Adult Activities and Groups are built around areas of interest or small, support groups within the congregation.
SUNDAY MORNING OPPORTUNITIES
9:15 – 10:10 Sunday School
10:10 – 10:30 Patio Fellowship
10:30 – 11:30 Worship Service
The La Verne Church of the Brethren is a unique and vibrant community of faith. Members are encouraged to embrace the Gospel as a model and to study, reflect and consider the Bible as a source of direction and inspiration. In this spirit, our program is designed to address the needs of a diverse congregation, offering a range of styles and settings where all might feel welcome to explore their own beliefs and ideas.
Adult Activities and Groups are built around areas of interest or small, support groups within the congregation. These gatherings are intended to foster connections between group members and help create community.
Envisioning Commission assumes responsibility for receiving, facilitating and directing new ideas, ministries or programs. If you would like to suggest a new idea to them, use the form available here.
This class meets in the Social Hall at the end of the patio, adjacent to the kitchen. Topics can include social issues, religion, Bible study and more.
Fireside Conversations as scheduled.
This group takes its name from the room in which it meets, the Fireside Room. Conversations range from religious art to philosophy to current events to theological thoughts.
- Here is the handout from the May 5 Fireside Conversation class (Updated).
- Click here to make the bookmark from the May 12 class. Cut in half to make two bookmarks, then fold each bookmark in half to make double-sided bookmarks.
- Here is the handout from the May 12 Fireside Conversation class (Updated).
- Here is the handout from the May 19 Fireside Conversation class.
- Here is the handout from the May 26 Fireside Conversation class.
It Takes A Village as scheduled.
Parent Conversation and Topic Oriented Discussion define this group. They meet in the office space, across from the library.
Ministry of Encouragment as scheduled.
The ministry of encouragement provides support for your faith journey. Career development, family conflicts, theology, spirituality, personality, end of life issues, denominational concerns — if it is on your mind we can talk about it. Conversations are facilitated by Reba Herder the first Sunday of the month in the conference room, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Our goal is to create a safe space to listen to our boldest, most sensitive, and most eccentric voices.
OTHER ADULT OFFERINGS
Young Adult Food Network
College-age adults from the church, the university and the community meet for dinner once a month, usually the 3rd Tuesday. Dinner is served buffet- in the Fellowship Hall from 5-6:30 in order to accommodate work and class schedules. (The next dinner will be in September)
WABS (Wednesday Afternoon Book Study)
WABS meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 4:00 pm in the Library, located off the west side of the patio, to discuss books of mutual interest. (No meeting in summer. We will meet again on September 11)
Spiritual Cinema Circle
This group meets the very last Tuesday of the month, from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Fireside Room to view independent “shorts,” documentaries and/or full-length features followed by a discussion.
Meeting every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9:00 am in the church library this groups travels in groups of two to visit, shut-ins convalescents and new babies. All are welcome! (No meeting in July and August. Next meeting after June is on September 18.)
Offered by the ministers as needed, this course explores Church of the Brethren beliefs and traditions in the context of potential church members.
ADULT GROUP ACTIVITIES
Lenten Interest Groups
During the six weeks prior to Easter, small groups form around common interests to meet and share in a unique, intergenerational opportunity for community building. Announcements appear in Sunday bulletins prior to the Lenten season.
Resources for Older Adults
Our older adults are active in leadership, music, stewardship, teaching, worship, care-giving and service ministries. Learn more about programs and opportunities for older adults.
Rehearsals are held every Thursday evening from 7:30-9:00 in the east room of the sanctuary. Nike St. Clair is the Director.
This group of adult hand bell ringers is directed by Heidi Brightbill and meets in the bell room above the sanctuary choir loft every Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm.
RESOURCES FOR OLDER ADULTS
Age brings with it qualities of perspective, persistence and prudence as well as awareness of limits, vulnerabilities, and loss. We encourage faithful living across the agespan, and value an intergenerational approach to life in the church. Our older adults are active in leadership, music, stewardship, teaching, worship, care-giving and service ministries.
Some of our older adults live at Hillcrest Homes, a retirement community in LaVerne that began as a vision of members of our church. Hillcrest offers residential and assisted living as well as respite, chronic and memory care for residents. Whether it’s taking a yoga class, swimming, going to bible studies, taking a cooking class or heading off campus for an intriguing trip, Hillcrest offers freedom and resources to invest time in important and enjoyable activities. Most of these activities are open to anyone, and provides a wealth of services to older adults in our community.
Our Minister to Older Adults, Tom Hostetler, also serves as Chaplain at Hillcrest. He is available, along with others on our pastoral care team, to conduct services and offer support to meet the needs of our faith community. Please feel free to contact Pastor Tom at (909) 392-4354 at his office at Hillcrest.
Connecting Generations is a monthly meditation, containing a scripture, meditation, and prayer about some aspect of growing older: spiritual tasks of aging, role changes, the challenge of caregiving, transitions, and leaving our legacy. There are also questions to think about and discuss, as well as reading suggestions.
Aging with Passion and Purpose
“The hope to which you have been called…” Ephesians 1:18
Each May, the Church of the Brethren observes Older Adult Month, an opportunity to celebrate God’s gift of aging and the contributions of older adults in our congregations. However, your faith community can celebrate the presence of older adults in your congregation all year long! By recognizing the gifts of older adults, we honor their legacies and on-going contributions to our lives and our faith communities. To assist your congregation in celebrating the gift of aging, click here to find a variety of worship resources.
Contact Kim Ebersole, director of older adult ministry, by e-mail or telephone at (800) 323-8039, ext. 305.
Departing With Dignity—A Service of Celebration
The Good Shepherd Home in Fostoria, Ohio, has created a brief service that celebrates the life of each resident when they die. Before the deceased’s body is removed from the Home, family members, staff, and residents who wish to participate gather to pray and say goodbye. Download a copy of their service, Departing with Dignity: A Service of Celebration (PDF).
“O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me until I proclaim your might to all the generations to come.”—Psalm 71:17-18
As we age, we develop wisdom we can share with our peers and with the generations that follow us. The National Council of Churches has developed a new education and worship resource, Healthy Aging for an Abundant Life, to cultivate wisdom for promoting healthy aging throughout our lifetime, and particularly into our midlife and older age.
Learn how, over a lifespan, environmental factors including food, chemical, natural, social and economic environments can influence the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Fortunately, there is much we can do at every age to avoid, slow down, or reverse those health problems and greatly improve our odds for preventing disease. We can also provide the comfort of God’s love to our friends, loved ones, and neighbors suffering from chronic illness. This free 12-page guide includes worship and study materials, sermon starters, and ideas for individual and congregational action. Download a copy here or request a hard copy by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the National Council of Churches of Christ’s eco-justice program at 202-481-6932.
As a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, Sunday school teacher, or someone who just cares about the well-being of children, you are invited to participate in Let’s Move! Let’s Move! is a national initiative focused on solving the challenge of childhood obesity. Recently, Let’s Move! launched a component specifically encouraging the involvement of faith and community leaders, and the Church of the Brethren was asked to be a part of this launch.
Visit the Church of the Brethren’s Let’s Move! website to learn more about the program, ways the denomination’s ministries are connecting to Let’s Move!, and how your family and congregation can be involved. You can also share ways you and your church are moving and being active.