Adult Spiritual Formation

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.

Circuits of the Heart

Circuits of the Heart

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.

Softball Comes to Edmonds UMC!

Softball Comes to Edmonds UMC!

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.

General Interest Groups

Book Study: How to Read the bible and Still be a christian

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.

  • MEETS: Five Tuesdays, 7 p.m., beginning January 24
  • FACILITATOR: Rev. Stan Fowler

Book Study: Not in God's Name

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.

  • MEETS: Sundays, noon-1:30 p.m., in the Chapel
  • FACILITATOR: John Rodenberg

Creative Crafters

Creative Crafters meets to scrapbook, do needle work or computer stuff, or do whatever else your creative heart desires.

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

EUMC LGBT Social group

Location and Time TBD by the group Come join other LGBT members of EUMC for periodic get-togethers.

  • MEETS: TBD by the group
  • FACILITATOR: Diana nielsen

God's Story and Ours

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.

  • This group is currently full. please inquire with the church office about starting a second group.

Knitting 2Gether

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.

  • MEETS: Sundays, 3:00-5:00p.m., Room 113
  • FACILITATORs: Laurie Napa & Gayle crawford

Palestine & Israel - A Discussion Group

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.

  • MEETS: Sundays, Noon - 1:30p.m. beginning March 19 - April 30, Room 302
  • FACILITATOR: Hank Landau, Don & Donna Kleweno

Pub Theology

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.

  • Meets: TBD by the group.
  • Facilitator: Jane Jones

Quilting Group

Join this group and participate in the domestic art that is becoming increasingly popular. A time of inspiration, learning and practicing.

  • MEETS: Wednesdays, 2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
  • FACILITATOR: Pat beaudry

Thriving in a Life with Chronic Pain & 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 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).

  • MEETS: 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month, 10:00 a.m. - Noon, Room 113
  • FACILITATOR: Roxine kellogg

Tools for Surviving Grief

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.

  • Meets: Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m., Room 302, beginning January 24
  • Facilitator: Joan Hollowell

Weekly Game Group

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

  • MEETS: WEDNESDAYS, 2:00P.M. - 4:00P.M., EUMC Library
  • FACILITATOR: Sharon Arttazia and Judy Lambert

Men's & Women's Groups

Dawn Patrol Men's Group

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.

  • Meets: Saturdays, 7:30a.m. - 9:00a.m.
  • Facilitator: Darryl Berg

Monday Afternoon Men’s Group

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.”

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

Living the Questions

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!

  • Meets: Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., beginning January 18, in the Chapel.
  • Facilitator: Eva-Maria Barthel and Barbara McGuire

Renovare Group

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.

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


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!

  • MEETS: Mondays, 2:oo-4:00 p.m. in Wesley Room
  • FACILITATOR: Dana McMechan

United Methodist Women

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.

  • Meets:3rd Sunday of the month following the 2nd service, beginning January 24
  • Facilitator: Gay Johnson

Movie Mavens

Each meeting features a potluck, prayer and after sharing and much laughter we discuss the selected monthly movie.

  • Meets: This group is currently full. please inquire with the church office about starting a second group.

SoulSprings Events

"In our Own Voices"

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:

  • A first-hand account of what it's like to live with a mental illness. Presenters humanize this misunderstood topic by demonstrating that it's possible—and common—to live well with mental illness.
  • A chance to ask the presenters questions, which allows for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispel stereotypes and misconceptions.
  • The understanding that every person with a mental illness can hope for a bright future.
  • This one-time presentation is offered by the National Alliance for Mental Illness, and co-Sponsored by Stephens Ministry, and the Mental Health ChristCare Group.

    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.

"Voices we need to Hear"

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.

Midwinter contemplative retreat

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.

SoulSprings Classes

Circuits of the Heart: A Kitsap Labyrinth Tour

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.
Mondays, February 6 – March 13, 7-8:30 p.m.,
Room 113 (downstairs)

Meditation: A Weekly Moment

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!)

Faithful Yoga

Breathe new life into your routine and join us for an enriching class that combines yoga with Christian prayer and practice. All experience levels are welcome. Bring a yoga mat. Drop-ins welcome! For more information, contact Heather Bruno at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 425.778.2119.
LED BY: Ruth Lee, yoga instructor and personal trainer
MONDAYS, FEBRUARY 6 – MARCH 13, 7-8:30 P.M.,

Thursday morning women's bible study

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's Bible Study

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.
THURSDAYS, 6:30 - 8:00p.m.
Room 302