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 firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sunday Mornings we provide Spiritual Formation Opportunities as a way to connect! Opportunities vary from week to week. Spiritual Formation Opportunities take place from 10:45am – 11:30am on Sundays.
Upcoming Sunday Spiritual Formation Opportunities Beginning November 10th
LVCoBLITTLES (Birth – Preschool) / November 10 and 17, 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. / Aqua Room: with Monica Barragan and LVCoB Volunteers: Our littles will be learning the story of Jesus’ birth through books and song! They will also be preparing animal costumes for the Christmas Program!
LVCoBKIDS (Kindergarten – 5th Grade) November 10 and 17, 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. / Yellow Room: with LVCoBKIDS Volunteers: Our elementary schoolers will begin a series on the birth of Jesus and God’s unconditional love for all of humanity. In addition to our series on the birth of Jesus, we will be practicing a song for the Children’s Christmas Program: The Greatest Journey.
LVCoBYOUTH (6th-12th Grade) / November 10 and 17, 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. / Rainbow Room: with Amanda Bennett and LVCoBYOUTH Volunteers: During the month of November we will explore some of the teachings of Jesus through games, conversations and questions.
Justice Shorts / November 10, 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. / Fireside Room: with Bill Himes: Screen short films on social justice issues during the Sunday Spiritual Formation hour.
Friendship Class / November 10 and 17, 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. / Social Hall: with Al Clark: Join us as we engage Professor Bart Ehrman’s video lectures on early Christianity. This series will help us understand how Christianity began, and how the teachings of Jesus developed into the religion of Jesus. There is no need to prepare or to commit to attending regularly. Come when you can and are interested.
Purls of Wisdom; One Project/Many Knitter’s / November 10 and 17, 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. / Church Library: with Ashley Castro and Barbara VanVoorhis: Join this group to help create Friendship Blankets one square at a time! We are making progress toward our goal 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! Beginner’s welcome.
Compelling Vision Conversations / November 10 and 17, 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. / Sanctuary/East Room: with Reba Herder: How does The Church of the Brethren as a denomination strengthen our faith? What do we as a congregation have to say to the larger church? Does it matter? This past year the Church of the Brethren has been having Compelling Vision Conversations in districts and at Annual conference with the goal of creating one compelling vision for the denomination to vote on and accept. In this Spiritual Formation series we’ll be exploring those questions for ourselves as a way of listening to the mystery of God that is within us, between us, and beyond our understanding. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.” What if our congregation is called to be a light to the greater church? Join us as we reflect together on these questions.
Conflict Avoiders Anonymous / November 17, 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. / Fireside Room: with Matt Guynn: “Hi, my name is Matt, and I’m a conflict avoider.” It’s a setup: Our spiritual tradition teaches us to work for justice and also teaches us to be peaceful people who stay out of conflict. The avoidance can limit our ability to do things we imagine – whether that is working for community change or clarifying our relationships. This session is a time to reflect on our own patterns of conflict avoidance, to ask how they impact our intimate lives and work on social justice issues, and to consider ideas for turning over a new leaf to wage conflict constructively.
Current Events Table & Patio Fellowship / November 10 and 17, 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. / Courtyard/Patio: Join this group for casual conversation around current events and more. Everyone is welcome at the table!
All-Church Love Feast / November 24 / 10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. / Fellowship Hall: You may participate as much or little as you wish, but there will be songs, scripture, washing of hands or feet, a meal, and the sharing of the bread and cup. We hope everyone will feel welcome to enjoy our Love Feast!
Monthly Sunday Lunch HOTSPOT / Sunday 11:45 a.m. / November 10 / Panera Bread, La Verne: Hungry for lunch and conversation after church on Sunday? Come meet us at our monthly HOTSPOT. It’s a great way to get to know the people you are sharing pews with on Sunday. Bring your wallet and desire to CONNECT with the church family.