Beyond the Book
All women of St. David’s are invited to join the Rev. Emily Zimbrick-Rogers for support, spiritual discussion, prayer and fellowship in this once-a-month reading and discussion group. The first book Beyond the Book will read is Henri Nouwen’s Life of the Beloved. The book is available in the St. David’s Gift Shop and it is not necessary to read the book before the first meeting. Come meet new women, grow in your faith, and support one another in learning how to hear God’s voice saying, “You are my beloved child.”
Bible, Business, and a Brew
The Rev. Frank Allen and parishioner, Tom Petro will be going through the Bible as it relates to our business practices, leadership, management, and vision. This small group will be held in a relaxed atmosphere with a beverage.
Breaking Bread Together: Small Group Suppers
Are you interested in a new fellowship ministry for adults that involves meeting new people or connecting with old friends in homes over a shared dinner? Would you like to connect with more people at St. David’s in a small group setting and help build a “community for the world”? If so, Small Group Suppers are for you! Sign up below to host or be a dinner guest! Dinner guests are grouped either according to your preference of meeting with people of a similar demographic or an inter-generational group. The first dinners will be on Sunday, October 20 at 6PM. Participants will be grouped into small groups and be assigned a host. Singles, friends, or couples can sign up. For further info please contact Rachel Kill at firstname.lastname@example.org or Heather Chivinski at email@example.com.
C.S. Lewis and the Fundamentals of Faith
C.S. Lewis is one of most well-known and prolific Christian writers of the 20th century. He considered himself a hardcore atheist and ended up “the most reluctant convert in all England.” His writings have impacted generations of Christians as they ponder how to make faith understandable to themselves and others. This group will read some of Lewis’ famous works and discuss their application in the modern era. The first meeting, Feb. 4, will cover the first part of Mere Christianity (book 1, pages 1-30). Email Sloan Walker for questions and further reading assignments.
Ignatian Spiritual Exercises
The Ignatian Spiritual Exercises are a 30-week program that were created by Ignatius of Loyola in the 1400s in Spain. Each retreatant commits to an hour of prayer six days a week with provided materials. On the seventh day, the retreatants in each group come together for a group spiritual direction session to review your prayer experiences and receive the prayer materials for the following week. Generally speaking, the Exercises are divided into four stages. We start with an intimate experience of God’s grace and unending love. Next we spend some time delving into the nature and experience of sin. The third stage is the longest. In it we walk closely with Jesus through his life from annunciation through ascension. In the last and shortest portion of the Exercises we explore your possible responses to Jesus’s call to you.
‘Jesus’ Book Discussion
In this year of A Community for the World, St. David’s will be reading a book for the entire parish entitled, Jesus, A Pilgrimage by James Martin. It is a reflection and meditation on James Martin’s pilgrimage in the Holy Land and opens new insights into the life of Jesus and our call to follow Him in our lives. One of our small groups will read the book together and meet and talk about it, but we hope that everyone in the parish will read this very fine and interesting work.
Books are now available in The Gift Shop
Taking Care of God’s Creation
We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored. This new small group will meet to read, discuss, pray, and act, in order to be better stewards of God’s glorious creation.
‘White Fragility’ Book Discussion
In a new book, “White Fragility,” DiAngelo attempts to explicate the phenomenon of white people’s paper-thin skin. She argues that our largely segregated society is set up to insulate whites from racial discomfort, so that they fall to pieces at the first application of stress—such as, for instance, when someone suggests that “flesh-toned” may not be an appropriate name for a beige crayon. The discussion will provide opportunities to discuss one of the most difficult issues in America today, why it’s so hard to talk about and will hopefully help us develop tools to honor God’s Word…that we are ALL God’s children.
Please read the first three chapters of the book prior to attending the first session. Identify a passage from chapter 1 that invokes any sense of discomfort. Highlight this passage and return to reading it periodically as you work through the book.
Walk & Talk
Everyone is so busy these days that we often forget to talk a little time to unwind and decompress. The Walk & Talk group will meet on the third Saturday of each month to spend an hour in fellowship, conversation and laughter. The Walk & Talk will be a guided, friendly group where you will have a chance to chat, enjoy fresh air and make new friends. During inclement weather we will meet at a local coffee shop.
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