The goal is Christian formation, i.e. the gracious transformation of our lives into the image and likeness of Christ (Ephesians 4.13)  This advent, we will offering three new classes:

The Wonder of Christmas led by Pastor Nathan & Pastor Carrie on Sundays at 10 a.m.

Rediscover the True Wonder of Christmas! Would you like to experience the wonder of Christmas as never before? The new Advent program, The Wonder of Christmas, will lead us in exploring the Christmas story. First Class, December 3rd.

  

Mandalas, Candles, and Prayer by Sharon Seyfarth Garner, led by Claire Powell on Mondays at 7 p.m.

Slow down, simplify, and add a burst of color to your Advent this year. The spiritual practice of coloring mandalas, lighting candles, and praying regularly can help us stay centered on God during this busy time of year. Join this class to color and prayer through Advent. Participant books are $8 – and be sure to bring colored pencils or fine-point markers.

First Class, December 4th.

 

Advent Sanctified Yoga with Claire Kaufman7 p.m. on Wednesdays – November 29th, December 6 & 13.

Join us for an evening of breathing, flowing movement, and Scripture mediation as we prepare for the coming of Christ. All levels of yoga experience are welcome – even if you’re completely new to the practice. The practice is open to age 12 and older. This is a gift of the season – so there is no fee, but love offerings will be accepted for our teacher.  Wear comfortable clothes, bring a mat or blanket, and an open heart.

What now?

Complete a registration form to let us know what other  opportunities for faith growth might interest you, and continue to pray for God’s leading in your faith journey.

Click here to complete the registration form online.  Registration forms are also available outside Pastor Carrie’s office.

 

Getting your feet wet by exploring what a relationship with God looks like for you. Try prayer before meals, read scripture for basic knowledge, and try the A Disciples Path class.
A Disciples Path:  If you are interested in learning more about The United Methodist Church, the
discipleship pathway, and what it means to be a member of The UMC, this class is perfect.  It is for new believers, those re-exploring faith, and those curious about how faith can transform their lives.

 

 

Wading Out into the waters of your baptism to find easy-to-engage opportunities for learning, growing, and building relationships.  Start by developing a regular, daily prayer time, try praying with a small group or your family, read scripture daily, and try the Animate class.

Animate is an imaginative exploration of Christianity’s big questions, meeting Sundays at 10 am. Other short-term classes will also help you to grow in this faith step.

 

 

Going Deep as a disciple of Jesus Christ, you will embrace your baptism, engage in long-term and ongoing ways to stay committed and critically engaged as disciples at all ages and stages. In this stage, you may learn about different forms of prayer, read scripture for reflection and transformation.

 

Read and Grow Book Discussion Group

Join us the second Monday of each month

6:30 – 7:45 p.m.  In the Church Parlor

Dec.  10, 2017 “The Noticer” by Andy Andrews. Your chance to regroup, take a break, and begin your life again awaits in the simple wisdom and heartwarming story of a man called Jones.  While this powerful story grapples with life’s biggest questions, it remains a sheer pleasure to read.

Jan. 8, 2018 “Orphan Train” by Christin Baker Kline.  Between 1854-1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from cities on the east coast to the farmlands of the Midwest . An unforgettable story of friendship and second chances that highlights a little-known but historically significant movement in America’s past.

Feb. 12, 2018: “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown.  Nine working class boys stormed the rowing world, transformed the sport, and galvanized the attention of millions of Americans.  Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration  of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary  young man’s personal quest.

YOU are always welcome.   Come once or all the time.

Janet Mallarnee 440 235-7331, Betsy Meikle 440 243-5767 or  Jan Harlamert 440 243-7126 would be glad to answer questions you may have.

Click here for the 2017-2018 reading list.