Spring Term Dates are April 23 - June 16.
All Grow Group Opportunities start and end between these dates unless otherwise indicated. * indicates different dates.
The Grow Group Leader or Co-Leader will contact all the participants with all the details of the group experience prior to the starting date. All classes are open to the public. **Please register for a class. ** Childcare is available during our classes.
Sundays 10:00-10:45 a.m. in room 301
Faithlink is led by several different people on a rotating basis
This Grow Group looks at current events in our world and applies Christianity, and more specifically United Methodist views, to connect life and faith. If you would like the weekly Faithlink article emailed to you, please contact Alline Beutler.
Sunday Morning Pilgrimage
Sundays 10:00-10:45 a.m. in room 306
This spring the group will study a new book by Sister Joan Chittister, Seeing With Our Souls. The book addresses the question: What qualities of the soul must be cultivated by each of us if we are to become a positive presence in a changing world? Join in for good discussion and a great way to start your week. Books are available in the church office for $12. Leaders: Sue Austin and Alison Thornton
Reconcile and Restore: A Conversation about Christians honoring Native Americans
Sundays 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Church
Pastor Chris invites you to be a part of this group, which is sure to be exciting and challenging to people of faith. We will look at what it means as Christians to seek reconciliation with First Nation peoples through study and prayer, as well as acts of servanthood to our Native neighbors. From the book we’ll be reading, “Sign Language” by Terry Wildman, “The Gospel (Good News) of Jesus and the Kingdom of God cannot be separated from issues of justice and righteousness…. How can we as American Christians overlook the incredible injustices that have occurred in the past 400 years?... We can cooperate with God and one another to see reconciliation and restoration. Our group will have opportunity to share discussion with the book’s author, Terry Wildman. Also, opportunities for acts of service on the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians reservation during the tribe’s Summer Powwow will also be offered for those interested.
Sundays 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 304
Calling all Whovians! Super fans Amber Hassler and Darcy Dewling will lead a Grow Group through the world of Dr. Who using the study, “The Salvation of Doctor Who”. We will explore God and time, find a love that is bigger on the inside, and discover Who we are as Faith and Science collide. There will be snacks, because there should be bananas at every party and really who doesn’t love fish sticks and custard. There will be bad guys…..”Exterminate!” and oh remember, “Don’t Blink!” So put on your Fez, grab your sonic screwdriver and climb aboard the Tardis! Even those of you that have no clue what any of this means are welcome to come along for the ride. Lillian, expert in all things Who will be on hand to answers your questions. Participant books are available for $10. Come on….get your Nerd on and join us, you know you want to! Leaders: Darcy Dewling and Amber Hassler.
2nd & 4th Tuesdays 6:30-8:00 in the Church Lounge *Begins April 25
Sacred Spaces is designed for adults of all ages, who are seeking contemplative time in community and reflecting on the calming presence of God. This spring, join us as we study specific chapters in the book, An Altar in the World by Barbara Brow Taylor. Through reading and discussing this book, participants will recognize and seek out encounters with God in everyday occurrences. Books are available for $10. This is a very open Grow Group, please join us, even if you have to miss some of the sessions. Leaders: Kathy Mead and Kathy Steen
Parenting the Love and Logic Way
Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 304
You will come away from this class with some specific strategies and practical suggestions to lower stress and make parenting more enjoyable. Class size is limited; please call the church office to sign up. A fee of $12/person or $20/couple is charged to offset the cost of materials. Financial assistance is available. Child care is provided, free of charge, through our Wednesday evening programming. For more information go to our Wednesday Program. and contact Alline Beutler or call 946-5191 if you have questions. Leaders: Margo Million and Bob Bevier.
Wednesdays 6:25-7:25 p.m. in room 306
Join Pastor Dale for this great opportunity to learn more about the Bible in a fun and meaningful way. Animate: Bible is an adult faith formation series that explores seven big conversations about the Bible, including the canon, history, testaments, Gospels, genre, interpretation, and grace. Through dynamic videos and connections with other people with similar interests, this will surely be a great experience to grow in your own relationship with God. Watch Animate video
Accidental Saints: Finding God in all the Wrong People
Wednesdays 6:25-7:25 p.m. in room 304
In a time when many have rightly become disillusioned with Christianity, Accidental Saints demonstrates what happens when ordinary people share bread and wine, struggle with scripture together, and tell each other the truth about their real lives. This Grow Group will read and discuss the book, Accidental Saints, by Nadia Bolz-Weber. Books are available in the church office for $10. Plan to be a part of this group to recognize the ways that God shows up in the most unlikely places in life. Leader: Nan Horseman. Watch Accidental Saints video
Present over Perfect
Wednesdays 6:25-7:25 p.m. in the Library
Have you read this New York Times best seller? Or maybe you’ve seen it or heard about it and found the title intriguing. Join this spring Grow Group as we journey together through the accompanying Bible study. The focus will be on leaving behind busyness and to rediscover the person you were made to be. You can choose to read the book on your own during the week and follow the study for the most in-depth experience, or simply follow along the study each week when we meet. Books and study guides are available for $10 each. Leader: Alline Beutler. Watch Present Over Perfect video
Faith of the Mockingbird
Thursdays 10:00-11:00 a.m. in room 304
In The Faith of a Mockingbird, based on Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee’s beloved characters are used to explore Christian faith, theology, and ethics. Join Scout, Atticus Finch, Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson in this study considering God’s world and what it all means. Spend some time this spring re-living a classic book while connecting with others. Leader: Lois Edson. Watch Faith of a Mockingbird video
The Men’s Room
Thursdays 2nd & 4th 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Youth Room
This spring, we will be continuing to work thru the classic book for men, “The Man in the Mirror” by Patrick Morley (copies available for purchase in church office for $10 ). Please join us, even if you were not a part of the group in the fall or winter. There is a place for you! While Morley's book is hardly the kind for intellectuals, it’s a good read for those who wish to be grounded in the basics of Christianity as men. Since each chapter is around 10 pages and covers a wide variety of topics, the book is appropriate for a small men's group or for your own personal reading. Leaders: Pastor Chris and Dick Wallace
Fridays 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room 306
Join Pastor Chris for this great opportunity to learn more about the Bible in a fun and meaningful way. Animate: Bible is an adult faith formation series that explores seven big conversations about the Bible, including the canon, history, testaments, Gospels, genre, interpretation, and grace. Through dynamic videos and connections with other people with similar interests, this will surely be a great experience to grow in your own relationship with God. A 10:30am Covenant Discipleship group meets the hour before our noon group and is open to all. Leaders: Pastor Chris and Diane Morrison.
Spring Women's Retreat
Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. in room 301
Communion with Self and Other : A workshop about connection Woman’s Retreat
Explore Experience Embody - Join Kelly Forrester, MS, LPC for a day of personal discovery and nourishment for self and soul. Through meaningful conversation, guided journaling and improvisational movement, Kelly will blend concepts of social neuroscience with experiential activities to explore and expand our sense of connection and belonging. Learn more about Kelly Forrester. Attendees will need to wear comfortable, layered clothing to move in, a journal to write in, water, and a sense of play. Cost is $25 for the retreat, including lunch, financial assistance is available.
Register (for the Retreat Only) at this registration link. Checks should be made payable to Central Church and can be mailed to 222 Cass St. Traverse City, MI 49684 or dropped off in the church office. Unfortunately, Child Care is not available for the retreat.