Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation takes place Sunday mornings at 10:45 a.m. following worship. Opportunities are available for all ages and come in many forms – small groups, intergenerational, and online opportunities.  Innovative leaders are constantly providing new models and resources.

October Chop & Chitchat

1st Sunday of the month / 10:45 a.m. / Kitchen

Join us in the kitchen as we prepare a meal for the Esperanza Villa Tiny Homes residents. The Tiny Homes are in Baldwin Park and house 25 residents transitioning from unhoused to their permanent homes. A beautiful facility dedicated to lending a helping hand to those in need. Check the bulletin for dates.

October 2 & 9 / 10:45 a.m. / Yellow Room & Rainbow Room

Both children and youth will be going through similar content in a four-week series called Seeking God Together. They will explore topics of God within us through age-appropriate activities such as art, scripture, games, song, discussions, and more. For more information, contact amanda@lavernecob.org. The room location for this youth spiritual formation series is to be determined.

Friendship Class

October 2 & 9 / 10:45 a.m. / Fireside Room

Viewing “Great Course” lectures by Professor Mark Nuesse, Friendship Class will discuss Hinduism, a religion but, more importantly, a way of life. In October the class will consider the Role of Men and Women, and the Stages of Life.

Speaking our Journeys

October 2 & 9 / 10:45 a.m. / Social Hall

We will be listening to stories of the faith journeys of folks who are a part of our congregation. This series will meet in September and October and pick up again in January & February. In hearing about each other’s journeys, we hope to become more reflective about our own and get to know each other better, moderated by Linda Himes. If you wish to share your spiritual journey in this way, contact Dena Pence (dena@lavernecob.org)

Bible Study: Book of Job with Tom Hostetler

October 2 & 9 / 10:45 a.m. / Library

Who/what is God? What do you think about “Satan”? Why do people suffer? Why doesn’t God fix it? Is lament a sign of no faith or great faith? When is life not worth living? Is good theology ever harmful?  We will consider these and other hard questions in this 4-week study. Come and get your brain scrambled.

The Tongva Through the Eyes of the Church of the Brethren / October 9 / 10:45 a.m. / Village Room (across from Library) 

This Spiritual Formation offering seeks to explore ways in which philosophical and religious content and events of the Church of the Brethren could have served as a bridge or barrier to establishing relations with the Tongva. The focus will be on the period of the Church of the Brethren’s founding years.

Sunday, October 16 / 10:45 a.m. / Courtyard

Join us after worship for an All Church Brunch sponsored by the University of La Verne Alumni Office in celebration of Homecoming and our longstanding relationship with the University. All are welcome. 

Sunday, October 23 / 10:45 a.m. / Fellowship Hall

Church Council is the governing body of the church and is convened for 3 regular meetings a year, with special meetings as necessary. The October council agenda includes the following important items. 1)Our congregation’s affirmation of the Ordination of Julie Wheeler. LVCoB will formally state our support as Julie moves through the denomination’s process. Motion comes to council from Church Board. 2)First read and discussion of the LVCoB 2023 Budget. 3)First read and discussion of pastoral staffing plan. This is not a review of candidates, but a proposal brought by church board describing the recommended positions and job descriptions that will be used to qualify candidates for future council call and approval. In addition, Council will vote to approve conference delegates and/ or church officer positions if candidate ballots are offered by the Gifts Discernment Commission. Please plan to participate. Both in-person and Zoom options will be available.

Sunday, October 30 / 10:45 a.m. / Fireside Room

“The Orange Quilt: A History of the La Verne Church of the Brethren.”

Sunday, October 30 / 10:45 a.m. / Social Hall

The earliest record of a conscientious objector (someone refusing to serve in the military) laying claim to Christ as the Prince of Peace is someone named Marcellus, a centurion in the Roman Battalion, who, In the year 298 A.D. laid down his sword in order to serve Jesus Christ, and laid down his life as a martyr in order to be faithful, saying, “It is not fitting that a Christian, who fights for Christ his Lord, should fight for the armies of this world.” The La Verne Church of the Brethren will present the brief play “The Passion of Marcellus” in worship on October 30, the anniversary of his martyrdom.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF / Spiritual Formation for Sunday, October 30 / Children, Youth & Families / Fellowship Hall

Come to church dressed up in your Halloween costume and collect donations for UNICEF, an organization that works to save and protect children around the world. During Spiritual Formation we will have a UNICEF party, where we will learn about UNICEF, play games, and have treats. Children, youth, and those they call family are welcome to join and to dress up. 

Coming in November

Save the Date for the Alternative Gift Faire: November 6, 2022

The Alternative Gift Faire offers socially conscious gift giving, providing an opportunity to make charitable contributions or donations in lieu of traditional holiday gifts. Partners include Heifer Project, Habitat for Humanity, Inland Valley Hope Partners, and more. 

In addition, crafted gifts will be available. If you would like to sell something you have made – whether it is jewelry, art, or any type of craft – please let the church office know. For more information, please contact the church office: Office@lavernecob.org.