Lifetree Cafe topics for August announced

Lifetree Cafe at Cana, 18 S. Third St., will hold programs at noon and 7 p.m. on the following days and topics:

• Aug. 7: “Family Secrets: What Mama never told us.”

How to navigate unexpected family secrets will be discussed in a program that features the exclusive filmed story–shot live as events unfolded–of a woman who discovered a missing family member.

“I was going through some paperwork at my parents’ house and found an old, faded form from an adoption agency,” the woman says. “That was the first inkling there was some kind of secret to be told here.”

During the program participants will receive practical tips on handling a wide variety of family secrets.

• Aug. 14: “10 Minutes to Live: Now what?”

How to prioritize what’s important before, during, and after near-death experiences will be explored.

The program features a filmed interview with the Rev. Rick Bundschuh, a pastor in Hawaii who received an alert of an incoming ballistic missile on Jan. 13, 2018.

Although the alert was later confirmed to be a mistake, Bundschuh explained it elicited a wide variety of reactions.

“There were various reactions when the message came across,” he said. “We saw anything from ‘Oh, well, I hope it’s fast’ to ‘What do we do? Where do we go? Where’s a safe place?'”

During this Lifetree program, participants will talk about their current priorities and discuss the difference between the urgent and the important things in life.

• Aug. 21: “Out of Anger: The battle between self-control and out of control.”

The program features the filmed story of Jerry Hartman, whose ongoing anger issues led him in and out of prison until he was at last accused of assault with a deadly weapon.

“I had this mentality that if you mess with me, you won’t do it again,” says Hartman. “If you beat me, you won’t do it again because you’re going to pay. When I was around people, I wanted them to fear me.”

During this Lifetree program, participants will discover what practical tools helped Hartman learn how to control his anger and transform his life.

• Aug. 28: “Unburdened: Letting go of guilt.”

Ways to deal with guilt will be considered in a program titled “Unburdened: Letting Go of Guilt,” which features a screening of the award-winning short film “Unburden.” The film tells the story of a mother who accidentally injures her infant daughter and the woman’s journey to resolve her guilt.

“Guilt can cripple our ability to live well and enjoy life,” says Lifetree representative Craig Cable. “We’ll consider the lessons of this compelling film and how we can cope with guilt in our own lives.”

During the program participants will explore steps that may help resolve guilt.

Refreshments will be served at each program. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. For questions, call 515-302-8036.

Lifetree Cafe is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to the Rev. Barbara Huisman at 302-8036.