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 Rev. Clarissa Fuentes, Associate Pastor

 

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

TThis book-discussion went so well, Luke Van de Krol, the facilitator wants to offer it again. The book, written by pastor Mark Achtemeier, 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. All are welcome!/p>

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

Food - Fellowship - Funversation

Food - Fellowship - Funversation

This group will promote feeling connected to a group regardless of age and church affiliation. Chris’ home can accommodate up to 12 people ages 8 and up. People who don’t regularly attend church would feel welcomed, valued and loved as they share conversation over food. An Italian feast will be provided at the first gathering and then a meal plan will be developed for subsequent meetings with the main course provided.

  • Meets: Fridays, 6:00 p.m.; Off-site.
  • Facilitator: Chris Oberfield

Gun Violence Protection

Gun Violence Protection

It's time for more than thoughts and prayers. Learn more about local, regional and Washington State efforts to prevent gun violence, become informed and empowered advocates for justice, identify and support individual and collective action in our community in 2018. Speakers will be determined by the group. We will possibly have a trip to Olympia with Alliance for Gun Responsibility to meet with legislators and we’ll collaborate with other faith communities.

  • Facilitator: Bill Lambert

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

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. Our group is on-going – new members are welcome!.
  • Facilitator: Bob Schroff

Opening Hearts to God's Grace

In this eight week class, we will explore biblical and personal topics that support the opening of our hearts to God: forgiveness, gratitude, fruits of the spirit, patience, kindness, pleasing God and a New Heaven. Irma “Granny” Brown will bring he wisdom of her eight decades and enthusiasm as a new member at EUMC. Sign up early. Space is limited.

  • Meets: Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. beginning May 3.
  • Facilitator: Irma Brown

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

Renovare means renewal and we renew by gathering weekly to consider our basic and deeper questions on faith and discipleship. Each week we pray for each other and share concerns and praises. We also hand out grocery bags for the Food Bank each month.

  • 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. We’re always ready to welcome new members - we never know where the study and conversation will take us! We often explore a relevant book. If you join in the middle it’s easy to catch up. Come see what goes on with Sisters!

  • Meets: Mondays, 1:30-3:00p.m., Wesley Room.
  • Facilitator: Judy Lambert and Alice Burr

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, 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 each month to learn about world issues and meet with other church UMW groups twice a year. Our motto is Come When You Can! We support the community through our Thrift Shop and fundraisers with proceeds benefiting charities and church-events.

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

SoulSprings Classes

Creative Crafters

Creative Crafters meets three times per month to do needle work, scrap-booking, 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., Room 113/LI>
  • Led by: Sheri McGee

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

EUMC Community Ministries

Our church is a vital and vibrant place for ministry to the Edmonds community and beyond. Join the director of each vital ministry as they detail the work their ministry accomplishes and the direction those ministries are headed. Edmonds Food Bank – Casey Davis, Children’s Center – Heather Bruno, Tutoring – TBD, Toy Shop – Pamela Frank.

  • Meets: Select dates

The Dirty Dozen

Despite the name of the group, this group can hold as many members as interested. The group will gather three times throughout the spring season: May 5 to prepare, May 26 to report progress, and finally on June 16 to celebrate accomplishments. Interested individuals will work on their own time or within a small group to sand and paint the sanctuary windowsills. Training, leadership and tools will be provided.

  • Meets: Select Saturdays
  • Led by: Dave Walters and the Trustees Committee

Disciple's Path

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.
  • Led by: Pastor Sandy

Elder Law Basics

As we face some of the difficult challenges of aging, like dealing with incapacity and long term care for ourselves or a loved one, taking advantage of needed resources is confusing, complex and requires advance planning. Peggy Sanders is the Chair of the Legislative Committee of the Washington Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and a member of the National Policy Committee of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys. In both of these positions, she uses her extensive legislative experience as an advocate for seniors on the local and national levels. She is an active member of AARP and the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce and actively supports Senior Services of Snohomish County.

  • Meets: To be determined
  • Led by: Peggy Sanders of Sanders Law Group Northwest in Edmonds

Packing for the Big Trip: Decision Making and Health Care

When we plan a trip, whether for fun or business, we go through a list of things that need to be ready and tasks that must be completed before our journey: passport updated, tickets purchased, mail on hold, etc. If we see our lives as the ultimate journey, preparing for our inevitable death gives us the opportunity consider what we value, and allows us to have some control over how we want to be treated at the end of our life. If you know you are going to die, how will you change the way you live? Donna Oiland, a trained advanced care planning facilitator will provide a practical yet humorous conversation about health care decisions for the end of life that are important at all ages. Legal documents to complete advanced care planning will be available.

  • Meets: Possibilities: June 10, 17, or 24
  • Led by: Donna Oiland

Women's Bible Study

There is a large part of the New Testament that is generally overlooked; however, there is a lot of personal application contained in many of the New Testament books. All interested ladies are invited to join this lively discussion group, which also includes supportive sharing.

  • 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 for 8 classes 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.

  • Meets: Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:00am, in the Wesley Room
  • Led by: Theresa Elliott, yoga instructor and personal trainer

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*Scholarships are available for offerings with a financial requirement. Please Contact Rev. Clarissa Fuentes for more information.