SMALL GROUPS AND STUDIES

 
 
 
 
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Women’s Retreat

 
Join us for Saturday, August 6th, 9am-4pm at Powell UMC. Cost is $25.00, scholarships are available. Lunch will be provided. Click HERE to register. Questions, contact Rebecca Brownlee, rebeccabrownlee@powellumc.org
or Kim La Rue, kimlarue@powellumc.org

SUMMER WEBCAST WITH PASTOR KATYA

Summer Webcast on YouTube with Pastor Katya will read and discuss The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby on Wednesdays at 8pm, June 22-July 27. Jemar Tusby takes readers back to the roots of sustained racism and injustice in the American Church. Tibsy provides an in-depth diagnosis for a racially divided American church and suggests ways to foster a more equitable and inclusive environment among God’s people. Purchase your own book and register HERE.
 

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
 

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.
 

Lucy Depp Settlement – A Local Historic Black Community
A Day of Faith “Looking Back and Moving Forward
Saturday, July 9th 9am-3pm
 
Join us for a day of learning and reflection about a local historic Black community that continues today – Lucy Depp Settlement. Gary and Gwyn Stetler who lived there from 1996- 2016 will speak about its history and continued legacy.
 
We will start our day at the church at 9:00 with coffee, doughnuts, and devotions. Then Gwyn, and Gary will speak about the deep history of the Lucy Depp Settlement – their life there, the research into the community’s past struggle, desire for freedom, and everyday courage.
 
At noon we have the unique opportunity, to move to Lucy Depp Park for a soul food picnic lunch on the bank of a pond that has a meaningful story. We will be able to tour the barn and then the historic cemetery. There will be time for reflection on the bravery of the past and God’s ever-present call to act justly and love mercy. Our day will conclude at 3pm at the park.
 
A modest cost of $15 per person will help defray the cost of materials and lunch. When we move to the park there will be some moderate walking involved for the tour. Dress in walking shoes and for the weather.
 
Register your interest HERE.
A link to officially to register will come later.
 
Facilitated by Kim La Rue & Diane Thomas. Questions, Kim La Rue, kimlarue@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. We are studying “Seven Deadly Sins” looking at the classic list of sins through the ages and how they impact our lives and help us recognize our need for a Savior. On May 17, Ryan and Mariellyn Grace will be with TMG to show their new travelogue: “Footprints on the Foothills”, a look at what’s happened in the Appalachian foothills of southeast Ohio where there is a growing network of people who are building local, sustainable ways of life.
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!
Spiritual Rhythm: Being with Jesus Every Season of Your Soul by Mark Buchanan begins April 21. Comparing the our spiritual seasons with the
meteorological seasons, this study helps us move forward in our Christian journey. With the lyrical
writing for which he is known, the author invites us to respond to every season of the heart, whether we are flourishing and fruitful, stark and dismal, or cool and windy. As he draws on the powerful words of Scripture, we’ll explore what activities are suitable or necessary in each season. Join us for lively discussion and deep learning. Purchase your own book. 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 June 16 we will be reading Footnotes; Major Lessons from Minor Bible Characters by Julie Lyles Carr. We’ll have great conversations about the backstories of these people whose lives of faith should not be underestimated. 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

Secrets of the Happy Soul by Katie Orr begins April 22 at 9:30 am for five weeks. Using the book of Psalms, the author helps us recognize how the world’s definition of happiness pales compared to the daily delights God has in store for us. We can draw closer to
him, and your soul will go from lonely to connected, from overwhelmed to level and led, from aimless to commissioned and unique. Join us for a great study and meaningful discussion. You will need to purchase your own book.
Register HERE.
 
Contact facilitato 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. Our next study, The Case For A Creator, by Lee Stroebel starts January 24th. In recent years, a diverse and impressive body of research has increasingly supported the conclusion that the universe is intelligently designed. You’ll encounter the mind-stretching discoveries that present astonishing evidence. Join Storbel as he examines the theories that once led him away from God. 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:
 
June 1: Midnight Library, by Matt Haig
July 6: The Lincoln Highway, by Amor Towles
August 3: The Last House on the Street, by Diane Chamberlain
 
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.
Watch for dates of the next seminar.
Registration is required. 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.
Watch for upcoming dates! Click on the link below for more information.
 
 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