Christian discipleship and spiritual formation is a process that involves life-long learning. Bible studies, book studies and small groups are offered throughout the year to help people of all ages grow in their understanding and relationship to God. We begin as individuals, seeking to find a place for our soul’s journey. Along the way, we discover there are other pilgrims who share our longing. Are you yearning for a place to nourish your spiritual life? Do you seek a spirituality deeply rooted in the Christian faith and tradition? If so, think about joining or even starting a small group.
We are pilgrims on a journey, we are travelers on the road; we are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load.
(from the Servant Song)
Enrichment Hour: After church we gather in the Fireside Room from 11:30 to 12:30 for presentations by speakers whose subjects range from Social Concerns to Stewardship. In the fall of 2013 we learned about Church World Service, and ballot issues from the League of Women Voters. In the past, we have had classes about Earth Ministries and Muslim/Christian understanding. A study entitled “Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus” by Adam Hamilton was the Lenten study. We also use that hour for important committee and parent meetings regarding the business of the church, and for “getting to know you” sessions when people who are new to the congregation are introduced.
The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully – 2nd & 4th Tuesdays 10:30am
This is an on-going discussion group for the 2013/2014 year based on the book by Sister Joan Chittester on growing older gracefully. We will meet on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays each month at 10:30am. The Gift of Years reflects on many aspects of aging, the purposes and concerns, the struggles and surprises. It focuses on issues that emerge with age to bring us to the fullness of life, and its profound purpose. The gift of these years is not merely being alive, it is the gift of becoming more fully alive than ever. You do not need a book to participate. Some chapter headings include: productivity, limitations, agelessness, memories, nostalgia, spirituality, loneliness, forgiveness, appreciation, letting go, transformation, and mystery.
Men’s Bible Study – 1st & 3rd Tuesday 10:00 a.m.
All men of the church are invited to join the Pastor on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. for Bible Study.
Women’s Bible Study – 1st & 3rd Thursday 10:00 a.m.
All women of the church are invited to join the Pastor on the 1st & 3rd Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m. for Bible Study.
Fellowship Dinner and Brunch Groups
Join one of our dinner/brunch groups for fun and food and to get know our church family. All ages are welcome. It’s a great way to share stories, delicious meals, and fellowship. Groups of 8-10 people meet about every other month for either potlucks in our homes, or for no-host restaurant meals–either dinners or brunches. Young families often prefer brunches after our church services to avoid having to get a babysitter. Weekend evening dinners work for other groups. Each group determines its own dates, times, and places to meet. Dinner/brunches start in October and run through June. We form new groups each fall, but alternates can be added throughout the year. Please call the church office for further information and to sign up for a group. 206-523-3040.
United Methodist Women
All women in the church are considered United Methodist Women. Dues are voluntary but support the wonderful work of UMW missions, locally and around the world.
The second Thursday of each month, we meet for lunch at noon in the Fireside Room. We have a program, devotions, and fellowship sharing birthdays, joys, and concerns. In December we have a High Tea in Perry Hall. All women are invited to attend.
Rose Writing Group
The Rose Writing Group is up and running! Tom Trzyna has led classes on autobiography writing in the past and he is interested, above all, in working with people’s stories so that they can resolve issues, find spiritual meaning, and lead richer lives. If you are interested, or have questions, you can contact Tom, or the office at 206-523-3040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.