The Saint John’s Bible Small Group – New Winter Small Group
Explore the illuminations (artwork) and calligraphy (written text) of the Saint John’s Bible. Hear how this illuminated Bible was created and how it is being used at Incarnation and in the community to ignite spiritual imaginations. Experience the faith practice of Visio Divina to see and hear how the illuminations speak to you and to others. Led by Grant Rykken. Find out more or register: firstname.lastname@example.org
12 Tiny Things: Moms of Preschoolers
Connect with other moms! This small group will get together to meet one another and share life experiences in a faith setting. Each gathering will focus on a topic from the book, 12 Tiny Things by Heidi Barr and Ellie Roscher. The book has short, easy to read chapters (attend even if you haven’t had a chance to read). The group will meet from late October to early May, once or twice a month. Leaders: Laurie Vinyon and Pastor Janet Karvonen-Montgomery. Childcare for infants to kindergarteners while space is available. Register: email@example.com.
Interested in another group using 12 Tiny Things? This group has started, but we’d like to hear about your interest. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions God Asks Us Small Groups
Dive into the book, Questions God Asks Us, by Trevor Hudson, in a small group that gathers for five sessions. Trevor Hudson explores the Bible as a book of questions from God to us, drawing from stories in the Old and New Testament. God wants to enter into a conversational relationship with each one of us. God asks questions and our answers draw us into a relationship of deeper sharing with God. Order your book at: Cokesbury or other booksellers. To express interest in a group using Questions God Asks Us, contact Denise Floe at email@example.com
Writing for the Soul Small Group
Explore writing as a spiritual practice as you connect with others in this new small group. Whether you consider yourself a writer or not, this group is for you. Kathy Ginsbach, the group facilitator, will introduce a variety of approaches to writing, accessible to writers of all levels. Topics will dip into writing from the heart, fluency, laments/prayers and poetry. This group will meet via Zoom for four sessions, every other week, to learn about and experience writing for the soul. Sessions will include time for writing and sharing (optional), with opportunities to write between gatherings (optional). To express interest in a writing group, contact Denise Floe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Living Less Distracted Small Group
Distractions—they are all around us! You may be distracted by something else right now while reading this! While it may seem like distractions are simply an annoyance, truthfully, they also pull us away from our purpose and from the people who we care about. It may seem like we are paying attention, but our minds are elsewhere. This small group will connect every other week on Sunday morning to watch and talk about a video series by Bob Goff, Undistracted. Through Bob Goff’s exuberant storytelling and meaningful conversations in the group, the group will move closer to what matters most in our faith, our relationships and our life purpose. Led by Kristi Jacobson and Grant Rykken, this group will meet for five gatherings. The group will be hybrid with participation in person and by Zoom available. Interested in a future group or being placed on an interest list? This group has filled, but we are interested in starting another group. Contact Denise Floe at email@example.com.
Small Group: Honoring and Learning About My Neighbor’s Faith
This small group, led by Vernita Kennen, will look at how the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) beliefs and practices are similar to and/or different from our closest neighbors in faith. We’ll look at what it means to be partners with other denominations and learn about the ELCA full partners in ministry such as the Presbyterian Church, the United Church of Christ and the Reformed Church. The group will also explore other faith traditions such as Anabaptist churches, the Seventh Day Adventists, and the Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Learning and sharing will help us appreciate our neighbor’s faiths and enable us to feel more comfortable worshipping with them. It will also enable us to understand how to make others feel more welcome when they visit our congregation. Honoring Our Neighbor’s Faith (Robert Buckley Farlee, Augsburg Fortress Press) and other titles will be used as resource material. For more information or to register: Vernita Kennen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested in a future group or being placed on an interest list? This group has filled, but we would still like to hear from you. Contact Denise Floe at email@example.com.
Continuing Small Groups
Sunday Morning Small Group
Topic: Variety of faith studies
When/Where: Once/month on Sundays, on a rotating schedule (after 9:00 am worship or before 10:30 a.m. worship) at Incarnation
Leader: Grant Rykken
More information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Knitting/Needlework Small Group
Topic: Bring your own knitting/needlework and share in a short devotion
When/Where: Once/month on Mondays, 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Zoom
Leader: Ruth Tillquist
More information: email@example.com
Thursday Evening Small Group for Women
Topic: Book study and fellowship/service activities for women (moms of middle/high school students)
When/Where: Twice/month on Thursday evenings, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Incarnation
Leaders: Sonya Wilson
More information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Connecting Threads Small Group
Topic: Bring your own needlework projects (knitting, embroidery…)
When/Where: Once/month on Tuesday evenings, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Incarnation
Leader: Cindy Spellman
More information: email@example.com
How do I sign-up?
Tell us you’re interested in a small group by contacting Denise Floe,Director of Small Group Ministry, at firstname.lastname@example.org.