Food for the Soul
ADULT ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS
Pastoral Care: Sharing the Journey
Each of our ministers is available to offer personal support at any time. They can be reached at their homes as listed below, or by contacting the church office where confidential voice-mail boxes are accessible for each of them. Additionally, they offer support to those in hospitals and nursing homes and confined within their own homes. People needing support and encouragement might also meet with a minister in the church offices to share some of the struggles they are facing. Pastoral Care is always confidential.
Our adult forums provide an opportunity to hear speakers of special interest. The forums are held in the Sheffield Auditorium on Sunday mornings between the 9 am and 11 am worship services, from mid-September through May. The title of the forum and information on the topic are available in our monthly newsletter.
Becky Crosby leads several multi-week sessions, of Bible Study throughout the year. Usually one in the Fall, Winter and Spring. In these sessions people gather to read and interpret together and share their ideas. A spirit of fellowship is enjoyed and newcomers are always welcome! The current schedule is available in the monthly newsletter.
Grief Support Group
Joan Priest meets once each month to offer support and encouragement to all those who are struggling with grief of any kind: the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, or a difficult life transition. The group meets on Friday mornings at 10 am. Newcomers are always welcome. Call the church office for the next meeting date.
Care-Givers Support Group
This group meets to share their experiences and challenges in taking care of a loved one who has special needs. Joan Priest leads this group, which meets once a month on a Friday morning at 10 am. The group is always open to newcomers. The next meeting date is available in the monthly newsletter or by calling the church office.
AA meetings are held in our Parish House facility on Monday nights at 7:30 throughout the year. There is also a meeting held here on Tuesday afternoons, beginning at 1:30. These meetings are led by AA leaders, and are listed in AA meeting schedule publications.
LBS luncheons and fellowship
Our “Ladies Benevolent Society” has deep roots! It was founded over 100 years ago. Historically it gathered together the women of our congregation for fellowship and benevolent work: rolling bandages during WWI, knitting hats and gloves for our service men in subsequent wars, and raising money to help in special projects of our own church community. In recent years they have expanded to include the men of our congregation! Each year the LBS organizes and runs our White Elephant Sale, held each year in July, which raises a great deal of money for the work of benevolences.
Monthly luncheons are held, with speakers of interest, on one Tuesday in the months of October, November, December, March, April and May. At these luncheons people enjoy not only good food but good conversation and fellowship. All are welcome, though a call into the church office to make a reservation is very helpful. Also call the office to learn about the next luncheon date on the schedule.
Book Study Groups
Several times each year a study group, under the leadership of Carleen Gerber (along with Steve Jungkeit, Martha Beaudoin, Tom Whitaker, Scott Harris or others) convenes to talk together about a book of special interest. Recent groups have discussed Matthew Desmond’s Evicted, Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, Marilyn Robinson’s Lila, and Thomas Pikeyty’s Capital in the Twenty-first Century. Typically these groups meet following the 11 am worship service and everyone brings their own light lunch to the gathering. The monthly newsletter will have information about the next book to be read.
Walt’s Pottery Studio
Nearly fifteen years ago, a member of our congregation donated the money to fund a pottery studio in memory of her husband, “Walt.” This studio is located in the basement of our Parish House. The studio contains wheels on which the pottery is “thrown,” as well as the kiln in which it is fired and an assortment of clays and finishes. Our potters offer lessons periodically in their craft. The studio is accessible to our members and friends, under the direction of one of our master potters. Once a year the artists donate a collection of their work as the basis for our “Soup-Bowl Supper.” At this event $15.00 buys you unlimited access to soups donated from local restaurants. It is a night of wonderful fellowship. The money raised supports our in-house food pantry and soup kitchen. The supper is usually held in February.
Writing from the Spirit
The writing group meets from October thru April on alternate Wednesdays at 3:30 pm in the Hoag Parlor (in the Parish House). All writers of prose or poetry are welcome. Participants bring some work of their own to share, or a poem or short prose piece by a favorite author. This is an appreciative and supportive group! People interested in joining should call Vicki Murphy, leader of the group, at (860) 767-662-5038.
The poetry-reading group meets from October through April on alternate Wednesdays at 4:30 pm in the Hoag Parlor (Parish House). Scheduling is in rotation with the Writing from the Spirit Group. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in our readings. Those interested in joining the group should contact Alan Bradford at (860)434-0247 or firstname.lastname@example.org or just show up! Texts will be provided.