CONNECT! Relational structures like small groups are an integral part of “being” the church (and not just “doing” church) through time spent together learning, celebrating, and supporting each other. Some groups are on-going throughout the year and some form during Lent. Details, locations, dates and sign-up information can be found in the church office, Sunday bulletins and by emailing Dawna Welch, Pastor of Spiritual Formation at

Fall, 2019 CONNECT! 

Sunday Morning Spiritual Formation:

Friendship Class  with Al Clark/10:45 a.m./ Social Hall 

This year Friendship Class will engage Professor Bart Ehrman’s lectures on early Christianity.  He will help the class understand how Christianity began and how the teachings of Jesus developed into the religion about Jesus.  So much took place in the three centuries from the start of Jesus’s public ministry to Christianity’s conquest of the Roman Empire under Constantine, and this laid the foundation of Christian religion as we know it:  the New Testament Canon, the Doctrine of the Trinity, Christian liturgy, and more.  On September 15 Dr. Ehrman will present and the class will discuss how Christianity was born out of the belief that Jesus had risen from the dead.  The following week the topic will be “The Religious World of Early Christianity,” and the last Sunday in September will summarize what is known about ”The Historical Jesus.”  There is no need to prepare or to commit to attending regularly.  Come when you can or are interested.  The class is friendly and the topic is the core of who we are.

Purls of Wisdom; Many Knitter’s/One Projectwith Ashley and Barbara10:45 a.m. / Church Library

Join this group to help create Friendship Blankets one square at a time! Our goal is to create enough blankets by June to send each one of our graduating seniors out into the world with a physical expression of our support, encouragement, and love! 

Prayer for Skeptical Progressives with Reba HerderSeptember 15-October 13/10:45 a.m. / Fireside Room

Your prayer life reflects your theology, relationships, and self understanding.  In this class we’ll consider how doubts, differences, and dreams can make space for greater mystery and more effective action.  Each week will include a prayer practice, a topic for discussion, and a courageous conversation.   Discover a fresh perspective your strengths, beliefs, and choices.  Join us, if you dare!Reba is an ordained minister, credentialed teacher, and certified Enneagram instructor.

LVCoBKIDS/10:45 a.m. / Yellow Room/K-5th Grade

During our first session of Spiritual Formation we will be exploring the story of Jesus and the woman at the well. We will explore how Jesus interacted with “outsiders” like the Samaritan woman and how we can follow his example today. We will explore this story through cooking, art, drama and more! 

LVCoB Spiritual Play/10:45 a.m./ Aqua Room/ Birth-Preschool

Our littles will be exploring “love” through art, stories and play in a welcoming and safe environment. 

LVCoBYouth/10:45 a.m./Rainbow Room/6th -12th Grade

During our first session of Spiritual Formation we will be exploring how mental health and spirituality intersect with each other. We will experience spiritual practices to help us stay grounded and have open discussions about mental health in today’s culture. 

A Different God with John Gingrich 10:45 a.m. / Sanctuary East Room/ September 29 – October 13

This class will explore an alternative way of thinking about God which is different from traditional views.  This approach is influenced by “Process Theology.”  Discussion will be an important part of these sessions.

ULV Homecoming Brunch / October 20 /10:45 a.m. / Courtyard

In lieu of regular Spiritual Formation groups, everyone is welcome for fellowship and food on the courtyard following worship!

All-Church Council Meeting and Brunch / October 27 / 10:30 a.m. / Fellowship Hall

Come learn how we do life together at LVCoB by attending the all-church council meeting and brunch. All Spiritual Formation groups are invited to attend in lieu of regular gatherings.


On-Going Small Groups:

WABS (Wednesday Afternoon Book Study) 2nd Wednesday of each month /4:00 p.m. /Church Library

The Wednesday Afternoon Book Study group (WABS) will reconvene on Wednesday, September 11, to share our thoughts on the summer reading we have done. Among the books to be discussed are: 50 Things That Aren’t My Fault, by Cathy Guisewite; Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver; Inspired, by Rachel Evans; and The Price of Paradise, by Susana Rubio. Whether you have read these books or just interested in hearing about them, there is room for more participants, so come join us as we share those works and other good reads. All are welcome!

Justice Shorts /3rd Tuesday of each month/6:30 p.m./Fireside Room / Suppressed!

The Peace and Justice Commission has teamed up with Brave New Films to screen short films on social justice issues.  The films will be screened at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month (right after Food Network).  This month (October 15) we will be showing Suppressed: The Fight to Vote.  Voter suppression is one of the biggest dangers to American elections.  During the 2018 midterms, millions of voters experienced suppression due to voter roll purges, poll closures, long lines of over 4 hours, missing absentee ballots, and strict voter ID laws that disproportionately prevented Brown and Black citizens from their constitutional right to vote.

Menalogue coordinated by Greg Emrick/2nd Wednesday of each month / 7:00 p.m. / Fireside Room

Men doing intentionally what women do naturally.  Guys of all ages are talking about favorite movies, faith, and stupid decisions they’ve made. 

Spiritual Cinema Circle with Jeannette Stone and Paul Hopping/Last Tuesday of each month/6:30 p.m. / Fireside Room

Our October film is Another Time.  Justin Hartley (“This Is Us”) stars as Eric in this thrilling romance about a man who travels back in time for a chance at love.  When Eric realizes he can go back in time to get the girl of his dreams, will he ultimately choose love, or saving the life of the friend who sent him back?  Join us Tuesday evening, October 29, at 6:30 p.m., in the Fireside Room.


Birding with Jeff Strogen  / Saturday, October 19 / Evey Canyon/Blaisdell Ranch Preserve
Departure Time: 8:00 a.m. from the La Verne Church of the Brethren (E Street side)
Approximate return time: 11:15 a.m.

Join this group of nature lovers who will meet monthly to observe the beauty and diversity of God’s creation. If you are interested in learning more or if you have questions, send Jeff an email:

Euclid Median Walking with Terry Bennett/Monday evenings 6:00 p.m. / Meet at Pioneer Jr. High (Upland) 

Join this group for fun, friendship, and fitness as we walk from 18th street to Fire station and back. Bring good shoes and a flashlight.  

Angel’s Share with Ciera Olsen/Last Saturday of the month/ Various Locations: Young adults who get together for drinks and conversations.

For more information on CONNECT! groups, email Dawna at