Spiritual Care & Development

First Monday:

On November 5, First Monday has a special gathering with a catered turkey dinner from J.L. Richards ($9 at the door, please reserve your spot by Monday, Oct. 29). We celebrate our fellowship together, and give thanks to God with grateful hearts for the many gifts we have received. We will also hear from Susan and Walker Shedivy about the kayaking trip they took to Isle Royale this summer.

Looking ahead, mark your calendars for December 3rd for our First Monday Christmas Carol sing-a-long. Come for a festive celebration of the season.

First Mondays is a gathering of folks aged 50+ who meet for fellowship and fun on the first Monday of each month, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. We meet in the Great Room at PUMC for a potluck lunch (except for November’s catered turkey dinner) followed by the program. Bring a friend and a dish to pass. If you have questions about First Monday, please contact Pastor Kate, ksweet@peoplesumc.org.

Growth Group Update:

Did you know that People’s Church has all different kinds of Growth Groups? This fall we had an exciting number of very different groups!

One new group is called “Play and Pray,” a group for families with preschool children. There are four families participating in this group together. We eat dinner at Wednesday Night Supper, and then stay for a time of reading stories, singing songs, playing games, and making crafts—all focused on growing in faith as a family. So far we have made “play doh prayers,” learned about the Fruit of the Spirit, read the book God’s Dream and made rainbow collages, and put together “family blessing books.” Our final session will include making a family advent wreath.

But that’s not all—this fall we also have a group studying the Gospel of John, one group going deeper into anti-racism work through the book Anxious to Talk About It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully about Race, and two groups applying what we’re learning together on Sunday mornings through sermon series discussions.

Although each of these groups is very different, the thread that pulls them all together is that they help us accomplish our mission: to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We do this by connecting with God and each other, growing in our faith, and learning how to live out this faith in our daily lives and world.

Is there something you’d love to see covered in a group? Is there a topic, book, or issue that you’d like to explore further with others? Do you think you might like to lead a group? Please let me know—the Discipleship Team is always looking for more ideas about how to best to grow in faith together.

Grace and peace,

Kate Sweet, Pastor of Spiritual Care & Development ksweet@peoplesumc.org


Sue Koch