Virtual CONNECT! Small Groups

CONNECT! encompasses all the ways we build relationships and grow in our spirituality, here at the La Verne Church of the Brethren. We have CONNECT! groups which meet throughout the week and Spiritual Formation Opportunities, which meet on Sundays. Below you will find all of the ways you can CONNECT! throughout the week! For more information, email the Pastor of Spiritual of Formation, Dawna Welch dawna@lavernecob.org

All CONNECT! Small groups are currently meeting virtually.

If you would like to familiarize yourself with how to access Zoom, please click HERE for a tutorial.

CONNECT! Small Groups

Upcoming CONNECT! Opportunities for July

Youth Netflix Party Movie Night

July 12 / 7:00 p.m / Netflix party followed via Zoom

Any youth with questions, contact Amanda Bennett at amanda@lavernecob.org for details

Having Difficult Conversations about Racism

(One time session) July 21 / 6:30 p.m. / via Zoom

Have you found yourself tongue-tied when you hear a racist comment from a family member or stranger?  Riley Davis, Zandra Wagoner and Susan Boyer will share conversational strategies to aid you in responding. You will have an opportunity to test out those strategies.  This is a one-time session and is limited to the first nine people who sign up.  If you would like to participate, send an email to office@lavernecob.org providing your email address.  You will receive a Zoom invite.

All Things in Common with Matt Boyer 

Mondays in July / 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

Meeting ID: 858 0785 9327

Password: 099023

Click HERE to join

All Things in Common will listen to podcasts that connect and interpret the Bible through a class analysis, discussing topics ranging from police and prisons to socialism and communism. We will consider left politics from a Christian perspective, and Christianity from a leftist perspective. The intent is not to merely discuss current events, but instead to wrestle with scripture in order to reveal emancipatory practices and build solidarity in our contemporary world. 

Week 1, 7/6: UNLOCKED! Josh Davis on Christian Socialism – Current Affairs https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/unlocked-josh-davis-on-christian-socialism/id1384567205?i=1000467349771

Week 2, 7/13: Communism in the Bible – The Magnificasthttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-70-communism-in-the-bible/id1214644619?i=1000416242173


Week 3, 7/20: #8toAbolition w/ Micah Herskind – The Magnificasthttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/8toabolition-w-micah-herskind/id1214644619?i=1000478587484


Week 4, 7/27: Christians for the Abolition of Prisons, Hannah Bowman – Love Rinse Repeathttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep46-christians-for-the-abolition-of-prisons-hannah-bowman/id1265013753?i=1000466811442
[BONUS WEEK 4, if you have time and interest: Church Stuff, Jesus Stuff, and Huey P. Newton – The Magnificasthttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-48-church-stuff-jesus-stuff-and-huey-p-newton/id1214644619?i=1000403441502]

Me and White Supremacy #Bookstudy

Wednesdays in July / 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

Meeting ID: 857 3328 5443

Password: 492483

Click HERE to join

Join us as we read and discuss Layla F Saad’s book, Me & White Supremacy and embark on a 28-day journey to examine:

  • Your own white privilege
  • What allyship really means
  • Anti-blackness, racial stereotypes, and cultural appropriation
  • Changing the way you view and respond to race
  • how to continue the work to create social change

We will be discussing Part One during our first meeting on July 1.

Sabbath as Resistance

Thursdays July 9 through August 13 / 1:00 p.m. via Zoom

If you would like to participate, send an email to office@lavernecob.org providing your email address and Zandra will add you to the list of invitees. She will send you meeting details and a copy of the first chapter. 

This is an intense time as we are collectively responding to the Coronavirus pandemic, racism and police violence.  Over the course of 6 weeks, we will explore the idea of Sabbath rest, a practice embraced by both Jews and Christians, as a strategy to increase our capacity for neighborliness, justice and peace and an act of resistance to our restless cycles of consumption, achievement, performance, possession, and violence.  This discussion group, led by Zandra Wagoner, will be based upon Biblical scholar Walter Bruggemann’s short book,   Sabbath as Resistance

The weekly conversation will explore the roots and meaning of mindful Sabbath restfulness as a means for supporting activism and practices of love.  Copies of the book chapters will be available for those who want to read along, although reading is not required.  You can also purchase a copy of the book on Amazon.

A Time for Sharing

Sundays / 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. via Zoom

Meeting ID: 296 336 183
Password: 776566

Click here to join

To Call in and Join: Please call 1-669-900-6833 and use the password listed above. (you may be charged based on the rates of your phone service provider)

We will open by sharing prayer concerns with the group and the pastor will close us in prayer.

Friendship Class with Al Clark

Sundays / 10:45 a.m. via WebEX

Friendship Class has completed its study of the historical Jesus and the development of early Christianity from Jesus to the conversion of the Roman Empire during the 4th century.  On Sunday, May 31 the class will continue its quest by starting an exploration of Christianity and daily life during the European Middle Ages, from the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century to the dawn of the Italian Renaissance during the 14th. Everyone is invited to attend one, several, or all of the 45-minute class meetings held each Sunday at 10:45 a.m. 

 The login information is the same every Sunday through December 2020: 


• Meeting link:  https://laverne.webex.com/laverne/j.php?MTID=m395847632f6a949d3b73998fd7271673 
• Meeting number:  133 526 1276 
• Password:  MedWorTo122720 

Join by phone:

 1-650-479-3207 Call-in number (US/Canada)

 Access code: 133 526 1276 

If you would like to participate, send an email to office@lavernecob.org , providing your email address and Al will add you to the list of invitees. 

Telephone Devotions with Pastor Tom

Call (909) 392-4100 to hear Pastor Tom share a daily devotion – 3 minute reflections on spiritual life and themes for our times. 

Story Time with Pastor Tom

Thursdays in June / 2:00 p.m. / Teleconference (pre register at 909-392-4392)

 Join Pastor Tom in his weekly Story Time as he reads from his book “I Probably Shouldn’t Have Told You That,” a humorous reflection on his life and times. This is a telephone conference call. To participate, register with Dr. Ryan Harrison, who will send you information each week about the number to call, with an I.D. pin number.

Faith & Film

Fridays in June / 1:30 p.m. via Zoom

  Pastor Susan will keep her Faith and Film series going by sending out a list of movies you can watch through live streaming sources and then have a discussion via Zoom every week.  Email her at susan@lavernecob.org  if you want to be part of this group.