Bring your Faith to Life with Connect Groups
Faith→Life: Learn from Christ’s Teachings
September - December 2018
Our mission is to create committed Christ-followers for the transformation of the world. To do this we can't grow on our own. John Wesley believed it is through participation in small groups that we become Christ-followers. We invite you to test this by participating in at least one of these outstanding opportunities.
- CLASSES -
“Psalms: a Whole is greater than the Parts” - Sundays, after the 9:00 AM worship service September 30 – October 28 - Mettam Conference Room
Facilitator: Dr. Warren Thompson
A source of comfort, a source of inspiration, and a source for guidance – the book of Psalms has been revered for centuries. Martin Luther said that the entire Bible can be understood both beautifully and briefly in the Psalms. Most people read individual Psalms and are unaware that Psalms bring an important message collectively. In this class we will discuss how Psalms crystalize the Old Testament and anticipate the New.
“Why?: Making Sense of God’s Will” - Saturdays, 10:00 – 11:30 AM September 29, October 6, 13, and 27, Mettam Conference Room
Facilitator: Rev. Nancy Wheeler Handlon
In this book study we will look at the topic of suffering and the will of God. We will grapple with the age old question of why a loving God would permit heinous acts to be committed. Why do innocent people suffer? Where is God when tragedy strikes? Does everything happen for a reason?
We will use the United Methodist approach to examining theological questions: looking at suffering in the Bible, in church teachings throughout history, and using our reason as well as our own experience.
Please buy the book in advance. We will have copies at the church office for purchase. Cost is $10.99.
Inter-Generational Confirmation - Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:30 PM October 3 - November 18, February 6 - April 10th, May 18 & 19
We are starting a new thing, this 2018. Confirmation is now not just for our 8th-9th grade students, although we still intentionally invite students of this age into the process:All are welcome to commit to this 2-year journey.
Do you want to ask the tough questions in community? Are you willing to step out and wrestle with the gray areas, the uncertainties, and the answers? Do you want to encounter God in a real, life-giving way? You will not walk away looking like anyone else, or everyone else: you will walk away becoming more deeply YOU, who God created you to be. We are not about cookie-cutter faith here.
Inquiring Spirits – After the 9 AM worship service (except Third Sunday of each month) Room 145
Facilitators: Hank Kliewer and Ed Shafer
Discussion varies on books, videos, and other sources to investigate and challenge theological boundaries. The group enjoys occasional picnics and potlucks. All are welcome.
Contemporary Issues – After the 9 AM worship service Room 146
Facilitators: Jim Colville and Rev. Frank Nichols
Discussion is centered on current issues, news reports, and media viewpoints that shape public opinions. A United Methodist faith perspective will inform each unique session. Visitors and seekers are especially welcome.
- Congregational Read -
A book selected by clergy that everyone is invited to read individually or in a Connect Group. Worship during the six-week reading period will connect with the book Short Stories by Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine.
Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning. In this wise, entertaining, and educational book, Amy-Jill Levine offers a fresh, timely reinterpretation of Jesus’ narrative.
Connect book discussion groups will begin the first week in October around this read. Books will be available for $10 in the Commons September 9th.
- Connect Groups -
These groups will meet for either six weeks as a short term group, or ongoing weekly. The time and focus of the group will be centered around a shared issue or activity. The duration of the gathering is one hour. The core of the time together is developing relationship with the Holy and with each other. A host will hold the space meeting on site at church, in coffee houses or in homes.
Six Week Connect Groups
BANG ON A DRUM! Sundays 2-3:30 PM, 4 Sundays in September and October @ CUMC
Facilitator: Steve Barlow
Learn about West African and Afro-Cuban traditions for praising Jesus through the art of drumming. No experience drumming? Bring an open mind and your sense of joy.
CHRIST OF THE CELTS: THE HEALING OF CREATION Thursdays at 7:00 PM, Offsite
Facilitators: Dick and Kathy Estry
This book offers a reflection on the “forgotten” Jesus: the Christ of the ancient Celtic tradition. It is a vision of concern for healing creation and the environment and for the presence of the sacred in all things – the very essence of the Celtic vision of Christ.
DINNER CLUB - groups will decide their time and place of meetings
Hosts: Mary Schmidt and Marjie Blaisdell
Break bread with old and new friends in your homes or in restaurants.
THE EXQUISITE RISK: DARING TO LIVE AN AUTHENTIC LIFE Monday 7:00 - 8:00PM, offsite
Facilitators: Rev. Karen and Robert Heistand
This is a book in four “Movements”: There are Teachers Everywhere, Steering Our Way to Center, How Can We Go There Together? Honoring the Mystery.
GARDENING MINISTRY Meetings will be announced as needed.
Facilitator: Mary Schmidt
Help care for CUMC’s piece of the Earth. Bring your own gloves and gardening tools if you have them.
PIE NIGHT(FULL) 3rd Mondays, 6:00 PM, Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar, April, CUMC downstairs kitchen
Facilitator: Tracy McCray
Make crust from scratch and a new seasonal pie each meeting.
RACIAL DISPARITY IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM CUMC, Mettam, Sundays 10:15 AM, October 14-November18
Facilitators: Rev. Kendall Hughes
This is part of CUMC’s ongoing discussion of race and justice.
So What Does this Religious Stuff Mean in our Lives? CUMC, 7 Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM (Men’s Group)
Facilitator: Rev. Cooper Wiggen
Stories about male passages, prayer practices, the “five great promises”, 3 fabulous scriptures, 1 fun service project. This group is for men only.
WORKING TOWARD A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE? CUMC Wednesday Evenings
Facilitators: Tricia Katzenberger
Come for meal ideas, motivational tips, and support for your goals.
Young Adult Connect Groups – October/November
Dessert Group – Sunday nights 7:00 8:30, rotating homes
“Fun” Hang Outs – Monthly
Contact Rev. Katy Lee to be on the email list for updates: Katy@cumethodist.com
Ongoing Connect Groups
Connect Groups that meet weekly and welcome new members:
2:00 PM - Monday - Mettam Conference Room
11:00 AM - Tuesday - Men’s Discussion Group in the Library
1:00 PM - Tuesday - Fireside Room
7:30 AM - Thursday - Men’s Coffee Group in Room 145
4:00PM - Thursday - Fireside Room
10:00 AM - 2nd and 4th Fridays of the Month - Women and the Sacred in Fireside
10:15 AM - Sunday - Library
- Third Sunday Forums -
All are welcome! Third Sunday of the month, 10:15 – 11 AM in the Hamline Room. These forums cover a wide range of topics of interest and are given by insightful guest speakers. No registration required; just bring your cup of coffee and enjoy the presentation followed by Q & A
September 16: “Informed Voting”
Kathryn Gardner and Aileen Williams, CUMC members
October 21: “Healthcore Serving Underrepresented Students at UMR”
Dr. Lori Carell, University of Minnesota Rochester Chancellor
November 18: “Destination Medical Center: Discovery Square”
Chris Schad, Director of Business Development for Discovery Square