It's true - God loves us just the way we are. But he also loves us too much to let us stay this way. Embark on your personal journey toward spiritual and emotional flourishing and learn to love God and his ways more and more each day.
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Small Groups at UMCL are varied in style and purpose. We believe in an organic group creation process where we remove barriers and offer support to meet the current needs of our congregation for small group life. One thing these groups have in common is that they meet regularly and continuously so there is always a place for you! Check 'em out!
Gathers: Sundays at 8:00 AM @ Church / Room 103
Description: A drop-in friendly class that meets year-round and discusses a variety of different content.
Gathers: Sundays at 8:15 AM @ Church / Room 101
Description: A Sunday School class that explores Christianity within the context of other religions and beliefs. Through discussion we work to engage, confirm or perhaps change our own beliefs of both the Christian and Wesleyan traditions. By dealing with difficult questions and topics we gain a deeper appreciation for our own faith and the faith of others.
Meets: Sundays at 9:30 AM @ Church // Room 208
Description: A Sunday morning class for those who experience a life of faith to be a journey with Christ. Learning more each day, and stumbling forward on the path that leads to life. Therefore by the grace of God, we go.
Meets: Monday Nights at 7:00 PM @ Church // Room 101
Description: All are welcome! This group meets continuously throughout the year (including twice a month in the summer), but the studies vary with the seasons. This fall we will be studying "The Trial and Testimony of the Early Church". The first three centuries were decisive for Christianity. The very existence of the church itself was threatened by powerful opponents who wanted to destroy it. These programs go to the locations and use dramatic re-creations to bring you close to the early believers.
Meets: Saturday morning at 8:00 AM @ Church / Room 208
Description: A regular group of guys who usually view a rotation of topical video series (think, Chip Ingram's Living On The Edge kind of stuff)
Current Study: Rebuilding a Country (a walk through the book of Nehemiah)
Meets: Tuesday morning at 9:30 AM @ Church / Room 103
Description: A group of women seeking a meaningful spiritual life in the company of others using a variety of source materials including poetry, music, video, and prose.
Meets: Every 2nd and 4th Sunday at 12:30 PM @ the Santillan Home (adjacent to the church entrance)
Description: A group of folks in their mid 20s - late 30s who get together to share in the Christian life together. One of the best ways to get to know other young folks in a similar stage as you at our church. We share food and provide childcare - so you can really commit to relationship building. For food, just bring something small to share for 6-8 people.
Meets: Every Monday at 9:45 AM @ Church / Room 208
Description: Lectio Divina (Latin for "Divine Reading") is a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God's Word. It does not treat Scripture as texts to be studied, but as the Living Word.
Conversations are short-term topic/theology related groups that cover a specific area of content for a limited time. Open to all who are interested and offered seasonally as leaders and needs emerge. Check out some of our current Conversations below.
Meets: Thursdays at 7:00 PM // September 21 - October 26 @ Church
Description: Read through a majority of the Bible in just 24 weeks! Too much? Why not join in for 6 week sessions at a time. Disciple I (Fast Track) is designed to get you into what God is doing in and through human history. Get to know God's big picture - from the beginning of all things to the end of this age.
Meets: Sundays // 3:00 - 4:30 PM // @ Church
Description: What is our salvation actually for? This study creatively pieces together what are often fragmented pieces of our theology. It addresses our need to understand our salvation both personally, but also in the context of community and in the context of the wider surrounding culture. Is this whole Christianity thing just about waiting to go to heaven when we die?
No. It's about So. Much. More.
Meets: Tuesday Nights at 7:00 PM // September 12 - November 14 @ Church
Description: Do you have a longing to be significant, to make a contribution, to do something purposeful? Do you doubt that these things are in your reach because it’s not the right time, you don’t have enough money, you don’t have a big idea? The good news is that none of those things are necessary to achieve significance. The key to choosing a life that matter is being intentional. Join us as we go on a journey of significance and learn to live every as if it matters – because it does
Meets: 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month at 7:00 PM @ Church / Room 208
Description: Don't miss the discussion on issues of justice with a new book study as we read, Chasing the Scream, and join Johann Hari on his epic and fascinating 3 year and 30 thousand mile journey into the war on drugs.
We will also continue activities and projects surrounding homelessness and racial equity.