
Samaritan Center can be named as
a remainder of your estate after all
specific bequests are fulfilled.
Life Insurance
While there are many different types
of life insurance, the principle of
making a charitable gift remains the
same. If you name Samaritan Center
as a beneficiary of a life insurance
policy, a relatively small percent gift
will ultimately provide a much larger
gift in the future.
Charitable IRA Distribution Gifts
A qualified charitable distribution
(QCD) allows individuals who are
70½ years old or older to donate up
to $100,000 total to one or more
charities directly from a taxable
IRA instead of taking their required
minimum distributions.
Carolene Brubaker
Jimmy Elsner
Jennifer Leiter
Doug Ockrymiek
As always, we strongly encourage you to
consult your own fi nancial advisor to determine
which gift vehicle is right for you. If you have
questions, please contact Anita Hanna, Director of
Development at ahanna@samaritanlancaster.org
or 717-560-9969, extension 244.
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