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.


Sunday Morning Spiritual Formation

  • La Verne COB Reads: Thank You for Your Service with Josih Hostetler Sunday mornings September 16, 23, 30, October 7 10:40 a.m. / ITAV Room:  Taking the lead from the University of La Verne’s One Book, One University program, the La Verne Church of the Brethren will be reading Thank You for Your Service, by David Finkel. Finkel explores what we ask of the men and women we send to war—and how we fail them when they come home. We will read the book and discuss it from the perspective of a historic peace church.
  • Friendship Class with Al Clark Sunday mornings 10:40 a.m. / Social Hall:  This group will begin meeting Sunday, September 16, 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.  Dr. Ehrman is a brilliant scholar and an award winning lecturer.  “The Historical Jesus” is a production of The Great Courses.  Some will remember that Dr. Ehrman spoke about the letters of Paul about ten years ago at the University of La Verne.  Dr. Clark has participated in Friendship Class for over two decades and himself has three degrees in history.
  • The War is Over with Bob Wallace Sunday mornings September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21 10:40 a.m. / Fireside Room:  A study of the book of Revelation; how it shaped our Anabaptist heritage and speaks to our current situation. Nothing is more pertinent than the question regarding the meaning of history. This is what the early church asked and what our Anabaptist forbears asked- of them claiming that the meaning lay not in the sword but the cross, suffering and not force. The book of Revelation is most often either ignored or obsessed over. Neither is useful for the faith-full life.  In this six week course we will revisit this amazing book and let its poetry (remember the truth is sometimes best expressed in poetry rather than prose) speak to us as we seek to live faithfully in a violent and power crazed world.
  • Children and Families with Amanda Bennett  Sunday Morning 10:40 a.m. / Classroom off of Sanctuary (above nursery)We are beginning the year with a rotational model curriculum which will give our children unique ways to interact with Mark 2:1-12. They will experience the friendship of Jesus and what it means to be a friend through drama, games, cooking, science and more. Be on the lookout for CONNECT! Sunday Children and Family groups coming later in the Fall, where families will be able to connect with other families, while learning together.
  • Youth Group with Mar Frost Sunday Morning 10:40 a.m. / Classroom downstairs below gym


CONNECT! Small Groups Now Forming:

  • White People Confronting Racism with Zandra Wagoner and Susan Boyer Sunday nights — September 16, 30, October 7, 14 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Fireside Room 4-week commitment required. Look for sign-ups in Sunday bulletin or sign- up HERE:  This CONNECT! group invites you to deepen your self-awareness of what it means to be White and offers beginning strategies for understanding oneself as a racial/cultural being, appreciating and understanding racial diversity, and becoming an aware person committed to developing a nonracist identity.  
  • Exploring Meditation as a Spiritual Discipline with Dawna Welch Monday evenings (6-weeks) September 24 through October 29 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Meditation Room/Sanctuary Balcony Space is limited. Look for sign-ups in Sunday bulletin or sign-up HERE:  The development of any relationship requires intentional effort. This is true for our personal relationship with family and friends, and it is true of our relationship with God and our spiritual life. Come explore our new meditation room and discover meditation and prayer practices that can help you discover or enliven your personal way of knowing God.

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!
  • Spiritual Knitting with Barbara VanVoohis and Ashley Castro Every Sunday morning 10:40 a.m. / LibraryHands-on spirituality; Knitting in community as a form of prayer and meditation. All ages and knitting skill levels are welcome! OPEN/ON-GOING ENROLLMENT
  • 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. Septembers Question: *****(waiting for Greg)
  • 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 Strogen Saturday, September 1 / 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:
  • All Church Event / Save-the-Date!! Dancing through the Decades Saturday, October 27, 2018 6:30 p.m. LVCoB CampusOur Senior Pastor has a new knee – let’s test it out! Sometimes we just need to celebrate, dance, and have a good time! In order to represent and honor all the generations that make up our church family we want to dance to the music of each decade from 1930’s to present. Stay tuned for more information in Sunday bulletins and our church website!

For more information on CONNECT! groups, email Dawna at