SMALL GROUPS AND STUDIES

 
 
 
 
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The Chronicles of Narnia

 
Save the date: Beginning Wednesday, August 10th at 1pm or 7pm through November 16th, a study on The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. This fascinating fantasy of well-known fame has many images of our life of faith and our understanding of God and Christ. You will need to purchase your own book or check the books out from your local library. Watch for more information, and sign up below. Facilitated by Mary Ring & Kim La Rue.
 
Register HERE.
 
Facilitated by Kim La Rue & Mary Ring. Questions, Kim La Rue, kimlarue@powellumc.org.
 

The Floodgates Are Open
 

There are times when it feels like the floodgates are open. Our expectations of ourselves and others are very high. Life seems to be lived at a frenetic pace…like everything is moving so fast, we can’t keep up. It can be distressing and overwhelming.
 
And other times we are flooded with joy! Life is good! Things are clipping along at a happy, sailing-along kind of pace. Everything is going well and all our loved ones are safe and secure.
 
This summer seems like a “floodgates are open” kind of year. And in our collective community, both of these realities are true. What keeps us on track is our undergirding of faith. We know deep in our souls that being Disciples of Christ keeps us from sinking when we are overwhelmed and keeps us from getting too comfortable when things are great.
 
Join us by signing up and letting us know how you do. Summer reading is from June 1 – August 31. The floodgates are open and anything is possible! You can do it! You can fill your summer with reading, be inspired and win a prize!
 
For more details click on the links below:
***These brochures are also available in hard copy in the Main Hall.***
 
To register, click HERE.
 
Questions, contact kimlarue@powellumc.org
 

DISCIPLE II FAST TRACK

Disciple II Fast Track is a 24 week study. The sub-title is “Into the Word, Into the World”. It is appropriate since the Disciple I class tells us what it means and how to be a Disciple. This second study continues to ground us in scripture and pushes us out of the nest to do what we’ve been called to do in the world. This study connects the inner life of the Spirit to the outer life of God’s work in the world by studying Genesis, Exodus, Luke and Acts.
 
The prerequisite to taking this class is that you have completed the Disciple I study at some point. Disciple II will begin on Tuesday, October 4. Must register to receive all the information and allow the facilitators to be prepared with materials. Facilitated by Jeff Firkins & Kim La Rue
 

Youth Summer Book Study

This 8 week summer study will begin on Wednesday, June 22. We will meet each week from 6-7:30pm. Current youth families and those with incoming 6th graders are invited to join. This study will explore the book Your Teenager is Not Crazy by Jeramy and Jerusha Clark and will be facilitated by Drew Thiele and Kim La Rue. Register HERE. Please purchase your book individually! Order book from Amazon. Questions, contact Hannahvanmeter@powellumc.org.
 

TUESDAY MORNING GROUP (TMG)

This group meets on Tuesdays at 10:00-11:30am. This group are vibrant retired folks studying a wide variety of topics. By bringing together life lessons and creating fellowship they support each other at this stage of life.
Summer picnic dates are:
June 28th
July 26th
August 30th 
All are welcome!
 
Contact facilitator, Dave Woodyard, dljawoody@msn.com
for details and times.

THURSDAY MORNING GROUP

This class meets on Thursdays at 10:00-11:30am. It is a hybrid class. You can come in person or use the Zoom technology to attend.
This group is multi-generational, both men and women. We study books that relate to scripture. You are welcome to join at any time!
Hope for Hard Times by Magre DeVega begins July 14. Your story of hurt, heartache, and hopelessness has been heard, and God has a message for you: don’t give up, don’t lose hope. It’s the same message God gave to Elijah when he was so alone he hid in a cave. Join us for discussion and applying these lessons to our everyday lives. Purchase your own book. Sept 1 and Sept 8 we will watch Nooma videos from Rob Bell. Facilitated by Kim La Rue & Mary Ellen Hatton
Register here.
 
Contact facilitator Kim La Rue
for the zoom link or questions.
 

THURSDAY EVENING GROUP

This class meets on Thursdays at 7:00pm. This class for women is perfect for our life and times. We deal with many different seasons in our lives. This is a hybrid class. You can come in person or use the Zoom technology. Beginning July 28 we will be reading Isaiah; Striving Less and Trusting God More, by Melissa Spoelstra. Using the genres of poetry, narrative, and prophecy, the prophet Isaiah communicated clearly that followers of God could trust in Him. Unpacking Isaiah’s words will reveal that you can trust God more than your own human effort or the counterfeits the world suggests. Join us for great conversation and wonderful fellowship. You will need to purchase your own book.
 
Register here.
 
 
Facilitators, Kristina Mackenzie and Kim La Rue, mackenzie.kristina@yahoo.com 

H2O Women’s Group

For women of all ages supporting each other with wisdom and perspectives through the studies we choose.
We will start back on August 19th!
 
Register HERE.
 
Contact facilitator lynda.wiley@gmail.com for more information.
 

Upper Room Devotion

 
This group meets Mondays at 9:15am and is facilitated by Pat Paren. Discussions each week will be based on the previous Wednesday’s devotional in the Upper Room devotional book. Contact Pat Parren, patparren@yahoo.com for more information.
 

MEN OF IRON

This group meets on Mondays, 6:30-8:00pm for great discussion, fellowship and learning to grow in faith. We are on break for the summer. Watch for fall class information! Contact Brian Riddle with questions.
 
If you are interested in joining, contact Brian Riddle.

LILY CIRCLE

  • Meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00-8:30pm. 
  • Activities include: Chili Dinner, Cookie Walk, Book Studies, Used Book Sale (benefiting missions), and Free Store meal preparation.
Contact Peggy Meredith davepeg77@hotmail.com for more info.

W.H.A.T. IF?!

(Women Having Adventures in Faith Together)
 
What if you wanted to try something you have never done before? What if you had a supportive group of women to cheer you on? ALL women, ages 18-100, are welcome to come and try something new in a fun, nurturing and supportive environment.
Watch for upcoming events!
Questions about W.H.A.T. IF?!, contact Kathy Nissenbaum,

CONNECTING THREADS

This creative group connects through Christian fellowship, prayer, and the creation of quilts to give away! All are welcome, even if you don’t sew! 
For more information, contact Nancy Tela at nancyrtela@gmail.com
 

FINDING GOD IN BEST SELLERS

We find God in unlikely places. Each month read a different book for discussion with the group. We meet at the Scrambler’s on Rt 23 in Lewis Center. Upcoming reads:
 
September 7: The Golden Couple, by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
October 5: This Time Tomorrow, by Emma Straub
November 2: The Exiles, by Chridtina Baker Kline
December 7: Finding Me, A Memoir, by Viola Davis
 
 
All are welcome. If you are interested in joining email Joy Waldron, jkw71550@gmail.com.
 
Registration is open!
Click HERE to register and for more information.
 
Questions, Contact Megan Ricci at mopspumc@gmail.com or
Rebecca Brownlee at rebeccabrownlee@powellumc.org.
For more information about MOPS, check out the national site at mops.org.

If you are frustrated that people just don’t understand that you are grieving or wonder how you can ever feel a small bit of joy in life again, please join us for GriefShare. This 13-week study is for anyone who has lost a spouse, partner, child, family member or friend to death. It addresses the issues that we encounter in grief.
Begins January 9, 2023
Register HERE. There is a $10.00 registration fee due at the time of registration.
 
For more information contact Kim La Rue, kimlarue@powellumc.org
or Karen Jordan, kkjordankb@gmail.com
 
 
 

DISCERNMENT

 
The class is a unique opportunity to explore Spiritual Discernment… that is, figuring out what God is trying to tell us, or where God is leading, or making a decision that seems that we should consider God’s input. The class will be a commitment and a blessing all at the same time.
January 31, February 7, 6:30-8:30pm. There will be a 6-week break and the final session will be March 21, 6:30-8:30pm. These sessions will be via Zoom to reach all people throughout the conference. Click on the link below for more information and to register.
 
 These sessions are facilitated by Kris Shoaf, a deaconess in the United Methodist Church and
Kim La Rue, certificated in Spiritual Formation.
 
Click here for more information and a video. https://www.westohioumc.org/laitydiscernment