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Table of Contents Welcome

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How to Sign Up for a Small Group

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The Discipleship Path

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Small Groups for 1-2 Days

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Small Groups for 3 –7 Weeks

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Small Groups for 8 or More Weeks

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Index by Day of the Week

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Index by Topic

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You Are Invited! to take a step along the path of discipleship by participating in the opportunities which are presented here in this booklet! This booklet is meant to help you find ways to become more intentional in your Christian journey by sharing with you the many opportunities to connect with others in our Trinity family to study, to serve, to pray, to fellowship, to explore, to give, and more. There is such power in gathering with our Christian sisters and brothers, and if you haven’t had an experience like this yet, please take the opportunity to do so. If you are an experienced small grouper, invite someone along with you. If you haven’t been to a small group in a while, please include a group in your plan for the coming months. You will notice icons at the top of pages and beside some of the small groups. These represent spiritual types and they are Spiritual Head, Heart, Soul, Hands & Feet. We have another booklet called Trinity Discipleship Path (also see pg. 4) that is available to you, which goes into detail about finding your Spiritual Type. We do not all connect with God in the same ways, and knowing your Spiritual Type can help as you make choices about the groups in which you might like to participate. You are invited to take a step in discipleship this fall. We hope that you will use this booklet, in conjunction with the Trinity Discipleship Path booklet to do just that. Know that all groups are open to all people! You are welcome to bring a friend, neighbor, relative, or someone who is already a part of the Trinity family.

Grace and peace, The Small Group Ministry Team Rev. Deb De Vos, Glenn Ashton, Bill Blaskopf, Maureen Boer, Lynn Cameron, Lou Ann Harris, Sharon Hoff, Arlene McCollum, Pat Riegler, and Scott Savokinas. 2


How to Sign Up for a Small Group We do ask you to sign up for most groups, though there are a few groups, which you are encouraged to join any time. •

Sign up online. Find the online signup form at www.catchthespirit.org.

Contact Kari Anzel ( kanzel@catchthespirit.org or 908-852-3020 )

Use the Just Say Yes form in your worship bulletin

Sign up in person in the church office during office hours or at the Small Group sign up table, which will be available in Trinity House and Starr Hall after worship services beginning the weekend of September 7-8. Questions?

If you have any questions regarding the information in this booklet, please contact: Rev. Deb De Vos at 908-852-3020 X17 or ddevos@catchthespirit.org

The Discipleship Path

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The Trinity Discipleship Path (a preview. See separate booklet by this name for details) The Trinity Discipleship Path is not a new program, a new small group, or a new ministry of our church. Rather, it is a framework to help us live more fully into our call to be and make disciples for the transformation of the world and to be a fellowship seeking to share the love and word of Jesus Christ with all. We become disciples by God’s grace and through intentional effort to let God’s grace change us into people who love God and love our neighbors the way God loves. Discipleship is about active engagement. It’s not passive. It doesn’t just happen to us. The Discipleship Path gives us something to engage with. It helps us as a church to be sure we are providing tools and steps along the path for participants to grow as disciples. It helps each of us as disciples to make use of those tools and take the steps to grow further along our path. The Discipleship Path helps us as a church to take spiritual responsibility to do what we can to help you share the love and word of Jesus Christ with all, and it helps you take spiritual responsibility to do the same. The Discipleship Path is not a one size fits all kind of thing. In fact, one of the great gifts of the Path is that it helps us to see there are various spiritual types, which allow each of us to connect deeply with God in different ways. It is also not linear, meaning that our Discipleship Path is not usually a straight line from point A to point B. God often encourages us to meander a bit in order to grow in breadth as well as depth, to create a more balanced experience and expression of the love and word of Jesus Christ. The Discipleship Path also serves as a reminder that we are indeed on a journey. Sometimes it’s easy, even in very active churches, to become stagnant, to continue to do the same things over and over

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and wonder why we aren’t growing. Sometimes we forget what we are moving toward, what the point of discipleship is. In Mark 12:28-34 Jesus tells us that the two greatest commandments are to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength,” and to “love your neighbor as yourself.” John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, called the goal of discipleship Total Sanctification or Christian Perfection, which is to love perfectly, as God loves. We are called to be holy, and this happens in partnership and communion with God, the source of all grace. As we move toward the center we experience salvation more fully. We dwell more fully in the Kingdom of God. And this also happens in partnership and communion with others in your church family. As we move closer to God, we also grow closer to one another, and vice versa. We do not travel alone either. We need both God and others to grow as disciples. The first step in this invitation to be on the Discipleship Path is to get to know your spiritual type. Are you someone who is most oriented to Head type spirituality? Maybe you are more of a Heart person? Or a Soul person? Or a Hands and Feet person? Most likely you are a combination, resonating most with a couple of these types, while feeling less at home with the others. In the other booklet, The Trinity Discipleship Path, you will find a short inventory to help you further determine your type and also more detailed descriptions of each.

We hope that you will accept this invitation to become more intentional in your discipleship and faith journey. Look for The Trinity Discipleship Path booklet for much more information.

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Small Groups for 1-2 Days Retreats and Workshops

Days Apart Days Apart are single day retreats. The day includes time alone in silent contemplation with God. Tools are provided such as hand crosses, icons, mandalas to color and meditate with, books and others. These days are held in a quiet, pretty setting where you can also walk the grounds and spend time with God and nature. We also worship together. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Fall Day Apart : Facilitator: Date: Time: Location: Cost:

Fran Blaskopf (franblas@optonline.net) Saturday, October 12 9:00a.m.—3:00p.m. Schooleys Mountain Retreat Center $40.00 (assistance available if needed)

Women Growing in Faith Retreat XV It's hard to believe but we are celebrating our 15th year this October. Our new location last year was a huge success, and it was unanimous that all of our attendees wanted to return to Star Lake. This year we will be there October 25 & 26th. The beauty of the fall foliage will be incredible! We will not only feel the presence of God, but see His work all around us. Join us for spiritual growth, fellowship, praise, and self reflection. Who among us doesn't need to retreat? Facilitators: Date: Location: Cost:

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Susan Manhire (908-852-1741) and Joanne Stiehl (908-362-5154) Friday, October 25 - Saturday, October 26 Star Lake Camp and Conference Center, Bloomingdale, NJ $85 for the overnight stay and all meals (assistance available if needed)


Spiritual Gifts and our Discipleship Path A Spiritual Gifts Inventory or Assessment helps individuals identify their God-given gifts for living faithfully as Christian disciples day by day and find meaningful ways to use their gifts in connection with others through the community of faith. God has given us all gifts and very often they are revealed through our passions and talents. The process of the inventory helps people understand the nature of spiritual gifts and ways to enhance the effectiveness of their gifts in community and service with and for others. The Trinity Discipleship Path is a framework that helps us to live more fully into our call to be and make disciples for the transformation of the world and to be a fellowship seeking to share the love and word of Jesus Christ with all. The discipleship path helps us as a church to be sure we are providing tools and steps for participants to grow as disciples. Just as we all have different spiritual gifts we also have different spiritual types. This workshop will help you to not only identify your gifts, but also your spiritual type in order to guide you in how you engage with the church and others in your journey as a disciple of Christ seeking to love and serve God. Facilitator: Rev. Deb De Vos (ddevos@catchthespirit.org or 908-852-3020 X17) Date: Monday, October 21 Time: 7:00—9:00p.m. Location: TH 400

New Horizons: A Seminar Exploring Methodist and Roman Catholic Similarities and Differences Trinity Church has many people who come to us from a formerly Roman Catholic experience. This seminar offers a look at the origins of many practices and beliefs in both faiths. Facilitator: Date: Time: Location:

Dr. Frank Fowler (908-852-3020 or ffowler@catchthespirit.org) Sunday, September 29 12:15-2:00 p.m. Blue Room (in office building) 7


A Way Forward Conversation A time of listening to one another on matters related to the UMC Way Forward, and the topic of human sexuality and the Church. Facilitators:

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Dr. Frank Fowler (908-852-3020 or ffowler@catchthespirit.org) and Rev. Deb De Vos (908-852-3020 X17 or ddevos@catchthespirit.org) Sunday, November 10 4:00-5:30 p.m. TH 400


New Small Groups Meeting 3-8 Weeks Guiding Ourselves to Wellness This is an invitation to learn to take positive steps to help lead a healthier life, fulfilling Christ’s intent for us. During our time together, we’ll discuss current health, wellness, and fitness topics and how small lifestyle changes can enhance our life and positively affect our ability to carry out our activities of daily living. Though this class is designed to address the needs of senior women, women of all ages are invited. Facilitator: Start Date: Time: Duration: Location:

Fran Blaskopf, M.S., Clinical Exercise Physiologist (franblas@optonline.net) Wednesday, October 2 10:30—11:30a.m. 3 Weekly Sessions TH 401

Forgiveness: Finding Peace Through Letting Go by Adam Hamilton There is nothing more crippling than holding on to anger. Anger, more than any other emotion, has the power to consume all aspects of our lives, distort our sense of purpose, and destroy our relationship with God. In this passionate and life-changing book, bestselling author Adam Hamilton brings his deep insight to the challenge of forgiveness. Hamilton argues that revelation comes when we realize that forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves rather than to someone else. He also contends that only when we learn to forgive others and ourselves can we truly receive forgiveness from God. Facilitator: Start Date: Time: Duration: Location: Cost:

Arlene McCollum (arlenemc63@gmail.com) Wednesday, September 25 7:00-8:30p.m. 4 Weekly Sessions Room 104 $11.00 for course materials (assistance available if needed)

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Advent Study – Day, Evening & Online! Almost Christmas: A Wesleyan Advent Experience by Magrey deVega In 1741, John Wesley preached his famous sermon titled "The Almost Christian" in which he encouraged people to follow Christ wholeheartedly. We should not be satisfied with being almost Christian but rather strive towards being altogether a Christian. In Almost Christmas: A Wesleyan Advent Experience, author and pastor Magrey deVega leads a group of authors to explore how we can make the same commitment to Christ during Advent, connecting our Wesleyan heritage with the traditional Advent themes of Love, Hope, Joy, and Peace. Evening: Facilitator: Start Date: Time: Duration: Location: Cost: Day : Facilitator: Start Date: Time: Duration: Location: Cost:

Kathy Grimwood (kggrim@gmail.com or 702-374-5301) Tuesday, November 26 7:00-8:30p.m. 4 Weekly Sessions Room 104 $12.00 for course materials (assistance available if needed) Rev. Deb De Vos (ddevos@catchthespirit.org or 908-852-3020 X17) Wednesday, November 27 Noon-1:00p.m. 3 Weekly Sessions TH 400 $12.00 for course materials (assistance available if needed)

Online: An online opportunity for any who prefer this way of connection or who cannot join an in-person small group for other reasons. Facilitator: Rev. Deb De Vos (ddevos@catchthespirit.org or 908-852-3020 X17) Start Date: Monday, November 25 Duration:

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4 Weeks $12.00 for course materials (assistance available if needed)


Determined: Living Like Jesus in Every Moment Imagine waking up every single day convinced that the twenty-four hours ahead of you are a precious gift to be used wisely. Now imagine that you know exactly how to spend them to be a force for God’s good. In this women’s study of Luke, we will follow the life and ministry of Jesus as we consider the choices he made on his way to the cross. We’ll intimately connect with a Savior who remained laser-focused on his mission to love the world. In return, we’ll receive a model for intentional living that we can replicate to ensure we are living each day to the fullest and making a difference for God’s kingdom. And together we’ll determine to embrace the abundant life we are promised in Jesus. It’s time to stop wandering and start living! Facilitator: Start Date: Time: Duration: Location: Cost:

Lois Spender (loisspender@gmail.com) Tuesday, September 24 7:00—9:00p.m. 6 Weekly Sessions , 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Upper Room $12.00 for course materials (assistance available if needed)

Foods of the Bible

Returning Fave!

The Bible tells us that Adam & Eve were tempted by Satan with an apple. Or does it? If God destroyed the earth with a flood, how did a dove bring an olive branch to Noah? How was Joseph instrumental in feeding all of Egypt? How many different foods are mentioned in the Bible? These are some of the questions we will discuss in our culinary journey through the Bible, which will include actual food preparation. As we digest The Word we will also digest some of the foods that are mentioned in the stories, in order to get a better understanding of how God uses food as symbolism. Facilitator: Start Date: Time: Duration: Location: Cost:

Scott Savokinas (SSavokinas@verizon.net) Thursday, October 3 6:00—7:30p.m. 6 Weekly Sessions Starr Hall/Kitchen $10.00 for food (assistance available if needed) 11


It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa TerKeurst Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely. We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness.

Lysa TerKeurst understands this deeply. But she's also discovered that our disappointments can be the divine appointments our souls need to radically encounter God. In It's Not Supposed to Be This Way, she invites us into her own journey of faith and, with grit, vulnerability, and honest humor. Facilitator: Start Date: Time: Duration: Location: Cost:

Cheryl Ferguson (cherylferguson00@gmail.com) Tuesday, October 1 7:00-8:30p.m. 6 Weekly Sessions Room 104 Participant Guide $11.00 Book $12.00 Both $22.00 (assistance available if needed)

Free of Me: Why Life Is Better When It’s Not About You by Sharon Hodde Miller Join us for a 6 week journey from a "Me" centered life to a God centered life. Learn four practical steps for focusing on God and others. Experience freedom from the burden of Self-focus. Facilitator: Start Date: Time: Duration: Location: Cost:

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Lynn Cameron (lynncam63@gmail.com) and Maureen Boer (maureen855@gmail.com) Wednesday, October 23, (Ends 12/4) 6:30—8:00p.m. 6 Weekly Sessions Room 104 Participant Guide $9.00 Book $10.00 Both $18.00 (assistance available if needed)


The Rewritten Life by Jessica La Grone Explore the transformational power of God through the stories of people in the Bible whose lives—and names—were changed forever by God. As you meet Abraham and Sarah, Jacob, Naomi, Daniel, Peter and an unnamed woman, you will discover how God rewrote their stories giving them new names and identities that were in line with God’s call on their lives. In her own dynamic and engaging teaching style, LaGrone connects the biblical stories to our own lives, showing us that God wants us to be just as intimately involved in rewriting our stories so that we may become and do all that God has planned for us—all for God’s glory. Facilitator: Start Date: Time: Duration: Location: Cost:

Jane Galley (janegalley@comcast.net) Wednesday, October 2 7:00—8:30p.m. 6 Weekly Sessions TH 402 $12.00 for course materials (assistance available if needed)

Which Way Lord? by Rob Fuquay As Christians, we hunger to know and live out God's purposes for our lives. But how do we know for certain that our choices are moving us in the right direction? Discover how to discern and follow God's leading, explore ways God can use you and your life experience, respond to God's signals, endure hardships and doubts, and persevere with hope and faith. Rediscover the truths that you are wonderfully made, created for purpose, and equipped to live a life of significance. Join us in traveling together to find your purpose. Facilitator: Start Date: Time: Duration: Location: Cost:

Glenn Ashton (glenn_a07803@yahoo.com) and Richard Wade (richard.wade@novartis.com) Thursday, September 26 7:00—8:30p.m. 6 Weekly Sessions Room 105 $10.00 for course materials (assistance available if needed) 13


A Literal Look at the Bible There are many ways to read and interpret scripture. As United Methodists we believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Some Christians use a literal interpretation as they study and apply scripture. This study will use that literal approach while exploring the last of Matthew’s five discourses with similar verses found in the gospels of Mark and Luke. These passages use apocalyptic or end of the world type language and refer to a time of great suffering. This study will look at the differences and similarities within the three accounts, their importance and more. Facilitator: Start Date: Time: Duration: Location:

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Garrett Glass (gjglass07@yahoo.com) Monday, October 7 7:00-8:30 p.m. 7 Weeks Room 105


Small Groups Meeting 8 or More Weeks Scripture in the Wesleyan Way The Bible was central to John Wesley’s faith and the Christian movement he founded. In Scripture and the Wesleyan Way, you will discover a Wesleyan approach to the Bible and the Christian life through a Bible study using Wesley’s own words. In this study, authors Scott and Arthur Jones use John Wesley’s sermons to illuminate the Bible passages at the heart of Wesley’s understanding of what it means to be a real Christian. Each chapter explores a key Scripture text and one of Wesley’s sermons on it. Through their insightful and engaging study, Bishop Jones and his son Arthur show how the teachings of Wesley address questions that many of us in the twenty-first century still struggle with today. Facilitator: Start Date: Time: Duration: Location: Cost:

Pat Riegler (pat.louriegler@gmail.com) Thursday, October 3 7:00-8:30 p.m. 8 Weeks Room 104 $13.00 for course materials (assistance available if needed)

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Boundaries with Kids As a parent, you want your kids to grow into healthy adults. You want them to take responsibility for their behavior, their values, their lives. But you wonder how to help get them there. You’ve discovered that simply telling them to “do the right thing” isn’t enough. Using the book, Boundaries with Kids, by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend, join us for this parenting small group as we explore the 10 boundary principles (drawn from Biblical principles) that kids need to know: • • • • • • • • • •

The Law of Sowing and Reaping (What Will Happen If I Do This?) The Law of Responsibility (Pulling My Own Wagon) The Law of Power (I Can’t Do It All, but I’m Not Helpless, Either) The Law of Respect (I’m Not the Only One Who Matters) The Law of Motivation (Life Beyond “Because I’m the Mommy”) The Law of Education (Pain Can Be a Gift) The Law of Proactivity (Tantrums Needn’t Be Forever) The Law of Envy (I Am Happier When I Am Thankful) The Law of Activity (Jump-starting My Engine) The Law of Exposure (Honesty is the Best Policy)

Through reading and discussion, see how important it is to establish healthy boundaries with your kids; they’re the bedrock of good relationships, maturity, safety and growth for your children and you. Facilitator: Start Date: Time: Duration: Location: Cost:

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Ginny Thorp (gthorp@catchthespirit.org) and Melissa Browns (mbrowns99@yahoo.com) Wednesday, October 2 7:00-8:30p.m. 8 Weekly Sessions Upper Room $11.00 for course materials (assistance available if needed)


On Death and Dying Wait, stop, don't breeze by this important, albeit difficult topic. We teach and are taught how to be good children, mind our manners, do well in school. We attend church and Sunday school. We are then encouraged to go off to college or get a good job, be successful in life. We may then get married and raise our own families continuing the cycle. In church we learn about the resurrection and that there is life after death. But where in all this learning and growing, do we learn about death and dying? We don't. It's a difficult topic to talk about. We avoid it. Unless we are forced into the difficult situation by a diagnosis or losing a friend or a loved one, a mom, a dad, or a child. Come gather with us to learn about death and dying. We will review the book "On Death and Dying" by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, MD. As a result of her research, there has been a profound change in the way the dying and their families are cared for. This eight-week study will review the five stages of grief that are experienced by people (and their families) journeying through the dying process. We will also share tools to help you (or a loved one) think through your (their) last wishes. We all know someone for whom this would be beneficial, please invite them. Facilitator: Start Date: Time: Duration: Location: Cost:

Pastor Sharon Hoff (shoff@catchthespirit.org) Thursday, September 26 7:00-8:15p.m. 8 Weekly Sessions Schmeal Conference Room (in office building) $11.00 for optional course materials (assistance avail able if needed)

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If you have lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend to death, it may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. You may have found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. You might feel isolated, confused, depressed, stuck, questioning. GriefShare is an opportunity for you to meet weekly with a group who will help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each session has three elements: video seminars with experts, supportive group discussion around the week’s focus, personal study and reflection. Facilitators: Start Date: Duration: Location: Cost:

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Joann Hoff (joann1420@yahoo.com) and Marybeth Caldara (mair23us@yahoo.com) Tuesday, September 10, 7:00-9:00p.m. 13 Weekly Sessions TH 401 $15.00 for course materials (assistance available if needed)


Small Groups that are Recurring Faith Girls (For girls in grades 3-5) The purpose of Faith Girls is to help the girls explore the emotional, spiritual and social aspects that come with this age group at this point in their journeys. The group will talk about friendships, family, environmental stressors, rules, boundaries, control over change, feelings, emotions and having a positive self-esteem through it all. Each week the group will focus on a devotion to help guide their discussion. There will also be a hands-on project to help reinforce the session for the girls. Because of our safe sanctuary policy, we are inviting the parents to take turns staying for a session. Each week, Mrs. Jones, will need at least one parent to be with her during the group. Facilitator: Start Date: Time: Duration: Location: Cost:

Colleen Jones (cdjonesfam@gmail.com) Wednesday, October 6 6:00-7:30p.m. Monthly, First Wednesday of the month Room 103 $20.00 for supplies for the year (assistance available if needed)

Food Journey (for those age 40 and up) Do you love to eat? Do you like to gather with great people for a wonderful meal and a fun time? Then this group may be for you. Food Journey is a 10 week journey held over a 10-month period. A journey in search of good fellowship and the best food. This first journey strives to find the best burger around these parts. Each of these is a Christ centered monthly event with conversation happening during a food-themed meal at a different restaurant each month. Facilitator: Start Date: Time: Duration: Location:

Sue Kenney (redlibrask@gmail.com) Saturday, October 12 Noon—? Monthly, Second Saturday of the month, October through August Various 19


Disciple Fast Track I: Becoming Disciples through Bible Study This study will devote half its time to the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible and the other half to the New Testament. Participants will do some daily reading and then gather to watch scholars present via video. The group will have discussion based on the readings and the presentation that includes life application. Facilitators: Intro. Date: Start Date: Duration: Location: Cost:

Cath Kanen (ckanen@comcast.net) Monday, September 30 , 7:00-8:00p.m. Monday, October 7 , 7:00-8:30p.m. 24 Weeks TH 403 $24.00 for course materials (assistance available if needed)

Disciple Fast Track III: Remember Who You Are Bible Study This study includes 12 sessions on the Old Testament Major and Minor Prophets (except Daniel) as well as 12 sessions on the letters traditionally attributed to Paul. Hosts will provide 3-5 minute video insights related to the week's session. Participants will have some daily reading and gather for discussion. Facilitators:

Rev. Deb De Vos (ddevos@catchthespirit.org or 908-8523020 X17) and Pat Riegler (pat.louriegler@gmail.com or 908-453-4191) Introduction: Sunday, September 29, 10:30 a.m. –12:00p.m. Start Date: Sunday, October 6, 10:30 a.m. –12:00p.m. Duration: Ongoing, September through May Location: Room 104 Cost: $24.00 for course materials (assistance available if needed) 20


Covenant Bible Study This in-depth study of the whole Bible emphasizes the biblical concept of covenant as a unifying pattern through all the books in the Old and New Testaments. It underscores the unique relationship that God chooses to have with us as God’s people. This relationship is grounded in the faithfulness of God’s love and on our ongoing commitment to stay in love with God while we share signs of that love with others. Facilitators: Start Date: Duration: Location: Cost:

Ginny Mitchell (vgmitch1219@gmail.com) or Mike White (mike0836@gmail.com) Tuesday, October 1 , 7:00-9:00p.m. September—May TH 403 $29.00 for course materials (assistance available if needed)

The Sew and Sews “Stitching for others and keeping each other in stitches” That’s our goal in Sew ‘n Sews. This small group of seamstresses/sewists works by hand and machine to make items that will be useful to people near and far. This past year we created hats and microwaveable heat packs for chemo and infusion patients, luo pads for GAiN in Mt. Joy, PA, and a sock monkey just for fun. This year we plan to add some quilting for GAiN, maybe items for Trinity’s “ Crafting for Miracles”, and possibly washable diapers to be sent to our Haitian dear ones. If all this, and a love of fellowship and laughter, sounds like it’s right up your alley, join us! Facilitators:

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JoAnn Heembrock (908-876-4462 or jheembrock@comcast.net) and Deb Tuxhorn (908-689-6455 or tuxhorns@comcast.net) Saturday, September 21, 1:00-3:00p.m. Third Saturday of the month, September through June Rotunda

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Sunday 10:30 Bible Study —See Disciple Fast Track (pg 20)

Adult Bible Study Not sure how to juggle your children’s KidVenture with family worship? Attend Bible Study the same time they’re in class and then worship as a family at the 10:45 service. This Bible Study is open to all interested in learning more about God’s Word. This group explores the meaning and application of the message of God's Good News for us today in various topics, based on the Adult Bible Study curriculum from Cokesbury. Facilitator: Start Date: Duration: Location:

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Anne Caamaño (908-852-3545) Sunday , September 8, 9:15-10:30a.m. September through May, weekly Room 100


Wednesday Bible Study This midday Bible Study explores various topics in short courses of 4-6 weeks at a time. Lively discussion, a supportive group around the table, and a safe place to ask questions and share ideas make this group a great place for you to come explore, whether you are new to Bible study or have been involved in many before. At times our studies are topical (prayer, women in the Bible), other times we study a book of scripture. This fall we will begin a study of Jesus’ parables. You are welcome to join any time. Facilitator: Start Date: Duration: Room:

Rev. Deb De Vos (ddevos@catchthespirit.org or 908852-3020 X17) Wednesday, September 18, Noon-1:00p.m., September through May, weekly TH 400

Men’s Bible Study We dive into scripture and ask what it means. What does it mean for our world? What does it mean in our lives? There’s always great fellowship and you need not register. Just show up when you can, and we’ll be there. We’ll be exploring books of the Bible of interest to the group. You are welcome. Facilitators: Start Date: Duration: Location:

Darrell Haytaian (dnlhaytaian@msn.com) Dr. Frank Fowler (ffowler@catchthespirit.org or 908-852-3020 Saturday, September 21, 7:00-8:00a.m. September through June, weekly Blue Room (in office building)

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Heath Village Bible Study This Bible study is provided for residents of Heath Village. Others are welcomed also. We come together in faith through scripture, faith sharing, and fellowship. We’ll explore scripture together and see how God speaks to us through it. You are welcome to join any time. Facilitators:

Hope and David Dingley (hhddpd@yahoo.com or 201-652-0889) Introduction; Wednesday, September 4, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Start Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2:00-3:00p.m. Duration: Monthly, 1st Wednesday, Sept.—May Location: Heath Village Activity Room

Christian Classics Book Group This group, formerly known as the C.S. Lewis book club has morphed into a group that will read a variety of authors that include classic fiction works by Christian authors such as J.R.R. Tolkein or contemporary theologians such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer and many others. We meet once a month to discuss the book we read. Conversations are lively and help to expand our understanding of our own faith journey through these varied works. Please join us as we engage with both fiction and non-fiction classics that help us explore our faith. Before our first meeting, please read The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Facilitator: Start Date: Duration: Location:

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Jerie Berkowitz (jerieberkowitz@yahoo.com) Sunday, October 20, 12:30-2:00p.m. Monthly, 3rd Sunday, October through May TH 401


Women’s Book Group Do you like to read? Would you like to meet new friends with Christ-centered values? Is your time limited? In the Women's Book Group we read independently then meet to discuss what we've read. We'll share points that caught our attention while sipping tea, sharing a snack and building relationships. The group chooses what we read. Here are some of the books we've read thus far: Accidental Saints, The Walk, The Loveladies, I am n, The Storm Inside, Keep it Shut, Devine-a novel. If you need a ride, one can be arranged for you. Join us! Facilitator: Start Date: Duration: Location:

Maggie Matthews (mmaggie0611@gmail.com) Wednesday, September 25, 7:00-8:30p.m. Twice Monthly, 2nd and 4th Wednesday, Sept.—May TH 403

Sister Share Sister Share is a Bible based study of topics for women. Our lessons are self contained for each session. We have lively discussions, prayer, and food for our souls, bodies and minds. Our ministry is to support those in the group and people of the church. Facilitators:

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Jackie Gebhard (jbgebhard@yahoo.com or 908-8132835) and Betsy Hart (hart410@comcast.net or 908-8522643) Wednesday, October 2, 7:30-9:00p.m. Twice Monthly, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, Sept.—May TH 401

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Contemplative Creators Crafters wanted! Do you knit, crochet, scrapbook, embroider, needlepoint, or do any other sort of craft? If so, come join us! We begin each session with scripture and a time of reflection. Then we eat, fellowship and work on whatever craft project we have. You can come whenever you are available. Join us at any time. Facilitators: Start Date: Duration: Location:

Rev. Deb De Vos (ddevos@catchthespirit.org or 908-852-3020 X17) and others Thursday, September 5, 12:00-1:00p.m. Every Thursday all year Blue Room (in office building)

Junior Prayer Shawl This fellowship ministry is intended for young people, age 8 and older, who wish to knit or crochet. Instruction and patterns will be provided. Although personal items will be made, the ultimate goal will be the creation of handmade item(s) that can be shared with one of Trinity’s missions (i.e. a blanket of crocheted squares for ASP, crocheted washcloths for Midnight Run). Facilitators:

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Ginny Thorp (gthorp@catchthespirit.org or 908-8523020) Pattie Huff (908-852-3020 x11) Debbie Tuxhorn (908-689-6455) and Cindy Neumann (908-637-6171) Wednesday, September 11, 4:30-5:30p.m. Monthly, 2nd Wednesday Room 104


Prayer Shawl No experience necessary. The purpose of the Prayer Shawl Ministry is to provide a "comfort gift" of care and concern in the form of a hand-crafted shawl for those in need. The group members minister to each other as they knit or crochet these beautiful shawls with love, prayers and blessings. Come and learn!! You are welcome to join anytime. Daytime Group Facilitators: Eileen Bozzuffi (908-689-8762) and Rosie Jepson (908-850-1577) Start Date: Monday, September 9, 1:15-2:45p.m. Duration: Monthly, 2nd Monday Location: Rotunda Evening Group Facilitators: Pat Bristow (908-852-1143) and Lorry Fulton (908-684-9235) Start Date: Monday, September 16, 7:00-8:30p.m. Duration: Monthly, 3rd Monday Location: Room 104

Soul of Creativity Our God is a god of creation. As created beings, we’ve all inherited the ability to create and express ourselves in unique ways. Creative expression can be a means for us to feed our souls, to learn about ourselves, to heal and connect with God in ways that enrich our faith journey. In this group, we’ll create places of personal expression and use our creativity experiments through a variety of art forms to open ourselves to God’s transforming work. Facilitator:

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Dawn Patterson (dawnpatterson53@comcast.net or 908-10-6496) Wednesday, September 11 , 7:00-8:30p.m. Monthly , 2nd Wednesday TH 400

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Stamping Angels—Evening Each participant will make 3-5 cards, one of which will be donated to the military, church or other organization. You will learn different techniques and make cards for all occasions, and fellowship with one another as you create. Facilitator: Start Date: Duration: Location: Cost:

Cindy Behler (ccbehler@gmail.com) Tuesday, September 10, 6:30-9:00p.m. Monthly, 2nd Tuesday all year TH 400 $15 per month for supplies

Stamping Angels—Daytime Each participant will make 3-5 cards, one of which will be donated to the military, church or other organization. You will learn different techniques and make cards for all occasions, and fellowship with one another as you create. Facilitator: Start Date: Duration: Location: Cost:

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Cindy Behler (ccbehler@gmail.com) Tuesday, September 10, 1:00-3:00p.m. Monthly, 2nd Tuesday all year TH 400 $15 per month for supplies


Lectio Divina Practice of Scripture Reading "Lectio Divina", is a Latin term, that means "divine reading". It describes a way of reading the Scriptures whereby we gradually let go of our own agenda and open ourselves to what God wants to say to us. Join us each week as we engage this practice using the scripture that will be preached on the upcoming weekend. As you begin to explore the passage early in the week, it will take root and allow you to encounter God in a transformational way. Facilitator: Start Date: Duration : Location:

Rev. Deb De Vos (ddevos@catchthespirit.org or 908-852-3020 X17) Tuesday, October 1, 7:00-8:00p.m. Every Tuesday , October through May TH402

Centering Prayer Want to grow more deeply in your prayer life? Want to create a habit of praying and dwelling in God’s presence? We’ll gather every week to practice the art of Centering Prayer. This is a type of silent prayer through which we learn to experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer into a receptive prayer of resting in God. You’re welcome to join at any time. Come as often as you can, but don’t worry if you need to miss. Group meets most Thursdays throughout the year, if you are new, please email Fran so we can expect you. Facilitator: Start Date: Duration: Location:

Fran Blaskopf (franblas@optonline.net) Thursday, September 19, 11:00 a.m.- Noon Every Thursday all year Rotunda

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Wiseman’s Journey This small group is designed for the Christian male age 50 and above. We will explore topics such as coping with retirement, the male grandparent, preventive medicine, social and personal relationships, the mature male and the church, and other topics of interest for the mature Christian male. We will read books, magazine articles and other print materials to gain information to enhance our discussions. You are welcome to join any time. Facilitators: Start Date: Duration: Location:

Claude Buchman (cabuchman@gmail.com) and Fred Bormann (memab13@verizon.net) Wednesday, September 4, 7:30-9:00p.m. Monthly, 1st Wednesday, September through May TH 400

GriefShare Cares This is a monthly support group and safe place to share your grief journey with others. Those who participate must have gone through the GriefShare program at least once. Facilitator: Start Date: Duration: Location:

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Lois Spender (loisspender@gmail.com) Tuesday, September 17, 7:00-9:00p.m. Monthly on the 3rd Tuesday, September through May TH 400


Martha Friendship Circle Trinity women and friends: You’re invited to attend this monthly UMW gathering of fun and fellowship. Each month we sing, pray, snack, and enjoy a special guest. We have an outstanding lineup of programs planned for this year. You are welcome to join anytime. Facilitators:

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Ginny Bormann (908-852-6431) and Lauren Mount(908-459-5493) Monday, September 9, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Monthly, 1st Monday, September through May (except January) The Grille at Heath Village

God in Many Faces God in Many Faces uses prayer, scripture, music, books, documentary film, daily email inspirations and other print resources to study and engage thoughtful dialogue about the work Christians are called to do in the ongoing quest for social justice and the beloved community. We share leadership and knowledge as we bring our hands, hearts, and minds together for God’s kingdom. We welcome new members at any time! Facilitator: Start Date: Duration: Location:

Tammy Bormann (tlbormann@comcast.net or 908-507-0127) Two Sundays per month, dates determined by group’s schedule, 9:00-10:30a.m. Ongoing, Twice monthly, September through May Blue Room (in office building)

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Trinity Garden Join the gardening effort any time! Have you noticed the garden in the back of the church property, near the brook? Through the summer and into the fall, plants will continue to ripen and be ready for harvesting and donating to the Lord’s Pantry to share with those in need in our community. Whether you are a master gardener or aren’t sure whether you’ve got a green or a black thumb, come join, learn, grow together as you help bountiful food and flowers grow. We need waterers, weeders, composters, harvesters, and more! We are constantly increasing our accessibility in the garden. There is now a ramp and a bed raised high enough that no bending over will be necessary. Contact Mary for more information and to find out how you can help! “One is nearer God's heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth.” (Dorothy Frances Gurney ) Facilitators: Start Date: Duration: Location:

Mary Brigode (maryloisbrigode@yahoo.com or 304-552-2021) and Cheryl Ferguson (cherylferguson00@gmail.com) Join Anytime Ongoing Garden area

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United Methodist Men All men (and women) are welcome to enjoy Christian fellowship together at our delicious monthly breakfast! Most months, a speaker comes to share information on a timely topic. Throughout the year, the UMM sponsors Boy Scout Troup #416, raises money for the Torgersen Scholarship through our annual Hoagie Sale, and hosts family friendly events such as minor league baseball games and bowling. Our Men’s Miracle Network provides support to people and families in need by providing manpower to do projects and transportation to such things as doctor appointments. Our goal is to foster community by strengthening men in Christ’s name. Facilitators:

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Bill Blaskopf (President, wblaskopf@newarka.edu or 201-841-2284) and Glenn Ashton (Vice President, glenn_a07803@yahoo.com or 908-230-6990) Saturday, September 14, 8:00-9:30a.m. Monthly, 2nd Saturday, September through June Starr Hall

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Middle School Ministry Middle School Ministry is a Christian fellowship group for students in Grades 6 through 8. We meet every Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:30p.m. Please note that we may vary the location to accommodate activities. We have gatherings that are designed to help us get acquainted and bond as a family in Christ, work together in local missions, and grow in our faith as Christians through our words and deeds. We hope you can join us! Facilitator: Start Date: Duration: Location:

Vania Stevenson (vstevenson@catchthespirit.org or 908-674-0200) Wednesday, September 11, 6:00 –7:30p.m. Weekly, September through May KidZone

High School Ministry High School Ministry is a Christian fellowship group for students in Grades 9 through 12. We meet every Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:30p.m. Please note that we may vary the location to accommodate activities. We have gatherings that are designed to help us get acquainted and bond as a family in Christ, work together in local missions, and grow in our faith as Christians through our words and deeds. We hope you can join us! Facilitator: Start Date: Duration: Location:

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Vania Stevenson (vstevenson@catchthespirit.org or 908674-0200) Wednesday, September 11, 7:0 –8:30p.m. Weekly, September through May KidZone


Not sure which ones to choose? Contact Pastor Deb at ddevos@catchthespirit.org or 908-852-3020 She’s happy to help you find the small groups that will work best for you in terms of your spiritual journey, your spiritual goals and your schedule. Remember to always invite a friend!

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Trinity Church is a BeADisciple.com Congregational Partner It is through this partnership that we are able to connect you with the various online groups you will find at the BeADisciple website.

This fall, you can connect to several online opportunities, which allow you to directly join a group with others around the world. These are excellent courses, ranging in length and intensity. You are welcome to explore the www.BeADisciple.com site for even more opportunities. In the future, we will continue to create our own online groups for the Trinity community. And we will also have the opportunity to create online small groups for the Trinity community in partnership with The Upper Room Ministries and Wesley Theological School. These are exciting ways to bring excellent, enlivening small group interaction and education to you wherever you are in ways that might better meet your availability than many of our in-person groups. To register for one of these groups, you will need to do so directly with BeADisciple.com. There is a fee associated with each course, which you will also pay directly to them. If you need any assistance or have any questions, please contact Rev. Deb De Vos (ddevos@catchthespirit.org or 908-852-3020 X17) BeADisciple.com is a ministry of the Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship. The Institute was founded at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas in 2001. The college is a United Methodist institution of higher education founded in 1885, and provides degrees for ministry vocations both on its residential campus and online. The Institute is “dedicated to providing educational opportunities that nurture and enrich Christian leaders – lay and clergy – for effective living and ministry.”

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The Academy for Spiritual Formation The Academy for Spiritual Formation is an experience of disciplined Christian community emphasizing holistic spirituality— nurturing body, mind, and spirit. The program is ecumenical in nature and meant for all those who hunger for a deeper relationship with God, including both lay and clergy persons. Each Academy fosters spiritual rhythms—of study and prayer, silence and liturgy, solitude and relationship, rest and exercise. Academy participants rediscover Christianity's rich spiritual heritage through worship, learning, and fellowship. In covenant community and at a personal level, participants find time and space to discern direction, make covenants, and practice commitments. The Academy for Spiritual Formation recognizes that the Holy Spirit is the enabling power in all Christian spiritual formation. It is designed to provide a setting where a spiritually disciplined community of lay and clergy can open their lives to receive God's love and grace so that they increasingly may become spiritual leaven within the Body of Christ. Source: http://academy.upperroom.org/about

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Two Year Academy Two-Year Academies meet in residence (in the same location) for five days each calendar quarter (total of 40 days). The first year (sessions 1-4) focuses on the inward journey with Christ; the second year (sessions 5-8) begins to shift to outward aspects of spiritual leadership. Throughout the two years, participants engage in spiritual practices of body, mind and spirit in the context of a supportive community. Between sessions, participants covenant to deepen their spiritual lives through journaling, spiritual direction, reading, and care of the physical body. First and second year covenant commitments provide a focus for spiritual growth and a focus for one's engagement in the world. To view other upcoming dates, cost and locations go to http:/academy.upperroom.org/about/two-year/

5-Day Academy Worship shapes the heart and soul of the Academy. With forty or fifty participants, the Academy community is just the right size for rich worship experiences. Following ancient practices, the day begins with Morning Prayer and closes with Night Prayer; we begin and end each day with God. The Sacrament of Holy Communion or Eucharist is celebrated every day as well, a time to "taste and see the goodness of the Lord." The Upper Room Worship book offers a wide variety of musical selections and liturgies that are theologically sound and appropriate for this spiritual formation journey. Throughout the week you will meet in a small group called a covenant group. Here you will be invited to reflect on your spiritual journey and share how God is working in you during the Academy. As the week goes on, the covenant group can be a sacred place for spiritual growth and intimacy. To view upcoming dates, cost and locations go to http://academy.upperroom.org/about/five-day

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Offerings by Day of the Week Sunday New Horizons ................................................................................................................ 7 A Way Forward Conversation ................................................................................ 8 Disciple Fast Track 3/10:30 Sunday Bible Study ........................................... 20 Adult Bible Study ......................................................................................................... 22 Christian Classics Book Group................................................................................ 24

God in Many Faces ....................................................................................................... 31

Monday Spiritual Gifts and our Discipleship Path ........................................................... 7 Advent Study Online—Almost Christmas ......................................................... 10 A Literal Look at the Bible ........................................................................................ 14 Disciple Fast Track 1 .................................................................................................. 20 Prayer Shawl Daytime ............................................................................................... 27 Prayer Shawl Evening ................................................................................................ 27 Martha Friendship Circle .......................................................................................... 31

Tuesday Advent Study Evening—Almost Christmas ..................................................... 10 Determined: Living Like Jesus in Every Moment ........................................... 11 It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way ......................................................................... 12

GriefShare ....................................................................................................................... 18 Covenant Bible Study ................................................................................................. 21 Stamping Angels Day & Evening ............................................................................ 28 Lectio Divina .................................................................................................................. 29 GriefShare Cares ........................................................................................................... 30

Wednesday Guiding Ourselves to Wellness ............................................................................... 9 Forgiveness: Finding Peace Through Letting Go ........................................... 9 Advent Study Daytime—Almost Christmas ...................................................... 10 Free of Me: Why Life Is Better When It’s Not About Me ............................. 12 The Rewritten Life ....................................................................................................... 13 Boundaries with Kids ................................................................................................. 16

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Offerings by Day of the Week—continued Wednesday—Continued Faith Girls ........................................................................................................................ 19 Wednesday Bible Study ............................................................................................. 23 Heath Village Bible Study.......................................................................................... 24 Sister Share ..................................................................................................................... 25

Women’s Book Group................................................................................................. 25 Junior Prayer Shawl .................................................................................................... 26 Soul of Creativity .......................................................................................................... 27 Wisemen’s Journey...................................................................................................... 30 Middle School Ministry .............................................................................................. 34 High School Ministry .................................................................................................. 34

Thursday Foods of the Bible ........................................................................................................ 11 Which Way Lord? ......................................................................................................... 13 Scripture in the Wesleyan Way .............................................................................. 15 On Death and Dying .................................................................................................... 17 Contemplative Creators............................................................................................. 26

Centering Prayer .......................................................................................................... 29

Friday Women Growing in Faith Retreat ......................................................................... 6

Saturday Fall Day Apart ................................................................................................................ 6 Food Journey .................................................................................................................. 19

The Sew and Sews........................................................................................................ 21 Men’s Bible Study ......................................................................................................... 23 United Methodist Men................................................................................................ 33

Days vary Trinity Garden ............................................................................................................... 32 40


Offerings by Category Bible Study Determined: Living Like Jesus in Every Moment ........................................... 11 A Literal Look at the Bible ........................................................................................ 14 Scripture in the Wesleyan Way .............................................................................. 15 Disciple Fast Track 3/10:30 Sunday Bible Study ........................................... 20 Disciple Fast Track 1 .................................................................................................. 20

Covenant Bible Study ................................................................................................. 21 Adult Bible Study ......................................................................................................... 22 Men’s Bible Study......................................................................................................... 23 Wednesday Bible Study............................................................................................. 23 Heath Village Bible Study ......................................................................................... 24

Book Groups Christian Classics Book Group................................................................................ 24 Women’s Book Group ................................................................................................ 25

Life Experience New Horizons ................................................................................................................ 7 A Way Forward Conversation ................................................................................ 8 Guiding Ourselves to Wellness ............................................................................... 9

On Death and Dying .................................................................................................... 17 GriefShare ....................................................................................................................... 18 Faith Girls ........................................................................................................................ 19 Food Journey.................................................................................................................. 19 The Sew and Sews ....................................................................................................... 21 Wisemen’s Journey...................................................................................................... 30 GriefShare Cares ........................................................................................................... 30 Martha Friendship Circle .......................................................................................... 31 God in Many Faces ....................................................................................................... 31 Trinity Garden ............................................................................................................... 32 United Methodist Men ............................................................................................... 33 Middle School Ministry.............................................................................................. 34 High School Ministry .................................................................................................. 34 41


Offerings by Category– Continued Prayer with Creativity Junior Prayer Shawl ....................................................................................................26 Contemplative Creators .............................................................................................26 Prayer Shawl Daytime ................................................................................................27 Soul of Creativity ..........................................................................................................27 Prayer Shawl Evening ................................................................................................27

Stamping Angels Day & Evening ............................................................................28

Retreats Women Growing in Faith Retreat..........................................................................6 Fall Day Apart ................................................................................................................6

Spiritual Disciplines Spiritual Gifts and our Discipleship Path............................................................7

Centering Prayer ..........................................................................................................29 Lectio Divina...................................................................................................................29

Topical Studies Forgiveness: Finding Peace Through Letting Go.............................................9 Advent Study Online, Day & Evening ...................................................................10 Foods of the Bible.........................................................................................................11

Free of Me: Why Life Is Better When It’s Not About Me .............................12 It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way..........................................................................12 Which Way Lord? .........................................................................................................13 The Rewritten Life .......................................................................................................13 Boundaries with Kids .................................................................................................16 Sister Share .....................................................................................................................25

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