Adults ~ Journeying together toward deeper faith, justice, and love for all
Journey of Faith
Our Journey of Faith program began in 2008 as part of the beginning of our congregation’s revitalization. This program combines adult Christian Education with opportunities to share our faith with others. Over the years we have provided sessions such as book studies, video studies, invited speakers, ecological concerns, and presentations by our own members. For a view of some of our past offerings, please click here.
Please consider joining us on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 as we explore questions and topics related to our faith!
October 2, 6:15 pm | All-Church Movie Night | It’s a Wonderful Life | Join us for an evening watching this classic Jimmy Stewart film. An optional dinner will be at 6:00 (requested donation $7–$8), and the film will run from 6:15–8:30. Please sign up or call the church to let us know if you’ll be having dinner. We’ll revisit the movie both in worship this month and in book study groups on October 9, 16 & 23.
October 9, 16 & 23 | Book study | Integrating Money and Meaning: Practices for a Heart-Centered Life | Money touches all parts of our lives—biological, psychological, and spiritual. It does so in positive and negative ways, and mostly in ways that live in the murky area in between. The trick is not to deny any of them. Examining our relationship with money and aligning our money lives with our spiritual lives is crucial work. We’ll delve into this topic at Journey of Faith as we reflect together on the book Integrating Money and Meaning: Practices for a Heart-Centered Life, which examines characters from It’s a Wonderful Life. Please sign up for a book group as we explore this topic using the lens of the film. Books are available for purchase for $15.
October 30 | Transition Together | What Does the “Size” of Church Tell Us about a Particular Congregation? | Throughout our history, we’ve been more than one size church. How have things changed as a result of those transitions? What type of church did you grow up in? How do congregations of different sizes organize themselves? Do the members of these different-sized churches “look” different? Do the minister and members have different roles in each? Join us as we explore these topics.
ARC Retreat Center | Action, Reflection, Celebration
The ARC Retreat Center is located in a beautiful white pine forest just an hour north of the twin cities. ARC is “a retreat center operated by a residential community, rooted in Christian tradition, emphasizing the values of simplicity, justice and healing, mercy and prayer, serving individuals and groups seeking time apart, rest and spiritual renewal." We often go on retreat during Lent, sometimes also in the fall. Recent retreat themes have included Sabbath, Forgiveness, Exploring the Mountain and Valley Experiences of Faith, and Security: Illusions and Imagination.
Interest Groups | ongoing connections based in commonalities
The Women's Group includes women in their early 20s through 90s who are employed, underemployed, managing households, and retired. The group gathers for a 6 pm dinner at a local restaurant on the first Monday of each month and periodically sponsors a Sunday Morning Fair Trade Coffee Hour with a theme. They also provide Christmas gifts for our homebound members and were the original planters of the Peace Garden in front of the church. Contact the church office for more information (651-224-5809).