Small Groups

Small groups are the wellspring of our congregational life, creating lifelong friendships as well as an opportunity to study, work, and socialize with each other. Take a look at the small groups that are currently active, reach out and learn how to get involved.

Sunday Seminars

Sunday Seminars start at 11:30 am in the Sanctuary.  Seminar topics are varied, featuring guest speakers and lively conversations. See the events page for the current schedule. After worship, stop by the Fireside room for coffee and then come  join us.

Centering Prayer

Centering prayer is a way of being in God’s presence in wordless silence, using a technique to avoid paying attention to the thoughts that inevitably come up during silence. Our group meets every Thursday from 9:30 am to 10:00 or 10:15 in the library, with prayer using 20 minutes of that time. It is a covenant group, but all are invited. The technique is easily taught—though not necessarily easily done—and needn’t be known before attending. It is more a matter of intention than attention. Those who feel drawn to silence or enjoy silence are more likely to find centering prayer a suitable spiritual discipline. Contact: Royce Truex, truex@pacbell.net

Closely Knit Group

This is a great place to make new friends as you chat and knit, knowing that the project at hand will bring warmth to someone who will benefit from a handmade gift created by a knitter who wished to spread cheer and love in this way. Most of our knitting is done at home, on our own, but we do enjoy occasional get-togethers. This group was formed in 2009 by Phyllis Schlobohm and Maggy Hughes. The first project resulted in a donation of more the 70 preemie caps to a local hospital. Afghan Blocks became afghans, and many prayer shawls have been delivered as gifts of comfort and love to our older adults. More than 70 caps and 42 scarves have been donated at Christmas time to our winter shelter guests. Preparation of gifts for this year’s shelter guests is already underway. Yarn is supplied by the Deacons and some of the knitters and patterns are provided. Contact: Phyllis Schlobohm, phyllis@schlobohm.us.

Fitness Group

We’re celebrating our 19th year! To exist within a body is a magnificent gift from God. Keeping fit honors the sacredness of that gift. This philosophy has been the mantra of our fitness group since our inception in 1993. Each Monday morning we meet for fellowship and exercise at 11:30 am in Duncan Hall. The hour-long class consists of a series of non-impact stretch and tone movements, a short free weight session, modified yoga postures for balance, mat pilates and a simple ballet barre. The class is ongoing and open to all women in the church and community free of charge. Contact: Suzan Plath, sjplath@gmail.com.

Life Stories Writing Group

The writing group meets once a month to read stories written by members. The forum is designed to encourage memoirs or other forms of written expression: poetry, essays, fiction, or whatever may interest the writer. This experience provides a discipline to write on a regular basis. We remain non-critical and aim to offer encouragement. Over time, our hope is that our reflections will provide a history for our children, grandchildren, or great grandchildren. The group convenes on the second Tuesday of the month, 10:00 am – 12:00pm in the library. New members are welcome. Contact: Jo Gross, jovgross@yahoo.com

Play Reading Group

Would you like to join a group in reading a play together each month? The Play Reading Group, which began in 2008, gathers at 1:30 pm in the Fireside Room on the first Tuesday of the month. We begin with light refreshments before we choose the role each of us would like to read. We then read through a whole play and, when time permits, discuss the issues presented. Each month we receive 10 copies of the play in time to check out a copy in the library to read before the group reading. We welcome folk who may wish to join us! Contact: Barbara Shindelus, Tel: 457-3863.

Book Reading Group

This group meets weekly in the Fireside Room at 3:00 – 4:30 PM and is involved in reading challenging popular books chapter by chapter. The current selection is David McCullough’s “The Greater Journey”. Contact: Mary Ann Cowperthwaite, Tel: 453-2216.

Transforming Loss

This group study is focused on “losing and finding” of all sorts, and convenes from time to time, to be announced. Our purpose is to share wisdom and bring comfort to those who experience grief and sorrow as the result of loss. This may include loss of a loved one, loss of health, loss of home, loss of independence, loss of relationship, or loss through retirement. Quite naturally grief comes over the loss of anything important and is a natural part of human experience. As we share wisdom, we provide a safe place and a healing force for those in transition. Watch for announcement of our next study. Contact: Joanne Whitt, joannewhitt@togetherweserve.org.

Transition Support

Life is full of transitions: marriages and divorces, family births and deaths, relocations and career changes, retirement, graduation, changes in economic circumstances, the “empty nest” – and all of these transitions can leave us wondering which end is up.  The Transition Support Group is a community of encouragement and support during these times.  We “check in,” offer prayers of support and study a book together.  The group is facilitated by Pastor Joanne Whitt, and meets every Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the church office conference room.

Women’s Connection

Women’s Connection is a small group that meets regularly to enjoy community, share a meal, discuss various topics relating to faith and spiritual practice and share our unique experiences of God with one another.  We are women who range in age from late 20s into our 50s (ish!) with varied life paths, current contexts and perspectives.  Ours is an informal group, meeting every other month or so on Monday evenings, and we welcome others to join us.  Upcoming meetings will be held on January 20, March 17 and May 19, 2014.  Contact: Gina Guillemette, ginaguillemette@gmail.com.