Thank you for your interest in Adult Spiritual Formation at Edmonds United Methodist Church! 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 small groups); and SoulSprings (a variety of classes and special events). These are offered in 3 sessions throughout the year, fall, winter and spring.
Kitsap County Labyrinth Tour - May 6, 2017.
Register during Adult Spiritual Formation sign-ups April 23 or 30 after worship. Donation of $20 covers of the cost of transportation.
This spring, Edmonds UMC will start it's own softball team. More details are to come. If you're interested, sign-up after worship on April 23, 30, or May 7.
Have you ever been troubled by the violent portrayals of God in the Bible, even in the New Testament where Jesus, the teacher of non –violence, is portrayed as a vengeful judge? In the winter session the Rev. Stan Fowler will be leading a class that will grapple with such difficult conflicting visions. The springboard for our class discussions will be the latest book by the biblical scholar John Dominic Crossan. In How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian, Crossan, in a very accessible way, deals with these conflicting portrayals of God and Jesus and provides insightful guidelines on how to decipher and interpret such passages. Come with your questions and insights and engage with this fresh, provocative perspective on how to read the Bible with increased understanding for our Christian faith development.
In this powerful and timely book, one of the most admired and authoritative religious leaders of our time tackles the phenomenon of religious extremism and violence committed in the name of God. If religion is perceived as being part of the problem, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks argues, then it must also form part of the solution. Through an exploration of the roots of violence and its relationship to religion, and employing groundbreaking biblical analysis and interpretation, Rabbi Sacks offers a call for people of goodwill from all faiths and none to stand together, confront the religious extremism that threatens to destroy us, and declare: Not in God’s Name.
Creative Crafters meets to scrapbook, do needle work or computer stuff, or do whatever else your creative heart desires.
Location and Time TBD by the group Come join other LGBT members of EUMC for periodic get-togethers.
Sharing the stories (written or spoken) of our lives and listening to the stories of others is a powerful way of connecting with each other and helping to bring about healing.
Have fun getting to know each other as we knit Together! Your facilitators are available to help with learning basic knitting techniques, answer questions and work on pattern instructions with you. These Sunday afternoons are a great time to work on your projects and enjoy the community of other knitters. At the end of each session we will close with prayer And/or scripture. Patterns will be available, and each member is responsible for bringing their own needles and yarn. The recipients of our projects will be Mary's Place, a homeless shelter for women and children.
This group will spend 7 weeks discussing the Conflict in the Holy Land, using guest speakers, films and the first-hand experiences of Pastor Sandy, Donna Kleweno, Don Kleweno, Hank Landau, and others.
Join friends in a relaxed setting for good conversation! We define "pub theology" as conversation about how spiritual issues relate to various topics. We will encourage sharing on four separate topics which will be presented at the beginning of each meeting. Casual, comfortable, caring, supportive sharing as we look deeper into who we are.
Join this group and participate in the domestic art that is becoming increasingly popular. A time of inspiration, learning and practicing.
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 nonvisible. Many different types of pain/illness are represented in our group. We work from a text: Sick and Tired of being Sick and Tired (2nd edition).
This group will meet weekly to support each through the process of grieving, while seeking the solace of God’s grace. This group is open to all who are grieving the loss of a significant person in their lives. These will be gatherings in which the sharing is confidential to the group participants.
Let’s meet and share the fun of playing a game together each week! We’ll start with a variation of Dominoes, and take it from there. Each week will feature an opportunity to visit and enjoy
The Renovare Group (renovare means renewal) gathers weekly to consider our basic and deeper questions on faith and discipleship. We are presently studying Judaism, bringing our independent research and using an optional book, Judaism, A Very Short Introduction, by Norman Solomon. We have started with the Festivals, and will move into the basis of the faith, history, spiritual life, and other aspects. Each week we pray for each other and share concerns and praises. We also hand out grocery bags for the Food Bank each month. New people are welcome, even mid-study.
The Monday Afternoon Men’s ChristCare Group will be taking on study of Brian McLaren’s book “We Make the Road by Walking – A Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation and Activation.”
We will be discussing together the next study we plan to pursue this winter session. We are a group of women who enjoy delving deeply into what it means to live as a person of faith in this everchanging world. We have weekly lively discussions on our chosen topic, and welcome new members!
The Renovare Group (renovare means renewal) gathers for spiritual renewal and growth. We are presently reading the book of Romans, using the Genesis to Exodus Series: Romans study guide.
Come join us for great discussions – with lots of laughter along the way! We are in the process of choosing our book for the spring semester. We are considering several wonderful books ranging in subject from an in-depth look at Jesus' life to a guide to spiritual practices. Please join us!
We are women with a purpose: Faith, Hope & Love in Action! We partner with mission-based organizations, volunteer in our EUMC Thrift Shop, and donate to caring charities locally and around the world.
Each meeting features a potluck, prayer and after sharing and much laughter we discuss the selected monthly movie.
NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with mental illness. People with mental health conditions share their powerful personal stories in this free, 60 minute presentation. NAMI In Our Own Voice adds a critical perspective to the popular understanding of what people with mental illness are like. Going to this Presentation will provide you:
Cost: $30 – includes transportation, ferry fare and facilitation
Note: Meet at the church promptly at 8:15 a.m. to catch the 9:40a.m. ferry.
This is an opportunity to hear from, and talk with, individuals who are feeling impacted by the shift in political climate, following through with the United Methodist mission field of working in support of the marginalized in our society. The panel will include representatives from the immigrant community, the LGBTQ community, the Muslim community and others.
Sunday, January 22, 7:00 p.m., in the Chapel.
The 3rd Annual Midwinter Contemplative Retreat will be an opportunity to re-connect with the Natural world and strengthen your spiritual life through spiritual practices, meditation, Taize style worship and periods of silence at the beautiful Rainbow Lodge in North Bend. There will be Spiritual Directors on hand, activities and music all geared toward a life centered on God. Two nights lodging and 5 healthful meals are included.
Meets: January 27 – 29, Rainbow Lodge
$165 per person
Scholarships are available.
This is a 6-week class led by Pastor Sandy as a
small group experience. It is an opportunity to assess
where you are in your spiritual life, discuss spiritual
practices, and to learn more about the Church and
what it means to become a member of EUMC.
LED BY: PASTOR SANDY
Mondays, February 6 – March 13, 7-8:30 p.m.,
Room 113 (downstairs)
Heather will facilitate a 15-minute meditation session each Wednesday at 11:45 in the Chapel. Drop by and take a few moments to center and calm your day. Anyone is welcome, no prior experience with meditation is required. We can explore different types of mediation and learn together what works best for our practice.
LED BY: Heather Bruno
Wednesdays, 11:45 – noon (right before yoga!)
Breathe new life into your routine and join us for an enriching class that combines yoga with Christian
LED BY: Ruth Lee, yoga instructor and personal trainer
SUGGESTED DONATION: $5.00 PER CLASS.
MONDAYS, FEBRUARY 6 – MARCH 13, 7-8:30 P.M.,
ROOM 113 (DOWNSTAIRS)
Description: Join the Women’s Bible Study Class each Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. There is a large part of the New Testament that is generally overlooked. However, there is a lot of personal application contained in man of the New Testament books that remains unknown. Join us as we challenge our faith journey in the study of some of these “lesser” books. Fellowship, study and prayer support both the participants of the group as well as many members of EUMC.
LED BY: Rev. Elmer brunk
Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Men of EUMC, join us in a Bible Study where we can explore the little known or unknown books of the Bible. Beginning on January 19, a Bible Study for men will explore the Books of Hebrews, James, I & II Peter, I, II & III John and Jude. Future exploration of the “unknowns” will be determined by the Bible Study classes.
LED BY: REV. ELMER BRUNK
THURSDAYS, 6:30 - 8:00p.m.