As we prepare for the upcoming Christmas season, the Holy Spirit reminds us to include time and space in that preparation for spiritual reflection and discovery, both alone and in community. To that end, St. Margaret’s will again this year hold an in-person Advent retreat, “The Darkness that Leads to Life: Advent as a Gateway for Spiritual Growth.” The retreat will take place at the home of Linda Heaney, 3272 Aberfoyle Place NW, in Washington DC, on Friday evening, December 8, and Saturday morning and afternoon, December 9. The cost is $50, to cover three meals and snacks, as well as materials. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. There will be time for socializing, sharing meals, facilitator-led activities, small group discussions, personal reflection, worship and prayer. Since there is limited capacity and we need to have an advance sense of how many will participate for logistical purposes, you are asked to register your intention to participate in the retreat at this link by no later than Friday, December 1. For further information, please email the Rev. Diana Gustafson or Ron Lorentzen.