Spiritual growth groups at St. Thomas are self-organizing. They come about when a few people are passionate about an idea, a way of serving others, a path to insight, a certain book of poems and prayers, or something else that seems like it should be shared. Groups change in response to people’s interests. We’ve had a Men’s Group, an Artists’ Group, a Young Woman’s group – and we could have those groups again, if anyone wanted to start one. New ideas are welcome too!
As of November 2018, these spiritual growth groups that are currently meeting or getting started. Contact information for each group is in the November Newsletter.
The Locavores meet about once a month between services and have offered programs to the whole church on topics around faithful and prudent farming and food preparation.
The Iona Prayer Group: The Iona Prayer Group meets together to pray using the Iona Community method of prayer. The Iona Community is an ecumenical Christian community of women and men who seek to live out the Gospel in a way that is radical, inclusive and relevant to life in the 21st century (https://iona.org.uk/). Meeting dates and times TBD.
Lively Older Lutherans: If you are a retired member of our congregation, join us for fellowship, lunch, and conversation. Enjoy a Wednesday soup and bread (and dessert, of course) lunch at church. Volunteers can provide soup, bread, dessert, or all three! Coffee will be provided. We’ll discuss future meetings andideas for activities. We will be meeting Wednesdays, 12 noon, STLC Room 16/17, starting November 7th.
Intergenerational Fiber Arts Group: Bring a craft to work on, learn a new craft, enjoy fellowship a conversation, and munch on some snacks! Create your own project, collaborate on a project, or work on a service project. This group is open to all ages, all crafts, and all skill levels.
Men’s Fellowship Group: Get together with other STLC guys to enjoy conversation, fellowship, and laughter! Get to know one another at a deeper level and discuss issues that are important to you. Join in on a Bible study or just enjoy our time together! First meeting date TBD.
Parents’ Café: Did you know that as a parent you are your child’s most influential spiritual model and teacher? Parents’ Café Spiritual Growth Group will meet every Sunday morning during the Education Hour for coffee and conversation. Our focus will be strengthening one another for fostering faith at home. We will share tips and tools. We will study scripture. We will pray. And, in the process, we’ll get to know one another a little (or a lot!) better.
Women’s Bible Study: Join us for every second Sunday of the month for a women’s Bible study based on the monthly Bible study from Women of the ELCA’s Gather Magazine. Let’s journey together eachmonth! This Bible study will not conflict with the dates that Living the Questions meets. If you subscribe to Gather Magazine, feel free to bring your copy. Copies of the Bible study will also be provided. Feel free to attend when you can! We will meet in Rooms 16/17.
Collage-Making: Learn to make a collage for loved ones that is sure to become a treasured heirloom! Collages are great gifts for Christmas, birthdays, confirmations, graduations, weddings, and to celebrate a new member of the family. A sample collage will be shown as a way to generate ideas and inspiration. Meeting date: TBD.
STLC Euchre-ists: Get together with other euchre enthusiasts for fun and all things euchre. Don’t know how to play? Join us and we’ll teach you! It’s been scientifically proven that playing euchre adds positively to the quality of one’s life (😉). Meeting dates and times TBD.
Women’s Book Club: This group provides an opportunity for STLC women to get together to discuss a book (read by group members beforehand), as well as to get to know each another more deeply and enjoy fellowship with one another!
Potential Books: “Jesus Feminist” by Sarah Bessey“7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess (The 7 Experiment)” by Jen Hatmaker
“Falling Upward” by Richard Rohr
Young Adults Group: Joins us 20-through-30-somethings for conversation and fellowship specific to this time in our lives! Meeting dates and times TBD. Contact: Megan White(firstname.lastname@example.org).
Intercessory Prayer Group: Join with others in praying for those in need, our world, and for each other! Meeting dates and times TBD.
Games & Gab: Get together for games and fellowship. Get to know one another better and find out who has a competitive streak in their personality! Beginner, intermediate, and advanced game players are welcome. Bring a game of your own or play one brought by others. Families are welcome! Meeting dates and times TBD.
Sister Parish Prayer Partners: The Sister Parish Committee is starting a prayer partnership with our Sister Parish friends in Chichipate! We will each send a photo of ourselves with our names, ages, basic familyinformation, profession, and anything for which we’d like to receive prayers. We will receive similarinformation from Sister Parish. We are committing to pray for our prayer partner once a day. No specific meeting dates or times are necessary.
Dinners for Eight: Groups of eight people will get together to plan meals and take turns hosting in their homes. Games and other activities may also be planned. Choose a meal theme (e.g., Italian, German,Swedish, Eritrean, etc.) if you’d like! This is a meaningful way to get to know others in the church.Please feel free to sign up even if you can’t host a dinner! Dinners will start in January.