Spiritual Care & Development

First Monday:

The final First Monday gathering of the year will be May 7, before we take a break for the summer. We will hear from Wendy Goist-Jones, who will share what it was like to be part of the relief effort in Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

First Monday is a gathering of folks aged 50+ who meet for fellowship and fun on the first Monday of each month (September-May), 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. We meet in the Great Room at PUMC for a potluck lunch 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.

Mini-Growth Group Season:

There will be two four-week Growth Groups starting in May, focused on two of our mission priorities: Environment and Race. It’s a great way to “try out” a Growth Group if you’ve been curious, but not sure you wanted to commit to a longer group!

Green Living Growth Group: Go deeper into issues of climate change, Earth care, and how to live out our faith everyday through wise stewardship of our resources. Led by Alan Capelle and Mary Malone. Monday Evenings, 6:30-7:30, April 30, May 7, 14, and 21.

“Waking Up White” Growth Group: This group will go through the memoir Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, by Debbie Irving. Irving “works with other white people to transform confusion into curiosity and anxiety into action.” Led by Pastor Jason Mahnke, Karin Davidson, and Jenna Jacobson. Wednesday Evenings, 6:30-7:30, May 2, 9, 16, and 23.

If you have any questions regarding Growth Groups, please contact Pastor Kate, ksweet@peoplesumc.org.

Prayer Labyrinth:

Did you know that we have a prayer labyrinth installed in our church garden? As the weather gets warmer, walking the Labyrinth is a great way to experience a new kind of prayer that involves the whole body.

People from many different cultures all around the world have used labyrinths as spiritual tools for centuries. They can be found in Greece, Ancient Rome, Asia, and in cathedrals in Europe. A Labyrinth is not a maze—there’s no getting lost. You simply follow the path until you get to the middle, and then follow the path back out again. Here are a few tips for walking the labyrinth:

  • Take a moment of silence to settle your spirit. This may be through paying attention to your breath or listening to what you hear in the surroundings.
  • As you begin, offer a prayer of intention to God: “In this walk, I offer You ________. Open my heart to hear your voice.”
  • During your walk, focus on your breath, your steps, or a focus word/phrase. If other thoughts pop up (to-do list, emotions, concerns, etc.) acknowledge the intrusion and offer it to God.
  • When you reach the center of the labyrinth, pause for as long as you would like. Some people view this spot as a place of receiving whatever it is that God has for you to take back out into the world.
  • As you head back out, don’t rush. Consider what God may be inviting you to explore and take with you out of this labyrinth experience.

If you’d like to learn more about the prayer labyrinth, please talk to Pastor Kate, ksweet@peoplesumc.org.

Sue Koch