Celebrating Group Life

Last week representatives from all of our small groups gathered together. We shared celebrations of how we see God at work in and through our groups, took care of a little business, and looked ahead to new groups and opportunities to connect that are coming soon! We would love for each individual who is a part of our larger community to connect with others and grow in their discipleship through Group Life Ministry.

“We celebrate continuing to gain new voices, diverse in different ways, and are excited to further learn about different cultures.” 
Cross Cultural Group
“We celebrate that we dive deep in the scriptures.” 
—Compañeros en Cristo
“We are celebrating many new members in our class.” 
“We celebrate new relationships and caring friendships, open and trusted discussions and outside of the box questions.”
—Monday Bible Study
“We celebrate rebuilding our class.”
“We celebrate partnering with other classes.”
“We celebrate personal support and connections within our group.”
—Point of Grace

Who's on the Team?

In addition to our clergy Group Life staff, we have a team of dedicated laity who meet together regularly to shape the ministries and opportunities of Group Life. Our current members are: Aurora Rodriguez, Fannette Welton, Lisa Farrell, Liz Motley, Mike Mella and Robert Nimocks. We would love to include more voices in our planning. If you have a passion for connecting with others, for discipleship, and for supporting others in their spiritual growth. We want YOU! Email Rev. Sarah Garza at sgarza for more information.

Opportunities to Connect:

Wednesday Morning Group: An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith

An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith, by Barbara Brown Taylor
Wednesdays beginning August 16, 10-11 a.m., Isham 103

This weekly group loves exploring a wide range of topics together! From spiritual practices to social justice, and from prayer and scripture to biography. In August we’ll begin reading and discussing An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor. 

Wesley 124 | When Christians Get It Wrong

When Christians Get It Wrong
by Adam Hamilton
Sundays at 9 a.m., August 27-October 1
Liz Motley, Facilitator

More and more young adults have opted out of Christianity and the church. The reason? Christians. When young adults talk about the problems they have with Christianity and the church, they often name certain attitudes and behaviors they believe are practiced too often by Christians: judging others, condemning people of other faiths, rejecting science, injecting politics into faith, and being antihomosexual. With his familiar style, Adam Hamilton tackles these issues and addresses the how’s and why’s of Christians getting it right when it comes to being Christ in the world. Those who read When Christians Get It Wrong will gain a different way of understanding the issues that keep people away from Christianity and keep Christians from living a more compelling faith. Because, honestly, if we don’t start getting it right, we may lose an entire generation.

Participants are invited to purchase their books through their favorite retailer. To join this study email .

*NEW* The Gathering: The Enneagram

Sundays, beginning September 10, 9-10 a.m., Wesley 103

The Gathering will be a space for short-term studies. Any and all are welcome to join for the length of a study. The first will be a six-week, in-depth study on the Enneagram.

*NEW* Senior Adults Bible Study

Thursdays, beginning September 28, 10-11 a.m., Wesley 105/106
Donna Baumgartner and Joe Motley, Facilitators 

Donna Baumgartner and Joe Motley will facilitate this weekly group, taking a deeper look at scripture. The first month’s study will focus on scriptures related to ‘Sabbath’, taking in scriptures from both the Old and New Testaments.

Weekly topics:

  • Collective Work, Collective Rest.
  • Sabbath as a Palace in Time.
  • The Redemption of Creation.
  • Celebrating Sabbath.


  • Group Life Facilitator Training
    Sunday, September 17, 12 p.m. in Wesley 105/106

CLICK HERE for Young Adult Ministry info and events. 

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