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.

FALL CONNECT!:

Sunday Morning Spiritual Formation – November 11, 18, 25 December 2 & 9:

LVCoB Kids Children & Families: Nursery-5th Grade/Garden – Focus: Family Gardening Group (all ages) Come learn the basics of gardening and tips to growing and nurturing your family. Families of all shapes and sizes welcome / Amanda Bennett Amanda@lavernecob.org

LVCoB Youth Group: Sixth-12th Grade/Rainbow Room – Focus: The current theme of exploration is Knowing God. Youth are exploring the following question on a weekly basis: 1. Who is God?  / Mar Frost mar@lavernecob.org 

Adults (for ages 18-100+):

Spiritual Knitting (all skill levels welcome): Library – Focus: Knitting in community is a form of prayer and spiritual practice. Completed projects are often donated to organizations helping cancer patients and new born babies.

The Friendship Class: Social Hall / Dr. Al Clark – Focus: Watch and discuss the video lecture series, “The Historical Jesus,” by Professor Bart D. Ehrman of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Spirituality of Healing: East Room / Julia Wheeler – Focus: Over 5 sessions we will explore various modalities of Body, Mind, Spirit healing with the possibility of a few field trips to healing spots. Food healing, Eastern Healing, Spiritual Healing, Theta Healing and more will be touched on.

Mission Statement Study: Fireside Room / Tom Hostetler – Focus: Who are we? What do we stand for? What does it mean to be inclusive? How do we welcome people of different races, ethnicities, gender identities, abilities, ages, faith traditions? What is stewardship of creation? How can the New Testament be a “creed”? What is the Matthew 25 Movement and how are we a part of it? We will explore these and many other questions in a 5 week study.

Interested in learning more about Christian Peacemaker Teams?  Hillcrest and our local church are co-sponsoring Michael Himlie of CPT to come to La Verne.  Michael has traveled throughout the world in war zones and areas of conflict – Palestine, Israel, Iraq, Kurdistan and Greece – to build partnerships with local oppressed communities and to transform violence and oppression.  Come hear Michael speak about his experiences in monitoring human rights, engaging in nonviolent action and intervention, writing reports for the UN and more on December 2, during the Spiritual Formation Hour. Location TBA.

 

On-Going CONNECT! Small Groups:

  • WABS (Wednesday Afternoon Book Study) 2nd Wednesday 4:00 p.m. / LibraryFight boredom on Wednesday afternoon; join us as we engage our minds and hearts in discussion of fascinating books. All are welcome to be part of the lively discussion and sharing of our favorite reads!
  • Menalogue coordinated by Greg Emrick 2nd Wednesday 7:00 p.m. / Fireside RoomMen doing intentionally what women do naturally. Guys of all ages are talking about favorite movies, faith, and stupid decisions they’ve made. The topic for November is: the evolution of communication technology.
  • Spiritual Cinema with Jeannette Stone and Paul Hopping Last Tuesday of each month 6:30 p.m. / Fireside Room : Join this group to view and discuss films that explore spirit, spirituality, existence, morality, and compassion, the power of the mind, and other enriching topics that take your personal faith journey further, connecting us more deeply to each other and the world. On September 25, join us for Summer Coda.  In Reno, Heidi gets word that her father has died half a world away. She visits his home and a family she’s never known in Australia. In the stunning orange groves of rural Australia she meets Michael, and together they embark on an adventure, discovering that their secrets and lives may be better shared.
  • Bird Watching with Jeff Striven November 10/ Various Locations 8:00 a.m. / Church parking lotJoin 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: dywjks@verizon.net.
  • 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 dawna@lavernecob.org