Adult Spiritual Formation

Our adult formation ministry is formed around three main components: The Way (3 focuses of the Christian life – faith, Bible and spiritual practices); ChristCare groups (a wide diversity of affinity groups); and SoulSprings (a variety of classes and special events). These are usually offered in 3 sessions throughout the year, fall, winter and spring.  If you have questions, please contact Sue Sutherland-Hanson, Director of Adult Christian Ed and Spiritual Formation:  sues@edmondsumc.org.  

*Scholarships are available for offerings with a financial requirement. Please Contact Sue Sutherland-Hanson for more information.

Winter Retreat: Deep Hope

Winter Retreat: Deep Hope

Winter is the perfect time for focusing attention on our lives with God. This retreat is for this express purpose. Led by Pastor Sandy Brown, it will include music, small group experiences, spiritual directors, evening Vespers, a sustained period of silence, and opportunities for creative expressions. You choose what is right for you!

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SoulSprings Classes

Book Discussion of Our God is Undocumented:Biblical Faith and Immigrant justice

During Lent we will focus on immigration, especially the plight of undocumented people. Existing ChristCare groups, looking for a book to read together, will be encouraged to consider Our God Is Undocumented by Ched Myers and Matthew Colwell. Pastor Sandy will offer a sermon series based on this book during Lent, and The Immigration Team will offer a series of speakers and discussions focusing on immigration. If you would like to read the book individually and be contacted to join a discussion group, please sign below. The discussion groups will be advertised and all are welcome: you need not sign below to join. Signing up expresses your interest and gives us contact information, so we can let you know when and where the groups will meet!

The Dirty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen: enjoy friendships while making our church a better place

The group gathers for doughnuts, coffee, and conversation and then heads out to projects around the building and grounds. This winter quarter, we will sand and refinish the window sills of the sanctuary. Participants are expected to gab while engaging in this project and any other worthy efforts that keep the church looking sharp and well-maintained. Despite the name of the group which includes the number '12', the group size can be more or less than 12 people, but getting dirty is not optional. You will get dirty. We will train: experience is optional...more important is your ability to enjoy conversation while you work.

  • MEETS: Time and day to be determined by the consensus of the group
  • LED BY: Dave Walters and the Trustees Committee

Disciple's Path

Led by: Pastor Sandy Brown

Mondays, 7:00-8:30 pm in Room 113 starting Jan. 29 to March 12. This seven-week class runs as a small group experience. It offers an opportunity to explore your spiritual life, discuss spiritual practices, learn more about the church and what it means to become a member of EUMC. Materials are provided, minimum enrollment of six attendees required for the class to run.

  • MEETS: Mondays, 7:00-8:30 p.m., in Room 113, Starting Jan. 29.
  • LED BY: Pastor Sandy

EUMC Advocates for Justice

This group looks for ways the congregation can engage in actions that support our Christian beliefs of justice, compassion, love, respect for all people, and peace. Subcommittees focus on the environment, immigration, solidarity with Islam, and homelessness, with more subcommittees forming. Sign up with your contact information and we can let you know when and where the next meeting is taking place.

  • MEETS: Monthly - times and locations TBD
  • LED BY: Keith Skore

Faithful Yoga

Breathe new life into your routine and join Ruth Lee, a Personal Trainer for an enriching class that combines yoga with Christian prayer and practice. All experience levels are welcome. *Donation of $40 for 8 sessions to support the leader. Drop-ins welcome! For more information, contact Sue Sutherland-Hanson 425.778.2119.

A minimum of six participants are required for this class to run.
  • MEETS: Wednesdays, 12:15-1:00 p.m., in the Library
  • LED BY: Ruth Lee, Instructor and Personal Trainer

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The Wisdom Jesus

In this class, we will learn from Cynthia Bourgeault, Episcopal Priest, author, and modern Christian voice. Following her book The Wisdom Jesus, Bourgeoult reaches into the ancient past to help us hear anew how to engage in Christ's teachings. Join us to learn and grow via readings, streaming lectures, and experimenting with practice.

Minimum of 6 participants required to run the class.
    Tuesdays 11:30a.m.-1:00p.m., begins January 23rd.
  • MEETS: Library
  • LED BY: Sue Sutherland-Hanson, facilitator

Women's Bible Study

The Thursday Morning Women’s Bible Study begins the Winter and Spring term by continuing our study of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. The II Corinthians study will cover five to seven weeks before beginning the study of the rather mysterious Old Testament book of Daniel. This interactive search of Daniel will take us into the “Den of Lions” and determine if we can ascertain how and why God led Daniel into a challenging circumstance..

  • MEETS: Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., in the Library
  • LED BY: Rev. Elmer Brunk

Yoga with Theresa

Learn mindfulness of your body through yoga! This all-levels class will explore alignment, the use of props, and how to work safely with the body while calming the mind. Donation of $40 or $5 drop-in, free for those in need. Please bring a mat (and a block if you have one.) Proceeds from this class go to elder-support. For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (425) 778-2119.

  • MEETS: Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:00am, starts January 25
  • LED BY: Theresa Elliott, yoga instructor and personal trainer

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ChristCare Groups

Repeat Book Discussion: The Bible's Yes to Same-Sex Marriage - An Evangelicals Change of Heart

Repeat Book Discussion: The Bible's Yes to Same-Sex Marriage - An Evangelicals Change of Heart

This book-discussion went so well,, Luke Van de Krol, the facilitator wants to offer it again. The book, written by a well-known, intelligent, heterosexual pastor tells the story of his personal journey regarding his theological views of the LGBTQ+ community and gay marriage. Questioning the church's harm as a whole, this author decided to thoroughly investigate exactly what the Bible says on this matter and how churches should treat the LGBTQ+ community. Join us for a discussion of this enlightening and encouraging book to see the questions and answers this author has discovered so he could see "God's good news about love, marriage, and sexuality for gay and straight people alike" (Amazon review). All are welcome!

  • MEETS: Thursdays, 7:00-8:30p.m., meeting off-site
  • FACILITATOR: Luke Van de Krol

Creative Crafters

Creative Crafters

Creative Crafters meets three times per month to do scrapbook, needle work, computer work, or whatever else your creative heart desires. With such a great block of time, we find it wonderful to get so much accomplished. Join us if you’d like to meet a bunch of nice people. You’ll be glad you did!

  • MEETS: 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 5:00 –9:00p.m. & the last Saturday of the month, 10:00a.m. – 7:00p.m.
  • FACILITATOR: Sheri McGee

Knitting2Gether

Knitting2Gether

We have fun getting to know each other as we knit together. Your facilitators are available to help you learn basic knitting techniques, answer questions, and work on pattern instructions with you. These afternoons are a great time to work on your projects and enjoy the community of other knitters. We begin each session with prayer and scripture. Each member is responsible for bringing their own needles and yarn. The recipient of our projects will be Mary's Place, a homeless shelter for women and children. Prayer Shawl Knitters are welcome to join us at these gatherings.

Our first Winter-quarter gathering will be Jan. 21st.
  • MEETS: Sundays, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Church Library
  • FACILITATOR: Laurie Napa.

Living the Questions

Living the Questions

We are group of women who enjoy delving deeply into what it means to live as a person of faith in this ever-changing world. We have weekly lively discussions on our chosen topic and welcome new members! This winter, we'll be discussing Tyranny by Timothy Snyder. "Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves." - Rainer Maria Wilke

  • MEETS: Mondays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
  • FACILITATORS: Eva-Maria Barthel & Barbara McGuire

Monday Afternoon Men's Group

Monday Afternoon Men's Group

Mondays, 4:00-5:30, Room 302 The Monday Afternoon Men’s ChristCare Group is following the Epiphany and Lenten sermon series, discussing the topic from the prior Sunday’s sermon in greater depth. We are an ongoing group, and new members are always welcome. This group generally chooses a book to explore and discuss. Our last book was Hillbilly Elegy. Join us for fellowship and exploration of relevant topics. MEETS: Mondays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.; Room 302. Starts Monday, Jan 8th. Ending date is subject to group consensus. FACILITATOR: Bob Schroff .

  • MEETS: Mondays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.; Room 302. Our group is on-going – new members are welcome!.
  • FACILITATOR: Bob Schroff

Monthly Taize Services

Monthly Taize Services

The repeated prayer-chants of a Taize service can help us quiet while inviting solace through meditative prayers expressed in song. These chants were created by Protestant and Catholic monastics in France to welcome and offer tranquility to traumatized WWII veterans of different language backgrounds. Their simplicity and beauty have much to offer us today. You don't need to sign up to attend, but your contact information allows us a way to remind you of these monthly gatherings and notify you of changes. First Thursday of each month 7:00 pm Chapel Facilitator: Christie Eden

Quilting Group

Do you quilt? Would you like to learn? Join this group and participate in the domestic art that is becoming increasingly poplular. We have an inspiring time of learning and practicing.

  • MEETS: Tuesdays, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Library
  • FACILITATOR: Pat Beaudry

Renovare Group - Women's Group

The Renovare Group (renovare means renewal) is an ongoing group which gathers weekly to consider our basic and deeper questions on faith and discipleship. As of January 2018, we are reading Heaven is for Real. We will also look at some of the Bible verses that reference Heaven. Each week we pray for each other, sharing concerns and praises. We hand out grocery bags for the Food Bank each month. New people are welcome, even mid-study.

  • MEETS:Mondays; 11:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m. in the Library. (Brown Bag Lunch)
  • FACILITATOR: Beth Lanie

Saturday Dawn Patrol Men's Group

This winter we will continue our Bible/book study format with a great group of guys for great discussion!

  • MEETS: Saturdays, 7:30 - 9:00a.m.
  • FACILITATOR: Darryl Berg with shared leadership.

Sisters!

Sisters is one of the original ChristCare groups at EUMC and is always ready to welcome new members! The only thing we can tell you for sure is that we never know where the study and conversation will take us. If you join in the middleopf a book it's easy to catch up. Come see what goes on with Sisters!

  • MEETS: Mondays, 1:30-3:00p.m., Wesley Room, beginning January 22.
  • FACILITATORS: Judy Lambert and Alice Burr

Soup and Soul

This quarter we will be discussing C. S. Lewis', "Mere Christianity". We meet the first and third Sunday evenings from 6-8 p.m, and will begin in January. We share a simple meal of soup, bread, and cookies, then Tom facilitates the study. This quarter we will focus on the small book, "Mere Christianity", an amazingly rich, inclusive look at what we Christians, with all our different denominations have in common at our core. Please join us for a great time of food, discussion, fellowship and prayer!

  • MEETS: Sundays, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Tom & Carol Woltjer's home
  • FACILITATORS: Tom & Carol Woltjer

Thriving in a Life with Chronic Pain and Illness

Members of this group meet to support each other as we live our lives with different types of pain and illness with the understanding that many forms of pain and illness are non-visible. Different types of pain/illness are represented in our group. New Members are always welcome. We are discussing Why God Doesn’t Fix It by Kimberly Rae.

  • MEETS: 1st and 3rd Saturdays Beginning January 18th, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Room 113, ...
  • FACILITATOR: Roxine Kellogg

United Methodist Women

The United Methodist Women work together to help charities, host events, and support women and children in need, all while having fun. We host a luncheon meeting regularly and meet with other church UMW groups twice a year, but our motto is "Come When You Can!" Our thrift shop serves the community and Food Bank clients. We host a bazaar for fundraising in the Fall with proceeds helping charities and church-sponsored events. We also take time to learn about world issues.

  • MEETS:3rd Sunday of the month, January 21st, following the 2nd service.
  • FACILITATOR: Gay Johnson

*Scholarships are available for offerings with a financial requirement. Please Contact Sue Sutherland-Hanson for more information.