Wednesday, November 25, 2015


  Education    Adult Ministry    Small Groups Social and Self-Care Opportunities


2nd Tuesday Northaven Women's Book Study Group, 9:30 a.m. — Noon, Off Site

Women who are members or friends of Northaven meet monthly to discuss a selected book. Members, and sometimes authors, lead the discussion, followed by lunch at a nearby restaurant. The members of this group also participate in United Methodist Women activities. For location of meetings and more information, contact Rebecca Bergstresser.


Jan  Jan 13– The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd; Leader, Sandy Haley

Feb  Feb 10– My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor; Leader, Joanna Shields

Mar Mar 10– The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt; Leader, Ellen Key

Apr  Apr 14– Monument Men by Robert Edsel and Brett Witter; Leader, Maridell Templeton

Ma   May 12– Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky; Leader, Kay Dozier


1st Thursday Coed Book Group — 6:30 p.m., Potluck Supper

The group meets in the homes of participants for food, fellowship and discussion of the book of the 1st Tuesday of the month. At its September meeting the group will determine the books it will include in its schedule for the next months.  Contact the church office for the schedule.


The Religion/Science Discussion Group, 1st Tuesday Evenings, 7 — 8:30 p.m., Room 237

This interesting group explores various issues that arise out of the interrelationship between science and religion. Those attending will be consulted on which topics or issues to discuss in subsequent meetings, and which members are willing to lead the discussions. The group is composed of persons from a wide variety of backgrounds, faith traditions, professions and educations. 


Circles of Spirit (Various times and places determined by each group)

Circles of Spirit are groups of four individuals committed to meet monthly. The purpose is to continue the deepening of our own spiritual development and to honor the deepening of other participants. Currently, neuroscience research is finding that essentially all parts of the brain can be changed, positively, with various on-going meditations. Additionally, those changes occur when compassion and social activities are used with meditation. The Circle is for personal growth and learning to develop a life of love, compassion and justice in the world, guided by inner clarity and the Spirit.


The process begins with a period of 20 minutes of silent meditation. Then each person has 15 minutes to discuss any aspect of his/her spiritual journey while others listen without judgment or thinking about how to “fix.” After each person’s 15 minutes are over, 5 minutes are left for honoring what was spoken and/or with silence. This part of the Circle uses empathic skills meditatively, similar to the Quaker model of listening to the Spirit and appropriately reflecting feedback of what was spoken. This approach is simple but powerful in its effect.


Circles meet monthly, for two hours, at a time of their choosing. Orientation to the approach and assistance in organizing the group will be provided.
Contact: Mary Ellen Irving