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.

WINTER CONNECT!:

Belonging requires commitment and openness, a willingness to extend oneself to the other.  These groups provide an opportunity to extend yourself for community: 

Sunday Morning Spiritual Formation for February: 

  • LVCoBKIDS&FAMILIES with Amanda Bennett: 10:40 a.m. / Yellow Room: K-5th Grade & Aqua Room: Birth – Preschool
  • Youth Group  with Mar Frost 10:40 a.m. / Rainbow Room Classroom downstairs below gym: 6th – 12th Grade
  • Friendship Class  with Al Clark Social Hall / February 3,10,17,24 This group will continue to watch and discuss the video lecture series, “The Historical Jesus,” by Professor Bart D. Ehrman of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Dr. Ehrman approaches Jesus’s life just as a professional historian would research the biography of any other individual. Thus, Friendship participants will learn not only about Jesus but also about historical analysis and the extant texts relevant to early Christianity.   
  • Spiritual Knitting with Barbara VanVoohis and Ashley Castro Library / February 3,10,17,24 Hands-on spirituality; Knitting in community as a form of prayer and meditation. All ages and knitting skill levels are welcome!   
  • “Yes, I’m a church member, but I have a hard time believing….” with John Gingrich Sanctuary East Room / February 3,10,17,24 Do you have reservations about certain doctrines or beliefs that Christians are “supposed” to believe.  Are you willing to discuss these?  Perhaps we could explore the origins and implications of your doubts in a safe and respectful atmosphere.   
  • LGBTQ+ with Elizabeth Bay Fireside Room / February 3,10,17,24. This group will explore LGBTQ+ in liturgical language, religious poems, and a play called Jesus Queen of Heaven. With a bit of reading and exploring, mixed with our own creations and imaginations this will be a creative look at sexuality and religion.  
  • “Dementia Friends” with Ryan Harrison It Takes A Village Room / February 17 ONLY  “Dementia Friends” is an international program designed to raise awareness of dementia, reduce stigma, and help people living with dementia to live better lives by helping the rest of us understand what dementia is and how we can help.  If you’d like to become an official “Dementia Friend,” join this one-time, one-hour workshop on Sunday, February 24, with certified Dementia Champion, Ryan Harrison.  Workbooks are provided, so an RSVP is required. A sign-up sheet will be available in the church office. 
  • Walking for Wellness with Dawna Welch Narthex/Neighborhood / February 3, 10, 17, 24 Walking is a great practice not only for moving our body, but also in moving the mind. The very act of walking can help us get unstuck, creating the possibility to see things differently than we had before. This will be a self-paced activity. All levels of fitness are welcome. 

On-Going Small Groups: 

  • WABS (Wednesday Afternoon Book Study) 2nd Wednesday of each month 4:00 p.m. / Library Fight 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! The January selection is “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah. In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska―a place of incomparable beauty and danger.  
  • Help with Home for Hope Meals coordinated by Joy Hofer 4th Monday of each month Every fourth Monday our Service Commission partners with the local Home for Hope shelter to provide a full meal to those living on site.  We begin cooking at the church at 2:30 p.m. and deliver the food at 5:00 p.m., followed by serving the meals. If you are interested in connecting with others through this worthwhile service opportunity, contact Joy Hofer at joychofer@gmail.com.                            
  • Menalogue  coordinated by Greg Emrick 2nd Wednesday of each month 7:00 p.m. / Fireside Room Guys of all ages are talking about favorite movies, faith, and stupid decisions they’ve made.  Friends welcome!   If you have any questions, please contact Greg:  (909) 261-0185 or glemrick@msn.com.  
  •  Spiritual Cinema Circle with Jeanette 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. Join your friends in the Fireside Room at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday evening, February 26, for an enjoyable evening of short films – all more or less “romantic“ to belatedly celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day. 
  • Bird Watching  with Jeff Strogen TBA / Various / TBA.  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: 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