Circles of Faith

Circles of Faith

Fall 2022 marks the third year of UCC’s commitment to small group ministry—better known as Circles of Faith. COF have been an evolving part of our ministry to help people grow in their spiritual journey. Each fall and spring, we mix the familiar types of offerings with new ideas to capture the imagination of a vital and growing congregation. Group topics are designed to spark our curious nature and to be relevant in a complicated time.

If you have any questions regarding COF, please contact Zena McAdams

How to Read Biblical Poetry

Facilitator: Rev. Ellen Lewis
Tuesdays: September 13 – October 18, 10:30-11:45am
Room: 150
Why is there so much poetry in the Bible? Understanding the function and cultural significance of poems in Scripture is key to seeing the Bible’s message. Study invites participants to use their imagination while reading scripture.

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Getting Grief Right

Facilitator: Zena McAdams
Wednesdays: October 12 – November 16, 1:00pm-2:30pm
Room: 206
Finding Your Story of Love in the Sorrow of Loss By Dr. Patrick O’Malley and Tim Madigan Learning to dance again when your heart is broken. Loss disorients all of us. We search for answers, check lists, and quick fixes to help heal the searing pain in our hearts. By “remembering, embracing, and sharing” our own stories together, we can find comfort and strength in the sacredness of our loss. Recommended for people who are at least six months since beginning grief journey

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Living the Questions, Part 1

Facilitator: Judy Stempel
Sundays: October 2 – November 13, 5:00pm-6:15pm
Room: 205
The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity, by David M. Felton and Jeff Procter Murphy. Part 1—open to first time participants.

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Living the Questions Part 2

Facilitator: Judy Stempel
Mondays: October 3 – November 14, 2:00pm-3:15pm
Room: 206
The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity, by David M. Felton and Jeff Procter Murphy, Part 2 This group is limited to people who participated in Living the Question 2 this past spring.

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Craft, Connect, Contemplate

Facilitator: Theda Anderson and Roxanne Penix

Tuesdays: September 27 – November 1, 1:30pm-2:45pm
Room: 150

A discovery of insights into who we are, who God is, and who God calls each one of us to be – which is at the heart of using art as a form of prayer.” Christine Valners Paintner Come, craft with us!

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The Path Between Us—Healthy Relationships

Facilitator: Zena McAdams and Phyllis Allen 
Wednesdays: October 12 – November 16, 7:00pm-8:00pm
Room: 203

This is an Enneagram group for people who have discerned their number in a previous setting. In the words of Suzanne Stabile: This is a book about relationships, it won’t be tidy—human interaction can be unpredictable and messy. Sometimes we get it right and other time we’re dead wrong. The good news is that with the help of the Enneagram, we can all do better.

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The Enneagram Journey for Exploration, Growth, and Transformation

Facilitator: Phyllis Allen and Zena McAdams
Sundays: September 11 – November 27, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Room: 150

This is an Enneagram group for people who have discerned their number in a previous setting. In the words of Suzanne Stabile: This is a book about relationships, it won’t be tidy—human interaction can be unpredictable and messy. Sometimes we get it right and other time we’re dead wrong. The good news is that with the help of the Enneagram, we can all do better.

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Uppity Women of the Bible

Facilitator: Zena McAdams and Karen Parker 
Mondays: September 12 – October 24, 7:00pm-8:00pm
Room: 206

Uppity Women of the Bible-Judith by Dr. Lisa Wolfe The Book of Judith never made it into the Christian canon, but she is a favorite character, among women, for her heroic deed to save the people of Israel from their enemies. Judith is characterized by her strength and the essence of an “uppity woman” who steps out of her comfort zone to be faithful with lots of intrigue in her story. Wonderful opportunity for good discussion about the often, unsung roles of women in the biblical texts.

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Life in the Spirit

Facilitator: Renee Hoke 
7pm on Thursdays | September 22 – October 27
Room: 150

Ever wonder how some followers of Jesus seem so grounded, peaceful and filled with joy no matter what? Join us for a six-week experience of Life in the Spirit. Through weekly conversations and practical homework we’ll explore “life to the fullest” just as Jesus promised.

You can purchase the book Meeting The Spirit, by Douglas Connelly, here.

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Life in the Spirit (ZOOM)

Facilitator: Renee Hoke 
6:30 on Wednesdays | September 21 – October 26
ZOOM

Ever wonder how some followers of Jesus seem so grounded, peaceful and filled with joy no matter what? Join us for a six-week experience of Life in the Spirit. Through weekly conversations and practical homework we’ll explore “life to the fullest” just as Jesus promised.

You can purchase the book Meeting The Spirit, by Douglas Connelly, here.

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Seven Ways Church Members Should Prepare for Sunday's Sermon (ZOOM)

Facilitator: Rev. Dr. Eldon Irving
Wednesday: September 14 – November 2, 1:00pm-2:15pm
ZOOM
This group will meet via Zoom. Using material from Thom S. Rainer, this small group will wrestle each week with the scripture for the following Sunday’s worship service. The group will pray, engage in scripture, and reflect on how the text is revenant in their lives.

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